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See detailTOWARDS THE OPTIMAL OPERATION OF AN ORGANIC RANKINE CYCLE UNIT BY MEANS OF MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL Andres
Hernandez Naranjo, Jairo Andres ULg; Desideri, Adriano ULg; Ionescu, Clara et al

in TOWARDS THE OPTIMAL OPERATION OF AN ORGANIC RANKINE CYCLE UNIT BY MEANS OF MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL (2015, October 14)

In this paper the optimal operation of an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) unit is investigated both in terms of energy production and safety conditions. Simulations on a validated dynamic model of a real re ... [more ▼]

In this paper the optimal operation of an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) unit is investigated both in terms of energy production and safety conditions. Simulations on a validated dynamic model of a real re- generative ORC unit, are used to illustrate the existence of an optimal evaporating temperature which maximizes energy production for some given heat source conditions. This idea is further extended using a perturbation based Extremum Seeking (ES) algorithm to find online the optimal evaporating tempera- ture. Regarding safety conditions we propose the use of the Extended Prediction Self-Adaptive Control (EPSAC) approach to constrained Model Predictive Control (MPC). Since it uses input/output models for prediction, it avoids the need of state estimators, making of it a suitable tool for industrial applica- tions. The performance of the proposed control strategy is compared to PID-like schemes. Results show that EPSAC-MPC is a more effective control strategy as it allows a safer and more efficient operation of the ORC unit, as it can handle constraints in a natural way, operating close to the boundary conditions where power generation is maximized. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis and comparison of different modeling approaches for the simulation of a micro-scale organic Rankine cycle power plant
Dickes, Rémi ULg; Dumont, Olivier ULg; Legros, Arnaud ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 3rd International Seminar on ORC Power Systems (2015, October 12)

When simulating a system based on the organic Rankine cycle (ORC), different modeling methods can be used to predict its performance. Each method is characterized by advantages, limitations and a level of ... [more ▼]

When simulating a system based on the organic Rankine cycle (ORC), different modeling methods can be used to predict its performance. Each method is characterized by advantages, limitations and a level of complexity. This contribution aims to assess the impact of the modeling approach on the performance prediction of ORC systems. To this end, a 2.8 kWe ORC unit is investigated as case study. In this paper, the components of the test bench are modeled using different approaches of increasing complexity and each model is calibrated using experimental data from the test rig. The goodness of fit as well as the benefits and limitations of each modeling methods are analyzed and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformances of a simple exhaust mechanical ventilation coupled to a mini heat pump: modeling and experimental investigations
Ransy, Frédéric ULg; Gendebien, Samuel ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg

Conference (2015, September 24)

According to the European directive 2012/27/EU of October 2012 on energy efficiency, buildings represented 40 % of the EU’s final energy consumption in 2011. The major part of this energy consumption is ... [more ▼]

