A Numerical Method for Power Plant Simulations

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C. Carcasci, B. Facchini

Department of Energy Engineering “Sergio Stecco,” University of Florence, via Santa Marta, 3, 50139 Florence, Italy

J. Energy Resour. Technol 118(1), 36-43 (Mar 01, 1996) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2792691 History: Received April 10, 1995; Revised December 07, 1995; Online December 05, 2007


This paper describes a highly flexible computerized method of calculating operating data in a power cycle. The computerized method presented here permits the study of steam, gas and combined plants, Its flexibility is not restricted by any defined cycle scheme. A power plant consists of simple elements (turbine, compressor, combustor chamber, pump, etc.). Each power plant componment is represented by its typical equations relating to fundamental mechanical and thermodynamic laws, so a power plant system is represented by algebraic equations, which are the typical equations of components, continuity equations, and data concerning plant conditions. This equation system is not linear, but can be reduced to a linear equation system with variable coefficients. The solution is simultaneous for each component and it is determined by an iterative process. An example of a simple gas turbine cycle demonstrates the applied technique. This paper also presents the user interface based on MS-Windows. The input data, the results, and any characteristic parameters of a complex cycle scheme are also shown.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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