Ph. D. Thesis
Francisco Javier Uche Marcuello
Universidad de Zaragoza
THERMOECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND
SIMULATION OF A COMBINED POWER
AND DESALINATION PLANT
Universidad de Zaragoza
Ph. D. Tesis
CERTIFICAN
Acknowledgements
The financial support provided by ICWES (International Center for Water and Energy
Systems, United Arab Emirates) is gratefully acknowledged. Sincere appreciation is
expressed to D. M. K. AlGobaisi, Director of ICWES, for his continued support and
encouragement during the course of this thesis. The discussions that the author and
my directors had with him and Ali ElNashar and Asghar Husain were very helpful.
Thanks are also extended to Hanif Sultan and John Nynam who provided the technical
information essential to the design of my simulator.
Resumen
La desalación de aguas de mar o salobres es una de las formas más utilizadas para
dotar con la calidad suficiente a la población de los recursos hídricos necesarios para
su manutención y desarrollo. En un sector industrial en constante crecimiento, ya que
el consumo humano per cápita sigue aumentando constantemente con el incremento
del nivel de vida, a pesar de las campañas buscando el ahorro y la racionalidad en el
consumo, sobre todo en la agricultura intensiva.
España es país que cuenta con un claro déficit de agua en las zonas costeras del
Levante y Sur, así como en los dos archipiélagos principales (Baleares y Canarias),
dichas zonas coinciden con ser las más turísticas del país, lo que significa que la
demanda se multiplica en verano. Sin tener en cuenta la posibilidad de efectuar tras
vases de otras cuencas hidrográficas no deficitarias, el problema está siendo resuelto
principalmente por plantas de Osmosis Inversa, plantas cuyas dimensiones y produc
ción se adecuan mucho mejor a las necesidades de los diferentes tamaños de los
núcleos ó asentamientos estables de población. El coste del agua producida sigue
siendo muy alto en comparación con la obtención por medios naturales, pero sin
embargo es menor que otros métodos de desalación.
forma conjunta, cosa que normalmente no se hace en este tipo de instalaciones: cada
planta es gestionada independientemente.
Desalination is the most important source of drinking water in arid zones, especially
in the Gulf Area. Desalination consumes a lot of energy and, unfortunately, mostly
from oil or natural gas. Cogeneration plants providing freshwater and electricity are
used in the arid areas. The combination of steam turbine plants and MSF (Multistage
Flash) units is one of the most common schemes to meet water and energy
requirements, providing almost 80% of all desalinated water in the world.
Thermoeconomic analysis techniques are the most convenient tools to analyze these
systems, because they can:
• Calculate the costs of the flows and products of a plant based on physical criteria
(Second Law of Thermodynamics).
• Assess alternatives to save energy.
• Optimize operations.
• Locally optimize subsystems.
• Perform energy audits and assess the fuel impact of malfunctions (operation
diagnosis)
in the analysis. Local optimization of the dual plant locates the optimum point for
each operating condition and is a very powerful tool for the design analysis.
Introduction
Water scarcity will soon be a serious problem, especially considering the rapidly
increasing world population and water consumption per capita. Fortunately, part of
this problem may be alleviated by desalting seawater, although this process consumes
a lot of energy and may be difficult to use in nondeveloped countries. This Ph. D.
Thesis contributes to searching for a way to reduce the energy required by desalting
plants and provides tools to improve desalination technology.
Several studies and international organizations focus on energy and others on water,
but there seems to be a marked lack of attention on combined water and energy issues.
The interaction between water production and energy is the main topic in this thesis.
The main objective is to determine the validity of the thermoeconomic analysis in
very complex systems like a dualpurpose power and desalination plant.
This thesis considers the behavior of one of the most developed systems for providing
water within the following framework:
• Increasing human consumption and its consequences.
• Water quality and the uses derived from its quality.
• The world water crisis is mostly focused on water stressed areas. In these areas
the water problem may also be solved by using desalting plants.
• The interactions among the methods required to provide energy to desalt water.
• The reasons for studying the steam turbine power plant + MultiStage Flash
(MSF) desalination unit from thermodynamic point of view.
• How Thermoeconomic techniques as the most useful to study complex systems.
The final section of this chapter includes the structure of this Ph. D. Thesis.
The imbalance between the available water resources and demand is clear, especially
in arid areas like the Arabian Gulf or Northern Africa. Human water consumption per
capita in this region is very high (including domestic, agricultural and industrial uses)
ranging from 300 to 1,500 liters per day. Rapidly rising incomes in some countries,
with the resultant increase of living standards, and water losses in the network have
led to even higher per capita water consumption. Intensive agriculture under arid
conditions increases this demand. The available water resources from perennial
surface water, renewable ground water and reclaimed wastewater are insufficient to
meet the demand. Overexploitation of groundwater decreases groundwater levels
and deteriorates water quality, including saltwater intrusion. On the basis of the past
experiences in arid zones, renewable freshwater resources of 1,000 cubic meters per
capita per year have been considered the limit for a chronic water scarcity that will
impede development and harm human health. In terms of resources deficiency, water
stress is defined as an annual renewable resource less than 1,000 cubic meters per
capita per year. All the countries of the Arabian World suffer from water stress
(AlGobaisi, 1999).
Ocean has an average TDS of 36,000 ppm, and 33,600 ppm for the Pacific Ocean
water (Abu Qdais, 1999).
The highest limit for human consumption is 1,000 ppm (Spiegler and ElSayed,
1994), although the maximum permissible salt concentration in drinking water
depends on the type of salt, the total daily water consumption and the climate (e.g., if
the climate is hot and the salt is mainly sodium chloride, excess salt can even be
beneficial to the human body). On average humans consume 28 liters per day. Thus,
saltwater rejection for drinking water does not present a serious economic problem
in the future, if compared with the water demand for agricultural or industrial
purposes.
The purity of water for industry strongly depends on the use. Sometimes brackish
water (water with less than 5,000 ppm) is enough for industrial purposes, but
ultrapure water is needed for specific processes like cooling power generation plants.
The amount of water for industry is several times human water consumption which
is why we need more research on saving water in industrial processes and reusing
waste water.
Nonnatural irrigation (that is, not provided by rainfall) consumes the most amount of
the world's water. For example, in China agriculture uses up 87% of the total water
demand. In arid areas irrigation consumes enormous amounts of water. Desalination
processes are so expensive that they are not feasibly introduced to irrigate land.
However, brackish waters with a moderate salinity (about 2,000 ppm) are acceptable
for some crops. The tolerance limits of each plant must be examined as a function of
the soil, climate, saltwater composition, irrigation method and additional treatments
(fertilizers).
per capita water demand (over 500 l per capita per day, AbdelJawad and Al
Tabtabaei, 1999) to meet the huge socioeconomic developments since the 70s have
recently magnified the problem. These countries are characterized by scanty rainfall
and high evaporation and consumption which leads to deficits in their water budget.
All these factors classify these countries as arid to semiarid because of their limited
conventional water resources and generally absent reliable surface water.
• The Arabian Gulf is roughly rectangular, surrounded by Iraq and Kuwait on the
northwest, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman on the
west and south and by Iran on the east. The Gulf is approximately 100 Km long
and 300 Km wide, with a surface area of 2.39×105 Km2. Average water depth is
35 meters, so its volume is 8.63×103 Km3. Water circulates very slowly between
the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman via the Strait of Hormuz: the average
residence time of water is 25 years.
• The Gulf Region has an arid subtropical climate with very limited annual rainfall.
Water temperature varies seasonally from 18 ºC to 33 ºC. Therefore, evaporation is
very high most of the year, exceeding the total river runoff by approximately a
factor of 10. The effect of the river runoff, temperature and evaporation explain the
gradually increasing salinity (from 36,300 to 50,000 ppm).
Water stores are gradually depleting since it is extracted faster than refilled:
approximately 17,000 million cubic meters are used per year and 3,000 million cubic
meters recharged, and 4,000 million cubic meters are available from surface water. The
total current water demand is about 20,000 Mm3/y, with non renewable resources
satisfying approx. 75% with the rest supplied by renewable conventional sources,
desalination plants and recycled wastewater. Table 1.1 shows the ground water
resources and the amount of renewable water resources in 1994 per year in the Gulf
Countries.
Table 1.1 informs that the water stress in the Gulf countries is one of the main
problems that needs to be solved. Water withdrawal or water demand is shown in
table 1.2. The total demand is divided in domestic, agricultural and industrial uses.
TABLE 1.1 Ground water disposal and renewable water resources in the Gulf Countries in 1994 (Alawadhi,
1999).
TABLE 1.2 Water demand for the Gulf Countries in 1990 (ESCWA, 1994).
TABLE 1.3 Total installed capacity and production in the seawater desalination plant of the Gulf Area in year
1994 (Alawadi, 1999; AlGobaisi, 1999).
TABLE 1.4 Contracted capacity of freshwater production from seawater and all waters with the existing
process. The total capacity is 12.8 million cubic meters per day and 21 million cubic meters per
day, respectively. Data collected in 1996 (Alawadhi, 1999).
Gulf countries actually recycle no more than 35% of their total treated wastewater,
which contributes about 2.2% to the total water supply. Treated seawater is currently
used mainly for landscaping, fodder crop irrigation and some very specific industrial
uses. There are a total of 105 sewage water treatment plants in the Gulf countries with
a total capacity of about 2 Mm3/d. There is no doubt that this water source is
underused due to the lack of wastewater plants. More of these plants are needed make
better use of this water source and minimize the serious impact on the environment as
a result of its uncontrolled and unsafe disposal. Salt intrusion, ground water quality
and the saline interface between sea and ground water are some of the problems that
could be avoided with these plants.
Table 1.5 shows the water resources in these four countries. Water resource per capita
is one of the fundamental indexes of water abundance. However, they only express
part of the potential availability since in some cases the transportation cost is too
high. Australia, for example, has the highest water value per capita because it has a
small population with rather little and irregular precipitation, and high evaporation.
Japan has the most precipitation but also the largest population. In China water
availability is irregular due to the climate and population distribution. Korea has the
least water per capita despite of a lot of precipitation.
TABLE 1.5 Natural resources in the pacific region in the year 1998 (Goto et al., 1999).
Agricultural use occupies the largest portion in the region, whereas the consumption
for living is dependent of the area (standard of living, lifestyle and climate determine
the water consumption). Industrial water consumption is increased by industrial
development but can be decreased by efforts such as recycling. Table 1.6 summarizes
the fresh water consumption in the four countries.
TABLE 1.6 Water use trends in the Pacific region (Goto et al., 1999).
Desalination in the Pacific region is not as important as in the Gulf region. Table 1.7
explains the capacity, process, use and feed water of the desalination plants in the
Pacific area.
TABLE 1.7 Desalination installations in the Pacific region. Data from 1998 (Goto et al., 1999).
Capacity
Country Process Use Feed water
(m3/d)
64% RO 45% Industry 70% brackish
Australia 84,000 18% VC 33% Power gen. 18% wastewater
12% MSF + ME 15% Municipal 10% seawater
55% Industry 50% brackish
85% RO
China 182,000 40% Power gen. 20% pure water
15% MSF + ME
5% Living 30% river, wastewater
88% RO
6.5% ED 53% Industry
Japan 129,885 Seawater and brackish mainly
3.5% MSF 47% Water supply systems
1.8% ME
> 90% RO 100% Industry including Pure > brackish >
Korea 180,000
Rest ED power generation wastewater > river water
In conclusion, water shortage will increase with the development of industry and an
improved standard of living in the coming century, especially in the more populated
areas like China.
There are more than 200,000 villages in India with inadequate drinking water, out of
which about 50,000 suffer from brackishness problems affecting a population of
about 60 million. Approximately one third of these villages are acutely affected by
salinity levels above 4,000 ppm. Villages with an average population of about 500 to
1,500 are mostly separated either by mountainous terrain or long stretches of barren
land and can be broadly categorized into inland and coastal. Provision of safe
drinking water to the villages inland has been given high priority in recent years, with
hundreds of small Reverse Osmosis and Electrodialysis (RO/ED) plants (1030 m3/d)
installed in the affected villages. Only two MultiEffect Distillation (MED) plants of
more than 10,000 m3/d were installed to supply process water in their industrial
complex by seawater desalination (Prabhakar et al., 1997).
Water extracted from the ground is very high in some of these countries, as seen in
table 1.9.
TABLE 1.9 Water withdrawal in North African countries. Data collected in 1990 for Algeria and Tunisia; for
Egypt and Morocco data from 1992 (AlGobaisi, 1997).
Annual withdrawal
Country
% water resources Per capita (m3/y) % Agriculture % Industrial % Living
Algeria 30 180 60 15 25
Egypt 97 956 85 9 6
Libya — — — — —
Morocco 36 427 92 3 5
Tunisia 78 381 89 3 9
In the future, desalination should be the alternative saving solution when the
mobilization of nonconventional water resources is impossible or very costly
(essentially in coastal zones). In this regard, five North African countries (Morocco,
Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt) requested in 1989 technical assistance from the
International Agency of Atomic Energy (IAAE) to study the feasibility of
desalination using nuclear power. The aim was to reuse the treated water in
wastewater plants and provide an important resource to agriculture.
There is little information about desalination plants in Northern Africa, although the
water production there is almost negligible with respect to the Middle East Countries.
Desalination in Egypt is the most important in the region, but the total capacity
contracted is now reported to be 95,000 m3/d (Hassan and Florido, 1999). The MSF
desalination technology switched to reverse osmosis for large plants over 5,000 m3/d
in the last few years The proportion is 55% for the RO plants, 40% for the MSF plants
and the rest in Vapor Compression (VC). Libya has two MSF plants of 24,000 and
10,000 m3/d (VA Tech, 1999), and in the south of Tunisia there are two brackish RO
plants with a capacity of 12,000 m3/d (Cadagua, 1999). Morocco has only one RO
plant with an installed capacity of more than 1,000 m3/d: the Laayoune Seawater
Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant produces 7,000 m3/d of freshwater (NOPW, 1996).
The total water use in the US has fallen since the 80’s since water is now used more
efficiently. Table 1.10 shows the total water consumption and the use by each sector.
US. The desalination growth rated based on increased contracted capacity was the
highest in the world from 19961997, with about 120,000 m3/d of new freshwater.
This implies a rate of growth between 1020% per year, with a total installed capacity
of more than 900,000 m3/d. (Wangnick, 1998). Much of the potable supplies utilize
brackish water.
Many of the island nations of the world are in warm sunny environments and have
two significant items in common: beautiful beaches and a pernicious lack of potable
water. Major economic growth is inhibited since the island’s population cannot
enhance its agriculture and stimulate the tourist trade without a suitable and
consistent supply of useable water. The Caribbean sea is a good example. In Antigua,
about 50% of the total drinking water requirements are supplied by a SWRO plant of
9,500 m3/d which substitutes an old MED plant (Barendsen and Moch, 1999). Other
examples are a 10,000 m3/d SWRO plant in Nassau (Bahamas) (Andrews and
Shumway, 1999), a SWRO plant in Curaçao producing 9,000 m3/d and the Virgin
Islands with 9 MED units and a combined production of 30,000 m3/d (Elovic and
Willocks, 1999).
The total capacity of Spanish desalination plants is now above 600,000 m3/d, and new
projects for another 400,000 m3/d for urban uses are being developed and should be
in operation in two years. Table 1.11 shows the seawater desalinated in Spain in 1998.
TABLE 1.11 Desalinated water in Spain during the year 1998 (Torres and Medina, 1999).
The desalination industry is located in dry Spain, that is, the southern part of the
country: Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Ceuta and the Costa del Sol. Three MSF
plants were installed in Ceuta (1) and Las Palmas (2) in the 70’s, and small vapor
compression units (VC) were the water supply in public delivery systems and private
tourist resorts in the 80’s. Since then, reverse osmosis process (RO) is being used in
big plants. Table 1.12 resumes the biggest desalination plants in Spain.
TABLE 1.12 Some of the RO desalination plants installed in Spain (Cadagua, 1999; Sánchez et al., 1997;
Fayas and Novoa, 1997; Torres et al., 1999; AECYR, 1999).
The Republic of Cyprus is an island at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea
plagued by draught and water shortages in recent years. Seawater desalination has
been the main solution. It has two little MSF plants, a MED plant and a RO plant with
a capacity of 20,000 m3/d (Echaniz et al., 1997). A new RO plant with a capacity of
40,000 m3/d will be built by the year 2000.
Desalination in the rest of Mediterranean countries is less important. There are small
old MSF plants and VC units in the south of Italy to cover the local demand (Ophir
and Gendel, 1999; Italimpianti, 1999). Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon
(VA Tech, 1999) also have small desalination RO plants.
TABLE 1.13 Specific consumption of desalination processes. Data obtained from several sources (Fisia
Italimpianti, 1999; I.D.E., 1999).
As seen in the previous table, thermal distillation consumes more than other methods
and more or less recovers (in the worst case) 80% of the latent heat of boiling water at
atmospheric conditions (about 2,257 kJ/kg). In the previous table, specific
consumption strongly depends on way the required energy is obtained (converting the
primary energy from the fossil fuels into thermal or electrical energy to supply the
plant). Up until recently power plant technology has developed separately from the
technology used to desalt sea or brackish water. However, when the cogeneration
concept is applied to combine the two processes, the consumption of the desalination
process can be reduced more than 50%. Including combined cycles in new MSF/
MED plants considerably reduces consumption and also provides electricity in areas
with energy demand. Cogeneration fuels could be substituted by biomass or refuse
fuels (Tadros and Tadros, 1997). The energywater interaction should be investigated
further and improved in order to provide water to water stressed areas at minimum
cost.
Desalination is almost entirely powered by the combustion of fossil fuels. Their finite
supply is rapidly being depleted and they also pollute the air and contribute to global
climate change. Assuming that all desalinated water in the world (total installed
capacity of 13 Mm3/d) is produced at an average fuel consumption of 200 kJ/kg, and
that the current annual global consumption of oil is 25 billion barrels (rising 2% per
annum, AlGobaisi, 1997), 0.17% of world oil consumption is consumed in
desalination. To underline how important energy is in desalination, if all the water
consumed in the world came from desalination plants (remember that it is actually
only one part in a thousand, AlGobaisi, 1999) the required oil would surpass the
current yearly oil consumption.
This thesis aims to demonstrate the scope of Thermoeconomic Analysis when applied
to a very complex system. One of the most important configurations of dualpurpose
desalination plants is the multistage flash desalination unit (MSF) coupled with a
steam turbine power plant fuelled by natural gas (fuel is also available in exceptional
conditions and startups). This type of configuration is used in a plant containing the
largest single desalination units in the world, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
MSF units provide almost 77% of all desalinated seawater and nearly 82% of that
production is from the Gulf Area (Alawadhi, 1999). MSF plants with unit capacity up
to the unit studied here are likely to dominate the scene in the Gulf countries for at
least another 10 years. The other predominant method of obtaining freshwater,
reverse osmosis (RO), is not in favor due to the high salinity and temperatures of Gulf
seawater. MSF desalination is energy intensive and inefficient especially if the steam
turbine plant does not include a reheater in the boiler. It is therefore a good example
to study from the thermodynamic point of view, following the Second Law
perspective. The conventional energy analysis methods based on the First Law of
Thermodynamics are implicitly compared here.
The reason for studying an MSF plant is not only its dominant position in the world
desalination market. In terms of energy consumption, MSF is the worst desalination
process (see table 1.13). However, from a thermodynamic point of view it offers
many more possibilities to reduce energy consumption in the process. The minimum
power requirement (or thermodynamic limit) to desalt water is consumed in rejecting
the difference of the equilibrium vapor pressure between saltwater and freshwater
(this difference depends on the process temperature). All practical processes are
nonideal, performed by imperfect devices, and are accompanied by auxiliary non
ideal processes. So, the minimum power requirement is higher for all desalination
processes. In RO or VC processes, the power requirement is electrical energy
produced in external power plants. Reducing the energy consumption of the process
is only possible in the desalination process. But when a thermal desalination plant
like a MSF unit is combined with a power plant, MSF technology can be oriented to
improve the thermal efficiency of vertical tube evaporators (VTE) that allow the use
of low temperature heat sources such as turbine reject steam (Sephton, 1999; Sephton
and Salomon, 1997), normally rejected to the environment (through the steam cycle
condenser). In the limit, the cooling tower of a conventional power plant can be
substituted by a lowtemperature MSF unit to highly improve the efficiency of the
steam cycle. Thermoeconomic analysis connects the Second Law of Thermodynamic
and Economics and is especially recommended for these two combined processes.
This is the first time an in depth thermoeconomic study has been made of a
desalination plant, a system combining thermal and chemical processes. Interestingly
the first thermoeconomic ideas were applied to desalination processes in the sixties
and early seventies (Evans, 1962; Tribus et al., 1960; Tribus and Evans, 1963;
ElSayed and Aplenc, 1970; ElSayed and Evans, 1970), but were most developed in
the eighties and nineties when Thermoeconomics was applied in power plants.
Several exergy analyses of MSF plants have already been made (Hamed et al., 1999;
Darwish, AlNajem and AlAhmad, 1993; AlSulaiman and Ismail, 1995; ElNashar,
1993), and the optimization of thermal desalting systems has also been considered
(ElSayed, 1996). In this Ph. D. Thesis, thermoeconomic techniques previously
applied only to power plants were successfully used for a combined power generation
Thermoeconomic analysis techniques are the most convenient tools to analyze these
systems, because they can:
• Calculate the costs of the flows and products of a plant based on physical criteria
(Second Law of Thermodynamics).
• Assess alternatives for energy savings.
• Optimize operation.
• Locally optimize subsystems.
• Perform energy audits and assess fuel impact of malfunctions (operation
diagnosis)
states of the plant (therefore, the data obtained by the simulator are considered
measured data). As in this case, the data acquisition, processing and storage system is
not operative to be used in the thermoeconomic analysis. The simulator can obtain the
thermodynamic state of the plant when an inefficiency is detected or estimated.
In Chapters 3 and 4 the mathematical models applied to the power and desalination
plant are developed. The results are compared and readapted with operational data
from the data acquisition system of the plant. The mathematical model was validated
as a tool that widely reproduces the real state of the plant under different operating
conditions, as if the results were real plant data. An interactive steadystate simulator
was made that can be used on a personal computer to help obtain output data.
The simulator (Chapter 5) supplied the main part of this Ph. D. Thesis: the complete
thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant (Chapter 7).
After explaining the fundamental concepts of Thermoeconomics (Chapter 6), the first
step was to build the thermoeconomic model. The most convenient productive
structure was chosen for the power and desalination plant. The thermodynamic
operation and economic costs of every flowstream of the plant were calculated and
analyzed. Those costs allow cost assessment of the plant products based on physical
criteria. Then, the thermoeconomic diagnosis was applied. The steadystate diagnosis
of the dualpurpose plant helped us obtain a more costeffective operation and a better
understanding of plant performance. The mathematical model was applied for a given
operating condition characterized by operational data (previously validated and
processed) to quantitatively analyze the following steps:
• Comparison with a reference case (target) with the same operating conditions.
• Identification of inefficiencies, and the performance degradation of subsystems
or components. These inefficiencies were simulated.
• Evaluation of the causes of cost generation and component inefficiencies.
• Assessment of the extraoperating cost due to malfunctions with respect to the
most feasible operation and the cost impact of appropriate maintenance actions.
The previous cost analysis is therefore essential to perform the diagnosis of the
system.
• Operation recommendations for the plant managers, taking into account the
experience from the analysis (assessment of alternatives).
Once the diagnosis was completed, a global optimization of the plant was performed
from locally optimizing the system units. The local optimization of a unit consists in
finding the minimum cost of the product of each component. The thermoeconomic
model was also used in this process.
Finally, the idea of maximum benefit in water and electricity production was
analyzed using practical examples. The contribution of the price policy applied in the
final benefit is considered by separating the methods of assessing product price and
cost.
The last chapter (Chapter 8) contains the conclusions of the Ph. D. Thesis and future
lines of research.
Desalination processes
In chapter 1, the great problem of water scarcity and desalination as the way to solve
it is remarked. Desalination is the process that convert brackish or seawater in water
for human consumption, there are several processes technologically developed
providing water in arid areas.
The most reliable techniques of seawater desalination are rated into three categories
depending on the principle applied:
• Processes involving a change of phase: Freezing or distillation.
• Processes using membranes: Reverse osmosis or electrodialysis.
• Processes acting on chemical bonds: Ion exchange.
Among the processes above, distillation and reverse osmosis processes show high
performances in seawater desalination; thus they are the most marketable in the
world. Next, we develop the following processes in detail:
• MultiStage Flash (MSF).
• MultiEffect Distillation (MED).
• Reverse Osmosis (RO).
• Vapor Compression (VC).
We also mentioned the other techniques, which have not been developed in the field
of desalination due to problems generally, related to energy consumption and/or to the
high investments required. These techniques are:
• Solar Distillation.
• Freezing.
• Electrodialysis.
• Ion Exchange.
Seawater with 40,000 to 50,000 ppm dissolved solids is converted into distillate and
fresh water with a few ppm of solids. An MSF type plant operates between two
temperatures: the top brine temperature (brine heater outlet temperature, or TBT) and
the last stage temperature. The top brine temperature depends on:
In practice, MSF plants are designed for various gain outputs ratios (GOR, tons of
fresh water produced per tons of steam supplied to the brine heater). In practice, a
G.O.R of 12:1 being the upper limit. Obviously, the production rate is a direct
function of the flashing brine flow and the flash range (brine top temperaturelast
stage temperature). Also, in theory, the actual number of stages is not important for a
given ratio.
However, the number of stages determines the total exchange area required for heat
recuperation. More stages will decrease the total exchange area required thereby
limiting the maximum number of stages per plant. In practice, however, stage number
increases at increasing gain ratios but also depends on the plant’s capacity. The
number of stages is generally about 20 and sized to keep the temperature difference
constant between stages (the temperature difference is estimated to be about 3 ºC).
FIGURE 2.2 Flow diagram of MultiEffect Distillation (MED) with thermal vapor compression (TVC).
The first stage is heated by external steam from a heat recovery system or a
backpressure steam turbine. But in most cases, MED plants are equipped with
thermal vapor compressors for better efficiency. A steam ejector driven by medium
pressure steam removes a part of the steam produced in the last stage and compresses
it to use as the heating steam. The steam produced in the last stage is condensed on
the outside of exchanger tubes in a separate condenser, which is cooled by incoming
seawater. Part of the heated seawater is then used as feedwater. Product water and
concentrated seawater are then pumped out from the last stage of the evaporator.
Most MED plants have horizontal evaporators. Vertical tube evaporators (VTE) are
also available: In vertical tube evaporation, salt water falls in a thin film through
vertical tubes in a large chamber (figure 2.3). As it falls, it is heated by steam that
condenses on the outer surface of the tubes. This heat exchange converts some of the
salt water in the tubes into steam and some of the steam around the tubes into fresh
water (condensate).
Steam generated inside the tubes in the first chamber flows to the second chamber,
and condenses on the tubes there. The process is repeated in several chambers and is
sometimes called “multipleeffect fallingfilm” distillation, because each bundle of
tubes is an “effect”, and because a thin film of water falls down the inside surface of
the tubes. Vertical tube evaporators are most costeffective in large plants requiring
high efficiency. They have an improvement over older systems since less heat transfer
surface is required and the water need only be circulated once.
the distillate pump and pumped through a threestream heat exchanger. The excess
feed water, called blowdown, which is concentrated, is also pumped through the
same heat exchanger. The distillate and blowdown are cooled therein while
preheating the incoming feedwater. This heat exchanger helps to minimize energy
consumption of the system, in a VC system the specific electric consumption is
lower than 10 kWh/m3.
FIGURE 2.4 Flow diagram of a vapor compression system with vertical tube evaporators (VTE).
Distilled water is made by condensing above atmospheric pressure at 106 ºC. A small
amount of makeup heat is required for continuous operation to replace the heat lost
to radiation and venting and the portion not reclaimed in the threestream heat
exchanger. Electric immersion heaters, a steam coil, or heat recovery exchangers to
recover waste heat from engine jacket water or exhaust gas when available can
provide this makeup heat. The distillate must be sterilized to meet Health Service
requirements and may also be chlorinated for storage purposes.
Several different configurations can be used to recycle the recuperated heat from the
vapor condensation in solar stills. But we will only consider the conventional solar
still (figure 2.5). The sun heats salt water in a black pan covered with a sloping glass
roof. Water vapor rises to the glass where it condenses, forming a film which runs off
into a collecting trough and is stored. The water does not boil but vaporizes slowly
through a layer of watersaturated air and reaches the cooler glass by convection. The
rate of evaporation is primarily controlled by the intensity of the incoming solar
radiation which creates both temperature and water vapor concentration differences
between the water and glass surface. Additional solar radiation can be obtained using
lenses, mirrors and other focusing devices, but also heat losses increase when the
temperature inside the solar still change. Finally, wind velocity has a negative effect
on the cooling of the heating surface.
The principle of the thermal energy extraction from a solar pond or other methods
could be used as the energy source for seawater desalination processes. For example,
the use of parabolic trough collectors (PTC) could make competitive the use of solar
energy for desalination processes (MSF, García and Gómez, 1999; MED, García,
Palmero and Gómez, 1999), depending on conventional energy costs, the solar
collectors cost and the climatic conditions that determine the attainable fresh water
production per m2 of solar collector (the PTC collectors provide on average 10 m3 of
fresh water per m2 of solar collector), and the solar fraction SF that determines the
percentage of the day in which the desalination plant consumes solar energy.
Glass
Solar energy
Condensed vapor
Vapor
Salt water
Insulation
Distilled water Distilled water
If external pressure greater than osmotic pressure is applied to the saline solution, the
water will flow through the membrane in the other direction, leaving behind a more
highly concentrated salt solution. This process is called reverse osmosis (RO). The
osmotic pressure of a solution is directly proportional to the solute concentration, and
the permeated water flow is proportional to the difference between the applied
pressure and the osmotic pressure of the concentrated solution.
RO can be used to demineralize brackish water with 110 gr/l salinity. It is also used
for seawater desalination and has lower energy consumption, investment cost, space
requirements and maintenance than other processes. However, RO seawater plants in
the Gulf Area need an intensive water pretreatment process with a lower product
quality, and are not often used.
Note that distillation methods only need a light chlorination process and some scale
inhibitors (addition of polyphosphates). Sometimes acid is added to prevent the
scaling problem.
RO modules
The main modules used for RO seawater desalination are made out of hollow fibers
and spiral fibers provided by several manufacturers. The spiralwound and hollow
fiber designs were developed to contain the highpressure fluid in the lowest possible
volume for a given membrane surface.
In spiralwound elements membranes and backing are wound similar to a jelly roll
around a central perforated tube which collects the product. Saline water flows
through separate channels in one direction; the membrane elements are typically
30120 cm long and 1030 cm in diameter. They can be mounted in series with anti
telescoping devices between adjacent elements to form modules. Separate modules
can readily be connected in series or in parallel.
The hollow fiber units have a very large number of hollow fibers, thinner than human
air, with their ends potted in epoxy resin, are held in a pressure vessel. Pressurized
saline water circulates on the outside of the fibers while the hyperfiltrate flows within
the fibers toward the open ends of the fibers held in position by the epoxy resin.
Desalted water emerging from millions of open fiber ends is collected there. The
hollow fibers are made by methods similar to those developed in the textile fiber
industry. These units pack more membrane surface per unit volume than spiral
wound unit and are extensively used for seawater RO.
energy from the concentrate stream to the feed stream. The energy recovery with
PE is in the range of 5065% (Hauge and Ludvigsen, 1999).
Whenever salt water is flowing in a cell, the cations are attracted by the anode and the
anions by the cathode. If not constrained, these ions discharge on the electrodes of
opposite sign. In return, if a set of selective and permeable membranes is placed
between the electrodes, salt concentration decreases in some compartments of the cell
where water is desalinated, while this concentration increases in the other
compartments where salt water becomes even more concentrated. This process
(shown in fig. 2.8) is suitable for desalinating brackish waters with an average salt
content between 1 to 3 g/l with a very low power consumption (about 1 kWh/m3) and
a salt rejection of 75% (data obtained from De Armas, Torrent and Von Gottberg,
1999). Above this it becomes more costly than competitive processes (its energy
consumption for seawater desalination is much higher).
Two types of resins can be used: anionic resins that substitute water anions by
OH ions (hydroxil permutation); and cationic resins substitute cations by H+ ions
(acidic permutation).
Ion exchange demineralization provides high purity water if the salt concentration
does not exceed 1 g/l. It is often used for water preparation of boilers from water of
streams or aquifers, characterized by their low salt content, and for softening water
with excessive calcium and magnesium. Resins must be regenerated regularly with
chemical reagents to substitute its original ions and those fixed by the resin.
The resins and chemicals must be substituted regularly, which raises the cost and
makes it unpractical for seawater desalination.
