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  • Exergetic Approach to Determine Optimum Insulation Thickness for Cooling Applications with Life cycle Integrated Economic Analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Emin Acikkalp, Süheyla Yerel Kandemir, Onder Altuntas, T. Hikmet Karakoc 
    Abstract: Optimum insulation thickness for building walls is investigated using a new method called as Combined economic and environmental methods (CEEM). In this method, environmental costs are integrated in the fuel and insulation material costs and in this way, it is possible to consider both of economic and environmental aspects. Environmental cost of carbon dioxide, fuel and insulation materials are added to their cost and total annual cost for the system is calculated and results are investigated according to insulation thickness. In this paper, optimum insulation thickness with life cycle integrated economic analysis in terms of exergy approach is defined. Rockwool and glasswool are chosen as insulation materials and calculations were made for Bilecik located in Marmara region in Turkey. Optimum points are found for CEEM, economic approach and environmental approach and they are compared with each other.
    Keywords: Insulation thickness; life cycle integrated economic analysis; energy consumption.

  • Exergetic optimization of twin screw expanders   Order a copy of this article
    by Hormoz Abolhasani, Mahdi Moghimi, Mahmood Ebrahimi 
    Abstract: Limited access to energy resources, air pollution and its subsequent detriments to Ozone layer have accentuated the importance of green industry for recovering exergy from high-pressure flow to generate clean electrical power. Due to low maintenance costs, usage in two-phase fluids and longer lifespan, the twin screw expanders (TSE) have attracted great attention though there is still much to be done to improve their performance. The complexity of computing in screw machines, as well as the time consuming of their simulation throughout the entire design space by the computational fluid dynamics (CFD), requires the use of other complementary tools to optimize the performance of these types of machines. In this paper, based on laboratory model specification and experimental data a TSE model was simulated and validated using CFD. Consequently, by helping design of experiments (DOE) a CFD alternative model is obtained called surrogate-based modeling (SBM) and the effect of three main geometric parameters on the expanders exergy efficiency were investigated in entire design space. Finally, a more efficient TSE with 86% exergy efficiency was obtained by using multi-objective genetic algorithm in the shortest time.
    Keywords: Exergy efficiency; Surrogate-based modeling; Twin screw expander; Design of experiments.

  • Performance simulation of a double-reheat Rankine cycle mercury turbine system based on exergy   Order a copy of this article
    by GÜVEN GONCA, İbrahim Genç 
    Abstract: In this paper, a thermo-ecologic performance investgation of a Rankine cycle mercury turbine system (RCMTS) operating with natural gas and consisting of three turbines, one open feed mercury heater (OFMH) and two closed feed mercury heaters (CFMHs) is comprehensively performed. The most known performance characteristics such as net power (NP), net power density (NPD), exergy efficiency (EXEF), exergy destruction (EXED) and ecological coefficient of performance (ECOP) are used to investigate and optimize the system performance. The effects of condenser and boiler temperatures, the first and second reheat stage temperatures, temperature of the extracted mercury from the LPMT (Low pressure mercury turbine) on the performance properties of the system have been investigated. The results indicated that the component pressures and stage temperatures noticeably affect the performance characteristics of the mercury turbine system.
    Keywords: Mercury turbine; Optimization; Reheated Rankine cycle; ECOP; Exergy; ANN Model.

  • Experimental Investigation of Phase Change Material Utilization Inside the Horizontal Mantled Hot Water Tank   Order a copy of this article
    by Dogan Erdemir, Necdet Altuntop 
    Abstract: The main objective of this study is to experimentally investigate the effect of placing phase change material (PCM) inside the horizontal mantled hot water tank on thermal energy storage (TES) performance. Six cylindrical paraffin tubes made of glass of 1 liter were placed inside the mantled hot water tank storage tank side by side vertically, respectively. At the end of this study, it was found that using paraffin inside the hot water tank increased the TES capacity and amount of hot water obtained from the tank. The amount of obtained hot water didnt increase proportionally with the increase of the amount of paraffin, as the volume of the tank was constant. Because the amount of hot water in the tank decreased with increasing the amount of paraffin. The stored energy in the paraffin wasnt transferred to the water efficiently. In order to obtain the highest volume of hot water, 4 tubes paraffin should be placed inside the tank. Discharging period duration could be increased 17 minutes with 4 tubes paraffin. Each added 1-liter paraffin reduced the temperature in the tank by nearly 1
    Keywords: Horizontal mantled hot water tank; Phase change material; Paraffin; Solar domestic hot water system.

