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Feasibility Study of the Use of Ground-Coupled Condensers in Industrial Thermal Management

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Ehsan M. Languri, Glenn Cunningham, Jie Cui, Stephen Idem

Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN

Paper No. POWER2016-59074, pp. V001T08A001; 8 pages
doi:10.1115/POWER2016-59074
From:
  • ASME 2016 Power Conference collocated with the ASME 2016 10th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and the ASME 2016 14th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • ASME 2016 Power Conference
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Power Division, Advanced Energy Systems Division, Solar Energy Division, Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5021-3
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME

abstract

A closed loop cooling system that uses the earth as a heat sink to dissipate heat for the energy system’s thermal management is described. The proposed cooling approach employs a concentric tube heat exchanger situated above ground to transfer heat from the system (e.g., power plant condenser) to a separate cooling water loop buried at a specified depth below ground. A parametric study was performed to evaluate the efficacy of the thermal management potential of ground-coupled systems in industrial applications. It revealed that such a condenser design is generally capable of dissipating less than 1.5 MW of heat. A mathematical model is developed to size the required piping for different systems.

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