RESEARCH PAPERS: Multiphase Heat Transfer

Numerical Modeling Using a Quasi-Three-Dimensional Procedure for Large Power Plant Condensers

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C. Zhang

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4

J. Heat Transfer 116(1), 180-188 (Feb 01, 1994) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910854 History: Received September 01, 1992; Revised April 01, 1993; Online May 23, 2008


A quasi-three-dimensional numerical model is proposed to predict the performance of large power plant condensers. The proposed model is applied to a 350 MW power plant condenser under two different loading and operational conditions to demonstrate its predictive capability. The predictions are compared with the experimental data. The comparison is favorable. The equations governing the conservation of mass, momentum, and air mass fraction are solved in primitive variable form using a semi-implicit consistent control-volume formulation in which a segregated pressure correction linked algorithm is employed. The modeling of the condenser geometry, including the tube bundle and baffle plates, is carried out based on a porous media concept using applicable flow, heat, and mass transfer resistances.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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