OPTIMIZATION OF AIR COOLED CONDENSER.
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This paper presents essential design parameters for determining the optimum configuration for an air cooled condenser. The procedure is illustrated for a plant operating on a Rankine cycle with air as the coolant. The inclusion of the engine power necessary to drive the condenser fan yields the optimum values for the air velocity and condenser temperature. These optimum values depend on the parameter to be optimised and the parameters of interest differs depending upon the type of application. The results of this study allow the selection of condenser temperature and air velocity which will produce either (1) minimum frontal areas; (2) minimum heat transfer area for a fixed condenser volume; or (3) maximum thermal efficiency based on useful work output.
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Annamalai, K., Lau, S. C., & Shelton, S. V.