According to the European directive 2012/27/EU of October 2012 on energy efficiency, buildings represented 40 % of the EU’s final energy consumption in 2011. The major part of this energy consumption is due to the residential sector for space heating and domestic hot water production. Moreover, buildings are crucial to achieve the EU objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95 % by 2050 compared to 1990. In order to reduce these greenhouse gas emissions, retrofit measures regarding insulation and air-tightness have to be taken. However, such improvements of the building envelope lead to a relative increase in consumption related to ventilation. Indeed, according to Orme (2001), Roulet et al. (2001) and Fouih et al. (2012), the heating demand due to ventilation can reach more than 50 % of the total building heating demand for new and retrofitted buildings. To reduce the energy consumption due to ventilation, exhaust air heat pumps (EAHPs) can be used instead of the traditional heat recovery with an air-to-air heat exchanger. EAHPs recover heat from the exhaust air of the ventilation system to produce domestic hot water and space heating. According to Fehrm et al. (2002), this technology is already widely used in the northern countries such as Germany and Sweden. In fact, according to Fracastoro et al. (2010), efficiencies of EAHPs are higher than those obtained with outside air or geothermal heat pumps in certain conditions, whatever the climate location. Berg et al. (2010) have monitored three houses in Sweden equiped with exhaust air heat pumps. The seasonal performance factor (SPF) values were all within the range 1.4-1.7. This factor takes into account the energy consumption of the heat pumps and the auxiliary heating systems. A 17 kW exhaust air heat pump has also been tested by Mikola et al. (2014). The measured SPF for the heat pump only (without taking into account the auxiliary heating system) was about 2.9-3.4 in winter and 3 in the summer. Exhaust air heat pumps coupled with simple exhaust mechanical ventilation systems have many advantages compared to traditional balanced systems with heat recovery: • Only one fan is necessary and the duct system is simpler. Consequently, EAHPs are suitable for retrofitted buildings. • The heat pump can provide the whole part of the heating demand related to domestic hot water and 50 % of the heating demand related to space heating, according to Fracastoro et al. (2010). • The heat pump can also provide active cooling by inversing the refrigerating cycle. • The heat pump performance is high and remains constant with outdoor temperature changes since the temperature of the heat sink is constant (20°C). As a result, the system is cost-effective. • The system is compact, quiet and requires little maintenance. In the present paper, the energetic performances of an exhaust air heat pump are assessed through numerical and experimental studies. The thermal capacity of the machine is 1.5 kW when the inside air temperature is 20°C and the outside water temperature is 35°C. The heat pump is therefore ideally suited for new or retrofitted buildings. The system including a mechanical exhaust ventilation system and an exhaust air heat pump is first presented. Secondly, the heat pump model used afterwards to determine the heat pump seasonal performance factor is described. Thirdly, the model is calibrated to fit the measurement data. Finally, the heat pump model is coupled to a building model to determine the annual performance of the system. The system is compared to a traditional balanced ventilation system with heat recovery in terms of primary energy consumption, for different heating and DHW production systems (electric heater, heat pump, gas condensing boiler). [less ▲]

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See detailLow-order models of a single-screw expander for organic Rankine cycle applications
Ziviani, Davide; Desideri, Adriano ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg et al

in Low-order models of a single-screw expander for organic Rankine cycle applications D. (2015, September 10)

Screw-type volumetric expanders have been demonstrated to be a suitable technology for organic Rankine cycle (ORC) systems because of higher overall effectiveness and good part-load behaviour over other ... [more ▼]

Screw-type volumetric expanders have been demonstrated to be a suitable technology for organic Rankine cycle (ORC) systems because of higher overall effectiveness and good part-load behaviour over other positive displacement machines. An 11 kWe single-screw expander (SSE) adapted from an air compressor has been tested in an ORC test-rig operating with R245fa as working fluid. A total of 60 steady-steady points have been obtained at four different rotational speeds of the expander in the range between 2000 rpm and 3300 rpm. The maximum electrical power output and overall isentropic effectiveness measured were 7.3 kW and 51.9%, respectively. In this paper, a comparison between two low-order models is proposed in terms of accuracy of the predictions, the robustness of the model and the computational time. The first model is the Pacejka equation-based model and the second is a semi-empirical model derived from a well-known scroll expander model and modified to include the geometric aspects of a single screw expander. The models have been calibrated with the available steady-state measurement points by identifying the proper parameters. 1. [less ▲]

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See detailSmart Grid Energy Flexible Buildings through the use of Heat Pumps and Building Thermal Mass as Energy Storage in the Belgian context
Masy, Gabrielle; Georges, Emeline ULg; Verhelst, Clara et al

in Science and Technology for the Built Environment (2015), 21(6), 800-811

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See detailDesign, Modeling, and Performance Optimization of a Reversible Heat Pump/Organic Rankine Cycle System for Domestic Application
Quoilin, Sylvain ULg; Dumont, Olivier ULg; Harley Hansen, Kristian et al

in Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power (2015)

