In order to provide a basis for the establishment of an applicable strategy for the development of aero-engine
thermal cycles, the evolution of compression processes in aero-engine thermal cycles is reviewed in this paper by analyzing
the compression requirements for the injection or extraction of energy. It is therefore concluded that the injection of
energy in the compression is required for applications in low speed ranges, for example, the injection of energy in turbojet
compressors; the method of adiabatic compression is desirable for applications in intermediate speed ranges, for example,
shock interactions for ramjets/scramjets; and the extraction of energy is needed for applications in high speed ranges, for
example, the extraction of energy in ramjets with energy-bypass. The injection or extraction of energy in the compression
heavily depends on the aero-engine performance required for applications in different speed ranges.