Joule cycle[′jül ‚sī·kəl]
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A name given to the thermodynamic cycle of a gas turbine engine to provide thrust. This is varying the volume constant pressure cycle of events and is commonly called the constant pressure cycle. Also called a continuous combustion cycle because of four constant and continuous events (i.e., intake, compression, expansion including power, and exhaust). It is named after George B. Brayton—an American engineer. Also called a Joule cycle. (See page 121)
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