  • Energy and Exergy Analyses of Chemical Looping Combustion based 660 MWe Supercritical Coal Fired Power Plant   Order a copy of this article
    by Gajanan Dattarao Surywanshi, B. Basant Kumar Pillai, Venkata Suresh Patnaikuni, Ramsagar Vooradi, Sarath Babu Anne 
    Abstract: Coal still remains to be the major resource for power production in many countries. Supercritical (SupC) steam generated coal-fired power plants (CFPP) are found to be superior to subcritical steam generated plants in terms of the overall plant efficiency. Chemical looping combustion (CLC), which is an indirect combustion between fuel and air, is an innovative, inherent CO2 capture and recent technology for power production. In this study, two cases - conventional SupC CFPP without CO2 capture and CLC based SupC CFPP for high-ash Indian coal have been simulated. Detailed energy and exergy analyses are conducted for both the cases and compared. The study shows that CLC based capture technology has less energy penalty with Fe2O3 oxygen carrier and little energy gain with CuO and NiO carriers compared to conventional plant without CO2 capture. This study demonstrates the superiority of CLC based SupC CFPP for CO2 capture over the conventional plant.
    Keywords: Supercritical power plant; Chemical looping combustion; Energy analysis; Exergy analysis; High ash coal.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEX.2020.10024695
  • Human body exergy consumption in the thermal environment of shelter gymnasium in winter   Order a copy of this article
    by Koichi Isawa 
    Abstract: This study attempts to evaluate the thermal stress in the winter shelter gymnasium in terms of human body exergy balance analysis. The human bodys exergy consumption rate was quantitatively analysed, revealing that the total human exergy consumption differs depending on the difference in heat insulation performance of the evacuation gymnasium. Integrated exergy consumption after 30 days is 15.7 MJ/m2 for an existing outer skin with no heating, 14.4 MJ/m2 for an existing outer skin with radiant heating, and 12.5 MJ/m2 for a modified outer shell with no heating It decreased to 9.6 MJ/m2 in the rehabilitating envelope with radiant heating. In the case of existing hulls, accumulation of thermal stress was found to be greater than in the case of renovation hulls.
    Keywords: natural disaster; community shelter; gymnasium; indoor thermal environment; thermal stress; human body; thermal adaptation; physiological adaptation; exergy; Numerical analysis.; unsteady state; passive system; building envelope; active system; heating system.

  • Entropy analysis of 3D MHD nanofluid flow over a linearly stretching surface   Order a copy of this article
    by Muhammad Nazim Tufail, Adnan Saeed Butt, Asif Ali 
    Abstract: A numerical study of three dimensional magnetohydrodynamic flow of nanofluid over a surface stretching linearly in two directions is carried out. The problem is analyzed from first and second law of thermodynamics point of view. Suitable similarity transformations are employed to obtain nonlinear ordinary differential equations from the partial differential equations that govern the considered problem. The shooting technique with fourth fifth order Runge Kutta method is utilized to solve the converted equations. The effects of pertinent parameters on velocity and temperature profiles as well as on entropy generation are discussed briefly using graphs.
    Keywords: Buongiorno model; Brownian motion; thermophoresis; entropy generation; magnetic field.

  • Exergy analysis of the valorization of rice straw for energy purposes with a life cycle approach. Rice production in Cuba   Order a copy of this article
    by Edelvy Bravo, Ralf Kiran Schulz, Osvaldo Romero Romero, Eduardo Lopez Bastida, Yenima Martinez Castro, Alberto E. Calvo Gonzalez, Leonor Patricia Guereca Hernandez 
    Abstract: In this paper the Exergy analysis methodology is used to analyze four alternatives for the valorization of rice straw for energy purposes in Cuba. The exergy input and output of the product (%), the exergy destroyed (MJ) and the exergetic efficiency (%) are calculated. The exergetic efficiency increases in the three alternatives where rice straw is valorized for energetic purposes. In alternative 4, where it is considered the production of biomethane (to replace 60% of the diesel fuel for harvesting and transportation of products) and electricity via biogas, the exergetic efficiency reaches values of 66.6%. The exergy flow contained in the product increases from 13.2% to 21.9%. The increase in exergy flow in the final product also represents a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as emissions are avoided by generating the same amount of electricity in a thermal power plant. Alternative 4 also achieves the highest sustainability index (2.994). The cumulative exergy consumption in greenhouse gases (CExCGEI), a new indicator that considers the accumulated exergy that is destroyed in greenhouse gases, is proposed.
    Keywords: Exergy; Wastes; Rice straw; Biogas; Sustainability; Renewable energy.