2.4 Summary
A general review of desalination technology has been written in this chapter. The
review includes the principle of operation, description of the necessary installation,
advantages/disadvantages, characteristic parameters (including specific consumption)
and application range of each desalination method that is now available in
desalination market.
MSF is not only the most dominant process in desalination. It offers the possibility to
be connected to several heat sources: steam turbines, gas turbines, solar storage,
combined cycles. So, it allows applying techniques oriented to produce the MSF
product with the lowest cost. This Ph. D. Thesis develops one of those techniques,
based on 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.
MSF desalination
steadystate model
The daily world production of drinkable water from MultiStage Flash plants (MSF)
far exceeds that of other desalination methods. This is particularly the case where
power generation is linked to water production to use the process steam.
In this chapter I will describe a mathematical model used in the SIMTAW program, to
simulate a MSF plant under different operating conditions.
MSF plant design data were included in the mathematical model, which is not
oriented for design analysis. Several operating variables can be modified by the user
to observe changes in plant behavior, such as consumed steam, inlet water
temperature, water mass flow rates, TBT value, fouling factors and more variables
explained below. The inverse calculation procedure option can evaluate the fouling
factor of the stages instead of the distillate temperature profile.
This model provides information to perform the exergy and thermoeconomic analysis
of the whole dualpurpose plant, i.e. power generation plant and MSF plant, in order
to analyze plant efficiency and cost savings.
The plant has a single effect MSF evaporator with recycled brine (see figure 3.1).
Recycled brine plants contain three main sections from left to right: the ‘heat input
section’ (or brine heater), the ‘heat recovery section’, and the ‘heat rejection section’.
The recovery and rejection sections both have a series of stages. Each stage has a
flash chamber and a heat exchanger/condenser, where vapor (flashed off in the flash
chamber) is condensed. The flash chamber is separated from the condenser by a
demister, where entrained brine droplets are removed from the flashing vapor, and a
distillate trough catches the condensate from the condenser above.
FIGURE 3.1 Schematic diagram of a single effect MSF evaporator with recycled brine.
A brief description of the MSF desalination flow process follows (see figure 3.1). The
plant feed, SR, is allowed to pass through the heat rejection section, which rejects the
excess thermal energy from the plant and cools the product and brine to the lowest
possible temperature when it comes from the last recovery section stage.
At the output of the first (warmest) rejection stage the feed stream splits into two parts,
reject seawater CW (which is returned back to the sea) and a make up stream F (which
is then combined with the recycle stream). The combined stream R passes through the
heat exchangers of the recovery section, where its temperature increases as it proceeds
towards the heat input section of the plant. In the brine heater, the brine temperature is
raised from TF,1 to a maximum value TB,o (=Top Brine Temperature TBT)
The brine then enters the first heat recovery stage where it is flashed by reducing the
pressure in a throttling valve. As the brine was already at its saturation temperature
for a higher pressure, superheated water vapor is generated in the throttling process.
This vapor passes through a wire mesh (demister), to remove any entrained brine
droplets before condensing onto a heat exchanger where cold brine passes through
and recovers the latent heat (as shown in figure 3.2). The condensed vapor drips onto
a distillate tray.
The process is repeated all the way down the plant as both brine and distillate enter
the next stage at a lower pressure. The concentrated brine is divided into two parts as
it leaves the plant, the blowdown BD, which is pumped back to the sea, and a recycle
stream R, which returns to the recovery section.
From a mathematical point of view, the oncethrough design (with no reject section),
and the recycle design can be represented by the same model if the zero value is set to
the mass flow rates of the recycle R and the reject seawater CW streams.
Furthermore, there is no distinction between heat recovery and heat rejection sections
in the oncethrough plant.
Roof
Vapor
Distillated
Flashing brine Flash box
For the recycled brine plants, the mass flow rates of the recycled brine and cooling
water loops are typically 10 times greater than the distillate production rate. The latter
is, in turn, approximately an order of magnitude greater than the steam supply mass
flow rate.
MSF plant operation can be better analyzed by temperature profiles and sorting out
the main parameters. The temperature profiles of a recycled brine plant are illustrated
in figure 3.3. The first obvious parameter is the temperature range, ∆T, which is the
difference between the top temperature (TB,o) of the incoming feed and cooling
water, i.e. seawater, Tsea. Another important parameter is the temperature rise in the
brine heater, (= TB,o – TF,1).
Brine
heater Heat recovery
TS TBo
Heat rejection
TF1
Brine recirculation
Blowdown + distillate
Flashing brine Makeup
Distillate Cooling Feedwater Tsea
reject
A nonuniform temperature difference is assumed over the entire flash range, but this
does not imply a different design for each stage. This means that the interstage
temperature differences will vary slightly down the plant and may vary significantly
between stages of different designs. Specifically, the interstage temperature
differences in the recovery and reject sections may differ considerably.
The total temperature drop in each stage may have a number of causes, including:
a) Interstage temperature difference (δT): the drop temperature of all fluids at each
stage. As a first assumption, all the fluids of an MSF plant have the same
interstage temperature difference.
c) Demister pressure losses (δTP): the frictional pressure loss when the vapor is
passed through the demister, to remove any entrained brine droplets, results in a
further decrease in saturation temperature. The resulting saturation temperature
drop can be estimated either using the ClausiusClayperon relationship or the
steam tables.
Medani and Soliman, 1986; AlMutaz, 1989; Alhumaizi, 1997; Hayakawa, Satori and
Konishi, 1973; Glueck and Bradshaw, 1970; Rautenbach and Buchel, 1979; Husain et
al., 1993; Husain et al., 1994; Falcetta and Sciuba, 1997). In the SIMTAW model
presented here, the energy and mass balances are applied to each stage of the MSF
plant and guidelines and nomenclature following Helal et al. (1986), although all of it
with significant modifications.
Apart from assumptions considered in the next two sections, the following
assumptions were introduced in the SIMTAW model:
a) The product leaving any stage is salt free (distillate concentration = 0 ppm). No
mist is entrained with the flashing vapor.
b) No subcooling of condensate leaving the brine heater is considered. Furthermore,
inlet steam to the brine heater is assumed to be saturated vapor, even though it
can be slightly superheated, i.e., desuperheater model in the brine heater was not
considered.
c) There is no interstage model in SIMTAW. So, the effect of the flashing brine level
per stage is not taken into account.
Hence the mathematical equations —i.e., mass, energy and heat transfer equations—
for a single stage (figure 3.4) and brine heater model (figure 3.5) are basically as
follows:
R R
TF,j TF,j+1
CR CR
Cooling brine
Dj–1 Dj
TD,j–1 Distillate TD,j
where Bj is the flashing brine flowstream in jth flash chamber (stage j), Hbj is the
flashing brine enthalpy, which is a function of temperature and concentration. This
property is calculated as a saturated liquid, Hvj is the saturated vapor enthalpy of
water in jth stage.
Salt balance:
where R is the recycled brine mass flow rate. In the Recovery Section, R depends on
the required distillate and seawater temperature, but in the Reject Section the value
corresponds to feed water supply (SR). CPR,j is the heat capacity of cooling brine,
passing through the heat exchanger tubes, this property is a function of temperature
and concentration. Although cooling brine is under high pressure, (to allow
circulation inside the tubes), this property is calculated as if cooling brine were
saturated liquid. CPD,j is the heat capacity of distillate, in this case, it is considered to
be saturated liquid water; CPB,j is the heat capacity of flashing brine, which is
assumed to be saturated liquid at flash chamber pressure in each stage. This property
is calculated in a similar way to the cooling brine. T* is the temperature reference
(273.15 K); TF,j is the cooling brine temperature in the jth stage; TD,j is the distillate
temperature in the jth stage, and TB.j is the flashing brine temperature in the jth stage.
T D, j – T F, j + 1 Uj ⋅ Aj
 = exp  (3.5)
T D, j – T F, j R ⋅ CP R, j
where Aj is the total evaporator/condenser heat exchange area; Uj is the overall heat
transfer coefficient of the evaporator in each stage. Its value depends on the various
heat transfer resistance in the plant. The overall heat transfer coefficient is then:
1
U j =  (3.6)
R bi + R w + R c + R f
1 OD
R bi =  ⋅  (3.7)
h bi ID
where OD and ID are the outside and inside tube diameters respectively and hi is the
convective heat transfer coefficient for fullydeveloped turbulent flow inside a tube.
Assuming a small temperature difference between the wall surface and the bulk of the
fluid,
k 0.8 0.4
h bi = E ⋅ 0.023  ⋅ Re Pr (3.8)
ID
where E is the ‘Enhancement factor’ (for smooth tubes this is 1.0, but is much greater
for enhanced tubes); Re is the Reynolds number of the tube flow, Pr is the Prandtl
number of the tube flow.
t ⋅ OD
R w =  (3.9)
k w ⋅ d lm
where dlm is the logarithmic mean diameter of the tube, defined as:
OD – ID
d lm =  (3.10)
OD
ln 
ID
kw is the thermal conductivity of the wall and t is the wall thickness. Note that the
tube wall resistance can be reduced, by either reducing the wall thickness or
increasing the thermal conductivity of the wall.
1
R c =  (3.11)
hc
where hc is the condensing film heat transfer coefficient obtained from the well
known Nusselt equation:
3 2 0.25
k ρ g λ fg
h c = 0.729  (3.12)
n µ OD ∆T fm
where k is the condensate thermal conductivity; ρ is the condensate density; λfg is the
latent heat of evaporation; n represents the number of tubes in a vertical row; µ refers
to the condensate viscosity; ∆Tfm is the temperature difference across the film
(=Ts Tw) where Ts and Tw are the saturated vapor and outside wall temperatures; g is
the acceleration due to gravity.
The condensate properties are usually evaluated at the film temperature Tfm given by
Rf is the overall fouling resistance, which includes the inside and outside fouling
resistance and the noncondensable gas resistance. It is usually provided by the heat
exchanger designer and depends on the material and acid treatment applied to both
sides of the tube walls and the cleaning ball system.
where BPE is the boiling point elevation of brine with respect to pure water. As
explained below, it is a function of brine temperature and concentration; NEA
represents the non equilibrium allowance, which is the temperature drop due to the
non infinite residence time of flashing brine in the flash chamber. PL refers to the
pressure losses and includes demister and condenser pressure losses.
Saturated steam R
TF,1
m ST CR
Brine heater T
S Stage 1
Saturated liquid
Bo
TB,o
CB,o
B 0 = R , and C B, o = C R (3.15)
where Bo is the mass flow in the Brine Heater outlet; CB,o is the salt concentration in
the Brine Heater outlet; CR is the salt concentration in recovery section.
R CP H ( T B,o – T F, 1 ) = m ST λ ST (3.16)
where TB,o is the brine temperature in the Brine Heater outlet; CPH is the mean heat
capacity of brine flowing inside the brine heater; mST is the steam mass flow rate to
the brine heater leaving the power generation plant; λST is the latent heat of steam to
the brine heater.
T S – T F, 1 U H ⋅ A H
 = exp  (3.17)
T S – T B, o R ⋅ CP H
where AH is the total heat exchange area of the brine heater; UH is the overall heat
transfer coefficient of the brine heater. It contains the same terms (explained in
section 3.2.1), as the overall heat transfer coefficient of the evaporator in the jth stage;
TS is the saturation temperature of the vapor entering to the brine heater.
( B N – BD ) C B, N + F C F = R C R (3.18)
where BN is the flashing brine flow in the last stage of the reject section; BD is the
blowdown mass flow rate.
FIGURE 3.6 Mixing and splitting points in the MSF desalination plant.
18 19 20 SR
Seawater inlet
D, Distillate
F, Makeup
Rejection section
Deareator
R, Recycle brine
CW
BD Reject seawater
Blowdown
R = F + BN – BD (3.19)
where HbN, HbR, HbDR are respectively the enthalpy of brine leaving the reject
section, recycle stream and deaerator.
CW = SR – F (3.21)
where SR is the inlet seawater into the reject section. The temper water is neglected
here.
Correlations of various properties used to solve the MSF SIMTAW model are
included in this section. Most of thermodynamic and transport properties of pure
water and steam are calculated with the same correlations used in the steam power
plant model, described in Chapter 4. Correlations for calculating the brine and
seawater properties in the SIMTAW model are described below, but most properties
can be found in technical handbooks (Fabuss and Korosi, 1968; Hömig, 1978). The
correlations used in the simulator are accepted here because results that they gave are
reasonable when other mathematical models have been developed (Helal et al.,
1986).
3.3.1 Density
The expression for the brine density ρb (lb/ft3) given here is valid for the range of
026% Cb concentration and 40300 ºF temperature. Pure water density was
calculated (Mothershed, 1966) from the equation below with Cb = 0.
–2
ρ b = 62.707172 + 49.364088 C b – 0.43955304 ⋅ 10 Tb
–4 2
– 0.032554667 C b T b – 0.46076921 ⋅ 10 Tb (3.22)
–4 2
+ 0.63240299 ⋅ 10 Cb Tb
3.3.2 Viscosity
Tabulated and interpolated data (Lewis and Randal, 1961) for a given concentration
Cb and temperature Tb are extrapolated between the range 0 < Cb < 20%,
0 ºC < Tb < 120 ºC, to obtain brine viscosity µ b (N·s/m2). Other correlations can be
found in Leyendekkers (1979); Isdale, Spence and Tudhope (1971).
–3 –5
µ b = ( 1.745 + 2.5C b ) 10 – ( 5.26 + 4C b ) 10 Tb
(3.23)
–7 2 –9 3 – 11 4
+ 9 ⋅ 10 T b – 8 ⋅ 10 T b + 3 ⋅ 10 Tb
–6 2
k b = ( 0.569118 + 0.00184086 T b – 7.289 ⋅ 10 T b ) ( 1 – 0.2 C b ) (3.24)
Yusufova et al. (1978) also provides a correlation for thermal conductivity of brine.
where
–5 –7 2
CP d = 1.0011833 – 6.1666652 ⋅ 10 T + 1.3999989 ⋅ 10 T
(3.26)
–9 3
+ 1.3333336 ⋅ 10 T
where Tb is the brine temperature (50 ºF < Tb < 200 ºF); Cb the percentage of salt
concentration.
3.3.5 Enthalpy
For a given concentration Cb, integration of the heat capacity from the reference
temperature T* = 273.15 K gives the specific enthalpy (BTU/lb) of brine solution Hb
at Tb:
3
H b = a 1 ( T b – T* ) + a 2 ( T b – T* ) + a 3 ( T b – T* )
(3.27)
4 5
+ a 4 ( T b – T* ) + a 5 ( T b – T* )
where
a = 1 – Cb · 0.011311
a1 = a · 1.0011833
–5 –5
1.1473561 ⋅ 10 – 6.1666652 ⋅ 10 ⋅ a
a 2 = 
2
–7 – 10
1.3999989 ⋅ 10 – 7.0669983 ⋅ 10 ⋅ a
a 3 = 
3
–9 – 12
1.3333336 ⋅ 10 – 1.6043987 ⋅ 10 ⋅ a
a 4 = 
4
– 14
1.5296 ⋅ 10
a 5 = 
5
3816.44
ln p s = 23.196452 –  (3.28)
T – 46.13
Equation (3.28) is used until 441 K. Above this temperature (and the critical point),
the Harlacher & Braun vaporpressure correlation is used, with the coefficients
proposed by Reid et al. (1977).
68695 –3 p s
ln p s = 60.228852 –  – 5.115 ln T + 7.875 ⋅ 10 2 (3.29)
T T
565.757
BPE =  – 9.81559 + 1.54739 ln T K
Tk
337.178
–  – 6.41981 + 0.922753 ln T K C
TK
(3.30)
32.681 2
+  – 0.55368 + 0.079022 ln T K C
TK
C


266919.6 379.669
 – 
 + 0.334169 ⋅ 1.8
2 TK
TK
Brandoni, del Re, and Di Giacomo (1985) include correlations for BPE and other
seawater properties.
where Hj is the height of brine pool in each stage (in.); ∆T B, j is the flash down per
stage (TB,j–1 – TB,j), expressed in ºF; ωj the chamber load per unit width (lb·h/ft).
where ∆TL is expressed in ºF, and TD,j is the distillate temperature (ºF) in stage j.
The procedure to simulate a MSF plant with the SIMTAW model is a global one, i.e.,
the Powell hybrid method (Powell, 1964), which was also used to solve the power
plant model in Chapter 4. The subroutines implemented for this method are available
in internet (UTK and ORNL, 1999).
Figure 3.7 shows how the Powell hybrid model is applied to solve the MSF model.
First, the variable array is built with the initial values included in SIMTAW, taking
into account the chosen program options. Then, the Jacobian matrix is calculated
using the differences of the array function, which contains the equations that perform
the MSF model, included in the above sections. Finally, the variable array is updated
by multiplying the Jacobian and the array function. If the values do not vary with
respect to the latest iteration (that is, they are lower than the specified tolerance), the
process is finished, or new updates are made until a new value of the Jacobian matrix
is needed. The condition leading to a new calculation of the Jacobian matrix depends
on the convergence of the iterations. Usually the Jacobian matrix is calculated when
the variable array is updated five times.
The criteria for convergence applied in SIMTAW has been imposed by the Powell
method (Powell, 1964). The simulation is completed when the relative error between
two consecutive iterations satisfies the specified tolerance:
∆x j –3
max 
m
≤ 10 (3.33)
xj
where
m m–1
∆x j = x j – x j
m m–1
x j is the calculated value of the variable j in the iteration m; x j is the calculated
value of the variable j in the iteration m–1; x is the variable array, containing the
dependent variables needed to perform the MSF plant simulation. The variable array
contains the following terms:
• Flashing brine temperature in each stage (TB,j).
• Cooling brine temperature in each stage (TF,j).
• Distillate temperature in each stage (TD,j) (it is not a variable in the inverse
problem, see Section 3.6.3).
• Flashing brine concentration in each stage (CB,j).
• Flashing brine flow rate in each stage (Bj).
• Distillate flow rate in each stage (Dj).
• Top brine temperature (TB,o). In the TBT option this variable is not considered
(see Chapter 5).
• Recovery section concentration (CR).
• Deaerator temperature (TDR).
The following five variables (design data) are fixed for each stage (assuming the
number and arrangement of tubes):
The four brine heater variables (AH, LH, ODH, and IDH) are also known. The defined
variables mentioned above sum up to 5 · (NRC + NRJ) + 6 specifications. Thus, if the
fouling factor is also fixed in every different stage as well as the brine heater, this will
result in (NRC + NRJ+1) more specifications. Furthermore, if the brine levels in the
different stages are defined (NRC + NRJ variables), then the total number of
specifications is
a) The first is called performance calculation. In this case the following operating
variables are specified: R, CW, F, TS, Tsea, Csea; distillate production, steam
consumption and Top Brine Temperature are solved. This case is most useful for
sensitivity analysis studies, it is the simulation case implemented in SIMTAW.
Two new simulation options, explained in Section 3.5.1 and 3.5.2, were also
included in the SIMTAW program: TBT option and the inverse problem option,
where the fouling factors were obtained by substituting in the distillate
temperature profile.
b) In the second case, the operating parameters F, CW, Tsea, Csea, TB,o and the plant
capacity DN are specified; steam consumption, steam temperature and recycle
brine are solved. This case may be used to investigate the possibility of
maintaining a specified plant capacity when the feed temperature is modified.
This case it is not considered in the SIMTAW program because the recycle brine
is determined by the MSF plant (design curves).
c) In the third case, the parameters F, Csea, CW/R, mST and Tsea are specified. The
behavior of the whole plant is analyzed when a specified amount of steam is
supplied to the desalination plant by a coupled power plant. This case is not
included in the SIMTAW program, taking into account the control implemented
in the combined power and MSF plant.
This option reduces the number of equations. The equation governing heat transfer in
the heater is rejected because the TBT is not a constraint in this equation. This is the
only equation removed from the MSF plant model. As a result, a new system of
equations is obtained.
The heat transfer equations used to calculate the distillate temperature in each stage
of the recovery and reject section are omitted, when solving the inverse problem
because the user should provide the distillate profile. The other equations included in
the MSF model remain unchanged.
Taking into account the four possibilities in the simulation of the MSF process (TBT
control, inverse problem, both or none options), there are four mathematical models
implemented in SIMTAW.
FIGURE 3.8 Correspondence between the Top Brine Temperature and distillate output.
115
TBT 112 º C
110
105
Top Brine Temperature (º C)
SWT 25º C
100
95 SWT 28º C
SWT 32º C 100 % 125 %
90
65 %
85 TBT 84 ºC
80
1200 1400 1600 1800 2000 2200 2400
Distillate output (T/h)
19500
19000
SWT 32º C
Brine recirculation (T/h)
18500
125 %
18000
SWT 28º C
17500
100 %
17000
65 %
SWT 25º C
16500
16000
1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 2000 2200 2400
Distillate output (T/h)
8500
8000
7500
7000
Makeup feed (t/h)
6500
6000
5500
Sea water inlet TDS: 45,000
5000
4500
1200 1400 1600 1800 2000 2200 2400
Distillate output (t/h)
17500
16500
SWT 28º C
16000
15500 125 %
15000
SWT 25º C
100 %
14500 65 %
14000
1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 2000 2200 2400
Distillate output (T/h)
These curves contain the limits and the feasible operation ranges in the MSF plant.
But those graphics also could be correlated by using the real data obtained from the
plant managers in 1997 (WED, 1997). Figures 3.12 to 3.15 show how the correlations
have been made using regression lines in a range of 2 ºC of seawater temperature.
This possibility is available in SIMTAW with the option ‘Sim. with real data’.
FIGURE 3.12 Top brine temperature depending on the seawater temperature and distillate production. Data
collected during the year 1997.
112
108
104
TBT 26ºC
TBT (ºC)
88
1350 1550 1750 1950 2150 D (T/h) 2350
FIGURE 3.13 Recycle brine flow as a function of the seawater temperature and production. Real data collected
in the MSF distillers during 1997.
20000
19500
19000
R 26ºC
R (T/h)
R 28ºC
18500
R 30ºC
R 32ºC
18000
R 34ºC
R 36ºC
17500
1350 1550 1750 1950 2150 D (T/h) 2350
Therefore, only three input parameters are needed to run the program (note that the
model has only 6 degrees of freedom): distillate or Top Brine Temperature, seawater
temperature and concentration (the seawater salinity concentration Csea in Arabian
Gulf area is 45,000 TDS). Steam to brine heater conditions is also requested by
SIMTAW, and the temper system takes into account the seawater intake temperature
and flow rate.
FIGURE 3.14 Makeup feed flow obtained for each range of seawater temperature when real data are
computed. Average data of 1997.
6600
F 26ºC
5600
F (T/h)
F 28ºC
F 30ºC
F 32ºC
4600
F 34ºC
F 36ºC
3600
1350 1550 1750 1950 2150 D (T/h) 2350
FIGURE 3.15 Seawater to reject flow correlations for different seawater temperatures entering the MSF plant.
Data collected during the year 1997.
17900
17700
SR (T/h)
SR 26ºC
17500 SR 28ºC
SR 30ºC
SR 32ºC
SR 34ºC
SR 36ºC
17300
1350 1550 1750 1950 2150 D (T/h) 2350
The cleaning ball system can reduce the design fouling factor by five (Barthelmes and
Bolmer, 1996), depending on the tube material. Overall heat transfer coefficient of
the evaporator is increased from ≈2,500 to ≈3,500 W/m2·K, then the Performance
Ratio and the steam consumption are also improved.
3.7 Summary
Thermoeconomic analysis of a system requires knowledge of thermodynamic states
of the system under different operating conditions and circumstances of the plant.
If the data acquisition system of the plant does not provide those data or the system is
not an existing plant, the state of the system could be obtained by using a
mathematical model describing system behavior.
Energy and mass balance, and heat transfer equations compose the mathematical
model of the MSF process, so it is not necessary to apply additional equations to
obtain a reasonable agreement in the model results. Correlations providing
thermodynamic properties of seawater are essential for accurate results. The model is
solved using conventional methods and software. Mathematical method differs form
the original if some important parameters of the plant are introduced. Thus, the state
of the plant could be achieved below different perspectives. Finally, the model has
been adjusted as much as possible, in order to respond the design but also the real
behavior of the MSF plant.
When the thermodynamic state of the MSF plant is obtained, the state of the steam
power plant is also demanded if the thermoeconomic analysis is going to be
performed. It will be obtained by using equations described in Chapter 4.
In this chapter the mathematical model of the power generation system of a dual
purpose plant is described, which is implemented in the SIMTAW program (the
simulator included in Chapter 5). This model can perform both a conventional energy
analysis and a thermoeconomic analysis of a power plant. Thermophysical properties,
such as temperature, pressure, viscosity, specific enthalpy, specific exergy, and so on,
are calculated for the most significant mass and energy flow streams, together with
operating parameters of different plant units, e.g., isoentropic efficiencies, heat
transfer coefficients, etc. Different operating scenarios can be simulated by varying
the input data and the simulation options to analyze plant behavior and the
interactions among equipment.
Power plants produce both electricity and process steam used in the MSF plant to
produce desalted water from seawater. The cogeneration concept considers the
varying demands for power generation and process steam in the production of
drinking water. Continuous water production is required throughout the year, whereas
the generation of electricity will be higher in summer than in winter.
In the first part of this Chapter I will describe the power plant. Later, the mathematical
model together with the most significant formulae and the solution algorithm of the
system of equations are explained. Finally, the model solution is given in the third
section. The operating modes of the cogeneration plant lead to different models that
are also described in the last section of this chapter.
Extraction/condensing turbines in each unit operated under constant pressure (that is,
pressure at the highpressure (HP) turbine inlet is always constant). Each of the
turbines has two sections, a single flow HP section and a single flow lowpressure
(LP) section. Steam extraction outlets for the seawater desalination plant and
extraction points for the feedwater heaters (points 3,4,5,6 and 8 in figure 4.1) are
available on both turbine sections.
Steam flow is an important variable determining the behavior of the power plant. If
there is no steam supply for the MSF plant, the steam flows through the LP section
and is returned (via a damper and bypass line).
FIGURE 4.1 Schematic diagram of the power generation plant. Main significant flows are numbered for later
descriptions and equations.
Main HP steam flows from the steam generator —point 1 in figure 4.1— through the
steam supply lines to the main steam emergency and control valves, which are
flangemounted onto the lower section of the HP outer casing. The steam from the
valve casings to the valve chests welded onto the HP inner casing is supplied by the
lower section, and via bypass lines between the valve and turbine casing in the upper
section.
Afterward, the steam enters the valve chests which house the nozzle segments. It then
flows via the control wheel of the HP rotor into the impulse chamber of the turbine
casing. The steam expands through the reaction blading and enters the exhaust steam
chamber of the HP section. The steam required for the seawater desalination plant is
extracted via the extraction outlets in the lower exhaust section —point 6 in
figure 4.1—.
A certain percentage of the steam flows through the exhaust nozzles in the upper
exhaust section and then through the downstream damper and bypass line to the LP
section. It then flows into the LP reaction blading via the steam inlet nozzles and,
after expansion, enters the condenser at the exhaust nozzles.
The simple design of the highpressure casing is based on a single shell construction
with perfect rotational symmetry. All the components of the HP section are secured
so that concentric alignment and unrestricted movement is maintained under all
operating conditions.
First and second HP turbine extractions —points 3 and 4 in figure 4.1— are fed to the
HP heaters. The first HP extraction goes to the vacuum system of the MSF plant, and
is condensed in the condenser. The third HP extraction —point no. 5— feeds the
deaerator; and finally a smaller quantity of the lowest extraction is sent to the first LP
heater (the main part is sent to the desalination plant).
The Power Generation Plant also contains a live steam reduction pressure station, to
extract the steam flow to desalination in case of turbine system failure. As seen in
figure 4.1, E1 and E2 are the live steam extractions to the two connected desalination
units. The reduction pressure station mixes the live steam with water feed from the
feed pump (S1 to S4 in figure 4.1), to reach the optimum pressure for the MSF plant.
When the turbine does not work, a new extraction E3 is needed to feed the vacuum
system of the MSF units, and a fourth one, called E4 in figure 4.1, feeds the deaerator,
where it is mixed with the condensate returned to the MSF units. In this way, the
steam cycle is closed, via the HP feed flow to the boiler.
m m
φ =  or φ =  (4.1)
p p
 
T v
where m is the mass flow rate (kg/s), p is the pressure (bar), T is the temperature (K)
and v is the specific volume (m3/kg). The mass flow coefficient under operating
conditions can be calculated as a function of the design parameters (subscript d).
Thus, the admission values can be solved:
2
m m d 1 – rp d
φ =  =   (4.2)
p pd 2
  1 – rp
T Td
p
where rp = 0 is the pressure ratio at each turbine section (see figure 4.2):
pi
pi mi
Ti
p0
T0
The admission properties of the steam turbine are evaluated using a model in which
the mass flow coefficient is a function of the pressure ratio in each turbine section,
and is a characteristic value for each type of turbine. This model cannot be applied to
the first section, due to the fixed pressure mode which controls the steam turbine
operation. Therefore,
2
φ = K ⋅ 1 – rp (4.3)
Values of the constant K are obtained using the turbine admission properties for the
design conditions supplied by the manufacturer. For example, the value of K4 for the
4th section of the highpressure turbine can be obtained as follows:
m 4d 2
φ 4d = 
 = K 4 ⋅ 1 – rp 4d (4.4)
p 4d

T 4d
where the subscript ‘4d’ refers to the steam properties at the 3rd extraction of the high
pressure turbine, taken from a performance data case (ABB, 1996b).
The efficiency model is also based on the mass flow coefficient. A correlation was
proposed to obtain the isoentropic efficiency of a turbine section as a function of this
coefficient. The design mass flow coefficients were used to solve this correlation for
the different operation loads of the plant. Polynomial formulae were obtained for
each section of the turbine. The formula corresponding to the 2nd section of the high
pressure turbine is a linear function of the mass flow coefficient φ2d, obtained from
the pressure, temperature and flow of the performance data cases in the 2nd section of
the highpressure turbine:
FIGURE 4.3 Isoentropic and real expansion of the steam in a turbine section.
h
h1 p1
p2
h2s h2
Finally, the thermodynamic properties of the steam at each turbine section are
calculated as follows (see figure 4.3):
hi – hi + 1
η i = 
 (4.6)
h i – h i + l, s
where hi is the enthalpy of the inlet section, hi+1 is the enthalpy of the outlet section,
and hi+1,s is the enthalpy of the outlet section in an isoentropic process.
The steam pressure in the lowest section of the highpressure turbine was a fixed
value, due to the pressure control applied to the desalination units. Hence, HP and LP
turbines can be considered two different pieces of equipment.
TTDo
TTD i
Condensation section
L
Desuperheating section Subcooling section
Numerical correlations proposed by Erbes (Erbes and Gay, 1989) were used to solve
the terminal temperature differences TTD (inlet/outlet) in HP heaters:
x y z
∆T m T p
i =  ⋅  ⋅  (4.7)
∆T d md Td pd
where ∆Ti is the inlet TTD in an HP exchanger (usually called Drain Cooling
Advantage (DCA)), and m, T and P are the feedwater properties at the HP inlet. The d
subscript refers to the design conditions. The x, y and z exponents were obtained
from the heat balances for different loads supplied by the manufacturer (ABB,
1996b). Typical x, y and z values are shown in table 4.1:
TABLE 4.1 Typical x, y and z coefficient values for the inlet TTD’s in an HP heater.
x y z
The outlet TTD (∆To) (or simply called TTD) correlation contains more factors.
Thus, the mass flow rate and steam pressure of the turbine extraction are also needed,
in order to model the correct behavior in all cases. Typical values for the five
coefficients needed in a HP heater are shown in table 4.2.
x y z a d
∆T 0 m T p m ex p ex
 =  ⋅  ⋅  ⋅  ⋅  (4.8)
∆T d m d T d p d m ex, d p ex, d
TABLE 4.2 Typical x, y, z, a and b coefficient values for the outlet TTD’s in an HP heater.
x y z A b
The Erbes and Gay model (Erbes and Gay, 1989) also provides the pressure losses in
the feed waterside of the HP heat exchangers:
–1
∆p m 1.8 T p
 =    (4.9)
∆p d md Td pd
Correlations similar to those used in the HP heaters to calculate the TTD’s (see
figure 4.5) and the pressure losses were also used to model the LP heater behavior.
The exponent values were also obtained from the heat balances for different loads
supplied by the manufacturer (ABB, 1996b), they are shown in tables 4.3 and 4.4.
TTDo
TTDi
Condensation Subcooling
section section
L
TABLE 4.3 Typical x, y and z coefficient values for the inlet TTD’s in an LP heater.
x y z
TABLE 4.4 Typical x, y, z, a and b coefficient values for the outlet TTD’s in a LP heater.
x y z z b
4.2.4 Deaerator
A whole plant energy balance is included when modeling the deaerator and feedwater
tank behavior (ABB, 1996c). Feedwater from the LP heaters, condensate from the
desalination units and cooled drain from the HP heaters enter the feedwater tank, but
the operating pressure is controlled by the 3rd HP extraction.
