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Important Parameters and Performance Testing of Evaporative Inlet Air Cooling System for Gas Turbines: A User’s Experience

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Hemant Gajjar

DGM (Engineering Services), Bharuch, India

Paper No. GT2006-90744, pp. 801-805; 5 pages
doi:10.1115/GT2006-90744
From:
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Cycle Innovations; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration; Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4239-8
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME

abstract

Inlet Air Cooling of gas turbine engines for power augmentation has seen increasing application over the past decade. Evaporative inlet air cooling has been particularly preferred by the Gas Turbine operators due to its low cost and ease of installation. Two of the important considerations for a GT operator are the proper selection of the EIAC and, after installation, its proper testing to assure required performance. This paper is based on the experience, as a user, of selecting a inlet air cooling system and then implementing a Fogging type Evaporative Cooling system. It highlights the important parameters related to evaporative cooling system and in particular fogging, and how the site testing can be handled to ensure proper performance. Concepts of ‘Conversion Effectiveness’ and ‘Evaporation Effectiveness’ have also been introduced in this paper.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME

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