  • Cleaner production of purified terephthalic and isophthalic acids through exergy analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Ali Ghannadzadeh, Majid Sadeqzadeh 
    Abstract: The purified terephthalic and isophthalic acids production process was improved through the exergy analysis approach demonstrated here. The overall exergy losses and low-exergy-efficient units were first identified and presented using visualized exergetic flowsheets. Recommendations were then proposed to reduce losses based on the main cause(s) of irreversibility. Three out of the five constituent blocks contained the highest exergy losses. The oxidation block was the main player where it was suggested that using several reactors in series with gradually decreasing temperatures could lower losses. The product refining block had the second largest irreversibilities, where improving coolers performance were recommended. The crude terephthalic acid crystallization block was the third largest loss producer (1,547 kJ/kg), where isothermal and isobaric mixing in the Solvent Dehydrator was suggested to reduce losses. The approach used in this work can be adapted to improve the energy footprint of other chemical processes.
    Keywords: sustainability; irreversibilities; purified terephthalic acid; purified isophthalic acid; process design; exergy; energy efficiency; visualized exergetic flowsheets.

  • Energy and exergy analyses of dual refrigerant system for liquefaction of natural gas   Order a copy of this article
    by Morteza Saadat-Taraghi, Shoaib Khanmohammadi 
    Abstract: Present study proceeds thermodynamic modeling, and analysis of dual refrigerant system for liquefaction of natural gas (LNG) that is one of the most important technologies in producing LNG. Using energy equations pressure, quality, enthalpy, entropy of natural gas and two refrigerants i.e. methane and propane is specified. The effects of different cycle variables on the thermodynamic performance especially the coefficient of performance (COP) is studied. Using the second law of thermodynamic for the system components, the exergy destruction rates has been found. The exergy analysis results show that heat exchanger I (HX I), heat exchanger II (HX II) and turbine have the highest exergy destruction rate. Furthermore, results indicate that the total exergy destruction rate of studied cycle for generation of 1 kg/s LNG is 2996 kW. Moreover, energy and exergy analysis shows that important parameters such as propane mass flow rate has different effects on the COP and exergy destruction rate.
    Keywords: LNG; Liquefaction; COP; exergy destruction; dual refrigerant precooling mixed.

  • Tumor Cells and Life Expectancy: an Exergy Approach   Order a copy of this article
    by Izabela Henriques, Silvio De Oliveira Junior 
    Abstract: The relation between energy and life has been under discussion for a long time and recently the concept of exergy is also being applied to analyze living organisms. In the present work, the rate of living theory and exergy analysis are gathered in order to assess the effects of cancer on life expectancy. Herein, an exergy model of a cancer cell metabolism is proposed taking into account the changes in the metabolic paths of the tumor. The results indicate a threefold increase in the rate of exergy metabolism of a cancer cell, in comparison to a healthy one. Moreover, per mole of glucose, a cancer cell obtains 8.9 moles of ATP against 32 synthetized by a healthy one. However, because of the increase in the rate of glucose uptake, the metabolic routes of the tumor are less efficient but are faster, being able to fulfill the needs of the proliferating cells. The analysis of a generic tumor progression indicates that, in the absence of treatment, the survival time would be around 3 years. Furthermore, in case of complete removal of the tumor, every six months living with the disease would lead to a reduction of almost four years in life expectancy.
    Keywords: exergy destruction; metabolism; cancer; life expectancy.

  • Interpreting Exergy Analysis as applied to Spray Drying Systems   Order a copy of this article
    by Perry Johnson, Timothy Langrish 
    Abstract: The comparison of different energy recovery systems employed on a spray dryer is challenging. This work compares two cases with a base case of a dryer alone, to identify any available improvements and interpretation of the factors used within exergy analysis, for system-wide optimisation. While exergy analysis results indicate natural gas boiler systems (Case 1) are superior to compressor-driven recovery systems (Case 2) (13% better evaporation efficiency), this paper demonstrates the significant potential to improve either system, and that dryers are one of the limiting units within the process (38% exergy improvement potential). The improvement potential for both cases is quite high (~90% of total added exergy), particularly as the inlet gas temperature increases. This paper demonstrates a method of simplifying exergy analysis to make it more accessible to engineers as a tool for optimising thermal and non-thermal systems that include a dryer as a significant part of the system.
    Keywords: Energy; Exergy; Analysis; Dryer; Vapour Recompression; Optimisation; Efficiency; Effectiveness; Drying; Exergy analysis.

