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Modelling transition states of a small once-through boiler

Abstract

This article presents a model for the unsteady dynamic behaviour of a once-through counter flow boiler that uses an organic working fluid. The boiler is a compact waste-heat boiler without a furnace and it has a preheater, a vaporiser and a superheater. The relative lengths of the boiler parts vary with the operating conditions since they are all parts of a single tube. The boiler model is presented using a selected example case that uses toluene as the process fluid and flue gas from natural gas combustion as the heat source. The dynamic behaviour of the boiler means transition from the steady initial state towards another steady state that corresponds to the changed process conditions. The solution method chosen is to find such a pressure of the process fluid that the mass of the process fluid in the boiler equals the mass calculated using the mass flows into and out of the boiler during a time step, using the finite difference method. A special method of fast calculation of the thermal properties is used, because most of the calculation time is spent in calculating the fluid properties. The boiler is divided into elements. The values of the thermodynamic properties and  More>>
Authors:
Talonpoika, T [1] 
  1. Lappeenranta Univ. of Technology (Finland). Dept. of Energy Technology
Publication Date:
Dec 31, 1997
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
TKK-MK-1; CONF-9706306-
Reference Number:
SCA: 200102; 200105; PA: FI-99:003109; EDB-99:069170; SN: 99002078274
Resource Relation:
Conference: 4. international colloquium on process simulation, Espoo (Finland), 11-13 Jun 1997; Other Information: PBD: 1997; Related Information: Is Part Of The 4th international colloquium on process simulation. Proceedings; Jokilaakso, A. [Helsinki Univ. of Technology, Otaniemi (Finland). Dept. of Materials Science and Metallurgy]; PB: 621 p.
Subject:
20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; FLUE GAS; NATURAL GAS; RANKINE CYCLE; RANKINE CYCLE POWER SYSTEMS; THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES; THERMODYNAMICS; TOLUENE; WASTE HEAT BOILERS
OSTI ID:
357215
Research Organizations:
Helsinki Univ. of Technology, Otaniemi (Finland)
Country of Origin:
Finland
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ON: DE99735414; ISBN 951-22-3574-9; TRN: FI9903109
Availability:
OSTI as DE99735414
Submitting Site:
FI
Size:
pp. 199-229
Announcement Date:
Aug 12, 1999

Citation Formats

Talonpoika, T. Modelling transition states of a small once-through boiler. Finland: N. p., 1997. Web.
Talonpoika, T. Modelling transition states of a small once-through boiler. Finland.
Talonpoika, T. 1997. "Modelling transition states of a small once-through boiler." Finland.
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title = {Modelling transition states of a small once-through boiler}
author = {Talonpoika, T}
abstractNote = {This article presents a model for the unsteady dynamic behaviour of a once-through counter flow boiler that uses an organic working fluid. The boiler is a compact waste-heat boiler without a furnace and it has a preheater, a vaporiser and a superheater. The relative lengths of the boiler parts vary with the operating conditions since they are all parts of a single tube. The boiler model is presented using a selected example case that uses toluene as the process fluid and flue gas from natural gas combustion as the heat source. The dynamic behaviour of the boiler means transition from the steady initial state towards another steady state that corresponds to the changed process conditions. The solution method chosen is to find such a pressure of the process fluid that the mass of the process fluid in the boiler equals the mass calculated using the mass flows into and out of the boiler during a time step, using the finite difference method. A special method of fast calculation of the thermal properties is used, because most of the calculation time is spent in calculating the fluid properties. The boiler is divided into elements. The values of the thermodynamic properties and mass flows are calculated in the nodes that connect the elements. Dynamic behaviour is limited to the process fluid and tube wall, and the heat source is regarded as to be steady. The elements that connect the preheater to the vaporiser and the vaporiser to the superheater are treated in a special way that takes into account a flexible change from one part to the other. The initial state of the boiler is received from a steady process model that is not a part of the boiler model. The known boundary values that may vary during the dynamic calculation were the inlet temperature and mass flow rates of both the heat source fluid and the process fluid. The dynamic boiler model is analysed for linear and step charges of the entering fluid temperatures and flow rates. The heat source side tests show that the model gives results that are logical in the directions of the charges, and the order of magnitude of the time scale of charges is also as expected. The results of the tests on the process fluid side show that the model gives reasonable results both on temperature charges that cause small alterations in the process state and on mass flow rate charges causing very great alterations. The test runs show that the dynamic model has no problems in calculating cases in which the temperature of the entering heat source suddenly goes below that of the tube wall or the process fluid. (author) 7 refs.}
place = {Finland}
year = {1997}
month = {Dec}
}