In this paper, an innovative system combining a heat pump (HP) and an organic Rankine cycle (ORC) process is proposed. This system is integrated with a solar roof, which is used as a thermal source to ... [more ▼]

In this paper, an innovative system combining a heat pump (HP) and an organic Rankine cycle (ORC) process is proposed. This system is integrated with a solar roof, which is used as a thermal source to provide heat in winter months (HP mode) and electricity in summer months (ORC mode) when an excess irradiation is available on the solar roof. The main advantage of the proposed unit is its similarity with a traditional HP: the HP/ORC unit only requires the addition of a pump and four-way valves compared to a simple HP, which can be achieved at a low cost. A methodology for the optimal sizing and design of the system is proposed, based on the optimization of both continuous parameters such as heat exchanger size or discrete variables such as working fluid. The methodology is based on yearly simulations, aimed at optimizing the system performance (the net yearly power generation) over its whole operating range instead of just nominal sizing operating conditions. The simulations allow evaluating the amount of thermal energy and electricity generated throughout the year, yielding a net electric power output of 3496 kWh throughout the year. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental study of Predictive Control strategies for optimal operation of Organic Rankine Cycle systems
Hernandez Naranjo, Jairo Andres ULg; Desideri, Adriano ULg; Ionescu, Clara et al

in Experimental study of Predictive Control strategies for optimal operation of Organic Rankine Cycle systems (2015, July 17)

In this paper the performance of Model Predictive Control (MPC) and PID based strategies to optimally recover waste heat using Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology is investigated. First the ... [more ▼]

In this paper the performance of Model Predictive Control (MPC) and PID based strategies to optimally recover waste heat using Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology is investigated. First the relationship between the evaporating temperature and the output power is experimentally evaluated, concluding that for some given heat source conditions there exists an optimal evaporating temperature which maximizes the energy production. Three different control strategies MPC and PID based are developed in order not only to maximize energy production but to ensure safety conditions in the machine. For the case of the MPC, the Extended Prediction Self-Adaptive Control (EPSAC) algorithm is considered in this study as it uses input/output models for prediction, avoiding the need of state estimators, making of it a suitable tool for industrial applications. The experimental results obtained on a 11kWe pilot plant show that the constrained EPSAC-MPC outperforms PID based strategies, as it allows to accurately regulate the evaporating temperature with a lower control effort while keeping the superheating in a safer operating range. [less ▲]

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See detailModel reduction for simulating the dynamic behavior of parabolic troughs and a thermocline energy storage in a micro-solar power unit
Dickes, Rémi ULg; Desideri, Adriano ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg et al

in Proceedings of ECOS 2015 (2015, July)

Micro-scale concentrated solar power plants are characterized by strong transients and mostly operate in off-design working conditions. Both the sizing and the control of these systems are key challenges ... [more ▼]

Micro-scale concentrated solar power plants are characterized by strong transients and mostly operate in off-design working conditions. Both the sizing and the control of these systems are key challenges whose optimization requires powerful dynamic modeling tools. In this context, a system featuring a solar field of parabolic troughs, a thermocline thermal energy storage and a 5kWe organic Rankine cycle (ORC) power unit is modeled in the Modelica language. Model reduction methods applied to the solar field and the thermal storage are investigated and analyzed to improve the computational efficiency of the problem. Each model is described and integrated in the open-source ThermoCycle library. Results of simulation under identical operating conditions are compared and the benefits and limitations of model reduction are assessed. [less ▲]

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See detailSemi-empirical correlation to model heat losses along solar parabolic trough collectors
Dickes, Rémi ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg

in Proceedings of ECOS 2015 (2015, July)

Solar thermal power plants convert sunshine energy into useful heat and electricity by means of solar collectors and a thermodynamic cycle. Among the different solar collector technologies, parabolic ... [more ▼]