  • Entropy generation effects in MHD Casson Nanofluid past a permeable stretching surface   Order a copy of this article
    by Adnan Saeed Butt, Khadija Maqbool, Syed Muhammad Imran, Babar Ahmad 
    Abstract: The primary focus of the present study is to analyse the effects of entropy generation on hydromagnetic Casson Nanofluid flow past a permeable stretching surface with convective heat and mass boundary conditions. The problem is given mathematical formulation and partial differential equations are converted into system of nonlinear ordinary differential equations by suitable similarity variables. The transformed problem is solved analytically by Homotopy-Pade method and numerically by shooting technique coupled with fourth fifth order Runge-Kutta-Fehlberg method. The results are compared with existing literature under limiting conditions and are found to be in excellent agreement. The effects of pertinent parameters on entropy generation are displayed by plotting graphs of local entropy generation number, averaged entropy generation number and Bejan number. The results are discussed in detail. It is found that magnetic field parameter, thermal Biot number and solutal Biot number have increasing effects on entropy generation whereas increase in Casson fluid parameter causes entropy production to decrease.
    Keywords: Casson Nanofluid; entropy generation; stretching sheet; convective heat and mass conditions.

  • Exergy analysis of tea drying in a continuous vibro-fluidized bed dryer   Order a copy of this article
    by Merve Ozturk, Ibrahim Dincer 
    Abstract: In the current study, a comprehensive thermodynamic investigation through energy and exergy analyses is performed to study and assess the performance of a 3-stage tea drying system which has vibro-fluid bed dryer. Also, energy and exergy efficiencies are, in this regard, investigated with the thermodynamic data obtained from the literature. A parametric study is carried out to investigate the effects of varying the state properties and operating conditions on the performance of the drying system. The overall energy and exergy efficiencies of the system are found as 42% and 7.2%, respectively. The main reason for the low exergy efficiency is the high exergy destruction rate for the components of the system. The total exergy destruction ratio of drying chambers is calculated as 58% of overall exergy destruction rate of the system.
    Keywords: Drying; Tea; Energy; Exergy; Efficiency; Vibro-Fluid Bed Dryer.

  • Exergy analysis of an industrial air separation unit for Liquefied Natural Gas production   Order a copy of this article
    by Ali Ghazikhani, Asghar Rahimi, Mojtaba Mamourian 
    Abstract: The idea of adding compressed natural gas to the main heat exchanger of an industrial air separation unit to produce liquefied natural gas in small scale is studied. The unit effectiveness is selected as the objective function to compare air separation unit and combined LNG and air separation unit. The results indicate that 1 kg/h dry air can also produce 0.013-0.027 kg/h liquid natural gas for different operating conditions of the air separation unit. Comparing with the base air separation unit, the cold box irreversibility of the combined unit reduces approximately 5-11%, while the process effectiveness increases about 35- 60% for different operating conditions.
    Keywords: Air separation unit; Liquid Oxygen; CNG; LNG; Exergy analysis; Effectiveness; Irreversibility; Combined unit.

  • Entropy Generation Rate Analysis in Pendulum Cart System Undergoing Damped Oscillation   Order a copy of this article
    by Amin A. Mohammed, M. Sunar, Ahmet Z. Sahin 
    Abstract: A mechanical system consisting of a cart with slender rod is considered in this work for entropy generation rate investigation via a thermodynamic analysis. The dynamic model of the system is formulated using Lagranges equation. Entropy generation rate is then introduced as the time derivative of the net-work potential of the system. Entropy generation rate is simulated for different initial conditions and a parametric study is performed to examine the effect of different parameters such as damping and stiffness on the entropy production. It is found that, entropy generation rate follows a pattern of three peaks being repeated with time. The stiffness and initial conditions have direct effect on the entropy generation rate. In this case, increasing either property increases entropy generation rate. The maximum EGR is found to be 0.332\times{10}^{-4} and 0.600\times{10}^{-4}\ \ W/K for nonlinear and linearized system respectively.
    Keywords: Entropy Generation Rate; Exergy Destruction; Damping; Mechanical Oscillation.

