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Thermal Engineering in Power Systems by R.S. Amano and B. Sunden | PDF Free Download.
This book focuses on thermal engineering topics for power systems. The topic ranges overall power systems that include fossil power plants, associated environmental cleaning methods, the safety of nuclear power plants, development of virtual engineering design environments, cooling technologies, and associated problems related to high-temperature gas turbine blades, highly efficient compressors, steam turbines, and hybrid cars.
The objective is to present the current state-of-the-art technologies in various power systems such as power plants, Aerojet engines, utilities, thermal management, and safety issues in nuclear power plants.
The first chapter presents the relevance of heat transfer and heat exchangers for the development of sustainable energy systems.
The authors use numerous research examples and demonstrate why heat transfer and heat exchangers are important in the development of sustainable energy systems. The key factors necessary to develop sustainable energy systems are discussed.
The second chapter deals with advanced technologies for clean and efficient energy conversion in power systems.
The main focus is an efficient fossil energy use with low pollution in all kinds of power plants, in all industrial sectors.
The use of energy by many countries is growing steadily worldwide due to the desire for higher standards of living and increased productivity. Efficient energy use is favorable for better productivity, product quality, costs, and quality of human life, but energy use adversely impacts our environment.
The third chapter describes virtual engineering and the design of power systems. This chapter examines how these virtual engineering design environments will be created and utilized to build a new generation of power plants.
Examples of how virtual engineering is currently being used in the power industry are given. In addition, the US Department of Energy’s use of virtual engineering in the development of near-zero-emission power plants is discussed.
The fourth chapter focuses mainly on steam turbine power systems. The emphasis is on efficient fossil energy utilization in power generation together with low pollution issues in conventional thermal power plants.
This chapter briefly highlights the fouling problem in power plant water walls and proposes monitoring, inspection, and maintenance schedule.
The information provides a quick guide to the commonly faced operation problems and methods to enhance energy conversion efficiency. The fifth chapter presents an enhancement of nuclear power plant safety by condensation-driven passive heat removal systems.
This chapter discusses the numerous ways in which passive condensation heat transfer enhances nuclear power plant safety in current and future nuclear power plants.
The discussion extends to US-design light water reactors and US reactor safety codes, although there are many commonalities to reactors of other designs. The physical phenomena are described and the state-of-the-art analysis methods are presented.
Challenges for improved analysis are summarized. The sixth chapter presents modern CFD applications on aero-thermal engineering aspects of natural draft cooling towers. The chapter demonstrates various designs of cooling towers using computer simulation technology.
The seventh and eighth chapters present more on the detailed technology development of gas turbine blade cooling systems. Both these chapters give a better understanding of the physics of engine heat transfer by developing from simple ideas to complex heat transfer phenomena.
The authors address how the engineer applies heat transfer tools available in the literature to support designs that will advance engine life and enhance machine efficiencies.
If successful, the newcomer will establish a foothold in the technology and the more experienced engineer will be reminded of some basic concepts.
The ninth and tenth chapters cover more detailed studies on compressors for both industrial usage and aircraft engines.
Whereas Chapter seven presents an overview and details of blade designs for both axial and centrifugal compressors and Chapter 8 focuses mainly on centrifugal compressors, these two chapters discuss the developments for better understanding of the flow in an impeller and the contributions of this knowledge towards better and advanced impeller designs.
The final chapter presents the current development of hybrid cars. This chapter summarizes modern hybrid car systems and their thermal management issues.
These thermal issues are important since commercial hybrid cars employ gasoline/diesel-electric systems, which are the major factors for improving tank to wheel efficiencies.
All of the chapters follow a unified outline and presentation to aid accessibility and the book provides invaluable information to both graduate researchers and industrial research engineers/scientists.
We are grateful to the authors and reviewers for their excellent contributions. We also thank the ceaseless help provided by the staff members of WIT Press, in particular Mr. Brian Privett and Mrs. Elizabeth Cherry, for their strong encouragement in the production of this book.
Finally, our appreciation goes to Professor Carlos Brebbia who gave us support and encouragement to complete this project.
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