Solar thermal power plants convert sunshine energy into useful heat and electricity by means of solar collectors and a thermodynamic cycle. Among the different solar collector technologies, parabolic troughs are nowadays the most widespread together with solar towers. In order to improve the computation speed required to simulate the temperature profile along solar parabolic trough collectors, a correlation estimating the effective heat losses of the receiver is an essential tool. However, the relations found in the literature lack accuracy and do not translate effectively the effects of the operating conditions in all cases. In this work, an alternative correlation is proposed and calibrated with the results of a deterministic model. Better fitting performance is demonstrated when compared to the prediction of the pre-existing correlations. The benefits and limitations of the new correlation are finally assessed. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic modeling of thermal systems using a semi-empirical approach and the ThermoCycle Modelica Library
Altés Buch, Queralt ULg; Dickes, Rémi ULg; Desideri, Adriano ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Efficiency, Costs, Optimization and Simulation of Energy Systems (2015, June)

This paper proposes an innovative approach for the dynamic modeling of heat exchangers without phase transitions. The proposed thermo-flow model is an alternative to the traditional 1D finite-volumes ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes an innovative approach for the dynamic modeling of heat exchangers without phase transitions. The proposed thermo-flow model is an alternative to the traditional 1D finite-volumes approach and relies on a lumped thermal mass approach to model transient responses. The heat transfer is modeled by the well-known Logarithmic Mean Temperature Difference approach, which is modified to ensure robustness during all possible transient conditions. The lumped parameter models are validated with references models and tested within a Concentrating Solar Power plant model. Results indicate that the developed lumped models are robust and computationally efficient, ensuring the convergence of the Newton Solver. They are significantly faster (~10-fold) than the traditional finite volume models, although a more extensive comparisons would be needed to confirm this figure. They are well suited to be integrated in larger system models, but are not appropriate for the simulation of detailed thermo-flow phenomena. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of the reconciliation method to handle experimental data: application to a reversible heat pump / organic Rankine cycle unit integrated in a positive energy building
Dumont, Olivier ULg; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg

Conference (2015, June)

Experimental data is often the result of long and costly experimentations. Many times, measurements are used directly without (or with few) analysis and treatment. This paper therefore presents a detailed ... [more ▼]

Experimental data is often the result of long and costly experimentations. Many times, measurements are used directly without (or with few) analysis and treatment. This paper therefore presents a detailed methodology to use steady-state measurements efficiently in the analysis of a thermodynamic cycle. The reconciliation method allows to correct each measurement as little as possible, taking its accuracy into account, in order to satisfy all constraints and to evaluate the most probable physical state. The reconciliation method should be used for multiple reasons. First, this method allows to close energy and mass balances exactly, which is needed for predictive models. Also, it allows determining some unknowns that are not or that cannot be measured precisely. Furthermore, it fully exploits the collected measurements with redundancy and it allows to know which sensor should be checked or replaced if necessary. An application of this method is presented in the case of a reversible HP/ORC unit. This unit is a modified heat pump which is able to work as an organic Rankine cycle by reversing its cycle. Combined with a passive house comprising a solar roof and a ground heat exchanger, it allows to get a plus energy house. In this study case, the oil mass fraction is not measured despite of its strong influence on the results. The reconciliation method allows to evaluate it. The efficiency of this method is proven by comparing the error on the outputs of steady-state models of compressor and exchangers. An example is given with the prediction of the pinch-point of an evaporator. In this case, the normalized root mean square deviation (NRMSD) is decreased from 14.3 % to 4.1 % when using the reconciliation method. This paper proves the efficiency of the method and also that the method should be considered more often when dealing with experimentation. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental investigation of a reversible heat pump / organic Rankine cycle unit designed to be coupled with a passive house (Net Zero Energy Building)
Dumont, Olivier ULg; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg

in International Journal of Refrigeration (2015), 54

This paper presents an innovative reversible Heat Pump/Organic Rankine Cycle (HP/ORC) experimental unit designed to be coupled to a Net Zero Energy Building (connected to a 120 m2 thermal solar roof and a ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an innovative reversible Heat Pump/Organic Rankine Cycle (HP/ORC) experimental unit designed to be coupled to a Net Zero Energy Building (connected to a 120 m2 thermal solar roof and a ground heat exchanger). The system can operate in three different modes: an ORC mode to produce electricity when a large amount of heat is collected by the solar roof, a direct heating mode using exclusively the solar roof, and a HP mode for space heating during cold weather conditions. This paper describes a comprehensive experimental campaign carried out on a prototype unit using a modified HVAC scroll compressor (4 kWe). From the results, the technical feasibility of the system is demonstrated. A cycle efficiency of 4.2% is achieved in ORC mode (with condensation and evaporation temperature respectively of 25 C and 88 C) and a COP of 3.1 is obtained in HP mode (with condensation and evaporation temperature respectively of 61 C and 21 C). [less ▲]

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See detailA generalized moving-boundary algorithm to predict the heat transfer rate of counterflow heat exchangers for any phase configuration
Bell, Ian; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg; Georges, Emeline ULg et al

in Applied Thermal Engineering (2015), 79

In this work, a novel and robust solution approach is presented that can be used to predict the steady-state thermal heat transfer rate for counterflow heat exchangers with any combination of single-phase ... [more ▼]

In this work, a novel and robust solution approach is presented that can be used to predict the steady-state thermal heat transfer rate for counterflow heat exchangers with any combination of single-phase and two-phase conditions within the heat exchanger. This methodology allows for multiple internal pinching points, as well as all permutations of subcooled liquid, two-phase and superheated vapor sections for the hot and cold fluids. A residual function based on the matching of the required and available thermal conductances in each section is derived, and Brent's method is then used to drive the residual to zero. Examples are presented for the application of this methodology to a water-heated n-Propane evaporator. The computational time required to execute the model for a simple case is on the order of one millisecond when the tabular interpolation methods of CoolProp are applied. Source code for the algorithm is provided in the Python programming language as an appendix. [less ▲]

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See detailLessons Learned from Heat Balance Analysis for Holzkirchen Twin Houses Experiment
Masy, Gabrielle; Rehab, Imane ULg; Andre, Philippe ULg et al

in Energy Procedia (2015)

Holzkirchen full scale dynamic experiments were conducted in the framework of IEA Annex 58 research program with the aim to obtain and apply a high quality experimental dataset for model validation of ... [more ▼]

Holzkirchen full scale dynamic experiments were conducted in the framework of IEA Annex 58 research program with the aim to obtain and apply a high quality experimental dataset for model validation of full scale buildings. A first experiment was conducted in August 2013. Two identical houses were submitted to a side by side experiment, one with blinds up, one with blinds down. That first experience lasted 42 days including an initialization period, a Randomly Ordered Logarithmic Binary Sequence of heat inputs (ROLBS), and a re-initialization followed by a free-float period. A second experiment was conducted in April 2014 in one of the two houses, with higher levels of heating power in the South oriented zones and imposed indoor temperatures in the North oriented zones. Simulations were performed with EES Engineering Equation Solver using simplified RC dynamic models. The discrepancies observed between simulated results and measured data were first explained through a deeper analysis of thermal bridges, a better assessment of solar heat gains and a better assessment of the air duct heat losses. In the second experiment, the results revealed an underestimation of the building transmission heat losses. A candidate explanation might be the air stratification which would enhance heat losses on the ceiling side. A modelization of the upper and lower room air layers was introduced. The resulting simulated indoor temperature profiles were in accordance with the measurements. A complete breakdown of heat losses and heat gains was computed for both houses, using measured temperatures as input data for the simulation. [less ▲]

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See detailExplicit Multi Model Predictive Control of a Waste Heat Rankine Based System for Heavy Duty Trucks
Grelet, Vincent; Dufour, Pascal; Nadri, Madiha et al

in Proceedings of the 54th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2015)

