The optimization of the heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) is one of the key elements for increasing the efficiency of combined plants. According to the current technical practice, it can be organized at different levels of complexity with objectives sequentially defined: operating parameters, geometrical details and technological elements. According to this point of view, in the paper a complete strategy for the optimum design of the HRSG is outlined. The optimization is organized at two levels: the first one enables to obtain the main operating parameters of the HRSG, while the second involves the detailed design of the component concerning the geometric variables of the heat transfer sections. The output of the first-level optimization is the input of the second level. In particular, the second level of the optimization can be articulated in two different steps. The first step can be aimed to the minimization of the pressure drop for a given heat flow. The second step leads to a reduction of the overall dimensions, maintaining the imposed performance of the HRSG in terms of heat flow and pressure drop. The whole procedure is tested with reference to a case of existing HRSG structures; it shows the possibility of improving performance maintaining a constrained packaged size.

A general method for the optimum design of heat recovery steam generators

FRANCO, ALESSANDRO;
2006

Abstract

The optimization of the heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) is one of the key elements for increasing the efficiency of combined plants. According to the current technical practice, it can be organized at different levels of complexity with objectives sequentially defined: operating parameters, geometrical details and technological elements. According to this point of view, in the paper a complete strategy for the optimum design of the HRSG is outlined. The optimization is organized at two levels: the first one enables to obtain the main operating parameters of the HRSG, while the second involves the detailed design of the component concerning the geometric variables of the heat transfer sections. The output of the first-level optimization is the input of the second level. In particular, the second level of the optimization can be articulated in two different steps. The first step can be aimed to the minimization of the pressure drop for a given heat flow. The second step leads to a reduction of the overall dimensions, maintaining the imposed performance of the HRSG in terms of heat flow and pressure drop. The whole procedure is tested with reference to a case of existing HRSG structures; it shows the possibility of improving performance maintaining a constrained packaged size.
Franco, Alessandro; Giannini, N.
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