The mass flow leaving the extraction must be correlated to assure some saturated
liquid is entering the feed pump. Several parameters were included to calculate the
3rd HP extraction mass flow rate, to cover the operating range designed by the
manufacturer (ABB, 1996b). The proposed correlation is:
x y z a b c
m ex, 3 m 1 T5 p5 m des m LS m 1, LS, des
 = 
 ⋅  ⋅  ⋅  ⋅  ⋅  (4.10)
m ex, 3d m 1d T 5d p 5d m des, d m LS, d m 1, LS, des, d
where m1 is the live steam mass flow rate generated in the boiler; T5 and P5 are the
admission properties leaving the 3rd section, m1,des is the difference between m1 and
desalination mass flow rate mdes, m1,LS is the difference between m1 and Live Steam
extraction sent to the reducing pressure station mLS, and m1,LS,des m1 minus
desalination and live steam (to the reduction pressure station). The last three variables
have a strong influence on the rest of the plant process units, which is why they were
included in the aboveproposed correlation. Table 4.5 shows the coefficients
calculated in the last correlation.
x y z a b c
4.2.5 Condenser
A global energy balance was applied to develop the condenser model. Three streams
enter the vapor side of the condenser: (i) exhaust steam from the lowpressure
turbine, (ii) condensate from the MSF vacuum system and (iii) discharge from the
ejectors. The maximum cooling seawater flow rate is at the seawater temperature.
The condensate presumably discharges at the saturation temperature (ABB, 1996d).
4.2.6 Boiler
A model was used including the heat balance of the waterside of the boiler to
simulate performance of the boiler (figure 4.1). The energy needed to heat the
feedwater leaving the highpressure heater No. 1 to the fixed conditions of the steam
leaving the boiler was used to calculate the natural gas consumption of the boiler
(LHV of natural gas is 8026 kcal/Nm3). Boiler efficiency was introduced using the
design data provided by the contractors (ABB, 1996a) for different operating
conditions. Pressure losses on the waterside of the boiler were computed using the
following equation:
0.463 – 0.436 – 3.917
∆P m T pd
 =    (4.11)
∆P d md Td p
A more detailed model could calculate the intermediate properties inside the boiler
(the boiler in study has two economizers and three superheaters, and a non reheat
process inside the boiler). A detailed boiler model clearly surpasses the scope of this
Ph. D. Thesis and is not necessary to perform a thermoeconomic analysis of a whole
plant.
4.2.7 Valves
Pressure losses in valves were calculated using the BBC Thermal kit correlations
(BBC, 1979):
2
∆p Sa
 = Z 2 (4.12)
p DV
where p is the pressure of the flow entering the valve; Z is the pressure drop
v
coefficient (constant value); DV, is the main stop valve seat diameter (m) Sa = m  ,
α
the sonic area (m2), with v, specific volume (m3/kg), α, sonic velocity (m/s), and m
the mass flow inside the inside the valve.
The inlet of the HP turbine has four control valves with some pressure losses (about
45 bars). The main steam mass flow in the boiler is equally divided into four parts,
each flowing through one of the valves. The pressure drop coefficient value (Z) was
taken to be 0.38.
The security valve fixed at the boiler outlet had a pressure drop coefficient Z of 2.31.
This valve, used to control the pressure entering the boiler, had a pressure drop
coefficient Z of 1.30.
4.2.8 Pipes
Significant pressure losses occur in the pipelines, e.g., pipes to the deaerator,
extraction pipes or pipes to the boiler. These are calculated by applying the
correlation proposed by Erbes and Gay (1989):
–1
∆p m a T p
 =  ⋅  ⋅  (4.13)
∆p d md Td pd
The value of the a coefficient depends on the type of pipe and operating conditions.
Table 4.6 lists the values of the applied a coefficient.
TABLE 4.6 Values of the a coefficient for each pipe of the power model.
Pipe description a
LP extraction 1.95
Waterside of LPH No. 2 1.5
Waterside of LPH No. 1 1.5
LPH2 to deaerator 1.5
Feed pump to HPH No. 2 1.8
Waterside of LPH No. 2 1.8
Waterside of LPH No. 1 1.8
LPH No. 1 to Boiler 1.85
4.2.9 Pumps
The pump model is based on the efficiency versus mass flow rate curves provided by
the power plant manufacturers (ABB, 1996f). Energy consumption is derived from
the energy balance applied to the pump, when the conditions of the water entering
and leaving the pump are known.
The thermodynamic properties of the water at the inlet/outlet of the feedwater and
condenser pump can be calculated using the isoentropic efficiency (see figure 4.6):
h i + 1, s – h i
η i = 
 (4.14)
hi + 1 – hi
where hi is the enthalpy of the inlet water, hi+1 is the enthalpy of the outlet water, and
hi+1,s is the outlet water enthalpy in an isoentropic pumping process.
p1
h1
Live steam
HP LP
Ejector
Martin’s formula (Martin, 1919) for steam leakage through labyrinth seals was used
to calculate the leakage flows for representative designs with normal running
clearances (figure 4.8):
( pt – pl ) pt
m1 + m2 = Kd 
 (4.15)
273.15 + T t
( p 1 – p 2 )p 1
m 2 = K′d 
 (4.16)
273.15 + T 1
where Kd and K′d are constants, obtained from the design data (ABB, 1996b), and
1, 2 and t subscripts refer to the first and second seal in a leakage and the steam
conditions inside the turbine.
m2 m1
turbine
pt, Tt
p2 p1
mt
shaft
The valve connecting the high and low pressure lines of the gland steam system (see
figure 4.7) is only opened in the condensing operation mode, i.e. when the turbine is
working without desalination flow and only producing electricity, due to the high
amount of steam lost in the HP leakage.
Finally, the energy balances in the high and low pressure lines of the gland steam
system are used, to evaluate the properties of the steam flowing to the ejector.
Table 4.7 shows the Kd and K′d values obtained for the four parts of the turbine
interacting with the gland and seal steam system.
TABLE 4.7 Kd and Kd’ constants of the gland and seal steam system.
Kd Kd’
HP Turbine. Inlet 0.02 1.392
HP Turbine. Outlet 0.83 1.448
LP Turbine. Inlet 1.4288 2.962
LP Turbine. Outlet 1.4288 2.962
4.2.11 Generator
Generator losses were accounted for in the model to more precisely calculate the
plant’s output power, using manufacturer design data (ABB, 1996e). Generator
efficiency is therefore included in equation (4.17) as a function of the output power
in MW:
ηgen (%) = (0.941 + 9.701 · 10–4 · MW + 7.071 · 10–6 · MW2
+ 1.771 · 10–8 · MW3) · 100 (4.17)
The excitation system was also included, using plant performance data. The
excitation system losses (ESL) are calculated by a formula that depends on the output
power in kW:
ESL = 0.00152 * kW – 5.01645 (4.18)
Therefore, the simulator can calculate the electrical and net output power produced in
the power plant.
Detailed numerical methods used to solve the inverse functions can be found in Pina
(1979).
The power plant model is solved using the Powell hybrid method (Powell, 1964), also
used by SIMTAW simulator to solve the MSF plant model. It is a derivation of the
In the power plant, the number of equations is much higher than the system
developed to solve the desalination unit: the variable array, (with the dependant
variables needed for the power plant simulation) includes the following terms
corresponding to the main flowstreams of the model:
• Admission properties (m, p, h, T, η, K, φ) in each section of the HP and LP tur
bine.
• Gland and seal steam system properties (m, h, T).
• HP and LP heaters properties (mex, p, h, T).
• Condenser and deaerator values (m, X, p, h, T).
• Boiler parameters (m, p, h, T).
• Pressure losses in pipes and heat exchangers (∆p).
Live Steam properties are kept constant to take into account the plant operation
strategy (sliding pressure control is avoided). The applied convergence criterion was
the same as in the SIMTAW model to solve the MSF plant: the relative error of each
variable included in the variable array between two consecutive iterations must be
lower than the specified tolerance. Usually, this value is set to 103 but it could be
considerably reduced:
∆x j –3
max  ≤ 10 (4.19)
xj m
where
m m–1
∆x j = x j – x j (4.20)
m
x j represents the calculated value of the variable j in the iteration m.
m–1
xj is the calculated value of the variable j in the iteration m1.
The solution algorithm adopted to solve the mathematical model by using the Powell
hybrid method is shown in figure 4.9.
FIGURE 4.9 Algorithm to solve the power plant model using the Powell hybrid method.
a) Extraction mode. The most common operation mode where the plant produces
electricity and also supplies steam to the MSF unit.
b) Parallel mode: When the power output is less than 75 MW, the live steam reduc
tion pressure station supplies steam with enough pressure to the MSF unit.
c) Condensing mode: In this case no distilled water is produced and the plant oper
ates as a conventional steam power plant (the power output is maximum).
d) Desalination mode: The opposite of the condensing mode. The plant only pro
duces distilled water and the steam turbine does not work. Thus the boiler pro
vides the required steam to the MSF units via the steam reduction pressure
station.
e) Twin desalination mode: Here the boiler is in full load operation and produces
steam for two MSF desalination units. This mode is unusual and the steam tur
bine plant does not operate either.
f) Twin extraction mode: Similar to the extraction mode, but the boiler also pro
vides steam for a second MSF desalination unit using a portion of the live steam
derived from the live steam reduction pressure station.
Three different mathematical models were implemented to simulate all the different
operating modes included in the boiler performance data (ABB, 1996a).
The models included in the power plant simulation program were the following:
(i) Normal Turbine Load Model (NTL MODEL): Mass flow entering the LP turbine
is between 3125 kg/s; then the Stodola’s model is applied to simulate the LP
turbine. The amount of steam required via the live steam reducting pressure
station is not important if the mass flow to LP turbine is more than the
specified lower limit. This model is more complex, and has the maximum
number of equations.
(ii) Low Turbine Load Model (LTL MODEL): Mass flow entering the LP turbine is
less than the lower limit imposed previously. The Stodola´s model cannot be
applied to the LP turbine, there is a compressor action at high exhaust
pressures and low loads, illustrated by the stream lines in figure 4.10:
FIGURE 4.11 Power plant scheme in the NTW Model. Some flowstreams are renumbered with respect fig. 4.1.
The third model is the simplest one used to describe the power plant as the number of
equations is considerably reduced.
5. PL65
The turbine generator load is 65 MW and the extraction heat flow is 145 Gcal/h.
6. PL85
The turbine generator is at 85 MW and an extraction heat flow of 145 Gcal/h.
7. PL115
The turbine generator at 115 MW and an extraction heat flow of 145 Gcal/h.
9. VWO
Turbine swallowing capacity (all control valves open) with extraction heat flow
of 170 Gcal/h.
Table 4.8 shows the type of model applied to simulate each operating mode in the
performance data:
TABLE 4.8 Operating mode and mathematical model corresponding to the performance data cases.
4.6 Summary
The thermodynamic states of the cogeneration plant with the steam turbine plant and
the MSF unit are now permissible thanks to the mathematical models described in the
previous and this chapter. The mathematical model of the steam turbine plant is in
some cases very unstable, especially when the operating conditions provoke the
deviation of the steam to the MSF unit and LP turbine is forced to work in unexpected
conditions.
The set of equations composing the mathematical model depending on the operation
mode of the plant is solved with a global method in which the variables are
simultaneously calculated.
These two chapters contain the mathematical models introduced in the simulator,
which is the tool that allows the use of the model’s results in the thermoeconomic
analysis of the dualpurpose plant.
Simulator
Mathematical models used to simulate a dualpurpose plant are quite complex (see
Chapters 3 and 4), so a solid basis is needed to solve them. Despite this, the SIMTAW
program has been built in such way that only a few input data are essential to simulate
the power and desalination plants in order to analyze plant performance. Hence, no
highly qualified background is needed to use the program, although we only
recommend its use to obtain a correct understanding of the results to technicians and
plant managers that have an in depth knowledge of the dual plant.
SIMTAW is the thermoeconomic software that can provide these results. It is the
result of a complex project with several model developments of different complexity.
A Visual Basic coded program is the user friendly interface. SIMTAW was built
following those stages:
1. To solve the mathematical models using an Equation Solver. In this case the EES
program was used (Klein and Alvarado, 1999). Mathematical models were
solved in blocks, then the whole model was connected. Relationships between
variables, and independent blocks of equations were found, then the mathemati
cal model was translated to a highlevel programming language such as Fortran.
2. The dualplant was simulated with a Fortran coded program (Microsoft Corpora
tion, 1997). This program has several files including the design data, steam and
brine properties, subroutines to initialize and calculate the variables, subroutines
to solve the system of equations, and the algorithm which controls the whole
program.
3. The Dynamic Link Libraries, usually named ‘DLL’s’, are the interface between
the Fortran and Visual Basic programs. Seven ‘DLL’s’ were built to develop four
mathematical models included in the MSF Plant and three Power Plant models 
all these mathematical models correspond to the operating modes explained in
the previous chapters.
4. Finally, a Visual Basic coded program (Microsoft Corporation, 1997) was built
to make the program more user friendly. This program is described in the follow
ing section.
The first section of the chapter describes how to use the simulator when the
thermoeconomic state of the MSF or the steam power plant is requested. But in
Chapters 3 and 4 the accuracy of the mathematical models is not analyzed. Model
validation is therefore included in this section, when the data flowsheets obtained
from plant designers are compared with the results given by the simulator. In general,
simulator calculates the properties of the main flowstreams of the dualplant, the
associated error in the calculations is very low.
The two processes can be simulated independently and are driven by two different
windows. The window that manages the MSF simulation is shown in figure 5.1,
containing the MSF unit scheme, and seven text boxes and control buttons. In the text
boxes, the user must introduce an allowed value for the following variables:
1. Distillate mass flow rate (1,2002,400 T/h) or Top Brine Temperature (84112 ºC)
in the MSF plant.
2. Seawater to reject temperature (2536 ºC).
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SIMTAW structure
After these values are correctly introduced, the user must choose the TBT control
option—clicking the corresponding box—, to fix the Top Brine Temperature value
during the simulation. The inverse problem option also calculates the fouling factor in
each stage. The third option, called Sim. With real data, includes a correlation with
real data of the main mass flow rates of the MSF unit collected during the year 1997
(WED, 1997).
The window that manages the power plant (figure 5.2) contains the plant scheme and
four text boxes where the user introduces input variables needed to perform the power
plant simulation:
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Simulator
Then, the user must choose one of the six operating modes in the dualplant,
depending on the power and steam demanded to the MSF unit(s), the operation
modes are (see section 4.6 relating the operating and mathematical models of the
process):
• Extraction mode.
• Parallel mode.
• Condensing mode.
• Desalination mode.
• Twin desalination mode.
• Twin extraction mode.
The four input variables must be consistent with the selected operating mode, anyway
the program will inform you which variable is out of the range specified for each
operating mode.
The simulation results of both processes are also presented in several windows, and
are resumed here:
• Relevant parameters corresponding to the whole plant and to different
components (fuel consumption, performance ratio, plant efficiency, specific
consumption, steam consumption, etc).
• Thermophysical properties of the mass flowstreams considered in the simulation
(the flowstreams are numbered in figures 5.1 and 5.2 respectively). In the power
plant process the values of the gland steam leakage system are also available (see
section 4.3.10 for specifications). The properties are:
– Temperature.
– Pressure.
– Mass flow rate.
– Steam quality.
– Specific enthalpy.
– Specific entropy.
1. Taking into account for the two extraction units (E1, E2) —see figure 4.1— with the same thermodynamic
properties.
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• The exergy costs of the main components of the power plant and water are shown
in a window, if the fuel cost is introduced (in dollars per unit of energy) the
exergoeconomic costs are also included.
All these results can be saved in a text file than can be accessed by conventional
applications (MS Office). The file also includes the input values and some interesting
design values introduced in the simulator (tube characteristics and fouling factor in
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distillers in the MSF plant, for example), and the exergy cost of the products of each
component, following the productive structure that will be explained in Chapter 7.
The model validation is separately applied to the power and desalination plant, note
that the way to calculate the thermodynamic properties in the design flowsheets is
unknown, therefore an indeterminate error is structurally included in the comparative
analysis (or model validation).
Only a few values calculated in the simulator are also available in the data acquisition
system of the power plant (this does not means that there are more signals than the
system can measure, but that the recording system is limited by the plant managers):
temperature and pressure of some turbine extractions, live steam conditions and
feedwater temperature in some heaters. Furthermore, the live steam properties are not
maintained under operating conditions, and the data collected is every four hours.
Consequently, no adjustment has been made to the simulator in order to achieve a
more realistic set of values of the main flowstreams of the power plant.
The data acquisition system of the MSF plant only provides a few data of the main
controlling variables of the process every four hours (temperatures and flow rates
entering and leaving the heater, recovery and reject section, and the internal
parameters mentioned above). Therefore no comparison is included between the real
data and the results obtained when the simulator operates with the ‘Sim. with real
data’ option, that is, using the correlated internal parameters based on real
experience.
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because the input power value inserted in the simulator window is only a first step to
calculate the main steam flow to the boiler. Therefore, the output results try to find out
the minimum difference in both live steam mass flow and the final output power for
each performance case. The feed pump consumption is also included in this table
(W FP). The third row shows the relative error observed in the input process.
The second table shows in its first part the pressure p, temperature T and mass flow
rate m of the main flowstreams of the power plant. The second part includes the
values ( p′ , T′ and m′ ) obtained by the simulator. Finally, the third part introduces
the relative error of each property of the flowstreams (εp, εT, εm). Each flow is
numbered according to the scheme followed in figure 5.2. The meaning of each
performance data case is described in section 4.6. Only the values that are provided
by the contractors have been compared in the table.
Analyzing the model results, when the steam to LP turbine is not close to zero, that is,
in performance data cases which represent partial or full load in extraction or twin
extraction mode (MCR, MR, VWO, COC, PL115, PL85 performance data cases), the
highest relative error is detected in the LP extraction (< 3% in any case), but the
absolute difference between the simulator and data flowsheet is minimum.
However, when the NTW mathematical model is applied, i.e. a minimum amount of
steam passes through the LP turbine (this situation correspond to MSL3 and MSL4
cases, the last one is the most usual in winter operation in the Gulf Area, when the
water demand is always high but the energy consumption decrease to the 30% of the
plant capacity), the relative error could reach to a 10% in the LP extraction and the
steam derived to the condenser, although in those limit cases the absolute difference
detected is very low. It is clear that the mathematical model applied when the steam
to LP turbine is close to zero (NTW model) is more unstable than other
mathematical models applied when some amount of steam passes through the LP
turbine (LTW model).
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TABLE 5.1 Input variables for the MCR (maximum continous rating, producing both electricity and water)
case.
No. p (bar) T (ºC) m (kg/s) p' (bar) T' (ºC) m' (kg/s) εp (%) εT (%) εm (%)
1 93 535 156.187 93 535 156.09 0.00 0.00 0.06
3 28.46 365.4 10.839 28.39 363.5 10.8 0.25 0.52 0.36
4 14.79 282.1 8.303 14.73 278.1 8.24 0.41 1.42 0.76
5 7.235 203.2 10.989 7.213 198.6 10.94 0.30 2.26 0.45
6 2.76 130.7 3.321 2.76 130.7 3.32 0.00 0.00 0.03
8 0.482 80.4 2.278 0.482 80.4 2.21 0.00 0.00 2.99
9 0.072 39.5 29.631 0.072 39.5 29.75 0.00 0.00 –0.40
11 39.6 36.545 39.8 36.59 –0.51 –0.12
12 41 36.545 41.2 36.59 –0.49 –0.12
24 5.599 5.53 1.23
14 78.2 36.545 78.2 36.59 0.00 –0.12
23 84.2 3.321 84.4 3.32 –0.24 0.03
15 128.2 36.545 128.3 36.59 –0.08 –0.12
16 162.9 156.355 162.8 156.25 0.06 0.07
18 164.8 156.187 164.7 156.09 0.06 0.06
22 168.8 19.142 168.7 19.04 0.06 0.53
19 194.6 156.187 194.4 156.09 0.10 0.06
21 198.6 10.839 198.4 10.8 0.10 0.36
20 230.1 156.187 230 156.09 0.04 0.06
30 27.18 10.839 27.106 10.8 0.27 0.36
31 14.12 8.303 14.08 8.24 0.28 0.76
32 6.655 10.989 6.634 10.94 0.32 0.45
33 2.677 3.321 2.677 3.32 0.00 0.03
34 0.467 2.278 0.467 2.21 0.00 2.99
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5.2.1.2 MR case
TABLE 5.3 Input variables for the MR (maximum rating, producing only electricity) performance case.
No. p (bar) T (ºC) m (kg/s) p' (bar) T' (ºC) m' (kg/s) εp (%) εT (%) εm (%)
1 93 535 156.187 93 535 156.2 0.00 0.00 –0.01
3 30.58 374.5 9.254 30.52 374 9.22 0.20 0.13 0.37
4 17.7 302.8 5.492 17.61 298.6 5.49 0.51 1.39 0.04
5 11.23 248.9 6.012 11.17 243.3 5.92 0.53 2.25 1.53
6 8.232 218.8 13.291 8.232 213.6 13.35 0.00 2.38 –0.44
8 1.913 118.8 11.778 1.916 118.9 11.65 –0.16 –0.08 1.09
9 0.135 51.9 110.043 0.135 51.8 110.26 0.00 0.19 –0.20
11 52 135.429 52 135.58 0.00 –0.11
12 53.6 135.429 53.5 135.58 0.19 –0.11
24 25.069 25 0.28
14 108 135.429 107.6 135.58 0.37 –0.11
23 118 13.291 117.8 13.35 0.17 –0.44
15 162.4 135.429 162.3 135.58 0.06 –0.11
16 184.5 156.187 184.2 156.2 0.16 –0.01
18 186.6 156.187 186.3 156.2 0.16 –0.01
22 190.6 14.476 190.2 14.7 0.21 –1.55
19 205.3 156.187 205.1 156.2 0.10 0.01
21 209.3 9.254 209 9.22 0.14 0.37
20 235 156.187 234.8 156.2 0.09 0.01
30 29.71 9.254 29.62 9.22 0.30 0.37
31 17.45 5.492 17.349 5.49 0.58 0.04
32 11.11 6.012 11.038 5.92 0.65 1.53
33 7.676 13.291 7.674 13.35 0.03 0.44
34 1.799 11.778 1.78 11.65 1.06 1.09
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TABLE 5.5 Input variables for the PL115 performance case (partial load with 115 MW of electricity and a
heat extraction to MSF of 145 Gcal/h).
TABLE 5.6 Model validation for the PL115 performance data case.
No. p (bar) T (ºC) m (kg/s) p' (bar) T' (ºC) m' (kg/s) εp (%) εT (%) εm (%)
1 93 535 148.923 93 535 148.11 0.00 0.00 0.55
3 26.99 360.5 10.252 26.791 358.4 10.17 0.74 0.58 0.80
4 13.97 277.4 8.03 13.848 273.2 8.07 0.87 1.51 –0.50
5 6.749 198 10.897 6.705 193.3 10.59 0.65 2.37 2.82
6 2.39 126 3.317 2.39 126 3.29 0.00 0.00 0.81
8 0.588 85.4 3.237 0.587 85.4 3.13 0.17 0.00 3.31
9 0.065 37.5 36.083 0.065 37.7 35.75 0.00 –0.53 0.92
11 37.6 43.949 37.7 43.48 –0.27 1.07
12 38.8 43.949 37.7 43.48 2.84 1.07
24 6.553 6.51 0.66
14 82.2 43.949 82.2 43.48 0.00 1.07
23 88.7 3.317 88.9 3.29 –0.23 0.81
15 123.2 43.949 123.4 43.48 –0.16 1.07
16 159.7 149.087 158.9 148.27 0.50 0.55
18 161.6 148.923 160.6 148.11 0.62 0.55
22 165.5 18.282 164.5 18.24 0.60 0.23
19 191.9 148.923 191.4 148.11 0.26 0.55
21 195.8 10.252 195.3 10.17 0.26 0.80
20 227.3 148.923 226.9 148.11 0.18 0.55
30 25.79 10.252 25.598 10.17 0.74 0.80
31 13.32 8.03 13.188 8.07 0.99 –0.50
32 6.141 10.897 6.135 10.59 0.10 2.82
33 2.295 3.317 2.299 3.29 –0.17 0.81
34 0.563 3.237 0.562 3.13 0.18 3.31
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TABLE 5.7 Input variables for the PL85 performance case (partial load with 85 MW of electricity and 145
Gcal/h of extraction heat flow).
No. p (bar) T (ºC) m (kg/s) p' (bar) T' (ºC) m' (kg/s) εp (%) εT (%) εm (%)
1 93 535 117.391 93 535 117.03 0.00 0.00 0.31
3 21.15 340.7 7.331 21.064 340.4 7.29 0.41 0.09 0.56
4 11.1 261.7 5.719 11.036 259.2 5 .83 0.58 0.96 –1.94
5 5.56 187.7 7.875 5.538 184.6 7.68 0.40 1.65 2.48
6 2.39 126 2.21 2.39 126 2.18 0.00 0.00 1.36
8 0.261 66 0.993 0.262 66.1 0.95 –0.38 –0.15 4.33
9 0.055 34.6 16.478 0.055 34.6 16.63 0.00 0.00 –0.92
11 34.6 20.993 34.7 20.76 –0.29 1.11
12 37 20.993 37.1 20.76 –0.27 1.11
24 3.203 3.12 2.59
14 65 20.993 65 20.76 0.00 1.11
23 69.7 2.21 70.1 2.18 0.57 1.36
15 124.4 20.993 124.5 20.76 0.08 1.11
16 153.2 117.539 152.5 117.18 0.46 0.31
18 155 117.391 154.1 117.03 0.58 0.31
22 158.5 13.051 157.6 13.12 0.57 0.53
19 182.4 117.391 182.3 117.03 0.05 0.31
21 185.9 7.331 185.8 7.29 0.05 0.56
20 215 117.391 215 117.03 0.00 0.31
30 20.39 7.331 20.31 7.29 0.39 0.56
31 10.7 5.719 10.62 5.83 0.75 –1.94
32 5.186 7.875 5.185 7.68 0.02 2.48
33 2.348 2.21 2.347 2.18 0.04 1.36
34 0.257 0.993 0.258 0.95 –0.39 4.33
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TABLE 5.9 MSL2 performance case (minimum stable load with 45 MW of electricity and a combined heat
extraction flow of 145 Gcal/h). Main input data.
No. p (bar) T (ºC) m (kg/s) p' (bar) T' (ºC) m' (kg/s) εp (%) εT (%) εm (%)
1 93 535 86.5 93 535 86.49 0.00 0.00 0.01
3 13.75 324.9 4.477 13.714 322.9 4.49 0.26 0.62 –0.29
4 7.442 251.2 3.355 7.411 247.4 3.38 0.42 1.51 –0.75
5 4.074 186.8 4.971 4.061 182.6 4.89 0.32 2.25 1.63
6 2.39 137.9 0.454 2.39 135.8 0.46 0.00 1.52 –1.32
8 0.054 34.4 0 0.055 34.7 0 –1.85 –0.87 0.00
9 0.048 80 1.751 0.048 80 1.75 0.00 0.00 0.06
11 32.4 3.466 32.2 3.55 0.62 –2.42
12 46.9 3.466 47.4 3.52 –1.07 –1.56
24 0.454 0.46 –1.32
14 47.3 3.466 47.7 3.52 –0.85 –1.56
23 49.6 0.454 50.2 0.46 –1.21 –1.32
15 125.7 3.466 125.7 3.52 0.00 –1.56
16 142.4 90.218 142 90.19 0.28 0.03
18 144.3 86.5 143.7 86.49 0.42 0.01
22 147.4 7.832 146.7 7.87 0.47 –0.49
19 166.4 86.5 166.1 86.49 0.18 0.01
21 169.5 4.477 169.2 4.49 0.18 –0.29
20 194.5 86.5 194.4 86.49 0.05 0.01
30 13.32 4.477 13.288 4.49 0.24 –0.29
31 7.235 3.355 7.206 3.38 0.40 –0.75
32 3.871 4.971 3.864 4.89 0.18 1.63
33 2.388 0.454 2.387 0.46 0.04 –1.32
34 0.108 0 0.055a 0 49.07 0.00
a. Note that the simulator does not suppose a pressure loss in the 5th extraction if any vapor is extracted.
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TABLE 5.11 Input data of the MSL3 performance case (minimum stable load with two extractions of 150 and
145 Gcal/h to MSF units).
No. p (bar) T (ºC) m (kg/s) p' (bar) T' (ºC) m' (kg/s) εp (%) εT (%) εm (%)
1 93 535 163 93 535 163.1 0.00 0.00 –0.06
3 18.22 333 9.851 18.176 329.8 9.94 0.24 0.96 –0.90
4 9.344 252.4 7.883 9.314 247.4 7.69 0.32 1.98 2.45
5 4.891 179.6 10.272 4.687 174.6 10.02 4.17 2.78 2.45
6 2.39 126 0.461 2.39 126 0.5 0.00 0.00 –8.46
8 0.054 34.3 0 0.055 34.7 0 –1.85 –1.17 0.00
9 0.048 80 1.727 0.048 80 1.91 0.00 0.00 –10.60
11 32.4 3.462 32.2 3.75 0.62 –8.32
12 47 3.462 46.4 3.72 1.28 –7.45
24 0.461 0.5 –8.46
14 47.3 3.462 46.7 3.72 1.27 –7.45
23 49.6 0.461 49.3 0.5 0.60 –8.46
15 125.7 3.462 125.7 3.72 0.00 –7.45
16 142.8 183.567 142 183.61 0.56 –0.02
18 144.6 163 144.2 163.1 0.28 –0.06
22 148.7 17.514 148.4 17.63 0.20 –0.66
19 171.6 163 171.3 163.1 0.17 –0.06
21 175.6 9.851 175.5 9.94 0.06 –0.90
20 204 163 204.1 163.1 –0.05 –0.06
30 16.6 9.851 16.62 9.94 –0.12 –0.90
31 8.465 7.663 8.505 7.69 –0.47 –0.35
32 3.907 10.272 4.026 10.02 –3.05 2.45
33 2.388 0.461 2.387 0.5 0.04 –8.46
34 0.108 0 0.055a 0 49.07 0.00
a. The same argumentation of the MSL2 case.
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TABLE 5.13 Input data of the MSL4 performance case (minimum stable load with the maximum heat flow
extraction to MSF unit: 170 Gcal/h).
No. p (bar) T (ºC) m (kg/s) p' (bar) T' (ºC) m' (kg/s) εp (%) εT (%) εm (%)
1 93 535 109.5 93 535 109.64 0.00 0.00 –0.13
3 19.87 340.3 6.537 19.821 338.1 6.55 0.25 0.65 –0.20
4 10.58 262.9 4.956 10.534 258.9 5.04 0.43 1.52 –1.69
5 5.514 192.5 6.789 5.495 188.1 6.68 0.34 2.29 1.61
6 2.76 130.7 0.424 2.76 131.1 0.45 0.00 –0.31 –6.13
8 0.025 20.9 0 0.024 20.5 0 4.00 1.91 0.00
9 0.021 80 1.004 0.021 79.8 1.14 0.00 0.25 –13.55
11 18.3 2.743 18.3 2.92 0.00 –6.45
12 36.7 2.743 36.6 2.92 0.27 –6.45
24 0.424 0.45 –6.13
14 37.1 2.736 36.9 2.9 0.54 –5.99
23 39.2 0.424 39.1 0.45 0.26 –6.13
15 130.5 2.736 130.5 2.9 0.00 –5.99
16 153.6 109.649 153 109.79 0.39 –0.13
18 155.3 109.5 154.7 109.64 0.39 –0.13
22 158.8 11.493 158.2 11.58 0.38 –0.76
19 180.8 109.5 180.7 109.64 0.06 –0.13
21 184.2 6.537 184.1 6.55 0.05 –0.20
20 212.2 109.5 212.2 109.6 0.00 –0.09
30 19.23 6.537 19.176 6.55 0.28 –0.20
31 10.26 4.956 10.207 5.04 0.52 –1.69
32 5.233 6.789 5.22 6.68 0.25 1.61
33 2.759 0.424 2.758 0.45 0.04 –6.13
34 0.063 0 0.024a 0 61.90 0.00
a. No pressure losses are associated to the final extraction
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TABLE 5.15 Main input data of the ODOB case (one desalinationone boiler).
