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Thermodynamic simulation and optimization of a solar Organic Rankine Cycle

Grant number: 15/10076-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2015
Effective date (End): July 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Thermal Engineering
Principal researcher:Carlos Eduardo Keutenedjian Mady
Grantee:Raphael Konishi Maruyama
Home Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia Mecânica (FEM). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


This research project aims at performing a thermodynamic analysis of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) using as an energy source solar radiation. Thus, it is intended to study configurations that are most appropriate for this application as well as the choice of working fluid. As a metric to evaluate thermodynamic cycles, mass, energy and exergy balances will be applied. The last one takes into account the quality in a particular energy transfer, and will be used to compare the configurations and different body fluids. Finally, it is intended to perform an optimization for the various scenarios using as the objective function maximize the power output.

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