  • Entropy Generation Analysis due to Heat Transfer and Nanofluid Flow through Microchannels: A Review   Order a copy of this article
    by Krishan Kumar, Rajan Kumar, Rabinder Singh Bharj 
    Abstract: This work presents a detailed review of the entropy generation due to the heat transfer and the fluid flow through different channels. The earlier contribution of the researchers in the form of theoretical, numerical and experimental studies on the entropy generation in the conventional or microchannels with or without disruption in the flow and with or without the use of nanofluids is reviewed. The brief discussion on the microchannels, disrupted microchannels, nanofluids and entropy generation is presented. Studies performed on the channel cross-sectional shapes and rib shapes for thermal performance optimization are discussed in the paper. Nanoparticles such as Al2O3, Cu, CuO, Ag, SiO2, etc. have been used for preparing the nanofluids along with water, ethylene glycol, etc. as base fluids. Additionally, the effect of disruption in flow field on the entropy generation is also discussed. The disruptions in the form of ribs, cavities, vortex generators, etc. have been taken into account. It is hoped that this review article can provide a basis for further research on the irreversibility analysis of the nanofluid flowing through disrupted microchannels to improve the hydrodynamic and thermal performance of the system.
    Keywords: microchannel; nanofluid; ribs; entropy generation; pressure drop; heat transfer characteristics.

  • Thermodynamic performance assessment of solar based combined power and absorption refrigeration cycle   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohd Parvez, Faizan Khalid, Osama Khan 
    Abstract: Concentrated solar power technology has gained rapid pace in the area of Concentrated solar power technology has gained rapid pace in the area of sustainable energy. In recent years concentrated solar power is being appreciated worldwide as they effectively convert available solar energy to its true potential resultant energy. In this context, the principal objective of this research is to develop a model driven on solar thermal integrated with a cogeneration cycle. The effect on power generation was noted by varying parameters such as DNI, turbine inlet pressure, mass flow rate of molten salt and turbine entrance temperature was ascertained on energy and exergy efficiencies of cogenerated driven cycle. From the results it was observed, a gradual growth at turbine entry pressure ranging between 180 bar to 220 bar causes an eventual rise in first law related efficiency and exergy related efficiency of Rankine and cogeneration cycle from (31.115% to 31.44%; 42.05% to 42.56%) and (42.03% to 42.14%; 56.04% to 56.55%).
    Keywords: cogeneration; combustion cycle; exergy analysis; vapour absorption; solar energy.

  • Energy, Exergy and Environmental Analyses of a Biomass Driven Multi-Generation System   Order a copy of this article
    by Olusola Bamisile, Q.I. Huang, Mustafa Dagbasi, Micheal Taiwo, Victor Adebayo 
    Abstract: In this research, a biogas driven multi-generation system is presented. The multi-generation system consists of a gas cycle, steam cycle, absorption cycle, hot water producing chamber and hot air producing chamber. The biogas used as thermal input source is derived from agricultural waste specifically maize silage and chicken manure. Thermodynamic analysis is done with energy and exergy approach. The exergy destruction within major components of this system are also analyzed. The environmental analysis for this research focuses on the carbon emission reduction. The energy and exergy efficiency of the system respectively increases from 25.16% and 18.61% when generating electrical energy only, to 73.15% and 27.27% when multi-generating.
    Keywords: Biogas; Energy; Exergy; Multi-generation; Thermodynamics.

  • Evaluation of a Heat Recovery Steam Cycle Based on Energy, Exergy, Environmental and Economic Analyses   Order a copy of this article
    by Saeed Mohammadi, Ehsan Amiri Rad 
    Abstract: In this study, the waste heat from the chimneys of a cement factory was recovered by a steam cycle for power generation. The performance of the cycle was evaluated by a 4E analysis for both configurations with a feed water heater (FWH) (Case A) and without FWH (Case B). The results indicated that the efficiency of the cycle was decreased by installing FWH. The maximum energy and exergy efficiencies occurred when the pressure of boiler for configurations A and B were 830 kPa and 913 kPa, respectively while considering the economic analysis, the best performance occurred when the boiler pressure of each configuration were 1049kPa and 1200 kPa, respectively. Furthermore, both configurations were investigated by presenting a novel 4E objective function (4EF). For Configurations A and B, general efficient Pressure (GEP) was found, which were 1148 kPa and 1368 kPa, respectively. Also, the effects of the pinch point temperature difference were analyzed.
    Keywords: Waste heat recovery; 4E Analysis; Cement; Steam Cycle.

