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Applied Thermodynamics: Software Solutions

Vapor Power cycles (Rankine cycle) + Problems (Mathcad)

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This book is a supplement to the Part-II of the popular, free ebook series on Applied Thermodynamics: Software Solutions.
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This book, viz. “Applied Thermodynamics: Software solutions – Vapor Power cycles (Rankine cycle)” is a supplement to the Part-II of the popular, free ebook series on Applied Thermodynamics: Software Solutions by the same author, published by Bookboon.

Rankine cycle and its variations are used in Steam power plants, marine applications etc.

In this book, as with other books of this series, the focus is on the solutions to problems using computer software. Only the essential theory and summary of equations required for calculations are given at the beginning of the chapter.

Here, we have particularly focused on solving problems with the very useful software, Mathcad.

Since Mathcad does not have built-in functions to determine the properties water/steam, we have first written useful functions for properties of water/steam using data from NIST. Then, we demonstrate the ease with which one can do calculations, produce tables and graphs of results, and perform ‘what – if analysis’ with Mathcad, by solving a variety of problems.

Several Functions are written in Mathcad to simplify the standard and most often required calculations for Rankine cycle and its variations, which, the students, teachers, researchers and professionals may find very useful.

Mathcad programs are given clearly and transparently, so that those who need them can use them for their works.

S. I. Units are used throughout this book. Wide variety of worked examples presented in the book should be useful for those appearing for University, AMIE and Engineering Services examinations.

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions, Statements and Formulas used [2–8]
    1. Carnot cycle for steam
    2. Ideal Rankine cycle for steam
    3. Actual Rankine cycle for steam
    4. Reheat Rankine cycle, with ideal processes for steam
    5. Actual, Reheat Rankine cycle for steam
    6. Regenerative Rankine cycle, with one open feed water heater (FWH), with ideal processes for steam
    7. Actual, Regenerative Rankine cycle, with one open feed water heater (FWH), for steam
    8. Regenerative Rankine cycle, with one closed feed water heater (FWH), with ideal processes for steam
    9. Reheat-Regenerative Rankine cycle, with one open feed water heater (FWH), with ideal processes for steam
    10. Reheat-Regenerative Rankine cycle, with one closed feed water heater (FWH), with ideal processes for steam
    11. Second Law analysis (or, exergy analysis) of vapor power cycles [3]
    12. Second Law efficiency, ηII[9]
  3. Problems solved with Mathcad
  4. References
About the Author

Dr. M. Thirumaleshwar

Dr. M. Thirumaleshwar graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Surathkal, Karnataka, India, in the year 1965. He obtained M.Sc (cryogenis) from University of Southampton, U.K. and Ph.D. (cryogenics) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India), Life Member, Indian Society for Technical Education, and a Foundation Fellow of Indian Cryogenics Council.

He has worked in India and abroad on large projects in the areas involving heat transfer, fluid flow, vacuum system design, cryo-pumping etc.

He worked as Head of Cryogenics Dept. in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Bombay and Centre for Advanced Technology (CAT), Indore, from 1966 to 1992.

He worked as Guest Collaborator with Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory of Universities Research Association, in Dallas, USA from 1990 to 1993.

He also worked at the Institute of Cryogenics, Southampton, U.K. as a Visiting Research Fellow from 1993 to 1994.

He was Head of the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues Institute of Technology, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, India for eight years.

He also worked as Head of Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering, and then as Principal, Vivekananda College of Engineering and Technology, Puttur (D.K.), India.

He was Professor and coordinator of Post-graduate program in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering in St. Joseph Engineering College, Vamanjoor, Mangalore, India.

A book entitled “Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer” authored by him and published by M/s Pearson Education, India (2006) has been adopted as a Text book for third year engineering students by the Visweswaraya Technological University (V.T.U.), Belgaum, India.

He has authored a free e-book entitled “Software Solutions to Problems on Heat Transfer” wherein problems are solved using 4 software viz. Mathcad, EES, FEHT and EXCEL. This book, containing about 2750 pages, is presented in 9 parts and all the 9 parts can be downloaded for free from www.bookboon.com.

He has also authored free e-books on Thermodynamics entitled “Basic Thermodynamics: Software Solutions” and “Applied Thermodynamics: Software Solutions” wherein problems are solved using 3 software viz. Mathcad, EES, and TEST. Each of these titles is presented in 5 parts and all the books can be downloaded for free from www.bookboon.com.

He has also written and published three booklets entitled as follows:

  1. Towards Excellence…How to Study (A Guide book to Students)
  2. Towards Excellence…How to teach (A guide book to Teachers)
  3. Towards Excellence…Seminars, GD’s and Personal Interviews (A guide book to Professional and Management students)

Dr. M. Thirumaleshwar has attended several National and International conferences and has more than 50 publications to his credit.