- the hypothetical cycle of a steam engine in which all heat transfers take place at constant pressure and in which expansion and compression occur adiabatically.
Origin of Rankine cycle
First recorded in 1895–1900; named after W. J. M. Rankine
Also called Clausius cycle.
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- the thermodynamic cycle in steam engines by which water is pumped into a boiler at one end and the steam is condensed at the other
C19: named after W. J. M. Rankine (1820–72), Scottish physicist