The use of air-cooled steam condenser (ACSC) in thermal power plants has become so normal since a few decades ago. It is because there are so many valuable advantages with the ACSC implementation, e.g., little dependency on water consumption and benefiting from the forced convection heat transfer instead of the natural one to condense the steam. However, the thermal performance of an ACSC can be readily defected by the ambient wind; specifically, when the ambient temperature is high. This research work benefits from the computational fluid dynamics tool to study the details of ACSC’s thermal performance in such undesirable ambient windy conditions. Furthermore, this work suggests an effective remedy to increase the heat rate from the proposed ACSC. Evidently, the flow rate of cold air through the heat exchangers of proposed ACSC has direct influence in heat transfer rate from the heat exchangers of ACSC. One remedy to achieve higher cold air flow rates through these heat exchangers is to improve the design of its fans or blowers. However, for an ACSC already in service, one should look for other cost-effective remedies. So, if one wishes to improve the performance of those fans without changing their design one should pay attention to some other simple ways with little costs to implement them. This work suggests to tune up the pitch angles of blades of ACSC’s fans properly. The details of implementing this remedy are presented in this paper.
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Using CFD Simulations to Improve the Air-Cooled Steam Condenser Performance in Severe Windy Conditions via Proper Tuning of Blades Pitch Angles
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Darbandi, M, Khorshidi Behzadi, HR, Farhangmehr, V, & Schneider, GE. "Using CFD Simulations to Improve the Air-Cooled Steam Condenser Performance in Severe Windy Conditions via Proper Tuning of Blades Pitch Angles." Proceedings of the ASME 2018 5th Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting. Volume 2: Development and Applications in Computational Fluid Dynamics; Industrial and Environmental Applications of Fluid Mechanics; Fluid Measurement and Instrumentation; Cavitation and Phase Change. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. July 15–20, 2018. V002T11A008. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM2018-83260
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