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Title: Development of fuel oil management system software: Phase 1, Tank management module

Development of fuel oil management system software: Phase 1, Tank management module The Fuel Oil Management System (FOMS) is a micro-computer based software system being developed to assist electric utilities that use residual fuel oils with oil purchase and end-use decisions. The Tank Management Module (TMM) is the first FOMS module to be produced. TMM enables the user to follow the mixing status of oils contained in a number of oil storage tanks. The software contains a computational model of residual fuel oil mixing which addresses mixing that occurs as one oil is added to another in a storage tank and also purposeful mixing of the tank by propellers, recirculation or convection.The model also addresses the potential for sludge formation due to incompatibility of oils being mixed. Part 1 of the report presents a technical description of the mixing model and a description of its development. Steps followed in developing the mixing model included: (1) definition of ranges of oil properties and tank design factors used by utilities; (2) review and adaption of prior applicable work; (3) laboratory development; and (4) field verification. Also, a brief laboratory program was devoted to exploring the suitability of suggested methods for predicting viscosities, flash points and pour points of oil mixtures. Part 2 of the more » report presents a functional description of the TMM software and a description of its development. The software development program consisted of the following steps: (1) on-site interviews at utilities to prioritize needs and characterize user environments; (2) construction of the user interface; and (3) field testing the software. « less
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OSTI Identifier:5779545
Report Number(s):EPRI-TR-100311
Resource Type:Technical Report
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Research Org:Electric Power Research Inst., Palo Alto, CA (United States); Carnot, Tustin, CA (United States); Kennen Technology, Oakland, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:EPRI; Electric Power Research Inst., Palo Alto, CA (United States)
Country of Publication:United States
Language:English
Subject: 20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; 02 PETROLEUM; FUEL OILS; MIXING; STORAGE; F CODES; BOILERS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; RESIDUAL PETROLEUM; TANKS; COMPUTER CODES; CONTAINERS; ENERGY SOURCES; FOSSIL FUELS; FUELS; LIQUID FUELS; PETROLEUM; PETROLEUM PRODUCTS; SIMULATION 200108* -- Fossil-Fueled Power Plants-- Fuels-- (1980-); 022000 -- Petroleum-- Transport, Handling, & Storage