No. p (bar) T (ºC) m (kg/s) p' (bar) T' (ºC) m' (kg/s) εp (%) εT (%) εm (%)
1 93 535 70.383 93 535 70.38 0.00 0.00 0.00
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 0 0 0 0
12 0 0 0 0
24 0 0
14 0 0 0 0
23 0 0 0 0
15 0 0 0 0
16 138.9 93.841 138.9 94.94 0.00 –1.17
18 140.7 70.383 140.5 70.38 0.14 0.00
22 0 0 0 0
19 140.7 70.383 140.5 70.38 0.14 0.00
21 0 0 0 0
20 140.7 70.383 140.5 70.38 0.14 0.00
30 0 0 0 0
31 0 0 0 0
32 0 0 0 0
33 0 0 0 0
34 0 0 0 0
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TABLE 5.17 Main input data of the TDOB case (two desalinationone boiler).
No. p (bar) T (ºC) m (kg/s) p' (bar) T' (ºC) m' (kg/s) εp (%) εT (%) εm (%)
1 93 535 140.766 93 535 140.76 0.00 0.00 0.00
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 0 0 0 0
12 0 0 0 0
24 0 0
14 0 0 0 0
23 0 0 0 0
15 0 0 0 0
16 138.9 187.682 138.9 187.38 0.00 0.16
18 140.8 140.766 139.7 140.76 0.78 0.00
22 0 0 0 0
19 140.8 140.766 139.7 140.76 0.78 0.00
21 0 0 0 0
20 140.8 140.766 139.7 140.76 0.78 0.00
30 0 0 0 0
31 0 0 0 0
32 0 0 0 0
33 0 0 0 0
34 0 0 0 0
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TABLE 5.19 Main input data of the VWO performance case (maximum capacity of the steam turbine with and
extraction heat flow of 170 Gcal/h to MSF).
No. p (bar) T (ºC) m (kg/s) p' (bar) T' (ºC) m' (kg/s) εp (%) εT (%) εm (%)
1 93 535 161.038 93 535 160.21 0.00 0.00 0.51
3 29.36 368.1 11.317 29.158 365.4 11.17 0.69 0.73 1.30
4 15.23 284.3 8.665 15.11 279.6 8.59 0.79 1.65 0.87
5 7.419 204.7 11.473 7.368 199.5 11.33 0.69 2.54 1.25
6 2.759 130.7 3.485 2.76 130.7 3.44 –0.04 0.00 1.29
8 0.533 82.9 2.623 0.528 82.7 2.4 0.94 0.24 8.50
9 0.074 40 32.64 0.074 40.1 32.44 0.00 –0.25 0.61
11 40.1 40.064 40.1 39.63 0.00 1.08
12 41.3 40.064 42.2 39.6 –2.18 1.16
24 6.109 5.85 4.24
14 80.4 40.064 80.3 39.6 0.12 1.16
23 86.6 3.485 86.8 3.44 –0.23 1.29
15 128 40.064 128.1 39.6 –0.08 1.16
16 163.8 161.209 163.5 160.38 0.18 0.51
18 165.7 161.038 165.5 160.21 0.12 0.51
22 169.7 19.982 169.5 19.76 0.12 1.11
19 195.8 161.038 195.6 160.21 0.10 0.51
21 199.9 11.317 199.6 11.17 0.15 1.30
20 231.8 161.038 231.4 160.21 0.17 0.51
30 28.01 11.317 27.817 11.17 0.69 1.30
31 14.53 8.665 14.41 8.59 0.83 0.87
32 6.8 11.473 6.758 11.33 0.62 1.25
33 2.667 3.485 2.671 3.44 –0.15 1.29
34 0.515 2.623 0.512 2.4 0.58 8.50
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TABLE 5.21 Input data of the COC performance case (boiler peak load at least 5% more than the MCR case).
No. p (bar) T (ºC) m (kg/s) p' (bar) T' (ºC) m' (kg/s) εp (%) εT (%) εm (%)
1 93 535 180.556 93 535 179.58 0.00 0.00 0.54
3 29.02 366.9 12.704 28.77 363.7 12.6 0.86 0.87 0.82
4 14.93 282.3 9.723 14.786 277 9.7 0.96 1.88 0.24
5 7.219 202.2 12.96 7.17 196.8 12.55 0.68 2.67 3.16
6 2.76 130.7 3.314 2.76 130.7 3.29 0.00 0.00 0.72
8 0.479 80.3 2.258 0.471 79.9 2.17 1.67 0.50 3.90
9 0.072 39.5 29.449 0.072 39.5 29.14 0.00 0.00 1.05
11 39.6 36.335 39.6 35.92 0.00 1.14
12 41 36.335 40.7 35.92 0.73 1.14
24 5.572 5.46 2.01
14 78.1 36.335 77.7 35.92 0.51 1.14
23 84 3.314 83.9 3.29 0.12 0.72
15 128.2 36.335 128.3 35.92 –0.08 1.14
16 161.4 187.942 160.3 186.94 0.68 0.53
18 163.5 180.556 162.8 179.58 0.43 0.54
22 167.7 22.427 167 22.3 0.42 0.57
19 193.8 180.556 193.3 179.58 0.26 0.54
21 198 12.704 197.5 12.6 0.25 0.82
20 230 180.556 229.6 179.58 0.17 0.54
30 27.28 12.704 27.06 12.6 0.81 0.82
31 14.02 9.723 13.888 9.7 0.94 0.24
32 6.398 12.96 6.415 12.55 –0.27 3.16
33 2.677 3.314 2.678 3.29 –0.04 0.72
34 0.464 2.258 0.457 2.17 1.51 3.90
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The first table of each comparative study shows some inputs of design data and
simulation in the first and second rows respectively (seawater intake flow SW and
temperature Tsea). Some other inputs (steam to heater conditions, seawater intake
temperature) needed for the simulator are not included because they must be the same
quantity as the proposed design value. The distillate produced in the two cases is
maintained in the same quantity too. Other operating parameters that are obtained in
the simulation are also compared in the table: seawater to reject and recycle brine
flows (SR and R), Top Brine Temperature (TBT), Performance Ratio (PR) and steam
consumption (mST). The third row shows the relative error observed in the table, the
highest error is in the steam consumed. This error can be due to the absence of a
desuperheater before the brine heater in the mathematical model applied to the MSF
distillers, and the error introduced when the steam properties (the latent heat of
vaporization) below two different perspectives are calculated.
The second table shows in its first part the chamber pressure p, temperature profile
(cooling brine TF, distillate TD and flashing brine TB) and distillate flow rate (D) of
each stage of the MSF plant. The second part includes the values ( p′ , T F′ , T D′ , T B′
and D′ ) obtained by the simulator. Finally, the third part introduces the relative error
of the stage values (εp, εTF, εTD, εTB, εD). Each stage is numbered according to the
scheme followed in figure 5.1.
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In Gulf Area the water demand in summer is the 100% of the plant capacity, and
covers the 80% in winter. So, the most realistic performance data cases are (in this
order) HTOS and HTOW. The error analysis is going to be underlined in these two
cases.
The main error source in HTOS case is detected in the pressure of the reject stages
and the last stage of the recovery section (a maximum of 9% of relative error). The
contractors for absolute pressure of the MSF chambers give an accuracy of two
decimals, therefore the error associated to the numeric presentation could be
important. The correlation to calculate the absolute pressure of a flash chamber also
should improve the error detected in those values.
The distillate produced in the first stages of the recovery section has a maximum
relative error of 5%. This error is due to the correlations for calculating both brine and
steam properties and the global heat transfer coefficient of each condenser. The
temperatures of the three main flows of each distiller do not exceed in any case a
relative error of 1.5%.
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TABLE 5.23 Input data and performance parameters of the NTOS case (normaltemperature operation in
summer).
1 0.87 93.1 95.7 96.7 109 0.883 93.3 96.2 97.1 114.2 –1.49 –0.21 –0.52 –0.41 –4.77
2 0.77 90 92.5 93.5 219 0.781 89.9 92.9 93.8 226.3 –1.43 0.11 –0.43 –0.32 –3.33
3 0.68 86.7 89.3 90.2 328 0.688 86.6 89.5 90.4 338.9 –1.18 0.12 –0.22 –0.22 –3.32
4 0.59 83.5 86 86.9 437 0.605 83.3 86.2 87.1 449.4 –2.54 0.24 –0.23 –0.23 –2.84
5 0.52 80.1 82.7 83.6 545 0.531 80 82.8 83.7 557.9 –2.12 0.12 –0.12 –0.12 –2.37
6 0.46 76.8 79.4 80.3 652 0.465 76.7 79.5 80.5 664.3 –1.09 0.13 –0.13 –0.25 –1.89
7 0.4 73.5 76.1 77 757 0.407 73.4 76.3 77.2 768.7 –1.75 0.14 –0.26 –0.26 –1.55
8 0.35 70.2 72.8 73.8 861 0.355 70.2 73 74 871 –1.43 0.00 –0.27 –0.27 –1.16
9 0.3 67 69.5 70.5 963 0.309 67 69.8 70.8 971.4 –3.00 0.00 –0.43 –0.43 –0.87
10 0.26 63.7 66.3 67.3 1064 0.269 63.8 66.6 67.6 1069.7 –3.46 –0.16 –0.45 –0.45 –0.54
11 0.22 60.4 63 64 1160 0.234 60.6 63.5 64.5 1165.9 –6.36 –0.33 –0.79 –0.78 –0.51
12 0.19 57.3 59.9 60.9 1255 0.203 57.5 60.4 61.4 1260.4 –6.84 –0.35 –0.83 –0.82 –0.43
13 0.17 54.2 56.8 57.8 1347 0.175 54.4 57.3 58.3 1352.6 –2.94 –0.37 –0.88 –0.87 –0.42
14 0.14 51.1 53.7 54.8 1437 0.152 51.4 54.2 55.3 1442.6 –8.57 –0.59 –0.93 –0.91 –0.39
15 0.12 48 50.7 51.8 1527 0.131 48.4 51.2 52.3 1530.3 –9.17 –0.83 –0.99 –0.97 –0.22
16 0.105 45 47.7 48.8 1614 0.113 45.4 48.3 49.4 1615.4 –7.62 –0.89 –1.26 –1.23 –0.09
17 0.09 42.1 44.7 45.9 1698 0.097 42.5 45.4 46.6 1698 –7.78 –0.95 –1.57 –1.53 0.00
18 0.08 39.5 42.5 43.7 1761 0.086 39.6 43 44.4 1763.5 –7.50 –0.25 –1.18 –1.60 –0.14
19 0.07 37.1 40.2 41.5 1826 0.076 37.1 40.6 42.1 1829.7 –8.57 0.00 –1.00 –1.45 –0.20
20 0.06 34.7 37.9 39.2 1896 0.067 34.6 38.2 39.7 1896.2 –11.67 0.29 –0.79 –1.28 –0.01
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TABLE 5.25 Input data and performance parameters of the HTOS case (hightemperature operation in
summer).
1 1.3 103.8 107.2 108.2 131 1.311 103.9 107.4 108.4 138.5 –0.85 –0.10 –0.19 –0.18 –5.73
2 1.14 100.2 103.5 104.5 261 1.147 100 103.5 104.5 274.1 –0.61 0.20 0.00 0.00 –5.02
3 1 96.4 99.7 100.7 390 0.997 96.2 99.5 100.5 409.9 0.30 0.21 0.20 0.20 –5.10
4 0.87 92.7 95.9 96.9 521 0.865 92.2 95.6 96.6 542.8 0.57 0.54 0.31 0.31 –4.18
5 0.75 88.8 92 93 649 0.748 88.3 91.7 92.7 672.9 0.27 0.56 0.33 0.32 –3.68
6 0.65 85 88.2 89.2 776 0.646 84.5 87.9 88.8 800.3 0.62 0.59 0.34 0.45 –3.13
7 0.56 81.1 84.4 85.3 902 0.556 80.6 84 85 924.9 0.71 0.62 0.47 0.35 –2.54
8 0.48 77.2 80.5 81.5 1025 0.478 76.8 80.2 81.2 1047 0.42 0.52 0.37 0.37 –2.15
9 0.41 73.4 76.7 77.7 1146 0.41 73 76.4 77.4 1166.3 0.00 0.54 0.39 0.39 –1.77
10 0.35 69.6 72.9 73.9 1266 0.35 69.3 72.7 73.7 1283.3 0.00 0.43 0.27 0.27 –1.37
11 0.3 65.8 69 70 1381 0.299 65.6 69 70 1397.6 0.33 0.30 0.00 0.00 –1.20
12 0.25 62 65.4 66.4 1493 0.254 61.9 65.3 66.3 1509.7 –1.60 0.16 0.15 0.15 –1.12
13 0.21 58.4 61.7 62.7 1603 0.215 58.3 61.7 62.7 1619.1 –2.38 0.17 0.00 0.00 –1.00
14 0.18 54.7 58.1 59.1 1711 0.182 54.7 58.1 59.2 1725.8 –1.11 0.00 0.00 –0.17 –0.86
15 0.15 51.1 54.5 55.5 1817 0.154 51.1 54.6 55.7 1829.7 –2.67 0.00 –0.18 –0.36 –0.70
16 0.12 47.5 50.9 52 1920 0.13 47.6 51.1 52.2 1930.7 –8.33 –0.21 –0.39 –0.38 –0.56
17 0.1 44 47.4 48.5 2021 0.109 44.2 47.6 48.9 2028.6 –9.00 –0.45 –0.42 –0.82 –0.38
18 0.09 40.5 44.6 45.9 2096 0.095 40.9 44.9 46.2 2104.2 –5.56 –0.99 –0.67 –0.65 –0.39
19 0.08 38.1 41.9 43.2 2173 0.083 38 42.2 43.6 2180.7 –3.75 0.26 –0.72 –0.93 –0.35
20 0.07 35.1 39.2 40.5 2258 0.071 35 39.3 40.8 2257.9 –1.43 0.28 –0.26 –0.74 0.00
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TABLE 5.27 Some input data and performance parameters of the LTOS case (lowtemperature operation in
summer).
1 0.475 78.7 80.48 81.4 72 0.495 79.2 81.1 81.9 73.9 –4.21 –0.64 –0.77 –0.61 –2.64
2 0.428 76.2 77.97 78.9 143 0.445 76.6 78.5 79.3 146.6 –3.97 –0.52 –0.68 –0.51 –2.52
3 0.385 73.6 75.37 76.3 215 0.399 74 75.8 76.7 219.7 –3.64 –0.54 –0.57 –0.52 –2.19
4 0.345 71 72.79 73.7 286 0.357 71.3 73.2 74.1 291.5 –3.48 –0.42 –0.56 –0.54 –1.92
5 0.309 68.4 70.21 71.1 356 0.32 68.7 70.6 71.5 362.2 –3.56 –0.44 –0.56 –0.56 –1.74
6 0.277 65.9 67.65 68 426 0.286 66.2 68 68.9 431.6 –3.25 –0.46 –0.52 –1.32 –1.31
7 0.247 63.3 65.08 66 494 0.255 63.6 65.4 66.3 499.7 –3.24 –0.47 –0.49 –0.45 –1.15
8 0.22 60.7 62.53 63.5 562 0.228 61.1 62.9 63.8 566.6 –3.64 –0.66 –0.59 –0.47 –0.82
9 0.196 58.2 60.01 61 629 0.203 58.6 60.4 61.3 632.1 –3.57 –0.69 –0.65 –0.49 –0.49
10 0.175 55.7 57.49 58.4 695 0.181 56.1 57.9 58.9 696.3 –3.43 –0.72 –0.71 –0.86 –0.19
11 0.154 53.2 54.9 55.8 756 0.161 53.6 55.5 56.4 759.2 –4.55 –0.75 –1.09 –1.08 –0.42
12 0.138 50.8 52.56 53.3 816 0.143 51.2 53.1 54.1 820.7 –3.62 –0.79 –1.03 –1.50 –0.58
13 0.123 48.5 50.23 51.2 876 0.127 48.9 50.7 51.7 880.8 –3.25 –0.82 –0.94 –0.98 –0.55
14 0.109 46.1 47.91 48.9 934 0.113 46.5 48.3 49.4 939.7 –3.67 –0.87 –0.81 –1.02 –0.61
15 0.098 43.9 45.64 46.6 992 0.101 44.2 46 47.2 996.1 –3.06 –0.68 –0.79 –1.29 –0.41
16 0.087 41.6 43.36 44.4 1048 0.09 42 43.7 45 1051.2 –3.45 –0.96 –0.78 –1.35 –0.31
17 0.077 39.3 41.11 42.2 1104 0.08 39.8 41.5 42.8 1104.3 –3.90 –1.27 –0.95 –1.42 –0.03
18 0.071 37.1 39.44 40.5 1145 0.072 37.6 39.7 41.1 1146.9 –1.41 –1.35 –0.66 –1.48 –0.17
19 0.064 35.8 37.71 38.8 1187 0.066 35.8 37.9 39.4 1189.5 –3.13 0.00 –0.50 –1.55 –0.21
20 0.058 33.9 35.94 37.1 1232 0.059 33.9 36 37.7 1231.9 –1.72 0.00 –0.17 –1.62 0.01
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TABLE 5.29 Some input data and performance parameters of the HTOW case (hightemperature operation in
winter).
1 1.28 103.2 106.8 107.9 142 1.258 102.4 106.2 107.1 148.5 1.72 0.78 0.56 0.74 –4.58
2 1.12 99.3 102.8 103.8 284 1.088 98.2 102 103 294.1 2.86 1.11 0.78 0.77 –3.56
3 0.97 95.2 98.7 99.7 424 0.935 94.1 97.8 98.7 439.6 3.61 1.16 0.91 1.00 –3.68
4 0.83 91 94.5 95.5 565 0.801 89.8 93.5 94.5 581.9 3.49 1.32 1.06 1.05 –2.99
5 0.71 86.9 90.3 91.3 703 0.684 85.7 89.4 90.3 721 3.66 1.38 1.00 1.10 –2.56
6 0.6 82.7 86.2 87.2 840 0.583 81.5 85.2 86.1 857.1 2.83 1.45 1.16 1.26 –2.04
7 0.51 78.5 82 83 975 0.495 77.4 81.1 82 990.1 2.94 1.40 1.10 1.20 –1.55
8 0.43 74.3 77.8 78.8 1107 0.42 73.3 77 78 1120.3 2.33 1.35 1.03 1.02 –1.20
9 0.36 70.1 73.7 74.7 1237 0.354 69.2 73 73.9 1247.5 1.67 1.28 0.95 1.07 –0.85
10 0.3 66 69.6 70.6 1365 0.298 65.2 69 69.9 1371.7 0.67 1.21 0.86 0.99 –0.49
11 0.25 61.8 65.4 66.4 1487 0.25 61.3 65 66 1493.1 0.00 0.81 0.61 0.60 –0.41
12 0.21 57.8 61.4 62.5 1605 0.21 57.3 61.1 62.1 1611.8 0.00 0.87 0.49 0.64 –0.42
13 0.17 53.9 57.5 58.6 1721 0.175 53.4 57.2 58.2 1727.5 –2.94 0.93 0.52 0.68 –0.38
14 0.14 50 53.6 54.8 1833 0.146 49.6 53.4 54.4 1840 –4.29 0.80 0.37 0.73 –0.38
15 0.12 46.2 49.8 51.1 1943 0.121 45.8 49.6 50.7 1949.2 –0.83 0.87 0.40 0.78 –0.32
16 0.1 42.4 46.1 47.4 2049 0.1 42.1 45.9 47.1 2055 0.00 0.71 0.43 0.63 –0.29
17 0.08 38.7 42.3 43.8 2150 0.083 38.5 42.2 43.5 2157 –3.75 0.52 0.24 0.68 –0.33
18 0.07 35.2 39.5 41.1 2229 0.071 34.9 39.4 40.7 2236.8 –1.43 0.85 0.25 0.97 –0.35
19 0.06 32.3 36.5 38.2 2310 0.06 31.7 36.4 37.9 2317.9 0.00 1.86 0.27 0.79 –0.34
20 0.05 28.8 33.6 35.2 2400 0.051 28.4 33.3 34.9 2400 –2.00 1.39 0.89 0.85 0.00
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CHAPTER 6
Thermoeconomics
Fundamentals, applications of thermoeconomic diagnosis
and optimization of complex energy systems
As the human population grows, our finite world is becoming smaller and natural
resources are more and more scarce. We must conserve them in order to survive and
Thermoeconomics plays a key role in this endeavor. We should find out how energy
and resources degrade, which systems work better, how to improve designs to reduce
consumption and prevent residues from damaging the environment. Thermoeco
nomics and its application to engineering energy systems can help to answer these
questions.
The production process of a complex energy system (e.g., a dualpurpose power and
desalination plant) can be analyzed in terms of its economic profitability and
efficiency with respect to resource consumption.
An economic analysis can calculate the cost of fuel, investment, operation and
maintenance for the whole plant but provides no means to evaluate the single
processes taking place in the subsystems nor how to distribute the costs among them.
In his seminal book, The Entropy Law and the Economic Process, Nicholas
GeorgescuRoegen (1971) pointed out that “…the science of thermodynamics began
as physics of economic value and, basically, can still be regarded as such. The
Entropy Law itself emerges as the most economic in nature of all natural laws… the
economic process and the Entropy Law is only an aspect of a more general fact,
namely, that this law is the basis of the economy of life at all levels…”.
Thus, thermoeconomics assesses the cost of consumed resources, money and system
irreversibilities in terms of the overall production process. Consumed resource cost
involves resources destroyed by inefficiencies and helps to point out how resources
may be used more effectively to save energy. Money costs express the economic
effect of inefficiencies and are used to improve the cost effectiveness of production
processes.
Assessing the cost of the various streams and processes in a plant helps to understand
the process of cost formation, from the input resource(s) to the final product(s). This
process can solve problems in complex energy systems that cannot normally be
solved using conventional energy analysis based on the First Law of Thermo
dynamics (mass and energy balances only), for instance:
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Specific examples of these applications will be given here and applied to a real dual
purpose power and desalination plant. Many reports also provide specific information
about thermoeconomic applications (Lozano and Valero, 1993; Tsatsaronis, 1994;
Lozano, Valero and Serra, 1996; Valero et al., 1994; Bejan, Tsatsaronis and Moran
1997, Valero and Lozano, 1997; Valero, Correas and Serra, 1999; Lozano et al., 1994;
Frangopoulos, 1987; Von Spakovsky and Evans, 1993; ElSayed and Tribus, 1983;
ElSayed, 1988; Pisa, 1997).
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5 6
Compressor Turbine
2 3
0 4
Air HRSG 7
Gases 4
Natural gas
Work 8
Water/Steam
The exergetic cost of a mass and/or energy flow is the units of exergy used to produce
it, e.g. the exergetic cost of the net power is the exergy provided by the natural gas to
generate the electrical power delivered to the net by the cogeneration plant (see figure
6.1). These costs are a measure of the thermodynamic efficiency of the production
process generating these flows. The unit exergetic cost of a mass and/or energy flow
represents the amount of resources required to obtain one unit. Thus, if the unit
exergetic cost of the electricity is three, three units of plant exergy resources (natural
gas in the case of the cogeneration plant) are consumed to obtain one exergy unit of
electrical power.
The monetary cost takes into account the economic cost of the consumed fuel (i.e., its
market price) as well as the cost of the installation and the operation of the plant and
defines the amount of money consumed to generate a mass and/or energy flow. These
costs are a measure of the economic efficiency of a process. Similarly, the unit
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monetary cost (also called unit exergoeconomic cost or unit thermoeconomic cost) of a
mass and/or energy flow is the amount of monetary units required to obtain one unit.
We can further distinguish between average costs, which are ratios and express the
average amount of resources per unit of product, and marginal costs, which are a
derivation and indicate the additional resources required to generate one more unit of
the product under specified conditions. Mathematically they are defined as:
* B
unit average cost k = 0 (6.1)
Bi
)
∂B
unit marginal cost k = o
*
(6.2)
∂Bi
conditions
The average costs are only known after production, when we know how many
resources were used and the production obtained. The average cost is not predictive.
Knowing the average unit cost of a product does not provide the cost of a production
process P + ∆P. Thermoeconomic cost accounting theories calculate average costs
and use them as a basis for a rational price assessment, under physical criteria, of the
internal flows and the products of the plant.
Marginal costs can be used to calculate additional fuel consumption when the
operating conditions are modified. Thermoeconomic optimization methods
(Frangopoulos, 1997, 1990; Von Spakovsky and Evans, 1993) are based on marginal
costs when solving optimization problems.
The relationship between average and marginal costs will be analyzed in more detail
in section 6.3.1.
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Real process exergy is destroyed in any process. That is, part of the fuel exergy is
destroyed during product generation. Using the definitions of fuel and product, the
exergy balance for a component can be formulated as:
F=P+I (6.3)
Therefore, the fuel required to generate a certain amount of a product depends on the
amount of irreversibility (exergy destroyed).
The fuel exergy required to generate one exergy unit of product is defined as unit
exergetic consumption k:
F
k =  (6.4)
P
It is a measure of the thermodynamic efficiency of the process and equals one for
reversible processes and is greater than one for all real processes. The more
irreversible a process, the higher the value of the unit exergetic consumption.
Combining equation (6.4) with the exergy balance on a fuel/product basis (Equation
6.3), the unit exergetic consumption k can also be formulated as:
I
k = 1 +  (6.5)
P
The reciprocal of the unit exergy consumption is defined as the exergetic efficiency η.
It is equal to one for reversible processes and is less than one for all real processes.
P I
η =  = 1 –  (6.6)
F F
Fuel and product definitions for some typical components in a dualpurpose power
and desalination plant are shown in table 6.1. The fuelproduct definition for the
components of the cogeneration plant (figure 6.1) are shown in table 6.2.
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TABLE 6.1 Fuel and product definitions for typical dualpurpose power and desalination plant units.
B2
water
Exergy difference between the
B1
Natural gas generated steam flow and the
Boiler fuel B1 entering water flow
B3
B3 – B 2
steam
W
Work to drive pump/compressor Exergy supplied to the working fluid
Pump B1 B2 W B2 – B 1
B1
Turbine Exergy removed from working
Generated work
without W fluid during the expansion
extraction B1 – B 2 W
B2
B1
Turbine Exergy removed from working
Generated work
with W fluid during the expansion
extraction W
B2 B1 – B 2 – B 3
B3
B1
B4
cold
Heat stream B2 Exergy removed from the hot
Exergy supplied to the cold flow
exchanger/ flow
B2 – B 1
brine heater B3 – B 4
B3
hot stream
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F2 = B5 = WCp
Compressor
F3 = B3 – B4 P3 W net = B 6
Turbine b2
P2 = B2 – B0
Pj1 = B3
j1 b1
P1 = B3 – B2
HRSG
F4 = B4 P4 = B7 = Bheat
F1 = B1
Combustor
Nevertheless, when pricing all mass and energy flows in the thermoeconomic
analysis, it is absolutely necessary to define a thermoeconomic model of the plant
which considers the productive purpose of the components, i.e. the definitions of
fuels and products and the distribution of the resources throughout the plant. The
productive model can be graphically depicted by the productive structure diagram
(figure 6.2).
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In this scheme, the flows (lines connecting the equipment) are the fuel and the
product of each subsystem. Each “real“ piece of equipment in the plant has an outlet
flow (product) and an inlet flow (fuel). The capital cost of the units is also considered
as an external plant resource and is represented as inlet flows coming directly from
the environment (not considered in figure 6.2). Since the fuel of a process unit can be
the product of another and the product of a process unit can be the fuel of several
subsystems, two types of fictitious devices are introduced: junctions (rhombs) and
branching points or branches (circles). In a junction, the products of two or more
components are joined to form the fuel of another component. In a branching point,
an exergy flow (fuel or product in the productive structure –see figure 6.2) is
distributed between two or more components. Sometimes the productive structure
can be simplified (with the same results) by merging the junctions and branches in a
new fictitious component called junctionbranching point. Figure 6.5 in section 6.3.1
shows a similar productive structure as figure 6.2, where the junction j1 and the
branching point b1 have been merged in a junctionbranching point. For the sake of
simplicity, the explanation of the fundamentals of thermoeconomics will be made
using the productive structure depicted in figure 6.2.
TABLE 6.2 Fuels and Products of the components of the cogeneration plant.
Technical
No Subsystem Fuel Product production
coefficients
P1 = B3 – B2 r1 = P1/Pj1
5 Junction Pj1 = B3
P2 = B2 – B0 r2 = P2/Pj1
F3 = B3 – B4
6 Branching 1 Pj1 = B3
F4 = B4
F2 = B5 = Wcp
7 Branching 2 P3 = B5 + B6 = Wcp + Wnet
B6 = Wnet
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depending on the fuel and product definitions as well as decisions on how the plant
resources are distributed among the components.
where the index i refers to the input flows of the component l, the index j refers to the
output flows of the component l, and m is the number of flows considered in the
productive structure. Every flow is an input flow of a component and an output flow
of another component or the environment. For the flows interacting with the
environment, we define:
Bm–s+1 = ωi i = 1,…, s (6.8)
where s is the number of system outputs, and ωi is the total system product, i.e., an
external variable which determines the total product. The characteristic equations for
the system in figure 6.2, are shown in table 6.3:
6 Branching 1 Pj1 F3, F4 Pj1 = gPj1 (x6, F3, F4) = (F3 + F4)
a. Variables in these characteristic equations are from the Exergetic Cost Theory, corresponding to the PF repre
sentation (Torres, 1991, Valero and Torres, 1990). Note that the Exergetic Cost Theory is a particular case
(Serra, 1994) of the Structural Theory which is the thermoeconomic mathematical formalism presented in
this Ph. D. Thesis.
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The inlet and outlet flows of the productive structure units are extensive magnitudes,
which are the product of a quantity (usually mass flow rate) and a quality (specific
magnitude). The magnitudes applied by most thermoeconomic methodologies are
exergy (Tsatsaronis, 1987), negentropy (Frangopoulos, 1983) and money. Other
magnitudes, like enthalpy or entropy, can also be used.
Note, that the main objective of the productive structure, and hence of the
thermoeconomic model, consists on sorting the thermodynamic magnitudes related
to the physical mass and energy flowstreams connecting the plant subsystems, in a
different way that the equations modeling the physical plant behavior do, in order to
explicitly determine for each subsystem its energy conversion efficiency.
Depending on the analysis scope each subsystem can be identified with a separate
piece of equipment, a part of a device, several process units or even the whole plant.
Sometimes the objective consists on analyzing a plant in a deep detail. In this case it
is advisable, if possible, to identify each subsystem with a separate physical process
(heat transfer, pressure increase or decrease and chemical mixture or reaction) in
order to locate and quantify, separately if possible, each thermal, mechanical and
chemical irreversibility occurring in the plant. If the objective consists on analyzing a
macrosystem composed of several plants, probably in this case the more convenient
approach is consider each separate plant as a subsystem.
Even though (it is out of the scope of thermoeconomics simulate the behavior of the
subsystems), it is very important build the thermoeconomic model with physical
meaning. This is the reason, as already explained, of defining different
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thermoeconomic models for the same plant. Depending on the aggregation level and
on the nature of the thermoeconomic equations the model will content physical
information about the actual system behavior with different accuracy degrees. The
obtained results from a very rough thermoeconomic model, without any physical
sensitivity related with the actual behavior of the plant, probably will be useless.
Thus, if the characteristic equations are first grade homogeneous functions with
respect to the subset B, of independent variables (as linear equations do), that is:
Euler’s Theorem states that the homogeneous function of first order verify:
∂g i ∂g i ∂g i
Bi = B + B + ... + B l1,…,ls in Sl (6.10)
∂Bl1 l1 ∂Bl 2 l 2 ∂Bl s l s
∂g i
κ ij = (6.11a)
∂B j
Bi = ∑κ B ij j
i = 1,...,m l = 1,...,n. (6.11b)
j ∈S l
This property means that the input of a component varies at the same rate as its
outputs. Note that this property does not imply that the function must be linear. For
instance, a CobbDouglas function z = a xα y(1–α), is also a homogeneous first order
function.
κij are the technical production coefficients and represent the portion of the ith
component production:
∂g i
κ ij = (6.12a)
∂B j
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The sum of κij coefficients of a unit is the unit exergy consumption of that unit:
n
n
∑ Fi Fj
k j = ∑ κ ij =
i= 0
= (6.12b)
i= 0 Pj Pj
There is one such equation for each component’s fuel. These types of equations
are generated in the pieces of equipment and they inform about:
– the productive function of each component, i.e., its production (product)
– what the component needs (fuel) to develop its productive purpose, and
– the thermodynamic efficiency of the process in the component
2. Structural equations model how the resources consumed by the plant are distrib
uted through the plant components. They show how the process units are con
nected from a productive point of view. Structural equations are characteristic
equations to describe the productive model of junctions and branches, e.g.:
P1 = gP1 (x 5, Pj1) = r1 Pj1 = r1 (F3+F4) (6.13b)
3. When the capital cost of the equipment is also considered in the analysis, a third
type of characteristic equation is required; costing equations. These equations are
very often not linear, but in the case of these equations this is a minor problem,
because they can be linearized for different operation intervals. They relate the
investment cost of the component with thermodynamic variables and its product.
