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Performance research on modified KCS (Kalina cycle system) 11 without throttle valve

Jiacheng He, Chao Liu, Xiaoxiao Xu, Yourong Li, Shuangying Wu and Jinliang Xu

Energy, 2014, vol. 64, issue C, 389-397

Abstract: Two modified systems based on a KCS (Kalina cycle system) 11 with a two-phase expander to substitute a throttle valve are proposed. The two-phase expander is located between the regenerator and the absorber in the B-modified cycle and between the separator and the regenerator in the C-modified cycle. A thermodynamic performance analysis of both the original KCS 11 and the modified systems is carried out. The optimization of two key parameters (the concentration of working fluid and the temperature of cooling water) is also conducted. It is shown that the two modified cycles have different performance under the investigated conditions. Results also indicate that the C-modified cycle can obtain better thermodynamic effect than the B-modified cycle. The temperature of cooling water plays an important role in improving the system performance. When the cooling water temperature drops from 303 K to 278 K, the C-modified cycle thermal efficiency can be improved by 27%.

Keywords: Kalina cycle system; Two-phase expander; Optimization; Working fluid concentration; Cooling water temperature (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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