Power Plant Simulation Software for Optimizing Thermodynamic and Financial Plant Operation PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
Patrick R. Griffin, Maher Elmasri, Gwo-Tung Chen

Thermoflow Incorporated, Wellesley, MA

Stephen Kamppila, Frank Basile

Selkirk Cogen Partners, L.P., Selkirk, NY

Paper No. 96-GT-277, pp. V004T11A003; 14 pages
  • ASME 1996 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 4: Heat Transfer; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
  • Birmingham, UK, June 10–13, 1996
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7875-0
  • Copyright © 1996 by ASME


A modular software system was developed to optimize thermodynamic and financial operation of the 350 MW Selkirk Cogen combined cycle power plant. The package is derived from commercially available modeling software, customized for this site. The system satisfies the information needs of both technical and business oriented personnel by: (1) direct simulation utilizing the simulator’s detailed, accurate, component-wise models and (2) lookup into a large database of pre-simulated plant scenarios which obey an established operating methodology. An unattended on-line module, with access to the distributed control system, continually compares simulator output with plant measurements. This provides measures of instrumentation health and current equipment performance indicators which are fed back to update the pre-simulated database. A series of example uses of the software is provided.

Copyright © 1996 by ASME
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