They express the amount of resources needed to build, install, maintain (etc.) a
component. For example, a costing equation proposed by ElSayed (1996), see
section 7.3.3.1 for details:
The diagram of the productive structure is also called a Fuel/Product diagram (Torres
et al., 1999) because in most cases the lines connecting the pieces of equipment
represent the fuels and products of the different units. Thus, the characteristic
equations (see table 6.3) using the Fuel–Product notation can also be written as:
n
Pi = Bi 0 + ∑ Bij i = 0,1,…, n (6.14)
j =1
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This equation shows how the production of a process unit is used as fuel by another
unit or as a part of the total plant production. In the above expression, Bij is the
production portion of the ith component that fuels the jth component, and Bi0
represents the production portion of the component i leading to the final plant product
(the subscript 0 refers to the environment, which is considered another process unit
interacting with the plant).
Equation (6.14) can be expressed in terms of the unit exergetic consumptions as:
n
Pi = Bi 0 + ∑ κ ij Pj i = 0,1,…, n (6.15)
j =1
P = Ps + KP P (6.16)
where Ps is a (n×1) vector whose elements contain the contribution to the final
production of the system Pi0 obtained in each component, and 〈KP〉 is a (n×n) matrix,
whose elements are the unit exergy consumption κij. This expression helps to relate
the production of each component as a function of the final production and the unit
consumption of each component:
−1
P = P Ps where P ≡ U D − KP (6.17)
In the same way, we can express the irreversibility of each component as:
(
I = I Ps where I ≡ K D − U D P ) (6.18)
FT = tκ e P Ps (6.19)
t
where κe ≡ ( κ 01, …, κ 0n ) , is a (n×1) vector whose elements contain the unit
consumption of the systeminput resources.
There are two different types of thermoeconomic costs: average costs and marginal
costs (equations 6.1 and 6.2). It is important to note that (as discussed below) the
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average and marginal costs coincide when the characteristic equations of the
thermoeconomic model are first grade homogeneous functions.
This result is very important since both costs can be calculated using the same
procedure. Marginal costs are a derivative (see equation 6.2) and can be calculated by
applying the chain rule of the mathematical derivation. Similarly, average costs can
also be obtained from the rules of the mathematical derivation applied to the
thermoeconomic model when the characteristic equations are first grade
homogeneous functions.
According to the previous premises, the cost of the plant resources can be defined as:
e
B0 = ∑ k *0,i Bi (6.20)
i =1
where e, is the number of system inputs, and k*0,i is the unit cost of the –i– external
resource.
When calculating the variation of the resources consumed in the plant concerning a
flow, the chain rule can be applied:
∂B0
= k *0,i i = 1,…, e (6.21a)
∂Bi
∂B 0
m
∂B 0 ∂g j
 =
∂B i ∑  
∂B j ∂B i
i = e + 1,…, m (6.21b)
j=1
∂B 0
The expression  represents the marginal costs which evaluate the additional
∂B i
consumption of the resources, when an additional unit of the flow –i– is produced,
under the conditions that the internal variables, x, do not vary throughout this process.
∂g
We can denote these marginal costs as k*i , and κ ij = i the marginal consumption
∂B j
of flow –i– to produce the flow –j–, then we can rewrite the previous expressions, as:
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m
k*i = ∑ κ ji k *j i = e + 1,…, m (6.22b)
j = 1
j≠i
Note that the unit exergetic cost of each fuel entering the plant is unity because there
is no energy quality degradation nor exergy destruction at the very beginning of the
productive process. Hence, the amount of exergy consumed to obtain each plant’s
fuel is its own exergy content and therefore its unit exergetic cost equals one.
*
It can easily be proved that the cost of each flow P ij of the productive structure using
the Fuel/Product notation is:
And the exergetic cost of the product of each component is the same as the cost of the
resources needed to obtain it, hence:
n
Pi* = Fi* = ∑ k *P , j B ji i = 1,…, n (6.24)
j= 0
This cost equation can also be expressed in terms of the unit exergetic consumptions:
n
k *P ,i = κ 0 i + ∑ κ ji k *P , j i = 1,…, n (6.25)
j =1
which can be used to obtain the unit exergetic cost of the flows appearing in the
productive structure diagram as a function of the unit exergetic consumption of each
process unit.
Then, if the characteristic equations and the marginal consumptions for each
component are known, the marginal cost k* for each flow can be obtained by solving
the system of linear equations (6.25).
Example 1
For the example of a cogeneration plant (figure 6.2), equations 6.21a, 6.21b can be
written as:
∂B1
k *F1 =
∂F1
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∂B1 ∂B ∂P3
k *Wnet = = 1 = k *P3
∂Wnet ∂P3 ∂Wnet
The proposed procedure to calculate the marginal cost of all the flows of a plant is
general and valid for any thermoeconomic formulation that uses equations
connecting inlet and outlet flows of each component.
Just as k* was defined as a marginal cost when production is modified, we can also
obtain the marginal cost when the internal variables x are modified. Similarly,
applying the chain rule, we get:
∂B0 m * ∂g j
= ∑ kj (6.26)
∂x i j =1 ∂x i
To determine the physical model of the system, a set of equations must be defined
which relate the internal and external variables to the thermodynamic laws: mass,
energy and entropy balances.
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∂B0
λi = i = 1,..., m (6.27)
∂Bi
This multiplier represents the variation of the objective function B0 concerning the
state variable Bi.
3 B3
B1 B1
4 3
B1 B2
B2 B4
4
B2
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These equations provide the amount of inlet resources (B1, B2) consumed to obtain
each one of the outlet flows (B3, B4). This idea is easily understood if the component
is made up of two subsystems. The equations modeling each subsystem are:
B13 = κ13 B3 (6.30a)
B14 = κ14 B4 (6.30b)
B23 = κ23 B3 (6.31a)
B24 = κ24 B4 (6.31b)
Equations (6.30a, 6.31a) represent the resources needed to produce B3 and Equations
(6.30b, 6.31b) are the resources consumed to produce B4. The total amount of
resources required to obtain B3 is thus:
B13 + B23= κ13 B3 + κ23 B3 (6.32)
According to Equation (6.1) the average cost of the outlet flows are:
* κ 13 B 3 + κ 23 B 3
 = κ 13 + κ 23
k 3 =  (6.34a)
B3
* κ 14 B 4 + κ 24 B 4
 = κ 14 + κ 24
k 4 =  (6.34b)
B4
∂g1 * ∂g 2 *
k *3 = k1 + k 2 = k13 + k 23 (6.35a)
∂B3 ∂B3
∂g1 * ∂g 2 *
k *4 = k1 + k 2 = k14 + k 24 (6.35b)
∂B4 ∂B4
considering that the value of the marginal cost of the input flows (B1, B2) is equal to
one. Since equations (6.34) are the same as equations (6.35), the average and
marginal costs of B3 and B4 coincide. Both kinds of costs coincide because the
equations modeling the component are homogeneous functions of first order
concerning the extensive magnitudes characterizing the outlet flows.
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In this proof, the cost of the inlet flows was unity. This is equivalent to considering
that the subsystem was at the beginning of the productive process. The general
mathematical formulation of the cost generated in a component is the same for each
one and is not dependent on the position in the productive process. Thus, the results
obtained are general.
The average and marginal costs coincide because the equations modeling the
components are first grade homogeneous functions concerning the extensive
magnitude characterizing the outlet flows. The mass is the property determining
whether a magnitude is extensive or not. If all equations modeling a system are first
grade homogeneous functions concerning the mass, a simple substitution can
transform those equations in homogeneous functions with respect to any extensive
property. Thus, the marginal and average costs coincide if all equations modeling the
behavior of the system are first grade homogeneous functions concerning the mass
flow rate.
Economic resources
Z1 = Z1 (B1, Bj, Bh)
Bj
x1 Bh
B0 Bi
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For the component depicted in figure 6.4 the characteristic equations are:
Bi = f (Bj, κij) (6.36a)
∂Bi * ∂Z j
k *j = ki + = k *i κ ij + κ Zj
∂B j ∂B j
The main problem in energy system diagnosis can be summarized in the following
question: Where, how and which part of the consumed resources can be saved by
keeping the quantity and quality of the final products constant? To answer these
questions, we need:
The methodology presented in this paper applies Structural Theory to provide the
tools to investigate the causes of the irreversibilities and the cost formation process.
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In order to clarify the explanation of the proposed method we use a simple example (a
more complex one can be found in Lerch, Royo and Serra, 1999), the cogeneration
plant depicted in figure 6.1, whose design and operational exergy flow values are
shown in table 6.4. The plant has a cogeneration gas turbine cycle and uses the
turbine outlet gases as thermal energy in a heat recovery steam generator that
produces steam (flow #7) together with the electric energy produced in the turbo
generator (flow #6).
TABLE 6.4 Design and operation exergy flow values of the cogeneration plant (figure 6.1).
Flow (kW) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Once the exergy flows have been supplied by an appropriate performance test or a
model simulator, the irreversibilities in each productive unit can be obtained from the
exergy balance. But not all exergy losses can be saved in practice. In fact, the
potential exergy saving is limited by technical and/or economic constraints. It also
depends on the decision level that limits the actions to be undertaken. In contrast to
conventional thermodynamic analysis, Thermoeconomics assumes a reference
situation of the plant operating under design conditions. From this perspective, in the
plant of figure 6.1, we see that only 133 kW, of the 7.06 MW of total irreversibilities
can be saved with respect to design conditions.
and it can be broken up into the sum of the irreversibilities of each component:
n n
∆FT = ∆I T = ∑ I j − I 0j = ∑ ∆I j (6.37b)
j =1 j =1
However, even though the methods based on Second Law Analysis (Kotas, 1985) and
Technical Exergy Saving are useful to quantify the additional fuel consumption, they
fail when trying to identify the real causes of the additional resources consumption.
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The Fuel/Product diagram of the cogeneration plant is shown in figure 6.2. This
diagram can be simplified by merging junction 1 and branching point 1 in a new
fictitious component called junction–branching point (see figure 6.5). This new
productive structure is slightly different than figure 6.2, and is more compact.
The characteristic equations of this new productive structure are obtained as in the
previous section applying equation (6.15)
P = Ps + KP P
FIGURE 6.5 Fuel / Product diagram and fuel and product exergy flows (kW) in design conditions for the co
generation plant shown in figure 6.1.
5
2
34 6
3
2
32
48 7
4
1 8
1
F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 Total
P0 0 11781 0 0 0 11781
P1 0 0 0 4156 2474 6631
P2 0 0 0 1627 968 2595
P3 2500 0 2977 0 0 5477
P4 2355 0 0 0 0 2355
Total 4855 11781 2977 5783 3443
For the sake of simplicity we did not consider thermal and mechanical exergies as
separate entities. Two auxiliary variables also appear r1 = (B3 – B2)/B3 and r2 = B3/B2,
which correspond to the part of the fuel of the turbine and HRSG coming from the
combustor and the compressor respectively. Flow #8, produced in part in the
combustor and in the compressor, also leaves the system as a residue. Only a part of
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the entering gases to the turbine: B3 – B8 are used as a fuel of other components of the
system. Therefore, only a part of the combustor’s and compressor’s product is used as
a fuel for other components (useful product). Accordingly, figure 6.5 shows the chosen
disaggregation scheme of the system and the Fuel/Product values for the design
conditions.
1 Combustor B1 B3 – B 2
2 Compressor B5 B2
3 Turbine B3 – B 4 B6
4 HRSG B4 – B 8 B7 B8
In order to bring together the problem of the impact of resources consumption with
thermoeconomic diagnosis we need to know the increase of the unit exergy
consumption of each component of the plant. A performance test or a simulator
provides the real values of the unit consumptions which are then compared with the
design values.
The values of the unit exergetic consumption increase are found as: ∆κij = κij (x) – κij
(x0). Table 6.6 shows the ∆κij values for the plant in figure 6.1.
Equation (6.19) is used to obtain the increment of the total resources of an operating
plant regarding the reference conditions:
∆FT = ∆ t κ e P 0 + t κ e ∆P (6.38)
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The increase of the component production from equation (6.16) may be expressed in
terms of the unit exergy consumption as:
∆P = ∆Ps + ∆ KP P 0 + KP ∆P (6.39)
∆P =  P 〉 ∆P s + ∆ 〈 KP〉 P
0
(6.40)
If we want to analyze the fuel impact due to an increment of the exergy unit
consumption of the components, equation (6.38) could be written as:
∆FT = ∆ t κ e + t κ *P ∆ KP P 0 (6.42a)
or in scalar format:
n n
∆FT = ∑ ∑ k *P, j ∆κ ji Pi0 (6.42b)
i =1 j = 0
Using the above equation, the additional resource consumption ∆FT (also called Fuel
Impact; Reini, 1994) can be expressed as the sum of the contributions of each
component.
The variation of the exergetic unit consumption of each component increases its
resources consumption and its irreversibilities in a quantity ∆κ ji Pi0 , which we call,
malfunction. Consequently, this implies an additional consumption of external
resources given by k *P, j ∆κ ji Pi0 , which is also named the malfunction cost.
Therefore, the total fuel impact can be written as the sum of the fuel impact or
malfunction cost of each component, as shown in equation (6.42b).
The proposed method provides the exact values of the additional resource
consumption of each component malfunction for any operational state. Other
methods, such as the Theory of Perturbations (Lozano et al., 1996), only provide an
approximate predictive value, based on marginal costs (Lagrange multipliers) which
is valid for an operating state close to the reference conditions.
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80
Fuel Impact
Malfunction
60
Technical Saving
40
20
0
Combustor Compressor Turbine HRSG
Figure 6.6 compares the fuel impact and the increase of irreversibilities or the
technical exergy saving of each component and also compares (first column) the
malfunction and the fuel impact for each component. Three malfunctions in the plant
are shown in the combustor, the compressor and the HRSG. The largest
irreversibilities increase is in the combustor, but the largest fuel impact is in the
compressor. The question that arises is: What causes the irreversibilities increase and
the fuel impact, and how are they related?
We have shown that there is no direct relationship between the increase of the
irreversibilities and fuel impact. The more advanced the production process is, the
greater the cost of the irreversibility malfunction and, as a consequence, the greater
its fuel impact.
∆I1
∆F1
I1
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DFi = ( k i − 1) ∆Pi
The malfunction only affects the behavior of the components; the dysfunction is a
result of how the components adapt themselves to maintain the total production.
Now we will consider the causes and effects of the irreversibilities systems and
introduce a new method to compute the fuel impact of a malfunction and its effect. In
other words, how to compute the dysfunction on the rest of the system components.
∆I = ∆K D + I ∆ KP P 0 (6.44)
or in scalar format:
n n
∆I i = ∑ Pi ∆κ ji + ∑ φ ih ∆κ hj Pj0 i = 1,…, n (6.45)
j =1 j, h =1
The first part of the previous expression corresponds to the component malfunction,
and the last part to the dysfunction. If we denote:
n
DFij = ∑ φ ih ∆κ hj Pj0 (6.46)
h =1
DFij represents the part of i–th component dysfunction generated by component –j–,
where φih are the coefficients of the irreversibility matrix operator  I 〉 for the actual
operation values. The above expression shows how a malfunction Pj ∆κhj, on the jth
component, generates a dysfunction on the i–th component proportional to the φih
coefficients, which represent the weight of the malfunction effect. The coefficient φih
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does not depend on the malfunction amount, but only on the unit consumption of the
components in the operating state. Therefore, the dysfunction cannot be corrected by
itself but decreases the malfunction which generated it.
The technical exergy saving of component –i–, equation (6.45) can be written as the
sum of its malfunction and the dysfunction generated by other components of the
system:
n
∆I i = MFi + ∑ DFij i = 1,…, n (6.47)
j =1
The graph in figure 6.8 describes the cause of the irreversibilities increase in the gas
turbine cycle (of the example) as the sum of the malfunctions and the dysfunction
generated by the rest of the components
80
HRSG
Turbine
60 Compressor
Combustor
40 Malfunction
20
0
∆I1 ∆I2 ∆I3 ∆I4
For a specified constant quality and quantity of total production, the fuel impact
(6.42b) could be written as the sum of the malfunctions and dysfunctions of all the
plant components:
n n n
∆FT = ∑ ∆I i = ∑ MFi + ∑ DFij (6.48)
i =1
i =1 j =1
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n n
∆FT = ∑ ∆k i + ∑ φ jh ∆κ hi Pi0 (6.49)
i =1
j, h = 1
Therefore, the fuel impact or the malfunction cost of each component is given by the
sum of the malfunction and the dysfunction:
n
MFi* = MFi + ∑ DFhi i = 1,…, n (6.50)
h =1
If we compare the previous equations with the fuel impact equation (6.42b), we find a
relationship between the unit cost of production and the irreversibility dysfunction
coefficients, given by:
n
k *P , j = 1 + ∑ φ ij j = 1,…, n (6.51)
i =1
The above expression is an alternative method to compute the unit cost of the product
as the sum of the contribution of the irreversibilities of each component. Table 6.7
shows the irreversibility matrix operator coefficients and unit cost of the component
product for an operating gas turbine plant.
A graph of the fuel impact for each component is shown in figure 6.9. Note that the
dysfunction becomes even greater than its own malfunction as the production process
proceeds. The cost of the malfunction in the compressor and HRSG includes the
dysfunction generated, for the most part, in the combustor.
n
could be written as: DI i = ∑ k *P , j − 1 ∆κ ji Pi0 (6.52b)
j =1
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80
∆ I4
∆ I3
60
∆ I2
∆ I1
40
MF
20
0
Combustor Compressor Turbine HRSG
Therefore, the dysfunction generated by a component (as with the fuel impact)
depends on the malfunction and the position of the component in the productive
process, which is, in turn, characterized by the unit cost of the resources required by
the component.
The relationship between irreversibility increase and fuel impact can be represented
by a double input table (see table 6.8). The dysfunction table containing the DFij
elements can be computed in a compact matrix form using the expression:
[DF] = I ∆ KP PD0
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Each cell represents the DFij dysfunction. The DI column represents the sum of the
dysfunctions generated by each component, and the DF row is the sum of the
dysfunctions generated in each component. The total sum by columns represents the
Fuel Impact of each component, and the total sum by rows is the irreversibility
increase. The methodology proposed in this section is summarized in the table
mentioned above. It is a powerful tool to find the causes and effects of variations from
the design conditions of a plant and to study, classify and assign the role of each
system unit.
Using the above method we can identify and quantify malfunction effects. For
example, we found three malfunctions in the gas turbine cycle (figure 6.1): one each
in the combustor, compressor and HRSG. But, What are the causes of the
malfunctions? In fact, the actual operation values shown in table 6.4 correspond to a
1% decrease in compressor isoentropic efficiency. This means that HRSG and
combustor efficiencies can be changed by varying compressor efficiency.
Once the relationship between unit exergy consumption and the operating parameters
is known, the above methodology can be applied to distinguish the effect of an
operating parameter on the internal economy of a component, i.e. its malfunction and
the cost of its malfunction.
Local variables: They mainly affect the behavior of the component related to the
variable, e.g, the isoentropic efficiency of a turbine. From a practical point of view, a
variable is considered local and therefore related to a subsystem. The total fuel impact
due to its perturbation is basically located in this component.
Global and/or zonal variables: This is the case when an operating parameter cannot
be associated with a specific component. We must identify them as operating set
points, environmental parameters and the production load or fuel quality.
In this thesis we will focus our analysis on local variables and how they affect
additional fuel consumption and the other plant components. This analysis is, in fact,
the next step in the thermoeconomic diagnosis.
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When a plant unit deteriorates (when its behavior is degraded) its physical variables
are modified, its efficiency is decreased and its unit exergy consumption increases.
The unit exergy consumption increase of each component, due to the variation of an
operating parameter xr, is:
∆κ ijr = κ ij ( x 0 + ∆x r ) − κ ij ( x 0 )
Not only are there dysfunctions when there is an intrinsic malfunction. There are also
induced malfunctions, that can decisively affect the system's behavior. For example,
using the throttle valve in a power plant can destroy a small additional amount of
exergy but the downstream effects on turbine efficiencies can be quite serious.
Thus, the difference between total component malfunction and intrinsic malfunction
is called induced malfunction. It is due to the degradation of other plant components
which provoke a variation in the unit consumption of that component:
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Malfunction matrix
It is important to know the fuel impact associated with the variation of each physical
parameter when a malfunction occurs.
The fuel impact of an operating parameter on the whole plant can be calculated using
the simulator but the latter does not provide information about the effects on other
plant components. A deterioration in a component (intrinsic malfunction) can modify
the efficiencies of other plant components.
Where the first term is the fuel impact associated with the intrinsic malfunction and
the last term is the fuel impact associated with the induced malfunctions and ∆κij are
elements of the ∆ 〈KP〉 matrix. The ∆ 〈KP〉 matrix has been built for each parameter
(see Chapter 7) in a variational analysis.
In a real power plant, the most general case is when several plant components suffer
simultaneous efficiency deviations. The total fuel impact can be calculated from the
∆ 〈KP〉 matrix associated with each physical parameter and its causes can be
explained and quantified component by component.
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2. The designers can be specialized and their efforts concentrated on designing the
variables of single units, while resting assured that these efforts yield optimum
design and/or improve the overall system.
To optimize individual units, the objective function of the cost of product of the
component –j– could be defined as:
n *
Min ∑ κ ij k P, i P j (6.57)
κ
i=0
*
where the unit cost of the input resources k P, i and the production Pj are known and
constant.
In real world optimization problems, the design free variables do not necessarily
coincide with the technical production coefficients. In practice there will be a
function of the actual design free variables which can be named –x–.
We say that a free variable x is a local variable of a subsystem –j– when the
production coefficients κij of this subsystem only depend on x. When a design
variable is attached to several subsystems, the previous expression must be extended
to all concerned subsystems.
To determine whether a design free variable is local or not and which components are
involved, the cost resource impact of the design variables to each component can be
computed:
* ∂κ ij ∂κ Z P, j
n
= ∑ k P, i  + 
x
∆C 0, j  P ∆x (6.58)
i = 0 ∂x ∂x
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Thermoeconomic applications to thermoeconomic operation diagnosis and the optimization of
If this ratio is equal (or close) to 1, the design variable is local for component –j–, if it
is equal (or close) to zero, the design variable is independent of the referred j
component. In other cases the design variable involves several components.
These ideas could be used to design a strategy for global optimization problems:
1. Determine which variables are local and which are regional (involve several com
ponents)
2. Determine a sequence for local optimization of each component
3. Take an initial value of the design variables
4. Calculate technical production coefficients and unit product cost
5. Find optimum values for local variables
6. Find optimum values for global variables
7. Iterate from (3) to convergence when design variables or unit product cost do not
vary in the next iteration. In each iteration the unit cost of total product must
decrease.
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CHAPTER 7
Thermoeconomic analysis of
a dualpurpose power and
desalination plant
The first section of this chapter includes the resolution of the thermoeconomic model
for the power and desalination plant. The steps to build and solve the thermoeconomic
model are described in detail.
The second section contains an in depth cost analysis of the most significant operating
modes governing the power and desalination plant (including operational and
investment capital costs) in order to quantify the efficiency of each operation mode.
This is used to calculate the physical (and therefore more realistic) value of the
resources consumed to produce every flowstream inside the plant, which is the key to
an energy audit. An inefficient process can be located and quantified in terms of fuel
plant consumption. Eight different operating modes were considered in the dual
purpose plant, covering the whole range of the diverse combinations:
• In the first case, the plant only produced electricity. The second case was the
opposite: the plant was like a pure distillation unit, producing only desalted
water.
• The third to sixth cases studied the effect of partial load operation on the
efficiency of the installation, starting from maximum production to the minimum
load of water and electricity demand.
• The seventh and eighth cases considered the effect of the cleaning ball system on
the MSF evaporators. In both cases, some live steam was throttled in the HP
reduction station corresponding to the maximum load of extracting live steam to
a second MSF unit.
Nonoperating costs were added to the calculated exergy costs. We compared our
thermoeconomic method with other indirect methods that calculate product costs as
the accounting of expenses in plant exploitation: fuel, maintenance, amortization,
etc., divided by the total plant production.
The fifth section analyzes the concepts of price and cost. They were distinguished in
order to obtain the maximum benefit in plant exploitation.
Finally, the last section contains the conclusions and some ‘operation recommenda
tions’ from the thermoeconomic analysis. These are very useful to guide managers in
saving energy and achieving a more costeffective operation of a dualpurpose plant
operation.
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The thermoeconomic model should logically be defined after the physical structure
(section 7.1.2). Then the productive structure is built (section 7.1.3) along with the
system of characteristic equations that mathematically describe the productive
structure of the plant (section 7.1.4). Before considering the complex thermoeco
nomic model of the dual plant, a very simple thermoeconomic model of a co
generation system is included in section 7.1.1. It is a simple example of how to build
a thermoeconomic model and calculate the cost of live steam, water and electricity.
These can be compared with other methodologies that only account for the cost of the
final products (water and electricity) with external information or other
simplifications (see section 7.2.5).
2 W
Steam turbine
B1 – B2
C1 1 B1
Boiler A
B2
3 D
MSF unit
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TABLE 7.1 Fuel, product, characteristic equation and exergy cost balance in the simple cogeneration
system.
1 Boiler C1 B1 C1 = k1 B1 k1* = k 1 cf
The results of the model (table 7.2) were obtained under maximum continuous rating
(MCR). The cost of fuel cf was 2.23×10–6 $/kJ, and the cost of water and electricity
was also expressed in the most commercial units.
TABLE 7.2 Results of the simple cogeneration system model, MCR case.
B1 = 202,800 k2 = 1.293
k*2 = 2.902 (= 0.0233 ($/kWh)
B2 = 45,000 k3 = 6.553
W = 122,000
k*3 =14.7 (=151.4 kJ/kg, 0.3377 $/m3)
D = 6,867
The values are very similar to the results of the thermoeconomic model explained
below. This simple model can easily calculate the cost of the two main products using
thermoeconomic principles. The only requirement is to introduce the quality of the
steam derived to the MSF unit (from the simulator or an owner’s data sheet).
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The relationship between the flows and subsystems can be set up in a matrix
formulation (Lozano and Valero, 1993; Valero et al., 1993), that describes the
balances of matter, energy and exergy in a very compact form.
The more detailed the definition of the physical structure, the better the possibilities
of analyzing the installation. However, a more detailed physical structure implies
increasing both the number of measurements to be taken in a performance test
(temperatures, pressures, mass flow rates…) and the complexity of calculations. The
goal is to find an optimum level of aggregation, i.e. level of detailed description in the
physical structure corresponding to the depth of analysis.
FIGURE 7.2 Physical structure of the power plant considered for the thermoeconomic model.
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1 CP Condenser Pump
2 LPH2 Low Pressure Heater No. 2
3 LPH1 Low Pressure Heater No. 1
4 DRT Deaerator
5 FP Feed Pump
6 HPH2 High Pressure Heater No. 2
7 HPH1 High Pressure Heater No. 1
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However, the physical model considered for the thermoeconomic analysis of the
MSF unit (figure 7.3) differs from the mathematical model implemented in the
simulator. The physical model treats the recovery and reject sections as a unique
component. If these sections are divided into stages, a huge productive structure is
generated in the plant. Since the functionality of each stage is identical, this
possibility of plant dissagregation is not considered. Consequently, the input/output
values of the recovery and reject sections in the simulator can be used as the basis of
the analysis (their operating data are also available). The pump system of the
distillation unit is also considered. Exit conditions of these pumps are calculated in
the thermoeconomic model with their characteristic charts.
FIGURE 7.3 Physical structure of the MSF plant considered for the thermoeconomic analysis.
TABLE 7.4 Components description from figure 7.3. Note that component no. 1 is not described in physical
model but is included in other schemes.
2 BH Brine heater
3 RP Recycle brine pump
4 BDP Blowdown pump
5 RCS Recovery section
6 MIX Mixer
7 RJS Reject section
8 SWP Seawater pump
9 DP Distillate pump
10 MXT Mixer (temper water)
11 TP Tempering pump
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The productive structure contains the mathematical definition of the function of each
component. The production objective (product) and the resources needed (fuel) to
develop its function are defined for each device, which is equivalent to defining
efficiency. The productive structure also includes the distribution of consumed
resources in the different units and how plant products are obtained.
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mechanical and chemical exergy was not considered in the power and desalination
plant when the productive structure of the system was built. However, a lower
aggregation level was used in the thermoeconomic analysis of the MSF unit with
several plant units. The FPL definition of the steam power plant components is
presented in figure 7.4, where B is the exergy flow of a stream (its mass flow rate m
multiplied by its specific exergy b), W is the work consumed or generated in a
component, DB is the exergy flow of fresh water leaving the MSF, S is the entropy
flow of a stream (mass flow m multiplied by the specific entropy s). Exergy losses (L)
are considered but do not explicitly appear in the productive structure.
The fuel and product of each device is defined depending on the functionality of the
component (Frangopoulos, 1990). Thus, the heater is a component installed to heat
feedwater (B4 – B1) in a Rankine cycle, with extracted steam supplied by the turbine,
which is condensed inside the heater (B2 – B5). If the heater has a drain from another
heater, the fuel also incorporates its exergy flow (B3). The job of a steam turbine is to
produce work (W) by exhausting the steam from a boiler (B1 – B2). A pump has the
inverse functionality: it uses work (W) as the fuel to increase the pressure of a fluid
(B2 – B1). A generator is an energy converter, therefore, the fuel is the primary
(mechanical) energy (W1) and the product is secondary (electrical) (W2). A valve is a
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dissipative component. It undergoes exergy losses when the fuel (B2) passes through
the valve (B1). The fuel and product in a boiler are very clear. A boiler uses primary
energy like natural gas (Bgas) to boil and superheat the feedwater in a steam cycle
(B2  B1). The deaerator is a heater with a mixing process of several flows. The
product is the heating of the colder streams ((m1 + m2) b3 – m1 b1 – m2 b2) and the
fuel is the heat released by hotter streams (m4 b4 + m5 b5 – (m4 + m5) b3).
The condenser is a dissipative unit which condensates the steam coming from the
steam turbines to produce liquid water. The heat released (Q) has a low temperature
and is thus rejected to the atmosphere without any further application. From a
thermodynamic point of view, the condenser function allows the working fluid
(water) to reach the physical conditions to perform a new thermodynamic cycle. For
this reason, several authors (Frangopoulos, 1983; Von Spakovsky, 1986; Benelmir,
1989) propose negentropy as the condenser product. The negentropy is a
thermodynamic function (Frangopoulos, 1983) with exergy or energy dimensions but
with entropy reduction of water/steam in the condenser. The water/steam entropy is
increased in other plant components. As a result, their negentropy consumption is
primarily produced in the condenser. The amount of negentropy consumed in a
component is proportional to its entropy increase. In summary, the exergy losses of
the different flows entering the condenser are the fuel of the device (B1 + B2 + B3 –
B4). The negentropy produced is the condenser product (T0 (S4 – S3 – S2 – S1)).
Finally, the MSF is treated as a component whose main purpose is to produce
freshwater (DB) using different flows of steam and electricity (B1 + B2 – B3 + W). As
the steam (B3) is condensed in the heater of the distillation unit, some negentropy is
generated in this process (S) which is a secondary product of the MSF (auxiliary
product or byproduct).
From the point of view of the diagnosis, the selected productive structure is
independent of the final results (Valero et al., 1999). The maximum aggregation level
provides the product and fuel formation cost of each component in the steam plant.
Although it is complicated to construct a productive structure with a maximum
aggregation level, it provides the best information to understand the behavior of the
individual components of a power plant.
The productive structure is made up of components with exergy added to the working
fluid of the power plant (steam/water). In this case, the components of the exergy
addition are the boiler, heaters, deaerator and pumps. The amount of exergy supplied
to the working fluid is added in a junction and then redistributed (using branching
points) to the components where the exergy is removed from the working fluid to be
mixed with another flow or used as fuel of a component. The components of exergy
removal in the steam cycle with cogeneration are the turbine sections, the condenser,
the MSF unit and the pressure losses in tubes. Finally, a junction is settled to pick up
the work produced in the turbine sections and, after passing the generator, is
redistributed to the components that need the electrical consumption as fuel (pump or
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MSF unit). Only two streams leave the plant: distillate flow (DB) and net output
power, and one stream enters (the exergy flow of fuel).
Different productive structures were defined for each operating mode because
different plant units depend on it. For instance, the FP formulation applied to the
productive structure generated for the more realistic mode, generating power and
fresh water (extraction mode, see figure 7.5) does not use the live steam reducing
pressure station.
