Inaugural US-EU-China Thermophysics Conference-Renewable Energy 2009 (UECTC 2009 Proceedings)
35 Irreversibility Analysis of Heat Exchanger Network Based on Equivalent Thermal Resistance
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The irreversibility of heat exchanger network (HEN) is measured by equivalent thermal resistance. The equivalent thermal resistance is defined based on entransy, a recently introduced physical quantity describing heat transfer ability of an object. The relation between irreversibility and performance of HEN is studied. In general, the annual costs decreases with the decrease of equivalent thermal resistance of HEN in two studied HEN problems. The uniformity principle of temperature difference field for HEN is purposed, which shows that equivalent thermal resistance of HEN can be reduced by improving the uniformity of temperature difference field between process streams of HEN. Present...