The ORC test rig has four primary components:
A process water heater acts as the heat source, providing the required heat input to the evaporator. To reject heat from the condenser, a cooling tower is used.Integrated with a data acquisition system for collecting and analyzing data, various sensors are used throughout the rig for process control and measurement. Thermocouples and pressure sensors are placed at the inlet and outlet of all primary components to control and monitor fluid temperatures and pressures.
High-precision Coriolis flow meters are used to measure the mass flow rate of the working fluid. Turbine type flow meters are used to measure the hot water loop and cold water loop.
To measure work output, a torque sensor is connected to the expander. All the generated power is transferred to braking resistors and dissipated as heat.
The maximum achievable values for all primary system parameters are as follows:
1. Compatibility with additional working fluids is possible, but requires evaluation on a case-by-case basis.
2. Compatibility with higher temperatures is possible, but requires evaluation on a case-by-case basis.
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