When the power plant is working in condensing mode (only electricity is produced),
brine heater pump and MSF components must be removed, and consequently, the J3
junction. Figure 7.6 shows the small changes needed to perform the productive
structure of the condensing mode.
When the power plant is working in extraction mode at low loads, the lowpressure
turbine is acting as a compressor. As a result, the condenser and 2nd section of the
lowpressure turbine are treated as a component with two fuels: work needed to move
the turbine and the exergy flow lost in the condenser. Figure 7.7 shows the changes
applied to this operating mode with respect to the first structure (figure 7.5).
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FIGURE 7.6 Changes applied to extraction mode productive structure (figure 7.5) when the plant operates in
condensing mode.
Steam to MSF
J3
MSF
26
BHP
17
Vacuum
When the power production is less than a minimum (the outlet pressure of the fourth
section of the highpressure turbine is very low), the reduction pressure station is
automatically opened to maintain steam conditions to the MSF heater (this is the
parallel mode). The productive structure in figure 7.7 includes the reduction pressure
valve. Figure 7.8 shows the additional structure added to figure 7.5, which is also
valid for the twin extraction mode.
FIGURE 7.7 Productive structure corresponding to extraction mode with low energy production in a dual
purpose plant. Changes with respect to figure 7.5.
Finally, in desalination or twin desalination mode (steam power plant not working),
the productive structure is quite simple because only six components need to be
considered to perform the productive structure (see figure 7.9), i.e., those operating in
this mode.
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FIGURE 7.8 Productive structure of the steam power plant in parallel and twin extraction mode. Changes with
respect to figure 7.5.
FIGURE 7.9 Productive structure of the steam power plant in desalination or twin desalination mode.
The FPL definition of the MSF components is the first step in building the
productive structure, depending on the aggregation level used to solve the
thermoeconomic model. In this case, recovery and reject sections are considered one
component, independently of the number of their stages. This case could be
considered an intermediate aggregation level, following the physical model
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previously defined in figure 7.3. Figure 7.10 resumes the FPL definition applied to
the MSF plant units. For more information of brine exergy calculation see Annex 2.
The recovery and reject sections are complex devices. Their products are very clear:
the distillate produced (DB or DB2 – DB1) in each distiller. The resources consumed
are the exergy released by the flashing brine, which is partially recovered by the
cooling brine ((B1 – B2) – (F2 – F1)), and the steam consumed to hold the distillers
below atmospheric pressure (vacuum). Distillate from the recovery section (DB1) is
also a fuel component of the reject section. The brine heater gives the final heating to
the brine (B4 – B3) by condensing vapor bled from the turbine (B1 – B2). The mixer
device produces an outlet stream (B3) by merging two or more inlet streams
(B1 + B2).
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Some other interpretations of the FP definitions were considered to select the
appropriate productive structure. The objective was to obtain the exact value of the
exergy cost of the final product (whose value is independent of the productive
structure) and the FP definition. But the exergy cost of the intermediate flowstreams
is obviously different when the fuel and product definition of each component and/or
the aggregation level is changed. The most important point is to find out the physical
sense of the flowstreams in the productive structure, in order to explain and study the
exergy cost of each flow. Several productive structures were studied in this thesis.
• One possibility is to consider that the exergy recovered in the cooling brine
(F2  F1) is a component of the product of these components. The fuel of these
sections is the exergy released by the flashing brine (B1 – B2) and the product is
the two effects obtained in the sections (F2 – F1) + DB. This results of this
definition are similar to the final FP definition chosen but it contradicts the
functionality of the components.
• The heated cooling brine could be considered a subproduct of the recovery and
reject sections while maintaining the fuel as in the previous case. The high value
of the subproduct (F2 – F1), (several times the value of distilled water in these
sections) gives nonsense values for the calculated exergy costs.
• Consider a zero exergy cost of the MSF plant residues (fourth proposition of the
exergy cost theory, Valero et al., 1986a). The cost of the rejected cooling
seawater and blowdown is not charged over the rest of the MSF plant
flowstreams. This avoids introducing the fictitious device in the productive
structure of the distillation plant. This consideration is a price allocation because
the residues are final products external to the system and have zero cost.
• The distilled water in the recovery section may not be considered a fuel of the
reject section. The product of the reject section should only be the quantity of
distilled water produced in that section, not the total amount of freshwater
produced. This scenario only varies the cost of reject section.
• The system recoveryreject section could be considered a component, in order to
avoid the effect of recycling flows in the MSF plant and the modeling of a
fictitious mixer in the final stage of the distillation plant. This is a higher
aggregation level than adopted in this thesis.
• It would not be adequate to consider the chemical exergy of the distillate leaving
the reject section as the final product of the MSF plant. Its low value would
imply huge exergy operating costs of the rest of the flowstreams inside the
distillers. Furthermore, the analysis of a thermal inefficiency in a distiller cannot
be performed with the FP definition adopted in this hypothetical assumption.
The chemical exergy of freshwater only depends on salt concentration and does
not vary under thermal inefficiency. The only consequence of a thermal
inefficiency is a thermal exergy variation.
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The formation of the productive structure of the MSF unit is not easily explained with
the FP definition considered in the thermoeconomic model (several junctions are
needed to obtain component fuel and product). As the flows circulating by the MSF
unit are pumped, the main flows of the plant are added to a junction in which the
exergy added by the pump is incorporated to the flow. The most significant branching
points of the MSF plant redistribute their product as a fuel for some components of
the MSF unit. The first one is the cooling brine heated in the brine heater, the second
branching has the cooling seawater to reject. But the most amazing situation of this
structure is the nonphysical component or fictitious device (FD). It was included at
the beginning of the structure to account for residue costs (blowdown and reject
cooling seawater) in the thermoeconomic model. The cost of steam to brine heater
(considered to be the main fuel of the plant) is overcharged by the effect of the two
useless flows sent to sea. The exergy costs of the blowdown and discharged cooling
brine are used and conveniently incorporated into the rest of the internal costs and the
final product of the MSF unit.
Figure 7.11 shows the productive structure of the MSF plant corresponding to the FP
definition explained above (figure 7.10), the number of junctions and branches are a
result of the FP definition adopted for the recovery and reject sections. The operating
modes of the power plant do not affect the productive structure of the desalination
unit, unless the condensing mode is selected (in this case there is no freshwater
production).
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The structural equations (7.3) and (7.4) contain the distribution of the resources
consumed by the plant components, i.e. how the components are interconnected from
a productive viewpoint.
The Thermoeconomic model of the steam power plant (extraction mode) has one 7.2
type equation for each fuel entering a component (57 equations in total), four
equations for the four junctions and four equations derived from the four branching
points in the productive structure (figure 7.5). There are 19 characteristic equations in
the MSF unit model and seven and three equations corresponding to the junctions and
branching points.
The characteristic equations (equations 7.2–7.4) can easily be written using the
productive structure diagram. The subscript numbers of the fuel and products
correspond to the flow diagram of Chapter 4 (power plant scheme) and Chapter 3
(diagram of the MSF plant). Table 7.5 includes the equations that describe the
thermoeconomic model of the steam power plant.
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TABLE 7.5 Exergy flows and characteristic equations of components in the steam power plant (extraction
mode).
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TABLE 7.5 Exergy flows and characteristic equations of components in the steam power plant (extraction
mode).
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TABLE 7.5 Exergy flows and characteristic equations of components in the steam power plant (extraction
mode).
The physical model of the thermoeconomic analysis differs from the mathematical
model presented in Chapter 3. Figure 7.12 shows the exergy flows considered in the
thermoeconomic model of the MSF plant (which also appear in the characteristic
equations in table 7.6). We used the flow nomenclature adopted in Chapter 3.
FIGURE 7.12 Physical model considered in the thermoeconomic analysis of the MSF plant.
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TABLE 7.6 Exergy flows and characteristic equations for the components of the MSF plant.
PRCS = Drcs b5
F1RCS = k1RCS * PRCS
F1RCS = R b4 – (R – Drcs) b6 – R (b3 – b7)
RCS F2RCS = k2RCS * PRCS
F2RCS ≡ 0.5 FB2MSF
F3RCS = k3RCS * PRCS
F3RCS = 0.5 mvent b15
PMIX = R b8
F1MIX = k1MIX * PMIX
MIX F1MIX = (R – D – BD) b9
F2MIX = k2MIX * PMIX
F2MIX = F b13
PRJS = D b11
F1RJS = (R – Drcs) b6 – (R – D) b9 + Drcs b5 F1RJS = k1RJS * PRJS
RJS – SR (b13 – b17) F2RJS = k2RJS * PRJS
F2RJS = 0.5 FB2MSF F3RJS = k3RJS * PRJS
F3RJS = 0.5 mvent b15
PMXT = SR b17
F1MXT = k1MXT * PMXT
MXT F1MXT = TP b14
F2MXT = k2MXT * PMXT
F2MXT = (SW – mvent) b15
PJA = F2FD
JA F1JA = PBDP PJA = r1JA * F1JA + r2JA * F2JA
F2JA = BD b8
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TABLE 7.6 Exergy flows and characteristic equations for the components of the MSF plant.
PJD = F1RJS
JD PJD = r1JD * F1JD + r2JD * F2JD
F2JD = PRCS
PJG = SR b15
JG F1JG = PSWP PJG = r1JG * F1JG + r2JG * F2JG
F2JG = SR b16
PJI = SR b13
JI PJI = r1JI * F1JI + r2JI * F2JI
F2JI = PMXT
PJJ = PD = D b12
JJ F1JJ = PRJS PJJ = r1JJ* F1JJ + r2JJ * F2JJ
F2JJ = PDP
PJK = F1MXT
JK PJK = r1JK * F1JK + r2JK * F2JK
F2JK = PTP
The costs of all significant mass and energy flowstreams is a very powerful and
interesting piece of information about the amount of resources used to obtain each
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significant mass and energy flowstream. Knowing the costs of the mass and energy
flowstreams is the key to thermoeconomic analysis. The first consequence is price
assessment of the products based on physical criteria.
The origin of every cost lies in the irreversibility of the processes. This is a
cornerstone in thermoeconomics. But how do we link the variation in the local
irreversibility (∆Ii) to the increase of resources consumed (∆FT)?
Two factors are added to consider the economic: market prices (cf), which are not
necessarily linked to the exergy of the processed resources and depreciation, and
maintenance costs of the productive process (Z). The thermoeconomic cost of a flow
can be calculated after the second factor is introduced (section 7.2.3). The exergy
costs calculated in this section only take into account the fuel consumed to produce
each flowstream.
Valero et al (1986a) also propose a rational procedure to determine the cost of all
mass and energy flowstreams based on four propositions presented in the ‘Theory
of exergetic cost’. Consider a plant with n units and m flows with known exergy
flows. The set of balances of exergy costs (P1 proposition) of the n units provides a
system of n equations. The number of flows will be higher than the number of
units, and (m – n) auxiliary equations will be needed to determine flow cost. Serra
(1994) demonstrated that the rest of the required equations are obtained from the
productive structure of the plant through the FPL definition of its units and the
subsequent application of the Theory of exergetic cost.
The Structural Theory of Thermoeconomics (Valero et. al, 1993) based on the rules of
mathematical derivation provides exactly the same system of cost equations.
Consequently, this theory can calculate flow cost of the above four propositions by
simply applying the chain rule of derivatives to the characteristic equations of the
thermoeconomic model (as explained in Chapter 6). The system of equations
providing the exergy costs of the steam power plant (cost of the flows appearing in
the productive structure depicted in figure 7.5) is shown in table 7.7. Note that
negentropy is included in the cost equation of each component as a second fuel. The
negentropy generated in the condenser must be allocated to the rest of the plant
components as a function of their entropy increase.
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TABLE 7.7 System of equations providing the unit exergy costs of the steam power plant (extraction mode).
* * *
CP k CP = kBCP k CPw + kSCP k CPs
* * * *
LPH2 k LPH2 = kB1LPH2 k VEX4 + kB2LPH2 k LPH2v + kSLPH2 k LPH2s
* * *
LPH1 k LPH1 = kBLPH1 k VEX3 + kSLPH1 k LPH1s
* * * *
DRT k DRT = kB1DRT k VEXD + kB2DRT k DRTv + kSDRT k DRTs
* * *
FP k FP = kBFP k FPw + kSFP k FPs
* * * *
HPH2 k HPH2 = kB1HPH2 k VEX2 + kB2HPH2 k HPH2v + kSHPH2 k HPH2s
* * *
HPH1 k HPH1 = kBHPH1 k VEX1 + kSHPH1 k HPH1s
* * *
VEX4 k VEX4 = kBVEX4 k VEX4v + kSVEX4 k VEX4s
* * *
VEX3 k VEX3 = kBVEX3 k VEX3v + kSVEX3 k VEX3s
* * *
VEXD k VEXD = kBVEXD k VEXDv + kSVEXD k VEXDs
* * *
VEX2 k VEX2 = kBVEX2 k VEX2v + kSVEX2 k VEX2s
* * *
VEX1 k VEX1 = kBVEX1 k VEX1v + kSVEX1 k VEX1s
* * *
VF k VF = kBVF k J1 + kSVF k VFs
* * *
BOI k BOI = kBBOI k FUEL + kSBOI k BOIs
* * *
VB k VB = kBVB k J2 + kSVB k VBs
* * *
VST k VST = kBVST k VB + kSVST k VSTs
* * *
BHP k BHP = kBBHP k BHPw + kSBHP k BHPs
* * *
HPT1 k HPT1 = kBHPT1 k HPT1v + kSHPT1 k HPT1s
* * *
HPT2 k HPT2 = kBHPT2 k HPT2v + kSHPT2 k HPT2s
* * *
HPT3 k HPT3 = kBHPT3 k HPT3v + kSHPT3 k HPT3s
* * *
HPT4 k HPT4 = kBHPT4 k HPT4v + kSHPT4 k HPT4s
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TABLE 7.7 System of equations providing the unit exergy costs of the steam power plant (extraction mode).
* * *
LPT1 k LPT1 = kBLPT1 k LPT1v + kSLPT1 k LPT1s
* * *
LPT2 k LPT2 = kBLPT2 k LPT2v + kSLPT2 k LPT2s
* *
CND k CND = kBCND k CNDv
* *
GEN k GEN = kBGEN k J4
* * * * *
MSF k MSF = kB3MSF k MSFw + kB1MSF k J3 + kB2MSF k MSFv + kSMSF k MSFs
* * * * * *
k J1 = rFP k FP + rLPH2 k LPH2 + rLPH1 k LPH1 + rDRTj1 k DRTJ1 + rHPH2 k HPH2
J1
* *
+ rHPH1 k HPH1 + rCP k CP
* * *
J2 k J2 = rVF k VF + rBOI k BOI
* * * *
J3 k J3 = rDRTj3 k DRTJ3 + rVA k J3v + rBHP k BHP
* * * * * *
k J4 = rHPT1 k HPT1 + rHPT2 k HPT2 + rHPT3 k HPT3 + rHPT4 k HPT4 + rLPT1 k LPT1
J4
*
+ rLPT2 k LPT2
* * * * * * * *
k VST = k LPH2v = k DRTv = k HPH2v = k VEX4v = k VEX3v = k VEX2v = k VEX1v
* * * * * * *
A = k HPT1v = k HPT2v = k HPT3v = k HPT4v = k LPT1v = k HPT2v = k CNDv
* *
= k MSFv = k J3v
* * * * *
B k GEN = k FPw = k CPw = k MSFw = k BHPw
* * *
C k DRT = k DRTJ1 = k DRTJ3
* * * * * * * *
k CND = k CPs = k LPH1s = k LPH2s = k DRTs = k FPs = k HPH1s = k HPH2s
* * * * * * *
= k VEX4s = k VEX3s = k VEXDs = k VEX2s = k VEX1s = k VFs = k BOIs
D
* * * * * * *
= k VBs = k VSTs = k BHPs = k HPT1s = k HPT2s = k HPT3s = k HPT4s
* * *
= k LPT1s = k LPT2s = k MSFs
In the system of equations providing the exergy costs of the MSF plant (table 7.8), the
negentropy does not appear, although the brine heater is acting as a plant condenser.
The negentropy decreases energy waste in the condenser and improves the power
plant efficiency.
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TABLE 7.8 System of equations providing the exergy costs of the MSF plant (figure 7.11).
* *
BH k BH = kBH k FD
* *
RP k RP = kRP k W
* *
BDP k BDP = kBDP k W
* * * *
RCS k RCS = k1RCS k RCSf 1 + k2RCS k VA + k3RCS k RCSf 3
* * *
MIX k MIX = k1MIX k MIXf 1 + k2MIX k MIXf 2
* * * *
RJS k RJS = k1RJS k JD + k2RJS k VA + k3RJS k RCSf 3
* *
SWP k SWP = kSWP k W
* *
DP k DP = kDP k W
* * *
MXT k MXT = k1MXT k JK + k2MXT k MXTf 2
* *
TP k TP = kTP k W
* * *
JA k JA = r1JA k BDP + r2JA k JAf 2
* * * *
JB k JB = r1JB k BH + r2JB k RP + r3JB k MIX
* * *
JD k JD = r1JD k JDf 1 + r2JD k RCS
* * *
JG k JG = r1JG k SWP + r2JG k SW
* * *
JI k JI = r1JI k JIf 1 + r2JI k MXT
* * *
JJ k JJ = r1JJ k RJS + r2JJ k DP
* * *
Jk k JK = r1JK k JKf 1 + r2JK k TP
* * * * * *
C k JB = k JAf 2 = k JDf 1 = k RCSf 1 = k JIf 1 = k MIXf 1
* * * *
E k JI = k MIXf 2 = k FDf 3 = k JKf 1
* * * *
F k JG = k RCSf 3 = k RJSf 3 = k MXTf 2
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The thermodynamic properties of the mass and energy flowstreams (figures 7.2
and 7.3) were obtained by the simulator. The main features of each case are shown in
table 7.9. Most of them correspond to a performance data case of the power plant,
already described in Chapter 4.
TABLE 7.9 Case studies of the exergy cost analysis (PTC: Performance Test Case of the dual plant; Gc:
Natural gas consumed; CBS: Cleaning Ball System was used).
Most case studies corresponded to the limited operating conditions. The operating
mode in each study was as follows:
Case 1 The plant was only working as a full load power plant with no distilled
water production (condensing mode).
Case 2 The opposite of case 1. The plant was working as a pure distillation
unit, producing only fresh water (desalination mode).
Case 3 The nominal case: the plant was working at full load producing the
maximum distilled water and maximum power (extraction mode).
Case 4 The more usual operating conditions in winter (parallel mode).
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The exergy and exergoeconomic costs of the most significant mass and energy
*
flowstreams (live steam generated in the boiler k BOI , steam to MSF vacuum system
* * *
k VST , steam to MSF brine heater k MSF , electric power k GEN and distilled water
*
k D ) appear in tables 7.10 and 7.11 respectively. No other energy analysis based on
the First Law of Thermodynamics can provide this information, i.e., the amount
(exergy or $) of the fuel plant consumed to obtain a flow.
The unit costs in this section (the cost per unit exergy of the considered flow) only
refer to the operating costs since they do not take into account the capital cost
investment of the plant units.
Afgan, Darwish and Carvalho (1999) quantified the primary energy or fuel needed to
produce 1 kg of freshwater in a single purpose MSF desalination plant (case 2 in our
analysis) and a dual purpose MSF desalination plant (case 3). These values (445 kJ
and 225.7 kJ respectively) are based on an energy analysis of the dualplant products
and are quantitatively similar.
Both tables provide the same information expressed in different units. The calculated
costs are operating costs, discounting investment capital costs. The exergoeconomic
costs c* were obtained by considering the natural gas market price (cf) of 2.35 ($/
MBTU).
TABLE 7.10 Exergy (kW fuel/kW product) unit costs k* of most significant flows of the dual plant.
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TABLE 7.11 Exergoeconomic (monetary) unit costs ($/GJ) of most significant flows of a dual power and
desalination plant. Cost of water c*D is expressed in $/m3, and electricity cost of is also
expressed in $/kW·h (c*GEN* ).
These values only contain the irreversibilities, the destruction of exergy or useful
energy in the productive process. The live steam cost is always lower because it is
generated at the very beginning of the production process. The irreversibilities during
natural gas combustion and heat transfer inside the boiler increase the cost of this
steam.
Flowstreams further down the productive process were more costly. All processes in
the plant were irreversible (see table 7.12) and the total exergy destroyed
continuously increased throughout the productive process. The amount of exergy
required to obtain a flow (exergy cost) also increased. For this reason, the final
products had the highest costs.
Irreversibilities (table 7.12) may have different costs. For example, boiler
irreversibilities (IBOI) are much higher than MSF plant irreversibilities (IMSF), but live
steam cost is lower than distilled water cost.
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TABLE 7.12 Irreversibilities (exergy destruction, kW) in the different components of the dual plant. MSF unit is
considered a component.
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• The low distillate exergy flow is due to the low freshwater temperature leaving
the MSF unit (see the last row in table 7.10. The different values stem from the
different distilled water temperatures in different operating conditions (which
strongly depends on the seawater temperature entering the desalination unit).
The contribution of chemical and mechanical exergy to the global exergy flow of
seawater flows is minimum. Consequently, the final exergy cost is very low but
the intermediate flows inside the distiller can be extremely high (the flashing
brine, cooling brine, etc). The relationship between the inlet/outlet exergy flows
which determine the exergy unit consumption k in the characteristic equations
that model MSF thermoeconomics, is quite elevated in this example. The exergy
unit consumption k propagates the exergy cost of the final product increasing the
cost of water from the exergetic point of view.
• The resources consumed in the MSF units are not primary energy. The electricity
and steam produced to the distiller were produced in the power plant and the cost
of the fuels of the MSF do not have a unit exergy cost. Only primary energy has
an exergy cost equal to one (as natural gas entering the boiler).
Another important result was the significantly higher water cost when the live steam
was throttled through the HP reduction station (cases 2, 7 and 8). This has a physical
explanation related with energy quality degradation. When the live steam expands
through a throttle valve, its energy content remains stable while its exergy decreases
(pressure is dramatically reduced in the reduction pressure station). The exergy
destruction in the pressure reduction station correspond to IVS1, IVS2 and IVS3
(table 7.12).
Regarding component efficiencies, the more efficient a process the lower cost
generated. Consider, for example, turbine efficiencies (table 7.13).
TABLE 7.13 Isoentropic efficiencies of pumps and turbine sections of the power plant.
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The live steam generated in the boiler is expanded in the HP turbines, before being
extracted to the brine heater of the MSF plant. For this reason, the difference between
the cost of steam to brine heater and the cost of live steam for the analyzed cases is
directly related to the HP turbines efficiencies. Thus, the higher the HP turbine
efficiency, the lower the cost difference in brine heater and live steam.
A similar result is obtained for the cost difference between live steam and power
generated. In the analysis, the lowpressure turbine efficiencies also influenced the
observed differences.
Table 7.14 contains global efficiency parameters for the whole plant and for the
power and MSF plants. As in the device analysis, the more efficient the global
process, the lower the cost of the final product. For example, in cases 7 and 8 the
cleaning ball system clearly increases the exergy efficiency of the MSF plant and the
whole plant. The distilled water and power cost decrease as a result. The exergetic
efficiency we obtained for the MSF plant is similar to other estimate (Hamed
et. al, 1999).
TABLE 7.14 Product and fuel (kW), and exergetic efficiency (%) values for the power and MSF plants. Note:
The efficiency of the boiler is not included in the final efficiency.
Finally, product costs of different plant components were also calculated (see
table 7.15).
The steam leaving the boiler has a lower exergy cost since the fuel plant exergy only
degraded in the boiler tubes (the combustion and heat transfer process is nonideal).
As the steam passes through the turbine section, its energy quality gradually
degrades: the exergy cost increases from the first to the last turbine section. The
exergy cost of the electricity is a weighted sum of the exergy costs of the turbine
sections. The inefficiencies of the pumps increase the exergy cost of the electricity.
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The energy quality of the steam extracted for the heaters is degraded in this heating
process. Although the live steam is the cheapest in desalination mode (case 2), the
exergy cost of the steam to the MSF unit has a higher cost than the steam provided
when the plant is producing electricity. The reduction pressure station is more
inefficient than the set of components turbineheaterscondenser.
TABLE 7.15 Unit exergy costs k* (kW/kW) of component products in the steam power plant coupled with a
MSF unit.
k *VS2 — 3.017 — — — — — —
k *VS3 — 3.527 — — — — — —
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The balance of thermoeconomic costs for any individual unit has one more term than
the exergy cost balances (tables 7.7 and 7.8). The term Z/ϕ represents the contribution
of the nonenergetic production factors (investment capital costs). The balance of
thermoeconomic cost ($/s) is expressed in equation 7.5:
cf F + Z/ϕ = cp P (7.5)
where cf and cp are the unit thermoeconomic costs ($/kJ) of the fuel (F) and product
(P) respectively. As the term Z is usually calculated in US dollars ($) it must be
divided by a temporary factor, called amortization factor (ϕ). The amortization factor
takes into account the economic life period of the plant and is also called the capital
cost of an installation (see section 7.2.3.2 for more information on capital costs).
In our case, purchasedequipment costs provided by the plant managers are quite
different from other studies (ElSayed, 1996; Boehm, 1987; Frangopoulos, 1991;
Lozano et al., 1996). This is due to the magnitude of the components considered in
the dual plant. Several authors propose costing equations for most of the components
used in our analysis, but the main parameters used in the proposed correlations are
outside the specified range (our power plant and desalination units were very large).
Other costs not included in the capital costs of the components (but that also
constitute a part of the direct costs of the fixedcapital investment) include the
purchasedequipment installation, piping, instrumentation and controls, electrical
equipment and materials, land, civil and structural work and service facilities.
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ElSayed (1996) calculates the cost (in thousands of dollars, k$) of the main
components of the equipment used in a MSF and steam power plant using the
following equation:
Z = ca A, (7.6)
TABLE 7.16 Costing equation parameters for an MSF and power plant (ElSayed, 1996). Units: ca k$/ft2,
A ft2, M lb/s, Q kW, Pi, Pe psia, Ti R, ∆T F, ∆P, dP psi, e = η/1– η. Subscripts: i, inlet; e, exit; t,
tube; s, shell; m, mean (LTMD).
Component ca k x1 x2 x3 x4 n1 n2 n3 n4
Boehm (1987) introduces the size effect of the units into a simple cost equation that
only depends on a variable, S. Thus, a complete tabulation of data for a particular
piece of equipment could contain reference cost and size (Zr and Sr), and the factor m
responsible for the economies of scale.
Z = Zr (S/Sr)m (7.8)
In the cost equation, Boehm normally uses a range of 0.51.0. Sometimes m is greater
than 1.0 (boilers, heaters…), which produces unexpected results. Table 7.17 includes
the main parameters of the above mentioned equation.
Finally, the more accurate equations, in comparison with the cost estimation provided
by the plant managers, are those proposed by Frangopoulos (1991). They are usually
a correlation with three or four main parameters and correction factors depending on
the device (see table 7.18).
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Component Zr S Sr m
Pump 47 M 10 0.03
Steam turbine 25 W 1000 0.68
Heater 21 A 100 0.71
Condenser 3 Q 10 0.55
Boiler 340 M 12 0.67
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Lozano et al. (1996) also propose a set of equations for a wide range of values to
obtain a reasonable equipment cost (see table 7.19):
TABLE 7.19 Cost equations proposed by Lozano et al. (1996). η exergetic efficiency, B exergy flow of
product, S negentropy, vw velocity of tubes , W power, e eficiency of the condenser (= T0 (s2–s1)/
(h2–h1)).
Condenser (1/(T0 * e)) (217 * (0.247 + 1/(3.24 * vw0.8)) * ln (1/(1–e)) + 138) * (1/(1–η)) * S
Purchase cost provided by the plant managers is much more complete than the
individual components. It includes the price breakdown per section of each unit, and
the direct costs of the installation. Table 7.20 includes a list with the percentages of
each unit or subsystem with respect the total purchase cost (direct cost) of a power
and desalination plant. Land cost is neglected in the Gulf Area.
The price breakdown in table 7.20 does not contain the cost of each component in the
productive structure. As a result, the thermoeconomic cost can only be calculated for
the final products in the power and desalination plant, knowing the exergy cost of the
electricity and distillate, the economic investment cost and the thermoeconomic cost
of the products. The thermoeconomic cost can be expressed in units of money per
unit of time ($/s), or units of money per unit of product: $/kW·h or $/m3. All cost data
must have the same reference year as a basis for calculations. This is done with an
appropriate cost index, an inflation indicator from technical journals (e.g. Chemical
Engineering) that corrects the cost of equipment. We did not apply the cost index
since the purchase costs of our installation were updated in 1997.
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The average capital cost for the system was assumed to be 3.47×10–9 $/s·$. It was
calculated based on 8% capital recovery per calendar year (8,000 hours operation a
year) and 15% allowance for the fixed part of O&M (ElSayed, 1996). The average
capital cost takes into account the effect of inflation: price increases associated with
increase in available currency and credit without a proportional increase in available
goods and services of the same quality. This cost also includes the effect of escalation
(resource depletion, increased demand and technological advances); and depreciation
(decrease in equipment value due to physical deterioration, technological advances
and replacement). Some assumptions were made to assess the average capital cost.
For example, land costs and total capital investment were placed at the beginning of
the design and construction period so that the end of this period is considered the
beginning of commercial operation (economiclife period).
TABLE 7.21 Thermoeconomic costs of distilled water and electricity of the analyzed dualpurpose plant.
Cost ($/s) Case 1 Case 2 Case 3 Case 4 Case 5 Case 6 Case 7 Case 8
TABLE 7.22 Thermoeconomic cost of electricity ($/kW·h) and water ($/m3) for the cases studied in the
exergetic cost analysis.
ElSayed (1996) proposes the following costs for the products of a typical dual
purpose power and desalination plant:
• Electricity: 0.045 $/kW·h.
• Water: 1.3 $/m3.
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The results of the thermoeconomic analysis were very close to the values given by El
Sayed, especially in the most representative cases (in hours of operation per year,
cases 3, 4 and 5). Note that the thermoeconomic cost was not zero in case 1 for water
nor for electricity in case 2 (see table 7.21) despite the lack of production. This was
due to the effect of amortization of the purchase costs in the first table. The effect on
quantity production is clear in table 7.22 (the cost of electricity per unit of energy is
reduced in case 1 and is lower than other costs, although this is the worst case if we
analyze exergy costs). In Case 6 (with partial load) the investment costs overcharge
the cost per unit of production. The use of the reduction pressure station to produce
freshwater is not recommended even with a high freshwater demand (see cases 2, 7
and 8 in table 7.22). Case 3 is the most interesting case to maintain the best operation
mode.
Although cost allocation methods are a rational basis for pricing the two products, the
cost is the amount of resources needed to obtain these products. The price imposed on
a product is independent of the efficiency of the formation process of that product.
The method proposed by ElNashar (1999) and the Water and Electricity Department
of the UAE (WEA method) is indirect and allocates all cost components among water
and electricity according to functional considerations. The annual cost for a co
generation plant can usually be separated into three cost components: fixed capital
charges, fuel costs and O&M costs. Each one can be separated into costs for
electricity production, costs for heat production and common costs to both products.
The methods differ in how they separate annual costs into the three components and
in allocating common costs between electricity and heat.
The total costs are divided into five cost departments: fuel, personnel, maintenance
contracts, spares and consumables and depreciation of fixed capital. Personnel costs
are divided among those directly involved in the cogeneration plant (such as
operation and maintenance work), or those that serve several plants. The cost of fuel
consumed by the steam turbines is split between electricity and water since the steam
derived to the MSF unit has the potential to generate a certain amount of electrical
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where Q is the amount of heat supplied to the hypothetical steam turbine, ηB is the
efficiency of boiler and ηCT is the thermal efficiency of the condensing steam turbine
cycle. The fuel consumption Gc could be allocated to electricity and water according
to the following equations, taking into account the power generated in the real steam
turbine (WST):
Gce = Gc WST /(WST + WCT) (7.10)
Gcw = Gc WCT /(WCT + WCT) (7.11)
The fuel allocation problem could also be solved using the difference in output power
produced when the amount of fuel consumed is the same in both cases. The MR (no
desalination) and MCR (cogeneration) cases are a good example. The total
personnel cost consists of directly assessable costs (e.g. operating and maintenance
staff) and indirect or common service personnel. The directly assessable portions are
charged to either electricity or water, depending on the case. The cost of common
service personnel is allocated to electricity and water according to the ratio of the
capital cost of the plant and equipment associated with electricity production and
desalination. Maintenance contracts for specialized maintenance work is priced and
electricity and water are finally allocated. Depreciation of capital cost between
electricity and water is allocated according to the function of the equipment in
operation. The depreciation cost is allocated to electricity in the steam turbine power
plant and water in the desalination plant. Depreciation costs of common equipment
and facilities are allocated according to the capital cost of equipment related to
electricity and water, as done for the common personnel costs.