This paper presents an explicit multi-model predictive controller (MMPC) for a waste heat recovery system (WHRS) mounted on a heavy duty truck engine. WHRS based on the Rankine cycle principle attracts a ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an explicit multi-model predictive controller (MMPC) for a waste heat recovery system (WHRS) mounted on a heavy duty truck engine. WHRS based on the Rankine cycle principle attracts a lot of interest in the heavy duty industry, over the past few years, to decrease the fuel consumption and reach the future pollutant emissions standards. Control issues have still to be faced before the integration of such a system into a vehicle. Model predictive controllers suits really well for our control purpose due to their ability to handle online optimal control problem. This paper focuses on the development of an explicit control law based on MMPC with aim to control the fluid temperature at the inlet of the expansion machine in order to increase the system performance and the reliability. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling, experimentation and simulation of a reversible HP/ORC unit to get a Positive Energy Building
Dumont, Olivier ULg; Carmo, carolina; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg et al

in ORC15 conference proceedings (2015)

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See detailExperimental performance of a piston expander in a smallscale organic Rankine cycle
Oudkerk, Jean-François ULg; Dickes, Rémi ULg; Dumont, Olivier ULg et al

in IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering 90 (2015) (2015)

Volumetric expanders are suitable for more and more applications in the field of micro- and small-scale power system as waster heat recovery or solar energy. This paper present an experimental study ... [more ▼]

Volumetric expanders are suitable for more and more applications in the field of micro- and small-scale power system as waster heat recovery or solar energy. This paper present an experimental study carried out on a swatch-plate piston expander. The expander was integrated into an ORC test-bench using R245fa. The performances are evaluated in term of isentropic efficiency and filling factor. The maximum efficiency and power reached are respectively 53% and 2 kW. Inside cylinder pressure measurements allow to compute mechanical efficiency and drown P-V diagram. A semi-empirical simulation model is then proposed, calibrated and used to analyse the different sources of losses. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling and control of waste heat recovery Rankine based systems for heavy duty trucks
Grelet, Vincent; Dufour, Pascal; Nadri, Madiha et al

in Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes (2015)

This paper presents a control oriented model development for waste heat recovery Rankine based control systems in heavy duty trucks. Waste heat recovery systems, such as Rankine cycle, are promising ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a control oriented model development for waste heat recovery Rankine based control systems in heavy duty trucks. Waste heat recovery systems, such as Rankine cycle, are promising solutions to improve the fuel efficiency of heavy duty engines. Due to the highly transient operating conditions, improving the control strategy of those systems is an important step to their integration into a vehicle. The system considered here is recovering heat from both EGR and exhaust in a serial arrangement and use a mixture of water and ethanol as working fluid. The paper focuses on a comparison of a classical PID controller which is the state of the art in the automotive industry and a nonlinear model based controller in a simulation environment. The nonlinear model based controller shows better performance than the PID one and ensures safe operation of the system. [less ▲]

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See detailWaste heat recovery rankine cycle based system modeling for heavy duty trucks fuel saving assessment
Grelet, Vincent; Lemort, Vincent ULg; Nadri, Madiha et al

in Proceedings of the 3rd ASME International Seminar on ORC Power Systems (ORC) (2015)

This paper presents a method to model heat exchangers used in waste heat recovery Rankine based systems in heavy duty trucks. The method is developed to predict both transfer and working fluid physical ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a method to model heat exchangers used in waste heat recovery Rankine based systems in heavy duty trucks. The method is developed to predict both transfer and working fluid physical properties such as temperature and density after the heat exchange process. Due to the flexibility of such a model, it can be used for a numerous quantity of fluids including water-alcohol mixture. A validation of the developed model is shown and compared to steady state and dynamic test results. The model shows good performance as well in terms of accuracy, which is in the range of 5K error as in computational time which is faster than real time and makes it suitable for concept optimization, control and fuel economy evaluation. [less ▲]

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