Title: Second law analysis of an irreversible Braysson cycle

Authors: B. Sreenivas, R. Chandramouli, I. Sudhakar, A.R. Thulasiram

Addresses: School of Mechanical and Building Sciences, Vellore Institute of Technology University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu 632 014, India. ' Mechanical Engineering Department, Raghu Engineering College, Dakamarri, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, 531162, India. ' Mechanical Engineering Department, MVGR College of Engineering, Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh, 535005, India. ' Chemical Engineering Department, MVGR College of Engineering, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, 535005, India

Abstract: This paper demonstrates the second-law analysis of an irreversible Braysson cycle. The overall second law efficiency for the process at variable operating conditions are being derived and plotted. In addition, for further pinpointing and thorough quantification of the losses, the component-wise second law efficiencies are also derived. It had been concluded that, the second law efficiency can be improved by changing the operating conditions of the cycle such as pressure, temperature, etc. In addition, a clear view of the thermodynamic losses occurring in each component is obtained and they too, can be minimised by tuning the operating conditions.

Keywords: irreversible Braysson cycle; second law efficiency; thermodynamics; gas turbines; EGM; entropy generation minimisation; power cycles; exergy losses.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEX.2009.028576

International Journal of Exergy, 2009 Vol.6 No.6, pp.826 - 836

Published online: 19 Sep 2009 *

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