Geometric Modularity in the Thermal Modeling of Solar Steam Turbines
2014 (English)In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOLARPACES 2013 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, Elsevier, 2014, Vol. 49, 1737-1746 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
To optimize the start-up schedules of steam turbines operating in concentrating solar power plants, accurate predictions of the temperatures within the turbine are required. In previous work by the authors, thermal models of steam turbines have been developed and validated for parabolic trough solar power plant applications. Building on these results, there is an interest to increase the adaptability of the models with respect to different turbine geometries due to the growing trend of having larger steam turbines in parabolic trough and solar tower power plants. In this work, a modular geometric approach has been developed and compared against both the previous modeling approach and 96h of measured data from an operational parabolic trough power plant. Results show a large degree of agreement with respect to the measured data in spite of the different detail levels. The new model allows for simple and fast prediction of the thermal behavior of different steam turbine sizes and geometries, which is expected to be of significant importance for future concentrating solar power plants.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 49, 1737-1746 p.
steam turbine, thermal stresses, start-up, finite element method
Research subject Energy Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-126931DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2014.03.184ISI: 000340733700178ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84902271058OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-126931DiVA: diva2:642599
SolarPACES 2013 International Conference
Proceedings of the SolarPACES 2013 International Conference
QC 20140922. QC 201601292013-08-222013-08-222016-01-29Bibliographically approved