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A Computational Model of a Power Plant Steam Condenser

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R. P. Roy, M. Ratisher

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287

V. K. Gokhale

Salt River Project—Navajo Generating Station, Page, AZ 86040

J. Energy Resour. Technol 123(1), 81-91 (Oct 25, 2000) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1348336 History: Received July 19, 1999; Revised October 25, 2000
Copyright © 2001 by ASME
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View of the condenser from the circulating water inlet end
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A schematic diagram of the air removal system
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Model of an air ejector stage
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Steam and circulating water outlet temperature measurement locations—side A
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Pressure measurement locations (side A)
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Axial distribution of mixed-mean circulating water temperature
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Steam-air inlet flow rate for each computational slab
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Contours of (a) air mass fraction, and (b) steam condensation rate per computational cell (kg/s) for Slab 1
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Contours of (a) air mass fraction, and (b) steam condensation rate per computational cell (kg/s) for Slab 9
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Fluid velocity vectors for (a) Slab 1, and (b) Slab 9
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Contours of pressure (Pa) for (a) Slab 1, and (b) Slab 9
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Arrangement of the upper and lower tube bundles on each side (A, B); also the computational domain
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Side view of the condenser

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