  • Experimental investigation of exergy performance of a water cooled hybrid photovoltaic thermal collector   Order a copy of this article
    by Nikhil Gakkhar, Manoj K. Soni, Sanjeev Jakhar 
    Abstract: In this paper, the performance of a water cooled hybrid photovoltaic thermal collector (HPTC) is evaluated by carrying out exergy analysis on the data generated through experimental investigation. For the experimentation, a hybrid HPTC was designed and fabricated which would provide combined electric and thermal energy. The field testing was carried out at different mass flow rates, collectively ranging from 0.083 kg/s to 0.116 kg/s in different configurations during peak summer period. The exergetic investigation was carried out to identify exergy losses, exergy destruction and exergy efficiency of the system. The exergy efficiency of the system was calculated using three different scenarios taken from the literature. The Scenario (I) was taken by excluding exergy losses and Scenario (II) was considered by taking exergy losses and destruction. Both the Scenario were compared with Scenario (III), which considered exergy destruction only and it was found out that the exergy efficiency obtained in Scenario (III) was more than the other two scenarios and ranged between 48.55% to 61.36%, 41.44% to 55.85% and 35.09% to 48.16% for fixed inner tube flow rate of 0.091 kg/s and varying annulus mass flow rate of 0.008 kg/s, 0.017 kg/s and 0.025 kg/s respectively. It was also found out that exergetic efficiency was a function of mass flow rate of cooling water at a given solar radiation. The proposed system may be helpful in providing combined heat and power for semi-arid regions of Rajasthan, India.
    Keywords: Exergy; Solar energy; CPV/T; Hybrid system; Water cooling.

  • Energetic and Exergetic Performance of NH3-H2O based Absorption Refrigeration Cycle: Effect of Operating Factor
    by Gorakshnath Takalkar, Rahul Bhosale, Nilesh Mali, Sunil Bhagwat 
    Abstract: One of the major objectives while designing the vapor absorption refrigeration system (VARS) is to acquire the better performance within the accessible heat source and sink temperature limit. In this paper, attempts are made to identify the temperature limit for the optimization of a single stage ammonia water (NH3-H2O) absorption-refrigeration system (AAR) by performing a thermodynamics analysis by applying both first and second law of thermodynamics. To estimate the potential of utilization of a low-grade heat energy, operating factor (R) is considered towards optimizing the energetic (COP) and exergetic COP (ECOP). The simulated COP and ECOP results are expended to predict the feasibility and optimum operating region for an AAR cycle in terms of the R and various operating temperature such as T_(gen ), T_(abs ), T_(cond ), T_(e ,) The R determined in this study (based on the optimization of ECOP and COP) covers a wide range of applications i.e., from deep-freezing (253.15 K) to air conditioning (283.15K) and from water-cooling (303.15 K) to air cooling (318.15 K). Resulted optimum COP (for R in the range of 1.5 to 1.85) and ECOP (for R in the range of 1.3 to 1.5) specifies better selection criteria for available heat source and sink temperatures limits for evaporation temperatures from 283.15 K to 253.15 K.
    Keywords: Ammonia Absorption Refrigeration, Solar energy, low-grade energy utilization, and Exergy performance, Operating factor

