The objective was to provide a useful computational tool for assessing the impact of condenser tube modifications on power plant condenser performance and unit heat rate, which directly affect the operating cost. To achieve this, a methodology was utilized to evaluate the economics of condenser modifications based upon design and economic information. The numerical model of condenser performance was developed using the Heat Exchanger Institute method and the Resistance Summation method. The software calculates results based on both methods but this paper will only discuss the results from the Heat Exchanger Institute method for the case study. Since condenser performance has a direct impact upon fuel costs, heat rate, power production and emissions, this computational model can be used to assess the economic impact of a proposed condenser tubing replacement over a specified service life. A case study will be discussed concerning a condenser tube replacement project that was analyzed to determine the ideal replacement tube material for the relevant parameters associated with this particular unit.

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