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Numerical Simulation Research on the Steam Flow and Heat Transfer in Multi-Inlet Condensers

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Zhao-heng Liu, Ruo-jun Xue, Zhi-bo Qin, Ji-lin Sun

Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, China

Paper No. ICONE25-66666, pp. V008T09A024; 8 pages
  • 2017 25th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 8: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Coupled Codes; Nuclear Education, Public Acceptance and Related Issues
  • Shanghai, China, July 2–6, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5786-1
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


The multi-inlet condenser has two steam inlets, the main steam inlet of main steam turbine and the steam inlet of auxiliary steam turbine. In this paper, it establishes a two-dimensional model for the multi-inlet condenser. The porous medium concept is used in the simulations. A porosity factor is incorporated into the governing equations to account for the flow volume reduction due to the tube bundles, baffles and other internal obstacles. The mathematical model is based on the fundamental governing conservation equations of mass and momentum, and the air mass fraction conservation equation. Then, the equations are solved by the SIMPLEC algorithm. Research results indicates that : 1) The physical fields, including pressure, velocity, thermal resistances and condensation rate, are obtained by numerical simulation of the multi-inlet condenser. 2) The performance of multi-inlet condenser is better than the performance of single-inlet condenser from the point of view of pressure drop. 3) There is an optimum angle of auxiliary steam inlet to make the minimum pressure drop. The optimum angle of the multi-inlet condenser used in this study is 50.65°.

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