  • Thermodynamic assessment and optimisation of a biomass energy-based combined system for multigeneration   Order a copy of this article
    by Nejat Tukenmez, Yunus Emre Yuksel, Murat Ozturk 
    Abstract: In this paper, an integrated power plant is designed for multigeneration and a parametric study is performed for integrated energy plant design. At the same time, optimisation studies of integrated energy plant with parametric assessment are carried out. The energetic and exergetic performances of integrated system have been computed as 51.28% and 46.67%. Total electricity and hydrogen production rate from investigated plant are 5,650.6 kW and 0.00436 kg/s. Moreover, the overall exergy destruction rate is found as 18,345 kW. Thermodynamic analysis data show that some parameters in the system are more effective on system efficiency and cost than other parameters. By using parametric study, these parameters are determined as biomass flow rate, gas turbine inlet temperature, gas turbine inlet pressure and air compressor compression ratio. These parameters are utilised as the decision variable in the optimisation study. Optimal points of the integrated energy system are shown on the Pareto front.
    Keywords: biomass gasification; multigeneration; energy; exergy; optimisation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEX.2019.10024763
  • Experimental exergoeconomic performance assessment of a wastewater source heat pump system   Order a copy of this article
    by Mustafa Araz, Arif Hepbasli, Huseyin Gunerhan 
    Abstract: This study aims at experimentally analysing and assessing the performance of a wastewater source heat pump system (WWSHP) in cooling mode, which was installed at Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey through exergetic and thermoeconomic (exergoeconomic) analysis methods. Within this context, first, conventional exergy analysis was performed based on the actual experimental data, where exergy efficiencies, destructions and relative irreversibilities of each element were determined to indicate improvements. Then, these results were combined with the cost data of the system to make exergoeconomic analysis. Functional exergy efficiencies of the entire system and the WWSHP were obtained to be 7.56% and 11.77%, respectively. The compressor had the biggest relative irreversibility, which was followed by the fan-coil. The exergoeconomic factor values of the condenser, WW heat exchanger (WWHE) and fan-coil unit were lower than 0.5, indicating that the exergy destruction costs associated with these components were higher than the capital investments.
    Keywords: wastewater; wastewater source heat pumps; waste to energy; exergy; thermoeconomic; exergoeconomic.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEX.2019.10024764
  • Exergoeconomic optimisation of an air cooled heat exchanger with copper oxide nanoparticles   Order a copy of this article
    by Nader Javani 
    Abstract: In the current study, the effect of suspended CuO nanoparticles in a fluid on the exergoeconomic and thermoeconomic properties of an air-cooled heat exchanger (ACHE) is investigated. Particle swarm optimisation algorithm is employed for multi-objective optimisation where the exergy efficiency and effectiveness versus total annual cost (TAC) are considered as two sets of objective functions for exergoeconomic and thermoeconomic optimisation, respectively. For both cases, the results are compared with the base fluid, which has no nanoparticles. Results show that nanoparticles have no meaningful effect on the exergoeconomic improvement of ACHE while a significant improvement is observed for the thermoeconomic optimisation. Also, it is shown that CuO nanoparticle added into the base fluid can decreases the heat exchanger total annual cost and increase the heat exchanger effectiveness.
    Keywords: air cooled heat exchanger; ACHE; exergoeconomic; nanoparticle; exergy efficiency; optimisation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEX.2019.10024762
  • Exergy analysis of heating options for buildings in the Pacific Northwest   Order a copy of this article
    by Heather E. Dillon, Rachel Dzombak, Chrissi Antonopoulos 
    Abstract: A framework for quantifying environmental impact in future energy codes is explored based on exergy analysis. An example exergy analysis is performed that quantifies the environmental impact of electric resistance heating with exergetic efficiency of only 13% compared to 30% and 40% for air source and ground source heat pumps. This provides motivation for removing electric resistance as a space heating option in future energy codes in the Northwest.
    Keywords: exergy; building science; building codes; resistance heating; heat pump; sustainability; exergy policy.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEX.2019.10024765
  • Exergy and energy analysis of a biogas-fuelled micro-tubular flame fuel cell   Order a copy of this article
    by Milad Nasrzad, Samad Jafarmadar, Parisa Mojaver 
    Abstract: In the present study, a combination of 60% CH4 and 40% CO2 was used as the fuel. The performance of the fuel cell was studied at three different equilibrium ratios of fuel to air entering the burner. The effects of current density and equivalence ratio were investigated on the fuel cell voltage, voltage drops, output power, methane molar flow rate, and efficiency. The results indicated that a maximum power of 0.724 W, 0.955 W, and 1.201 W was achieved for a single fuel cell at the equivalence ratios of 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4, respectively. Exergy efficiency was increased from 21.93% to 46.68% by reducing the current density from 1800 A/m2 to 100 A/m2 at the equivalence ratio of 1.4. The maximum efficiency and the minimum inlet methane molar flow rate were observed at the equivalence ratio of 1.4.
    Keywords: energy; exergy; biogas; partial oxidation; micro-tubular flame fuel cell; equivalence ratio.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEX.2019.10024766