The WEA method is widely used in the UAE to allocate the cost of producing water
and electricity in cogeneration plants (starting from the yearly electrical and water
production) and the cumulative number of operating hours of power and desalination
plants. Those data are confidential and cannot be presented here. Other characteristics
include:
• Average yearly cost (with a wide range of operating modes) of the cogeneration
plants (with several configurations of dual plants) operating in the country. It is
not valid for calculating an instantaneous cost of water and electricity.
• Applied fuel and capital costs (which are unknown).
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Compared with exergy cost methodology, the trend of water and electricity costs is
the following:
• The WEA method tends to overvalue electricity and undervalue water by
charging all the capital and O&M costs of the steam turbine (except fuel) to
electricity.
• The WEA costing methodology only allocates fuel cost to steam turbines.
• The WEA method suffers from a certain degree of arbitrariness with regard to
the efficiency of a hypothetical condensing steam turbine. The assumptions
could cause fluctuations in the resulting cost of electricity and water. The
difference in production between operating modes could partially avoid this
problem (see next section).
• The exergy/thermoeconomic method charges each product of a multiproduct
unit to the appropriate portion of capital and O&M costs involved in operating
the unit.
• The exergy/thermoeconomic method is based on a solid accounting and
thermodynamics. Therefore, it will be used in our studies.
As a result of the above, ElNashar (1993; 1999) developed a model based on exergy
analysis to predict the final costs of the two products. Other authors propose cost
redistribution using the exergy analysis of the dualpurpose plant (Evans, Crellin and
Tribus, 1980; Breidenbach, Rautenbach and Tusel, 1997; Slesarenko and Shtim,
1986). The energy efficiency of the dualpurpose plant is also used to allocate the
fuels to power and desalination and the relevant specific fuel costs for power
generation and water production (Saeed, 1992).
Fuel energy for desalting depends on fuel allocation rules between the power and
desalted water produced in a dualpurpose plant (Darwish, Yousef and AlNajem,
1997). Kronenberg and Dvornikov (1999) argues that the steam cost of desalting
should be calculated by defining the heat rate difference between the power plant
coupled and uncoupled to the desalination plant (also called the Lost Kilowatts
Method, see Gaggioli and ElSayed, 1987; ElSaie and ElSaie, 1989). This heat rate
difference is defined by the Fuel Cost of Water (FCW) in a dualpurpose installation.
The fuel cost of water largely depends on the overall efficiency of the power plant,
and is calculated as:
3 ( W 1 – W 2 ) HR 1 cf
FCW ( $ ⁄ m ) =  (7.12)
Qf D
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where W1 and W2 are the electric power output of the uncoupled and coupled plant
(kW), HR1 is the heat rate of the uncoupled power plant (the inverse of the efficiency,
kJ/kW·h), cf is the fuel cost ($/kg), Qf is the heat value of fuel (kJ/kg) and D is the
water production (m3/h).
Fuel cost of water can be calculated in the dualpurpose plant. For instance, the FCW
of the MCR case was calculated using natural gas with a high heating value
(HHV = 9,500 kcal/m3), a density of 0.75 kg/m3 and an energy cost of 2.23×10–6 $/kJ
(applied in the cost analysis). The gas consumption in the MR case (the uncoupled
power plant in our case) was 43,500 Nm3/h. The final values to be introduced in
formula (7.12) for our example are also introduced after the FCW value:
W1 = 146,700 kW
W2 = 122,000 kW
D = 2,400 m3/h
Note that the exergy analysis and the lost kilowatts method are similar (see section
7.1.1 for the exergy analysis of the simple cogeneration plant), although the latter
uses the energy analysis to calculate the cost of fuel consumed in the cogeneration
plant. The resulting cost of water is very similar in both methods.
If the FCW is compared with the exergoeconomic cost of case 3 in table 7.11 (i.e., the
exergoeconomic cost of the MCR case), the FCW is more or less 55% of the
thermoeconomic cost (0.493 $/m3). The difference is mainly due to several factors:
The exergoeconomic cost also includes the cost of electricity needed to pump the
MSF flows and the steam derived to the vacuum system of the distillers.
The FCW assumes a constant efficiency in the power plant (the heat rate of the plant
in condensing mode). The overall efficiency of the dualpurpose plant is lower when
the plant is only generating electricity (see table 7.14 for the exergetic efficiency of
the whole plant). Therefore, the amount of additional electricity generated in the
condensing mode is not a valid index to calculate the fuel cost in cogeneration mode,
with a higher efficiency.
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The inverse problem is to identify and quantify malfunctions (the origin of new
irreversibilities). Classical thermoeconomic analysis does not elucidate the cause of
irreversibilities, although an effort is made to detect and stop malfunctions. The
inverse problem finds the cause of the deviation between two states of the plant
(actual and reference conditions). It requires a data acquisition system (for the
reference conditions), a simulator (to provide the reference state for the same
operating conditions) and conventional methods of the thermoeconomic diagnosis
(the direct problem). One of the main difficulties with the inverse problem is
recognizing and separating effects not intimately related with the inefficiencies of the
plant components, such as load variation, set points or ambient conditions.
The impact on fuel predicted by the simulator is exactly the same as that calculated
by the Structural Theory of Thermoeconomics. This plant diagnosis reproduces the
deviation of the physical values when one or more inefficiencies are detected.
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Although the simulator calculates the thermodynamic state of the dual plant with
reasonable accuracy under different operating conditions, it might not be able to
respond as well to unexpected nonlinear inefficiencies. The diagnosis involves a
sensitivity analysis of the mathematical model of the dualpurpose plant (simulator)
with respect to a parameter (in this case, one or several inefficiencies in a component
of the system). The simulator could be avoided in the diagnosis if the data acquisition
system of the dual plant were available.
We will first summarize the different inefficiencies, loads and operating modes
simulated in the plant diagnosis. Then, the ‘direct problem’ of diagnosing one or
several inefficiencies is analyzed for a defined load (corresponding to an operating
mode) in the power and/or desalination plant. The analysis involves a new technique
(see Chapter 6, Torres et al., 1999) based on Structural Theory and Symbolic
Thermoeconomics to provide a huge quantity of information, including:
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A variable is considered local if the total impact on fuel associated with a subsystem
is basically located in this component.
We simulated the device inefficiencies and considered the different simulation data as
plant data under different conditions (including inefficiencies). All the analyzed
inefficiencies were associated with local plant variables and were chosen in terms of
their effect on energy:
• Degradation of the isoentropic efficiency of the highpressure turbine (1st section,
HPT1, and 4th section HPT4).
• Degradation of the isoentropic efficiency of the lowpressure turbine (1st section,
LPT1).
• Heat transfer problems in HP heaters were analyzed by varying the Terminal
Temperature Difference TTD (temperature difference between the saturation
temperature of the steam extracted from the turbine and feedwater leaving the
heater). Only the HP heater no. 1 (HPH1) was treated.
• By varying the feed pump isoentropic efficiency, operating inefficiencies were
simulated in the feed pump.
The effect of a global variable such as live steam temperature can be studied if the
simulator supports a nonfixed condition in the live steam leaving the boiler. In the
case of the MSF unit, the analyzed inefficiencies refer to fouling at different stages:
• brine heater,
• recovery section, and
• reject section
Neither the MSF pumping process nor the brine level in each flash chamber were
diagnosed since they were not simulated in the mathematical model. The analysis
could be performed with respect to thermal problems inside the distillers, vapor
conditions to the brine heater or the TBT/distillate.
As we will see in later sections, fouling in distillers was considered a global variable
if it affected other distillers.
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acquired experience. Four loads were considered under the most usual operating
situations:
• Full load in condensing mode (no extraction to MSF unit): 140 MW of power
generated.
• Full load in extraction mode (electricity and water production): 122 MW of
output power (89.68 kg/s of steam extracted to the desalination unit).
• Partial load in extraction mode at 90 MW output power (60 kg/s steam extracted
to the MSF unit).
• Parallel mode (the reduction pressure station is opened to maintain the pressure
to the MSF unit): 60 MW of output power (50 kg/s extraction to desalination).
The first situation is a highelectricity demand when the distiller has been stopped for
repair, the two intermediate productions are the most common and the fourth is
typical in winter.
Two freshwater productions were analyzed under the following specific conditions:
• 1,900 T/h distillate with 32 ºC seawater (the nominal production under Gulf
seawater conditions in spring or autumn).
• 2,400 T/h distillate with 25 ºC feedwater to the reject section (the maximum
winter production). Seawater can be less than 25 ºC (the minimum temperature
operation for the reject section), so the temper system uses a part of the reject
cooling brine and stay secure in the last stage of the reject section.
Loads and inefficiencies may be combined in many ways. We analyzed all of these
possibilities but only present two: an inefficiency in the fourth section of the high
pressure turbine and an inefficiency in the MSF unit (with the cleaning ball system in
the heater) at a prefixed load. These examples represent a local and global variable in
two separate systems. We subsequently considered the ‘upstream’ effect of fouling in
the recovery section of the MSF plant on the steam power plant. Finally, the most
general situation was analyzed when several inefficiencies in the power or
desalination plant occurred together. The rest of the combinations (i.e. the analysis of
the individual inefficiencies presented above) are presented in Annex 1 for a 122 MW
load in the power plant and the NTOS case of the MSF plant, including figures and
matrices calculated in the analysis of each inefficiency. The effect of the load in the
above inefficiencies is summarized in section 7.3.4.
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due to several factors including erosion, fractures, ruptures, sediments, surface finish,
friction, steam path, seals and diaphragm deterioration, control valve and heat losses.
An inefficiency can also be an induced malfunction due to the variation of external
factors apart from component damage. These external factors include changes in
admission temperature, exhaust pressure or extraction mass flows of a steam turbine
(Zaleta, 1997).
We simulated that the fourth section of the highpressure turbine underwent behavior
degradation and, as a result, the isoentropic efficiency decreased by 10% (at 122 MW
total output power). The three upstream turbine sections are insensitive to and
incapable of responding to this inefficiency and the vapor conditions entering the
inefficient section were maintained with respect to the design condition. A lower
isoentropic efficiency means that the outlet steam vapor conditions have a higher
enthalpy, if the exhaust pressure of the highpressure turbine is controlled by the MSF
system. Thus, the first induced malfunction in the MSF unit was due to the variation
of external factors; the steam conditions entering the MSF plant were changed by an
inefficiency (or intrinsic malfunction) in the fourth section of the highpressure
turbine.
The output power of this section was also considerably lower because of the
reduction in the enthalpy drop. The three sections of the highpressure turbine
maintained their power production. The steam pressure entering the lowpressure
turbine was maintained and the exhaust pressure must be the same as in the design
(we assumed that the ambient conditions remained unchanged and constant
condenser pressure). Therefore, the efficiency of the lowpressure turbine should not
vary considerably and the two sections of the lowpressure turbine do not produce
additional power to maintain the final production.
Consequently, additional live steam was needed to maintain final production. The
three sections of the highpressure turbine and the two sections of the lowpressure
turbine provided the extra power not supplied by the inefficient section. The
additional live steam affected the whole system, but the latter generally readapts to
maintain design values: design feedwater system values were maintained by
increasing the extraction mass flows. Pump consumption increased in proportion to
the additional mass flow required by the boiler. As a result, no significant induced
malfunctions were provoked by the inefficiency in the highpressure turbine.
The total impact on the fuel was 6.035 MW, but 6.015 MW in the inefficient
component. Thus, the effect of the inefficiency could be considered local to the
component with the intrinsic malfunction. Next we considered the contribution of
each component.
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inefficient situations were simulated (see Chapter 5). The design and inefficient
situation include the most significant flowstreams, which are the basis of the
thermoeconomic analysis. Following the FP definitions adopted for the
thermoeconomic model (section 7.1), the fuel and product table was prepared.
table 7.23 corresponds to the design and table 7.24 to the inefficient condition. The
unit exergy consumption κ of each component is very easy to calculate using the FP
tables (by dividing the fuels entering the plant by their product). Then the reference
〈KP〉 matrix (table 7.25) and the 〈KP〉 matrix (table 7.26) are made for the inefficient
mode. If these two matrices are subtracted, we obtain the ∆ 〈KP〉 matrix with the unit
exergy consumption increase of each component (table 7.27). The ∆ 〈KP〉 matrix is
the basis for calculating the endogenous irreversibility or malfunction. If the two
matrices are multiplied, we obtain the irreversibility matrix I〉 (table 7.28) with the
irreversibility increase (or dysfunction coefficients) of each component. The first
factor is the diagonal matrix KD–UD, where KD is the array containing the sum (by
columns) of the 〈KP〉 matrix and UD is the unitary matrix. The second factor is the
inverse of the unitary matrix minus the 〈KP〉 matrix, i.e., (UD–KP)–1. The unit exergy
cost of a product is the column sum of the dysfunction coefficients in the I〉 matrix
plus one (table 7.28). Finally, the dysfunction matrix [DF] needed to build the
malfunction and dysfunction table is calculated by multiplying the I〉 matrix by
∆ 〈KP〉 P, where P is the array containing the product of each component. Thus, the
irreversibility increase in each unit is connected to the increase in unit exergy
consumption of each component. The malfunction of each component MF is the
product ∆ 〈KP〉 P and is located at the end of the table. The column sum is the fuel
impact of a component, i.e., the additional fuel plant consumption provoked by the
considered unit and the row sum is the irreversibility increase of a component (see
table 7.29).
After having explained the most relevant matrices to analyze a plant inefficiency
(table 7.29), we will now consider the results and explain the values using physical
reasons. Figure 7.13 shows the impact on fuel analysis from the malfunction/
dysfunction table (included in table 7.29) and figure 7.14 includes the irreversibility
increase of each component of the power plant.
The intrinsic malfunction is the easiest to explain. When the fourth section of the
highpressure turbine was working at 10% less isoentropic efficiency than normal, the
output power (P in the FP table 7.24) decreased but the section's steam conditions
were maintained. The irreversibility increased (the turbine section increased its
irreversibility to 3,270 kW, table 7.29), and the resources required to produce the
same output power increased as well as the unit exergy consumption of the
component ∆k (∆k = 0.2144, see table 7.27). Multiplying by the product in this
section (19.23 MW), the malfunction was 4.12 MW (see table 7.29). The fuel impact
due to the inefficient component was 6.01 MW (see also the table 7.29).
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FIGURE 7.13 Impact on fuel analysis when the efficiency of the HPT4 is decreased 10%.
FIGURE 7.14 Irreversibility increase analysis with the inefficiency in the HPT4.
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FP values with inefficiency in HPT4 (10% lower efficiency).
TABLE 7.24 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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KP matrix with inefficiency in HPT4 (10%).
TABLE 7.26 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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Irreversibility matrix I with an inefficiency in HPT4.
TABLE 7.28 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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Malfunction matrix with inefficiency in HPT4 (1% isoentropic eff. is varied).
TABLE 7.30 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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As mentioned, the inefficiency also affected MSF unit behavior. This induced
malfunction was expected because the steam leaving the HPT4 section is consumed
in the MSF unit. Since the MSF product (exergy flow of distilled water) is constant,
the variation of the steam conditions entering the MSF unit directly affects its
behavior (we assumed that the condensate returned to the deaerator maintains its
properties independent of inlet conditions). A higher enthalpy in the exhaust vapor of
the highpressure turbine should imply a higher specific consumption per freshwater
unit produced, as seen in the variation of the unit exergy consumption (∆k = 0.075,
see the corresponding value in table 7.27). But the thermoeconomic model gives an
important function to the MSF unit: the negentropy generated in the MSF heater. The
inefficiency in the fourth section of the highpressure turbine generated a higher
negentropy in the MSF unit (the entropy of exhaust vapor from the turbine increases
with a lower isoentropic efficiency). This negentropy is a secondary product of the
MSF unit. Its increase implies a decrease in unit exergy consumption of the
component (the ∆k variation due to negentropy generation is –0.154, see table 7.27).
Balancing the two terms, the increase in unit exergy consumption in the MSF was
negative, provoking –537 kW induced malfunction. In conclusion, the value of the
induced malfunction in this component was due to the thermoeconomic model. It did
not correspond to the expected response to an intrinsic malfunction in the fourth
section of the highpressure turbine. In other words, the negentropy generated in the
MSF unit reduced the cost of water because the negentropy generated in the MSF unit
reduced the cost of the condenser.
The physical analysis of the inefficiency did not detect any more induced
malfunctions in the system, although two components had a higher induced
malfunction than the accuracy of the simulator: the boiler (–128 kW) and the first
section of the HPT (–331 kW). These values are the consequence of a very high
component product since unit exergy consumption increase was almost zero in both
cases. This consumption varied only slightly because the steam needed to produce the
required power increased with the simulated inefficiency.
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Some explanations are required regarding the malfunction and dysfunction values of
the nonphysical components of our thermoeconomic model. A junction is a non
physical device and is fictitious in the productive structure. Its function, similar to that
of branching points, is structural, i.e. junctions and branches show how the resources
are distributed among the plant devices. The malfunction and the dysfunction
generated in a junction must be zero: in equation (6.45) the unit exergy consumption
increase in a junction is zero and the dysfunction coefficients φ responsible for the
dysfunction generated by other components are also zero (remember that the
dysfunction coefficients φ only depend on the unit exergy consumption k of the
component in operating conditions). However, a junction can generate a dysfunction
in other system components (see equation 6.46). The value of the dysfunction
strongly depends on the dysfunction coefficients φ of each component where the
dysfunction is generated. For example, the unit exergy consumption k of junction J4
varies with a change in the unit exergy consumption of its exergy ratios r (the
electricity produced in the turbine sections). All the boiler φ coefficients were non
negative (the dysfunction generated by the junction in the boiler was not zero, –445
kW). The junction usually generates dysfunctions due to the variation in the fuels
(i.e., the product of the units that enter the junction) but the components that have
nonzero values in all their φ coefficients also suffer from the junction dysfunction.
These special components are the boiler and condenser, which are interrelated with
the rest of components in the productive structure of the power plant (see figure 7.5).
The impact on fuel analysis is similar to the previous analysis, but here the impact on
fuel consumption is the sum of the malfunction and the dysfunction generated by
each component in all others (see figure 7.14). Logically, the dysfunctions generated
by HPT1, HPT4 and MSF in the boiler and the condenser were the most important.
The response of the system must be proportional to the degree of inefficiency (impact
on fuel, associated malfunctions, etc.). To calculate the fuel impact of a known
inefficiency, the corresponding malfunction matrix need only be multiplied or
divided, depending on the ratio of the real inefficiency and the inefficiency defined in
the malfunction matrix.
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To predict the effect of several malfunctions, the inefficient components must be local
to their subsystems. The total impact on fuel can then be calculated as the sum of the
malfunction matrices associated with the individual inefficiencies.
The second assumption is not necessary here because we only analyzed an individual
inefficiency. The first premise could be checked by analyzing the graphic impact on
fuel analysis versus the degree of inefficiency applied. In this case, the isoentropic
efficiency of the fourth section of HPT was varied from –10% to +10% with respect
to the design efficiency (around 85%). Figure 7.15 shows how the linearity of the
sensitivity analysis varies while the plant load is kept constant (122 MW of output
power in extraction mode and 2,400 T/h freshwater production).
FIGURE 7.15 Additional fuel consumption when varying the isoentropic efficiency in HPT4.
2000
% eff. in HT4
0
10 8 6 4 2 0 2 4 6 8 10
2000
4000
6000
Plant behavior was linear when we varied this inefficiency (figure 7.15). The
malfunction matrix in table 7.30 is very useful to calculate the malfunctions
associated with each inefficiency (by summing the columns and multiplying each
component by its product). The high unit exergy consumption of the condenser pump
was the result of the mathematical model (as were the high values of the lowpressure
heater no. 2). In these two cases, the low product values minimized the previously
mentioned effect in the malfunction analysis. The MSF components of this matrix
were very high but the low exergy value of its product (freshwater) induced a low
malfunction. All sections of the highpressure turbine were affected by the
inefficiency but, as expected, the fourth section had the highest value. The values of
the first section of the high and lowpressure turbine were also considerable since
they had to readapt their products to maintain final production.
The effect of the inefficiency can be quantified as the total cost (including capital cost
of devices) of electricity and water, which is especially illustrative for plant
managers. Electricity increases 0.000033 $/kWh per 1% variation in efficiency
(figure 7.16) or a yearly savings of 35,200 $/y.
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FIGURE 7.16 Unit electricity cost when the isoentropic HPT4 efficiency is modified.
Electricity cost
0,0383
$/kWh
0,0381
0,0379
0,0377
0,0375
% eff. in HT4
0,0373
10 8 6 4 2 0 2 4 6 8 10
Surprisingly, the effect on the cost of water was even greater –in absolute terms than
for electricity (0.00047 $/m3 per 1% inefficiency, or almost 10,000 $/y; figure 7.17),
although the relative cost of electricity varied more. This is because the apparently
local inefficiency changes the steam conditions sent to MSF unit, which implies an
additional cost, mainly due to the high exergetic cost associated with water (see
table 7.28).
FIGURE 7.17 Unit distilled water cost when the isoentropic HPT4 efficiency is modified.
Water cost
1,278
$/m3
1,274
1,270
% eff. in HT4
1,266
10 8 6 4 2 0 2 4 6 8 10
The main conclusions of our analysis of an inefficiency in the final section of the
highpressure turbine are:
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• The steam power plant could not readapt its behavior to maintain the final
production. Additional live steam was required to produce the electricity
demanded, consuming more fuel (6,035 kW). The dysfunction analysis was
useful to observe how the components that provide the energy quality to the
steam cycle (boiler and condenser) have to increase their productions that are
distributed to the rest of plant components, producing the additional power not
supplied by the inefficient section of the turbine.
• The effect of this inefficiency was quite significant and represented an additional
water and electricity cost of 0.00047 $/m3 and 0.000033 $/kWh respectively, per
unit of efficiency (or 45,200 $/y in both products). The nature of the inefficiency
should be studied carefully, taking into account several factors including repair
time, personnel costs and the price of the components if they need to be replaced
to avoid extra natural gas consumption.
• The value of the induced MSF unit malfunction demonstrates that plant
diagnosis strongly depends on the thermoeconomic model. Sometimes the
physical consequences of an inefficiency cannot be translated into a table of
expected values for fuel impact or irreversibility increase of a process or
component.
The fouling resistance Rf (for definition see section 3.2.1) involves three resistances:
The cleaning ball system can only reduce tube fouling or scale in a heat exchanger,
one of the main causes of performance loss in MSF plants in the hightemperature
sections. In general, fouling occurs when deposits are laid down on the heat transfer
surfaces (Hanbury, Hodgkiess and Morris, 1993). These deposits can be due to scale
from the reverse solubility of salts in the brine, dirt from corrosion products or
biological growths on the surface. The latter only occurs in the rejection section and
can be controlled by feed chlorination. The scale type depends on the brine chemistry,
plant conditions, chemical additives to the feed and the type of cleaning. In general,
calcium carbonate and calcium sulfate are the most common forms of scale.
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FP values (design) for the MSF plant. Nominal production in summer.
TABLE 7.31 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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KP matrix in design.
TABLE 7.33 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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Variation of the KP matrix without fouling in heater. NTOS case.
TABLE 7.35 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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Irreversibility matrix without fouling in heater. 1,900 T/h and 32 ºC seawater temp.
TABLE 7.36
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Malfunction/dysfunction matrix without fouling in heater. NTOS case.
TABLE 7.37 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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The fouling effect in the MSF plant was simulated, quantified and analyzed for the
brine heater. The cleaning ball system was assumed to be working at maximum and
fouling in brine heater was set to zero (fouling factor in heater at design conditions
was 0.00025 m2·K/W), although this is impossible in practice since outside fouling
and noncondensable gas phenomena cannot be avoided. The reference case had the
same operating conditions without the cleaning ball system. For this reason, most
malfunctions associated with the cleaning ball system are negative (they should be
called ‘benefunctions’), i.e., they save fuel. The malfunction analysis was performed
at 1,900 T/h water production with 32 ºC seawater (the first of the two examples).
Water production was constant although but this does not imply a constant product
exergy flow.
To explain how fouling in the brine heater affects MSF behavior, first the recycle
brine, seawater to reject and makeup flows (R, SR, F) were maintained at designed
levels. The condensation temperature of the steam provided by the steam power plant
also remained constant. A lower fouling inside the brine heater improved the overall
heat transfer coefficient, which implied that:
• The interstage temperature difference in the heater was reduced, i.e. the cooling
brine temperatures entering (TF,1) and leaving (TBT = TB,O) the heater were
increased.
• The temperature rise of the cooling brine in the heater was also increased.
A higher Top Brine Temperature (TBT) implies a higher flash range ∆T and more
freshwater production. The temperature profile of the recovery and reject section is
altered if the temperatures entering and leaving the recovery section are increased. If
the final production is to be maintained, R, SR and F must be decreased. But even the
TBT and TF,1 reach higher than design temperatures (and therefore the temperatures
profile in recovery and reject sections). Brine fouling is a global variable in the MSF
unit since it affects the rest of the system.
About 1,411 kW of fuel was saved with the benefunction in different plant
components (not only in the heater). Less steam was consumed, affecting the
behavior of the steam power plant when less steam is required for this extraction, as
in the next example.
Inefficiency was diagnosed using the symbolic notation explained in Chapter 6. The
simulator in Chapter 5 was used to obtain the F and P values for the reference
conditions and inefficient situation. Following the productive structure of the MSF
unit (see figure 7.11) with 1,900 T/h water production, the F and P values are
included in tables 7.31 and 7.32 respectively, using the nomenclature in table 7.4 for
the components. In this case, the matrix was 18×18 (11 components and 7 junctions)
whereas the matrix was 30×30 (26 components and 4 junctions) in the power plant
analysis. The ∆ 〈KP〉 matrix (table 7.35) was built by subtracting the 〈KP〉 reference
matrix (table 7.33) and the 〈KP〉 matrix (table 7.34) corresponding to an inefficient
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operation. The latter were obtained by dividing the FP tables. The irreversibility
matrix I〉 (table 7.36) contains the irreversibility and unit exergy costs of each
component. Finally, the dysfunction table (table 7.37) contains the dysfunction
coefficients φ and the malfunction array MF. The column sum is the fuel impact of a
component and the row sum is the irreversibility increase of a component. Figure
7.18 shows the impact on fuel analysis in the malfunction/dysfunction table. Figure
7.19 includes the irreversibility increase of each component of the power plant.
Having obtained the dysfunction matrix (which provides information about the state
of a given plant with an inefficiency), we analyzed the malfunctions in the
desalination plant components. The physical variations in the MSF plant with the
benefunction were translated into malfunctions. The first important conclusion is that
the malfunction generated in the brine heater was not the highest. The malfunction
induced in other components was more important than the intrinsic malfunction
provoked by heater inefficiency. Therefore, each malfunction should be analyzed
separately.
The intrinsic malfunction is quite easy to explain. Using the cleaning ball system in
the heater improves the heat transfer process in the tubes. This reduces the thermal
irreversibility, assuming that the mechanical and chemical irreversibility is
maintained. The irreversibility was reduced by 865 kW in this component (see table
7.37), increasing its exergetic efficiency. The reference unit exergy consumption was
reduced with respect to the inefficient condition (respectively 1.096 and 1.075 in
tables 7.33 or 7.34), or the change in unit exergy consumption ∆k decreased with
respect to the reference state. The decrease of the unit exergy consumption (–0.02) is
included in the ∆ 〈KP〉 matrix (table 7.35). The product of the heater is the cooling
brine heated to the TBT (42,021 kW), then the intrinsic malfunction of –875 kW. The
impact on fuel saved in this component was 2,419.6 kW (both values are in
table 7.37).
The induced malfunction in the recovery section was positive (203 kW) and the
irreversibility increase was 247 kW in the process (see both values in table 7.37).
Consequently, the variation in unit energy consumption in this component with heater
fouling was positive (∆k = 0.025, see table 7.35), i.e. the process was more inefficient
in this section. Assuming that the distillate quantity and quality is maintained, an
uncontrolled TBT increases due to the effect of the cleaning ball system in the brine
heater. Although cooling brine was also increased, the temperature rise was lower
than the TBT (because of the two effects of fouling in the brine heater). Thus, the
amount of energy needed to produce the distillate in the recovery section was higher
than in the design situation. The efficiency of the component decreased and provoked
an additional fuel consumption of 494 kW.
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Impact on fuel analysis when the fouling in BH is neglected. Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
FIGURE 7.19
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On the other hand, the temperature profile in the reject section remained almost
unchanged because the effect of the heater fouling is far away from the reject section.
A higher TBT also implies lower recycled brine R flowing toward the reject section to
maintain final production. This flow is the main contribution of the reject section to
produce distilled water, which was maintained constant (the reject section product is
practically the final product of the MSF unit). Less energy was needed to produce
freshwater. The efficiency was increased and the variation of the unit exergy
consumption and irreversibility generated were reduced in the inefficient case (∆k = –
0.013, ∆I = –91 kW, resulting in a negative malfunction of 91 kW (see tables 7.35 and
7.37) and 725 kW in fuel savings.
The induced malfunction associated with the mixer was quite substantial ( 942 kW).
The makeup F and recirculation R flows were decreased by the cleaning ball system
in the heater under constant final production of freshwater. The mechanical and
thermal irreversibility of the mixing process is logically reduced if the two flows
entering the mixing chamber are reduced. The unit exergy consumption of the
process or the irreversibility increase was reduced (∆k =  0.0159, ∆I = –912 kW, see
tables 7.35 and 7.37) and 1,360 kW (table 7.37) of fuel was saved.
The amount of irreversibility in each component is the sum of its own malfunction
plus the dysfunctions generated by the malfunction of other components. Only the
fictitious device had a considerable dysfunction value (–764 kW), generated by
malfunctions in the brine heater, recovery and reject sections, mixer and several
junctions (see table 7.37). As above (tables 7.31 and 7.32), the product of the
fictitious device decreased more than 700 kW to readapt the use of the cleaning ball
system in the brine heater under constant freshwater production. The dysfunction
depends on the φ coefficients of the component. Since the fictitious device is at the
beginning of the productive structure, most of its φ coefficients were nonzero values.
In conclusion, dysfunction analysis is clearly unrelated to the physical behavior of the
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plant, i.e., the MSF components do not vary production to maintain the final distillate
due to the malfunctions.
The impact on fuel analysis was similar to the previous analysis. In this case, the
impact on fuel consumption was the sum of the malfunction and dysfunction
generated by each component on others (table 7.37). As expected, the dysfunction
generated by the brine heater, recovery and reject section and the mixer are important.
Having explained the most important results of MSF plant diagnosis without heater
fouling, we can consider one of the most useful applications. Figure 7.20 can be used
to study the linearity of the simulator (and a real plant, since the simulator was
validated using data collected from a physical plant) to validate the malfunction
matrix. Changing the design fouling factor in the brine heater (25×10–5 m2·K/W)
gradually to zero saves fuel when the plant was operating to produce the same
quantity of water as in the example.
The model was reasonably linear when heater fouling was varied, at least for nominal
production conditions in summer. However, at maximum operation, some internal
flows like the recirculation flow R, makeup F or seawater to reject SR reached a
maximum and the effect of the cleaning ball system was lower than expected for that
load.
Table 7.38 shows the malfunction matrix associated with each component when the
fouling factor in the brine heater was changed by 0.00001 m2 K/W. The most
important terms of the matrix are associated with the above mentioned components:
fictitious device, brine heater, recovery and reject sections and the mixer. These values
can also be explained by analyzing the malfunctions associated with this inefficiency.
As expected, pumps were not affected by brine heater fouling. The impact on fuel due
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FIGURE 7.20 Impact on fuel analysis when the fouling in heater is varied.
0
fouling*105 in BH
0 5 10 15 20 25
500
1000
1500
2000
2500
kW Inc. fue l cons u mption
3000
Knowing the monetary cost of fresh water as a function of an inefficiency helps plant
managers take decisions on using the cleaning ball system, depending on the
compromise between consumption, operating costs and energy saved. Note that the
cost of water decreased when heater fouling was decreased (figure 7.21).
FIGURE 7.21 Monetary cost of distillate when the fouling in heater is varied.
Water cost
1,475
$/m3
1,470
1,465
fouling*105 in BH
1,460
0 5 10 15 20 25
In the nominal case, 0.00045 $/m3 was saved when fouling was decreased by
105 m2·K/W (or 7,650 $/y). Although the effect of the cleaning ball system was very
difficult to translate into a constant fouling variation, the system reduced the fouling
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factor several times over (see section 3.6.1) when the cleaning system was
periodically connected (for example in a fourhour cycle). At maximum production,
the cost decreases due to the effect of purchase costs and because the increase in
exergy cost is lower than in the nominal case (remember that the internal flows reach
a maximum during maximum winter production).
