Combined Cycle Driven Efficiency for Next Generation Nuclear Power Plants

An Innovative Design Approach

Authors: Zohuri, Bahman

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  • Introduces the concept of combined cycle nuclear plants, explaining how recent advances in gas turbines have made these systems increasingly desirable
  • Promulgates modelling and analysis techniques to identify opportunities for increased thermodynamic efficiency and decreased water usage over current Light Water Reactor (LWR) systems
  • Examines all power conversion aspects from the fluid exiting the reactor to the energy releases to the environment, with special focus on heat exchangers and turbo-machinery
  • Provides examples of small projects to facilitate nuanced understanding of the theories and implementation of combined-cycle nuclear plants
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About this book

Introduces the concept of combined cycles for next generation nuclear power plants, explaining how recent advances in gas turbines have made these systems increasingly desirable for efficiency gains and cost-of-ownership reduction. Promulgates modelling and analysis techniques to identify opportunities for increased thermodynamic efficiency and decreased water usage over current Light Water Reactor (LWR) systems. Examines all power conversion aspects, from the fluid exiting the reactor to energy releases into the environment, with special focus on heat exchangers and turbo-machinery. Provides examples of small projects to facilitate nuanced understanding of the theories and implementation of combined-cycle nuclear plants.

This book explores combined cycle driven efficiency of new nuclear power plants and describes how to model and analyze a nuclear heated multi-turbine power conversion system operating with atmospheric air as the working fluid. The included studies are intended to identify paths for future work on next generation nuclear power plants (GEN-IV), leveraging advances in natural-gas-fired turbines that enable coupling salt-cooled, helium-cooled, and sodium-cooled reactors to a Nuclear Air-Brayton Combined Cycle (NACC). These reactors provide the option of operating base-load nuclear plants with variable electricity output to the grid using natural gas or stored heat to produce peak power. The author describes overall system architecture, components and detailed modelling results of Brayton-Rankine Combined Cycle power conversion systems and Recuperated Brayton Cycle systems, since they offer the highest overall energy conversion efficiencies. With ever-higher temperatures predicted in GEN-IV plants, this book’s investigation of potential avenues for thermodynamic efficiency gains will be of great interest to nuclear engineers and researchers, as well as power plant operators and students.

About the authors

Dr. Bahman Zohuri is founder of Galaxy Advanced Engineering, Inc. a consulting company that he formed upon leaving the semiconductor and defense industries after many years as a Senior Process Engineer for corporations including Westinghouse and Intel and then as Senior Chief Scientist at Lockheed Missile and Aerospace Corporation. During his time with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, he performed thermal hydraulic analysis and natural circulation for Inherent Shutdown Heat Removal System (ISHRS) in the core of a Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR). While at Lockheed, he was responsible for the study of vulnerability, survivability and component radiation and laser hardening for Defense Support Program (DSP), Boost Surveillance and Tracking Satellites (BSTS) and Space Surveillance and Tracking Satellites (SSTS). He also performed analysis of characteristics of laser beam and nuclear radiation interaction with materials, Transient Radiation Effects in Electronics (TREE), Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), System Generated Electromagnetic Pulse (SGEMP), Single-Event Upset (SEU), Blast and Thermo-mechanical, hardness assurance, maintenance and device technology. His consultancy clients have included Sandia National Laboratories and he holds patents in areas such as the design of diffusion furnaces and Laser Activated Radioactive Decay. He is the author of several books on nuclear engineering heat transfer.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Hardcover $159.99
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  • Due: November 18, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-36858-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Combined Cycle Driven Efficiency for Next Generation Nuclear Power Plants
Book Subtitle
An Innovative Design Approach
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-15560-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-15560-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-15559-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36858-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 359
Number of Illustrations
82 b/w illustrations, 96 illustrations in colour
Topics