Title: Performance simulation of a double-reheat Rankine cycle mercury turbine system based on exergy

Authors: Guven Gonca; Ibrahim Genc

Addresses: Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Yıldız Technical University, Besiktas, 34349, Istanbul, Turkey ' Department of Electrical-Electronics Engineering, Istanbul Medeniyet University, Kadıkoy, 34720, İstanbul, Turkey

Abstract: In this paper, a performance investigation of a Rankine cycle mercury turbine system operating with methane and including two closed feed mercury heaters, one open feed mercury heater and three turbines is comprehensively performed. The most known performance specifications such as ecological coefficient of performance, exergy efficiency, exergy destruction, net power and net power density, and are utilised to examine and optimise the performance of the system. The influences of boiler and condenser temperatures, the first and second reheat stage temperatures, extracted mercury temperature on the performance properties of the system have been comprehensively investigated. Beside the mathematical model investigated in the paper, an artificial neural network (ANN) model is also presented and it is shown that a good approximation is computed with only five parameters.

Keywords: mercury turbine; optimisation; reheated Rankine cycle; ECOP; exergy; ANN model.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEX.2019.104099

International Journal of Exergy, 2019 Vol.30 No.4, pp.392 - 403

Received: 13 Mar 2019
Accepted: 27 Jun 2019

Published online: 13 Dec 2019 *

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