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Thermoeconomic Analysis and Optimization of a Gas Turbine Cogeneration Unit by a Systems Approach

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Ryohei Yokoyama, Shinsuke Takeuchi, Koichi Ito

Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka, Japan

Paper No. GT2005-68392, pp. 127-133; 7 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2005: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Turbo Expo 2005
  • Reno, Nevada, USA, June 6–9, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4727-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3754-8
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


It is important to design and operate energy conversion systems such as gas turbine cogeneration ones optimally from the thermoeconomic viewpoint. However, an energy conversion system has a complex network structure, and it takes much time to create its model for the thermoeconomic analysis and optimization. In this paper, a systems approach is presented for the performance analysis and optimization of mechanical systems with network structures, and it is applied to the thermoeconomic analysis and optimization of a gas turbine cogeneration unit. The system modeling for the performance analysis is conducted by a building block approach. Static and dynamic problems for the performance analysis are formulated as sets of nonlinear algebraic and differential algebraic equations, and are solved by the Newton-Raphson method and a hierarchical combination of the Runge-Kutta and Newton-Raphson methods, respectively. The performance optimization is conducted to determine design and operation conditions which optimize performance criteria. This problem is formulated as a nonlinear programming one and is solved by a global optimization method. In the application, the cycle analysis is conducted to determine mass flow rates, pressures, and temperatures, which is followed by the exergy and cost analyses to determine exergy flow rates and efficiencies, and capital costs, respectively. In addition, design and operation conditions are determined to maximize the exergy efficiency or minimize the annual total cost based on the results of the cycle, exergy, and cost analyses. Through a numerical study, it turns out that the proposed systems approach enables one to conduct the thermoeconomic analysis and optimization efficiently.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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