Mozurkewich, M., and Berry, R. S., 1982, “Optimal Paths for Thermodynamic Systems: The Ideal Otto Cycle,” J. Appl. Phys.

[CrossRef], 53 , pp. 34–42.

Scully, M. O., 2002, “Quantum Afterburner: Improving the Efficiency of an Ideal Heat Engine,” Phys. Rev. Lett.

[CrossRef], 88 , p. 050602.

Rostovtsev, Y. V., Matsko, A. B., Nayak, N., Zubairy, M. S., and Scully, M. O., 2003, “Improving Engine Efficiency by Extracting Laser Energy From Hot Exhaust Gas,” Phys. Rev. A

[CrossRef], 67 , p. 053811.

Wu, C., and Blank, D. A., 1992, “The Effects of Combustion on a Work-Optimized Endoreversible Otto Cycle,” J. Inst. Energy, 65 , pp. 86–89.

Wu, C., and Blank, D. A., 1993, “Optimization of the Endoreversible Otto Cycle With Respect to Both Power and Mean Effective Pressure,” Energy Convers. Manage., 34 , pp. 1255–1259.

Angulo-Brown, F., Fernández-Betanzos, J., and Diaz-Pico, C. A., 1994, “Compression Ratio of an Optimized Air Standard Otto Cycle Model,” Eur. J. Phys.

[CrossRef], 15 , pp. 38–42.

Angulo-Brown, F., Rocha-Martinez, J. A., and Navarrete-Gonzalez, T. D., 1996, “A Non-Endoreversible Otto Cycle Model: Improving Power Output and Efficiency,” J. Phys. D

[CrossRef], 29 , pp. 80–83.

Hernández, A. C., Roco, J. M. M., Medina, A., and Velasco, S., 1996, “An Irreversible and Optimized Four Stroke Cycle Model for Automotive Engines,” Eur. J. Phys.

[CrossRef], 17 , pp. 11–18.

Aragón-González, G., Canales-Palma, A., and León-Galicia, A., 2000, “Maximum Irreversible Work and Efficiency in Power Cycles,” J. Phys. D

[CrossRef], 33 , pp. 1403–1409.

Ghatak, A., and Chakraborty, S., “Effect of External Irreversibilities and Variable Thermal Properties of Working Fluid on Thermal Performance of a Dual Internal Combustion Engine Cycle,” Heat Transfer Eng., submitted.

Ge, Y., Chen, L., Sun, F., and Wu, C., 2005, “Thermodynamic Simulation of Performance of an Otto Cycle With Heat Transfer and Variable Specific Heats of Working Fluid,” Int. J. Therm. Sci., 44 , pp. 506–511.

Al-Sarkhi, A., Jaber, J. O., Abu-Qudais, M., and Probert, S. D., 2006, “Effects of Friction and Temperature-Dependent Specific-Heat of the Working Fluid on the Performance of a Diesel-Engine,” Appl. Energy, 83 , pp. 153–165.

Al-Sarkhi, A., Jaber, J. O., and Probert, S. D., 2006, “Efficiency of a Miller Engine,” Appl. Energy, 83 , pp. 343–351.

Leff, H. S., 1987, “Efficiency at Maximum Work Output: New Results for Old Heat Engines,” Am. J. Phys.

[CrossRef], 55 , pp. 602–610.

Chen, L., Zheng, J., Sun, F., and Wu, C., 2001, “Power Density Analysis and Optimization of a Regenerated Closed Variable-Temperature Heat Reservoir Brayton Cycle,” J. Phys. D

[CrossRef], 34 , pp. 1727–1739.

Aragón-González, G., Canales-Palma, A., León-Galicia, A., and Musharrafie-Martínez, M., 2003, “A Criterion to Maximize the Irreversible Efficiency in Heat Engines,” J. Phys. D

[CrossRef], 36 , pp. 280–287.

Ozsoysal, O. A., 2006, “Heat Loss as a Percentage of Fuel’s Energy in Air Standard Otto and Diesel Cycles,” Energy Convers. Manage., 47 , pp. 1051–1062.

Klein, S. A., 1991, “An Explanation for Observed Compression Ratios in Internal Combustion Engines,” ASME J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power, 113 , pp. 511–513.

Zhao, Y., Lin, B., Zhang, Y., and Chen, J., 2006, “Performance Analysis and Parametric Optimum Design of an Irreversible Diesel Heat Engine,” Energy Convers. Manage., 47 , pp. 3383–3392.

Orlov, V. N., and Berry, R. S., 1993, “Power and Efficiency Limits for Internal-Combustion Engines via Methods of Finite-Time Thermodynamics,” J. Appl. Phys.

[CrossRef], 74 , pp. 4317–4322.

Hoffman, K. H., Watowich, S. J., and Berry, R. S., 1985, “Optimal Paths for Thermodynamic Systems: The Ideal Diesel Cycle,” J. Appl. Phys.

[CrossRef], 58 , pp. 2125–2134.

Angulo-Brown, F., Arias-Hernández, L. A., and Páez-Hernández, R., 1999, “A General Property of Non-Endoreversible Thermal Cycles,” J. Phys. D

[CrossRef], 32 , pp. 1415–1420.

Guzmán-Vargas, L., Reyes-Ramírez, I., and Sánchez, N., 2005, “The Effect of Heat Transfer Laws and Thermal Conductances on the Local Stability of an Endoreversible Heat Engine,” J. Phys. D

[CrossRef], 38 , pp. 1282–1291.

Chen, L., Ge, Y., Sun, F., and Wu, C., 2006, “Effects of Heat Transfer, Friction and Variable Specific Heats of Working Fluid on the Performance of an Irreversible Dual Cycle,” Energy Convers. Manage., 47 , pp. 3224–3234.