The sensitivity analysis of the monetary cost and fuel impact takes into account that
the exergy costs k* of the steam to the brine heater and the electricity for the MSF
pumps are different from unity (unit exergy cost of steam to heater and vacuum system
was 2.55 and 2.5 respectively and exergy cost of electricity was 2.85). So, the real cost
of producing water and the consequences of an inefficiency can be dealt with correctly.
In summary, using the cleaning ball system in the heater had the following
consequences:
• It changed the temperature profiles of the cooling, flashing brine and distillate in
the MSF unit. As the brine heater is settled at the beginning of the process, the
temperatures of the recycle brine before and after the heater were affected. As
those temperatures enter and leave the recovery section, the whole system was
influenced by this inefficiency.
• As a consequence of the last point, the induced malfunctions in the rest of
components were higher than the intrinsic malfunction in the heater, taking into
account the dimensions of each component. However, the dysfunction analysis
did not provide any interesting information on how the components readapted
their production to maintain the final production of freshwater. The nonphysical
components cannot be explained from a physical viewpoint.
• The model was linear under changes in heater fouling. So, the malfunction
matrix can be used to predict the fuel saved with the cleaning ball system or
component malfunctions.
• The cleaning ball system in heater increased the TBT of the unit. This implies a
lower consumption to produce the same amount of freshwater, but also provokes
scale formation due to the highoperation temperatures. Consequently, the
cleaning ball system should be continuously maintained in the heater to keep the
fouling factor low. If the system is not operating, scale formation will reduce the
effectiveness of the condenser and the whole MSF unit.
7.3.2.3 The effect of recovery section fouling on steam power plant behavior
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But the electricity production increases since the amount of steam and the efficiency
of the lowpressure turbine have been improved. To maintain the final production, the
amount of steam leaving the boiler must decrease from 156.1 to 146.6 kg/s. The
redistribution of the flows inside the steam cycle was similar to the previous analysis;
the lowpressure turbine produces the electricity that the highpressure turbine
cannot. This produces a negative impact when more steam is forced to flow in the
lowpressure cycle (that is, passing through the condenser and not through the MSF
heater). The feedwater system cools and additional fuel is required to reach the set
point conditions of live steam in the boiler. Finally, the steam conditions leaving the
highpressure turbine are slightly varied (recall that the exhaust pressure is controlled
by the MSF unit).
Tables 7.39 and 7.40 show the FP values for the steam power plant in design and
operation (when the inefficiency occurs in the recovery section of the MSF unit). The
〈KP〉 matrix is shown in tables 7.41 and 7.42 for the design and inefficient case,
respectively. The ∆ 〈KP〉 matrix is the key to analyze the system with this inefficiency
(table 7.43). Table 7.44 contains the I〉 matrix and the exergy cost array. The
dysfunction matrix [DF] including the malfunction array MF is shown in table 7.45.
Figures 7.22 and 7.23 include the impact on fuel analysis and irreversibility increase.
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FP values in design, 122 MW output power.
TABLE 7.39 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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KP matrix in design. MCR case.
TABLE 7.41 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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Variation of KP without fouling in recovery section. MCR case.
TABLE 7.43 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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Malfunction/dysfunction matrix without fouling in recovery section (MCR case).
TABLE 7.45 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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Malfunction matrix when the fouling in recovery is varied 0,00001 m2·K/W in MCR case.
TABLE 7.46
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Impact on fuel analysis without fouling in RCS, MCR case. Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
FIGURE 7.23
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The first analysis compared the fuel impact associated with the whole plant (a fuel
savings of 24.00 MW), with the fuel saved in the MSF1 unit (26.47 MW). This means
that the steam power plant is forced to work under lessefficient operating conditions.
We will now explain the most significant values in the malfunction array of table
7.45, relating the physical consequences to the matrix values.
The deaerator component mixes and preheats the feedwater from the condenser.
Irreversibility in the mixing process is lower because the mass flows entering the
deaerator are lower during operation (where the live steam mass flow rate is reduced
to maintain the final production) than in the design. Thermal irreversibility was lower
because the cold flow entering the mixer was increased and its irreversibility was
reduced by 828 kW (see table 7.45). The efficiency of the component should thereby
increase, i.e., the variation of the unit exergy consumption was negative in the
component (∆k = –0.085, see the ∆ 〈KP〉 table 7.43), implying an induced
malfunction of –682 kW.
The feedwater temperature entering the boiler was reduced because the lowpressure
cycle increased its contribution to the whole system. The boiler consumed additional
resources to reach the set point of the steam turbine (93 bar, 535 ºC). The increased
exergy unit consumption in the boiler was ∆k = 0.004, and the malfunction associated
with the component was finally 858 kW (see tables 7.45 and 7.43 respectively), with
an associated fuel impact of 576 kW.
The first section of the highpressure turbine had a 1,320 kW induced malfunction as
a consequence of the mathematical model. The efficiency of the Curtis blade was
correlated as a function of the live steam from the boiler under different operating
conditions, as in this case this amount has been decreased considerably, the
isoentropic efficiency in the section decreases (and consequently the exergy and
entropy properties of steam leaving the section). Consequently, ∆ 〈KP〉 in table 7.43
was positive (∆k = 0.0267) with a 1,320 kW malfunction and a 1,954 kW fuel impact.
1. In this case the MSF unit is the component inserted in the structure productive of the steam power plant.
Exergy product of the MSF unit is kept constant.
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As mentioned above, the efficiency of the first section of the lowpressure turbine
increased because the amount of entering steam increases considerably and its
∆ 〈KP〉 component was negative (∆k = –0.319, table 7.43). The irreversibility of the
process was reduced by 1,965 kW, with a –2,177 kW induced malfunction and 2,970
kW fuel savings.
The malfunction associated with the MSF was positive, although the fuel impact
saved was very high in this component. The dysfunction generated by this component
achieved the desired fuel savings (a large negative value). The reason for the 12,491
kW induced malfunction (table 7.45, which coincides with the irreversibility increase
of the process in this case) was the drastic reduction in negentropy (which was
introduced in the thermoeconomic model of the steam cycles to account for the heat
rejected in the condenser). This negentropy is a subproduct in the productive
structure. The unit exergy consumption of the unit increased (∆k = 1.837, table 7.43).
The most important dysfunctions in the boiler and condenser were caused by the
components with the most important malfunctions (figure 7.24). The boiler and
condenser suffered dysfunctions of 1,620 kW and 752 kW from the deaerator;
1,812 kW and –1,215 kW from the first section of the high pressure turbine,
 1,391 kW and 404 kW from the fourth section of this turbine and –24.55 MW and
13.68 MW from the MSF unit, respectively. The final product in the boiler was
reduced by more than 10 MW to maintain the total production at a lower steam
consumption (total boiler dysfunction, –22.65 MW). The condenser also increased
production by 16 MW (total condenser dysfunction, –13.71 MW). The high φ
coefficients promote high dysfunction since they are related to the position of the
components in the productive structure of the system.
Following the methodology in Chapter 6 for the diagnosis of complex systems, the
DI array is the column sum of the dysfunctions. The values of the main components
are described in the previous paragraph (2.43 MW for the deaerator, 634 kW for the
HPT1, and –38.9 MW for the MSF unit!). The impact on fuel associated with each
component (table 7.45) was obtained by adding the malfunction array MF. This is the
additional fuel consumed due to the change in the operation of each unit with respect
to the operating conditions and no inefficiency.
Having obtained the most relevant results in the inefficiency analysis, the malfunction
matrix can be used as a predictive tool to diagnose the effects of the inefficiency.
Figure 7.24 shows the total impact on fuel associated with the inefficiency variation
in the recovery section (the effect of fouling in the recovery section when fouling is
varied). Here the malfunction matrix did not exactly predict the malfunctions because
the response of the mathematical model was not perfectly linear when varying the
steam to the MSF unit (under maximum production, some internal flows of the
distiller are forced to keep a constant value). However, the MSF model behaved
linearly at nominal production.
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0
0 3 6 9 12 15
6000
12000
18000
kW
Inc. fuel consumption
24000
Since the model responded in a nonlinear way to the efficiency, the most rigorous
diagnosis should separate simulate each case (avoiding the malfunction matrix). The
malfunction matrix in table 7.46 provides the ‘linearized’ malfunction induced in
each component when the fouling in the recovery section is changed by
0.00001 m2·K/W. The condenser pump and lowpressure heater coefficients were
again high (as are the brine heater and feed pump values), although the low product
did not induce an important malfunction. As expected, the MSF coefficients were the
highest and the HPT1 and HPT4 were also elevated.
FIGURE 7.25 Monetary cost of electricity depending on the fouling in recovery section.
Electricity cost
0,03796
$/kW·h
0,03794
0,03792
0,03790
fouling*105 in RCS
0,03788
0 3 6 9 12 15
The ‘monetary diagnosis’ (figures 7.25 and 7.26) involves the cost of electricity and
water as a function of recovery section fouling during maximum production in winter
(which was the load requested in the example). The cost of electricity increased a bit
(4×10–6 $/kW·h) when the fouling was decreased. The malfunction analysis proved
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that the steam power plant decreases its global efficiency with an inefficiency in the
recovery section of the MSF unit (as explained at the beginning of this section).
Water cost followed the expected results, 0.0057 $/m3 was saved with a 0.00001 m2
K/W decrease in recovery section fouling (see figure 7.26) or 120,000 $/y.
FIGURE 7.26 Cost in $ per cubic meter of water when recovery section fouling is varied.
Water cost
1,05
$/m3
1,03
1,01
0,99
0,97
0,95
0 3 6 9 12 15
In summary:
• The results of the inefficiency diagnosis imply that fouling in the recovery
section considerably reduces the amount of steam needed to produce freshwater.
The cost of water was drastically reduced (see figure 7.26) when the cleaning
ball system operates in the recovery section of the MSF distillers. But a
reduction in the derived steam did not imply improved plant performance (for
this particular case, the electricity cost was even higher).
• A consequence of this example is that the cogeneration plant should operate at
an optimum ratio between the steam to MSF and the live steam produced in the
boiler. The installation of the cleaning ball system in the MSF distillers should
be taken into account in the design in the cogeneration plant, because the
optimum point of the performance in the dual plant is seriously affected by the
use of this system.
• An inefficiency in the MSF unit provokes induced malfunctions in several
components of the steam power plant (boiler, deaerator, some turbine
sections…). Therefore, this type of inefficiency detected ‘downstream’ has a
more global effect than an inefficiency local to a component in the steam power
plant.
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If the TTD of the HPH1 increases, the feedwater leaves the heater at a lower
temperature and the turbine extraction temperature increases. If the heater does not
need to preheat the feedwater the same amount, the extraction mass flow should be
reduced. The boiler is also affected because feedwater enters the economizers at a
lowerthandesign temperature.
The mechanical irreversibility of the feed pump increases if the isoentropic efficiency
is lower than expected. The pump responds by consuming more power and the
feedwater temperature increases.
The exhaust conditions of the high and lowpressure turbine are more or less
maintained with the MSF unit and ambient conditions. When the isoentropic
efficiency of several sections of the steam turbine decreases, the steam conditions are
not significantly affected by inefficiencies in other sections. The output power in each
inefficient section is not enough to maintain final production but other sections cannot
produce this extra power since their efficiency was maintained constant. Thus,
although the system demands more live steam, the efficiency of the boiler does not
necessarily decrease.
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FP values in design, 122 MW output power.
TABLE 7.47 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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KP matrix in design (MCR Case).
TABLE 7.49 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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Variation of KP matrix with several inefficiencies in MCR case.
TABLE 7.51 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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Malfunction/dysfunction matrix with five inefficiencies in MCR case.
TABLE 7.53 Thermoeconomic analysis of a dualpurpose power and desalination plant
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FIGURE 7.27 Impact on fuel analysis in section 7.3.3.1.
Thermoeconomic diagnosis
8.1 Synthesis
This Ph. D. Thesis brings together three topics that have never been thoroughly
interrelated.
• Desalination processes.
Water scarcity is a serious problem for humanity now and in the future. Water
resources are being depleted by excessive consumption and polluted by human
development. Fortunately, the problem can be solved by desalting seawater or
reusing wastewater. Chapter 1 describes the current situation in arid countries and
how to solve some water shortages. Chapter 2 summarizes the most common
methods to produce freshwater for human consumption.
1. The cost analysis is very useful to find the enormous possibilities of energy
savings under different configurations of the cogeneration plant. A detailed
analysis of the internal costs pinpoints the component responsible for
irreversibilities. New processes can also be combined to produce minimum water
and electricity costs.
4. Product cost and price must be calculated from their origin. Cost is the resources
consumed to produce something and price is the value obtained when this product
is sold. Benefit is the difference between both concepts. Once the price is known,
the cost must be minimized to obtain the maximum benefit (plant operating
conditions of the plant can be changed intentionally depending on demand and
price).
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Main contributions
This Ph. D. Thesis applies the most recent thermoeconomic techniques (normally
only applied to power generation systems) to a power and desalination plant. The
main contributions of the thesis are listed here:
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Synthesis, contributions and perspectives
The symbolic notation and Structural Theory also helps to formulate the malfunction
matrix to find the quantity of additional resources consumed due to an inefficiency
(without using the simulator). This matrix is used when the system responds linearly
to the applied inefficiencies. If the inefficiency is local to the component, individual
matrices of different inefficiencies may be added to make one large malfunction
matrix with the same effect.
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Perspectives
in the diagnosis of complex systems. As seen above, this fulfilment strongly depends
on the physical structure of the system.
8.3 Perspectives
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Synthesis, contributions and perspectives
Some previous steps may be needed to solve the inverse problem of the
thermoeconomic diagnosis:
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Perspectives
Operator level
The information derived from the diagnosis is the most important at this level. The
physical and economic effects of the inefficiencies and the control strategies (security
versus economy) are the main issues for operators.
Technician level
This field includes optimizing existing systems and investigating and developing
more efficient systems, and new control systems to handle inefficiencies.
Managers level
Cost analysis must be the main tool used by the plant managers since they manage
the whole plant (assuming there are many units per plant). Cost, price and benefit
must be clearly differentiated at this level.
Training seminars are necessary for all levels to inform staff about the
“thermoeconomic culture” and its benefits for humanity.
Research on desalination using solar energy for existing or new methods, should be
encouraged. As solar technology develops, the cost of producing water (on a large
scale) will decrease as will the strong dependence on energy.
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Synthesis, contributions and perspectives
This Ph. D. Thesis demonstrates that energy and water cannot be studied separately.
A multidisciplinary group of water and energy specialists has been formed
(International Study Group for Water and Energy Systems (ISGWES), settled at the
University of Zaragoza) to promote the interchange of ideas, scientific knowledge
and sustainable development of water and energy systems. Some of the investigation
lines commented above will be promoted by ISGWES.
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ANNEX 1
Thermoeconomic diagnosis
The thermoeconomic diagnosis of the dual plant in section 7.3 considered several
inefficiencies described at the beginning of the chapter. Each inefficiency requires
many tables and figures, all of which are included in this annex. Thus, this annex is
an overall view of the effects provoked by one or more inefficiencies in the power
and desalination plant.
The following individual inefficiencies (described but not analyzed in section 7.3)
were applied:
• Inefficiency in the HPH1: variation in terminal temperature difference of heater.
• Inefficiency in the feed pump: reduced efficiency.
• Inefficiency in the highpressure turbine: efficiency analysis in the first section.
• Inefficiency in the lowpressure turbine: efficiency variation in first section.
• Inefficiency in the recovery section: effect of reduced fouling in MSF.
• Inefficiency in the reject section: effect of the fouling factor.
The analysis was performed under different operating conditions but is only
presented for one load, the MCR case for the power plant and NTOS performance
case for the MSF unit. The effect of the different loads in the two systems is
summarized in sections 7.3.4 and 7.3.5.
The highest malfunctions in table A1.7 corresponded to the boiler, HPH1 (the
inefficient component) and HPT1. The rest of the components were within simulator
accuracy (< 100 kW). Varying the heater TTD only affected the components
interacting with the heater. This inefficiency did not induce malfunctions in other
components.
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Effect of an inefficiency in the highpressure heater no.1 (HPH1)
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FP values in operation with 5º C TTD respect to design .
TABLE A1.2 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of an inefficiency in the highpressure heater no.1 (HPH1)
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KP matrix with inefficiency in HPH1 (MCR case).
TABLE A1.4 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of an inefficiency in the highpressure heater no.1 (HPH1)
Variation of KP matrix when TTD in the HPH1 is 5 ºC higher than the expected.
TABLE A1.5
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Irreversibility matrix with the inefficiency in HPH1.
TABLE A1.6 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of an inefficiency in the highpressure heater no.1 (HPH1)
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Malfunction matrix when TTD in HPH1 is varied 1 ºC
TABLE A1.8 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of an inefficiency in the highpressure heater no.1 (HPH1)
FIGURE A1.2
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Thermoeconomic diagnosis
The effect induced in the boiler is clear: if the feedwater leaves the heater at a lower
temperature, the boiler consumes additional fuel to maintain the live steam
conditions (which are fixed in the simulator and the real plant). The ∆ 〈KP〉
component, i.e. the variation of component unit exergy consumption (table A1.5)
was ∆k = 0.005. As the boiler product was very high (the heat transferred to the
feedwater was about 210 MW), the malfunction was 1,179 kW with an associated
830 kW impact on fuel. The total impact on fuel associated with this inefficiency
was 1,048 kW. In this case, the malfunction induced in the boiler was more
important than the intrinsic malfunction in the heater.
The amount of steam flowing in HPT1 was lower than in design, although this effect
disappears when HPH1 extraction was reduced. The steam flowing through the
second section of the HPH is maintained. The energy production in this section is
maintained, but the efficiency in this section is lightly decreased (the efficiency of
the Curtis blade is higher as the live steam flow grows), then the variation of the unit
exergy consumption of the section is ∆k = 0.0026, then we have a little malfunction
induced in this section of 130 kW, and an impact on fuel associated of 209 kW.
The dysfunctions due to the HPH1 inefficiency emphasizes the results of other
inefficiencies in the steam power plant: only the boiler and the condenser suffer
dysfunctions generated by component malfunctions (HPH1, boiler or HPT1). The
dysfunction generated in the boiler was positive. The φ coefficients were positive but
negative for the condenser, provoking a negative dysfunction. The junction J2
produced a –393 kW dysfunction in the boiler associated with its exergy unit
consumption variation. This variation is explained by the productive structure of the
steam power plant (see figure 7.5): feedwater heated in the boiler in one of the inlets
of that junction.
The power plant model varied linearly to a one degree change in the heater TTD
when comparing the amount of fuel saved. Figure A1.3 shows this effect for
electricity production in the extraction mode of the example (122 MW). The effect is
nonlinear when TTD is negative and close to zero (the design TTD for this
operating condition is –1.7 ºC). The analysis could be performed avoiding this range
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Effect of an inefficiency in the highpressure heater no.1 (HPH1)
of temperature differences since the impact on fuel associated with the whole plant
can be less than 200 kW and the mathematical model cannot diagnose the
inefficiency with less than 100 kW accuracy.
FIGURE A1.3 Impact on fuel associated with a variation in the TTD of HPH1. 122 MW power plant production.
800
400
TTD (º C) in HPH1
0
5 4 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5
400
800
1200
In any case, the observed trend could be used to apply the malfunction matrix to this
inefficiency. Some matrix components had large values. The condenser pump and
lowpressure heater No.2 were high due to the behavior of the mathematical model
at the condenser exit area (see section 4, mathematical model of the power plant).
The feed pump and deaerator also had considerable values due to the decrease in
feed water flow in the highpressure zone (provoked by the HPH1 inefficiency).
FIGURE A1.4 Cost of electricity when varying TTD in HPH1 (MCR performance case).
Electricity cost
0,03790
$/kwh
0,03785
0,03780
0,03775
5 4 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5
TTD (º C) in HPH1
The effect on the cost of electricity and water was not as important as the impact on
fuel associated with the inefficiency in the turbine section. It implied an additional
0.000009 $/kW·h in electricity and 0.00017 $/m3 in freshwater per degree Celsius in
the TTD of the HPH1. This could save 9,600 $ and 3,570 $ if the plant were
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operating yearlong at these loads. Figures A1.4 and A1.5 refer to this assumption,
emphasizing the linearity of the model (except from –2 to 0 ºC).
FIGURE A1.5 Cost of water when varying TTD in the first HPH (MCR performance case).
Water cost
1,2730
$/m3
1,2725
1,2720
1,2715
1,2710
5 4 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5
TTD (º C) in HPH1
In summary:
• the heater TTD affects heater behavior and components receiving feedwater
heated by the inefficient heater (the boiler). The inefficiency did not result only
local to its component, and the associated malfunctions were higher in other
components than the intrinsic one. The rest of the components were not
considerably affected compared to an inefficiency in the steam turbine sections.
• The impact on fuel associated with the additional cost of water or energy due to
the inefficiency was not important when compared with other inefficiencies (the
total saving of 14,000 $/y in both products could be obtained by decreasing the
TTD of the HPH1 by 1 ºC). This only refers to the range where the model
responds linearly to TTD variation (the variational analysis was assumed to be
linear). If the TTD is abnormally high, an excess heater level or excessive
heating in the economizers can lead to extreme induced malfunctions that can
not be calculated in the diagnosis (Valero, Torres and Lerch, 1999). Therefore,
heater TTD should be carefully controlled. A bypass in one of the HPHs is a
very good example of heater inefficiency, but it is very difficult to simulate. The
model needs to be modified considerably to consider this inefficiency.
• The results of the HPH1 inefficiency could be extrapolated to HPH2, taking into
account the amount of heat transferred in the two heaters (usually the HPH2 uses
less steam to heat the feedwater). The effect on the boiler should also be
reduced.
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Effect of feed pump isoentropic efficiency
We will now explain the physical analysis using results from the inefficiency
diagnosis. The malfunction array demonstrates that the feed pump does not induce
any malfunction in the rest of the components. Only the boiler and the inefficient
component have a malfunction greater than 30 kW. The mechanical irreversibility
increases when the pump has serious problems to reach the demanded pressure.
These internal frictions also increase the temperature of the pressurized feedwater
leaving the pump. So, the thermal irreversibility also appears in the inefficiency and
the final reversibility increase was ∆I = 475 kW (see table A1.15). The unit exergy
consumption increase was obvious (∆k = 0.200, see table A1.13). The intrinsic
malfunction was therefore 409 kW, and the impact on fuel associated with the
inefficiency is 608 kW (the total impact on fuel taking for the whole system is
750 kW).
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FP design values.
TABLE A1.9 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of feed pump isoentropic efficiency
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 347
KP matrix in design (MCR case).
TABLE A1.11 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of feed pump isoentropic efficiency
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 349
Variation of the KP matrix when the FP is working improperly.
TABLE A1.13 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of feed pump isoentropic efficiency
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 351
Dysfunction table and malfunction array when the FP is working with 12% lower efficiency.
TABLE A1.15 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of feed pump isoentropic efficiency
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354
FIGURE A1.6 Impact on fuel analysis when a inefficiency in FP is detected. Thermoeconomic diagnosis
The malfunction induced in the boiler was mainly due to the large amount of
product it generates (210 MW), since its efficiency and unit exergy consumption are
not varied (the ∆k component is close to zero, see the ∆ 〈KP〉 matrix in table A1.13).
This provokes a malfunction of –80 kW and an impact on fuel of only –69 kW.
The irreversibility analysis shows that the dysfunctions associated with the boiler
and condenser were the highest (754 and –472 kW respectively) and were generated
by the feed pump. The weight coefficients φij (see table A1.14) were quite high in the
rows corresponding to boiler and condenser (the unit consumption was changed in
this case because the final products of these components had to increase 370 and
550 kW respectively to maintain the net output power). In these rows, the pump
inefficiency dysfunction was provoked by varying the unit exergy consumption of
components more related to other components (i.e., the boiler and the condenser).
Since the feed pump does not induce malfunctions and the model reacts linearly to
variations in pump efficiency, the malfunction matrix is an exact tool to quantify
additional fuel consumption for this inefficiency. Figure A1.8 demonstrates this
linear behavior at the extraction mode load (122 MW).
FIGURE A1.8 Effect of feed pump efficiency on fuel consumption. Variational study in the MCR performance
case.
400
200
% eff. in FP
0
12 10 8 6 4 2 0 2 4 6 8 10 12
200
400
600
The cost of electricity and water as a function of feed pump inefficiency was very
clear and linear (see figures A1.9 and A1.10). We can save 0.000003 $/kW·h and
0.00006 $/m3 in electricity and freshwater production with a 1% increase in pump
efficiency. The relative effect on electricity (the effect per unit produced) is
supposedly greater than the effect on water. For a constant yearly production, a 1%
isoentropic efficiency implies a savings of 3,530 $/y in electricity and 1,260 $/y in
water.
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Thermoeconomic diagnosis
FIGURE A1.9 Effect of pump inefficiency on electricity cost (MCR performance case).
Electricity cost
0,03784
$/kWh
0,03782
0,03780
0,03778
% eff. in FP
0,03776
12 10 8 6 4 2 0 2 4 6 8 10 12
FIGURE A1.10 Water cost when the efficiency of the feed pump is varied.
Water cost
1,2730
$/m3
1,2725
1,2720
1,2715
% eff. in FP
1,2710
12 10 8 6 4 2 0 2 4 6 8 10 12
• As expected, the effect of the feed pump inefficiency was only local. The
increase in feedwater temperature leaving the pump was almost insignificant.
The additional electrical consumption of the pump did not change the steam
cycle behavior. The additional fuel supplied the extra electrical consumption of
the feed pump. The effect of this inefficiency is not as important as inefficiencies
in other components, such as the steam turbine sections (less than 5,000 $/y in
the combined production of water and electricity).
• The feed pump is not strategic in a power plant. Its effects need only be
considered if an inefficiency stops the plant because of a broken pump
component (i.e. the linearity of the variational analysis is not valid).
• The product of the steam power plant must be the net output power. The effect of
this inefficiency is not clearly noted in the system if gross output power is
maintained.
356 Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant
Effect of an inefficiency in the first section of the highpressure turbine (HPT1)
HPT1 efficiency was varied to observe its effect on other plant components and
additional consumption. We considered a production of 122 MW in extraction mode
with a 5% decrease in isoentropic efficiency. The diagnosis was also developed at a
similar degree of inefficiency for 60 MW (parallel mode), 90 MW (extraction mode)
and 140 MW (condensing mode).
Tables A1.17A1.24 show, step by step, the methodology applied in the previous
sections. Tables A1.17 and A1.18 are the FP definition tables of the design and
inefficient situation, tables A1.19 and A1.20 are the 〈KP〉 matrices. The ∆ 〈KP〉
matrix and the irreversibility matrix are depicted in tables A1.21 and A1.22, and the
[DF] matrix and the malfunction matrix are shown in tables A1.23 and A1.24.
Figures A1.11 and A1.12 show the impact on fuel and irreversibility increase
analysis of the inefficiency.
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FP values without any inefficiency. MCR case.
TABLE A1.17 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of an inefficiency in the first section of the highpressure turbine (HPT1)
FP values when the HPT1 decreases 5% its efficiency (MCR case).
TABLE A1.18
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 359
KP matrix in design (MCR case).
TABLE A1.19 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
360 Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant
Effect of an inefficiency in the first section of the highpressure turbine (HPT1)
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 361
Variation of the KP with the inefficiency in HPT1 (MCR case).
TABLE A1.21 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of an inefficiency in the first section of the highpressure turbine (HPT1)
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 363
Dysfunction/malfunction table when the efficiency of the HPT1 is decreased 5%.
TABLE A1.23 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of an inefficiency in the first section of the highpressure turbine (HPT1)
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366
FIGURE A1.11 Impact on fuel analysis when the HPT1efficiency is 5% less than the expected. Thermoeconomic diagnosis
The malfunctions of this inefficiency will be analyzed using table A1.23. The
components with a malfunction that surpasses a nonnegligible quantity are the
inefficient component (HPT1), the boiler and the MSF unit. First we will explain the
inefficient component. If the isoentropic efficiency of a turbine section decreases,
the expansion line is moved away from the reversible process. The irreversibility in
the section increases by 1,667 kW. Since the turbine exhaust has a higher enthalpy
(see the hs diagram), the output power strongly decreases with respect to the design
situation (2,220 kW). This means that unit exergy consumption increases and the
product decreases. The ∆ 〈KP〉 component of HPT1 was ∆k = 0.039 (see table
A1.21). The intrinsic malfunction was 1,948 kW, and the impact on fuel due to the
inefficiency was 2,825 kW. Since the total impact on fuel in the plant was 3,732 kW,
this parameter could be considered local to the system.
The malfunction associated with the boiler is also negative. As its product exergy
flow is huge, the induced malfunction is –242 kW, although its unit exergy
consumption did not change very much (∆k = –0.0011, see table A1.21). The reason
is the increased feedwater temperature entering the boiler due to the additional
steam required by the steam power plant to maintain the electricity production in the
inefficient situation. The additional fuel consumed is not used for the same
temperature rise in the boiler with respect to the design conditions. The impact on
fuel associated with the boiler is –175 kW, but the irreversibility in the component
increases 3,341 kW. The last assumption is a consequence of the dysfunction
analysis explained below.
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Thermoeconomic diagnosis
Figure A1.13 shows the linearity of the model when the isoentropic efficiency is
varied from –5 to +5 %, in extraction mode under MCR (122 MW), in this figure the
total impact on fuel associated to this inefficiency is analyzed.
2000
1000
% eff. in HPT1
0
5 4 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5
1000
2000
3000
4000
The model behaved more of less linearly to variations of the inefficiency using the
simulator. Thus, the malfunction matrix can be used to predict the impact on fuel.
Since the inefficiency does not provoke any important induced malfunctions in other
components, the malfunction matrix could also be used when several inefficiencies
are occurring in different components.
FIGURE A1.14 Cost of electricity depending on the degree of inefficiency applied to HPT1 (MCR case).
Electricity cost
0,0381
$/kWh
0,0380
0,0379
0,0378
0,0377
0,0376
% eff. in HPT1
0,0375
5 4 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5
The cost of electricity and water as a function of the isoentropic efficiency of HPT1
illustrates its effect (see figures A1.14 and A1.15). A 1% decrease in the isoentropic
efficiency in HTP1 means an additional cost of 0.00004 $/kW·h (44,900 $/y) in
electricity and 0.0005 $/m3 in water (11,800 $/y). Clearly the inefficiency should be
368 Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant
Effect of inefficiency in the first section of the lowpressure turbine (LPT1)
corrected to avoid additional costs, because the first section is responsible for a high
percentage of the total electricity produced in the steam power plant.
FIGURE A1.15 Cost of water when the isoentropic efficiency is varied from –5% to 5% with respect to design
efficiency (MCR case).
Water cost
1,275
$/m3
1,274
1,273
1,272
1,271
1,270
1,269
% eff. in HPT1
1,268
5 4 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5
The most important results derived from the analysis of this inefficiency include:
• The steam conditions exiting HPT1 also affect (to a lesser degree) some other
components receiving that steam, i.e. the MSF unit. In any case, the inefficiency
could be considered local to the turbine section.
• The HPT1 inefficiency should be avoided, even if the turbine needs repair to
prevent against inefficiencies or failures, since the savings would be quickly
recovered.
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 369
Thermoeconomic diagnosis
suffers from induced malfunctions form HPT (according to the definition of induced
and intrinsic malfunctions by Royo (1994) for a steam turbine). The amount of
steam to the MSF unit gives the pressure of the steam leaving the highpressure
turbine. Some part of this steam is also introduced in the lowpressure turbine.
Finally, the atmospheric conditions control the exhaust pressure of the turbine
making the behavior of this section strongly dependent the ambient temperature.
This inefficiency analysis was performed for the MCR case (122 MW power
production with an extraction to the MSF unit of 89.68 kg/s). The physical effects of
these inefficiencies were translated into malfunctions and additional fuel
consumption. The isoentropic efficiency of this section was 15% lower than the
design efficiency (about the 76%).
Tables A1.25 and A1.26 show the FP values of the simulation corresponding to the
design and inefficient cases. If we apply the analysis for other operating modes
(condensing or parallel mode, or 140 and 60 MW of output power, respectively), the
productive structure changes (see section 7.1), and the FP definitions and the rest of
matrices are different than in these examples. Tables A1.27 and A1.28 include the
〈KP〉 matrices dividing the fuels and products of each component. Table A1.29 is the
∆ 〈KP〉 matrix composed by the subtraction of the two last matrices, and table A1.30
is the irreversibility matrix I〉. Finally, table A1.31 is the dysfunction/malfunction
table, and table A1.32 is the malfunction matrix associated with the inefficiency in
LPT1. Figures A1.16 and A1.17 include the impact on fuel and the increase of
irreversibility.
In the malfunction array of this inefficiency, the inefficient component (LPT1) and
the first section of the highpressure turbine have a higher malfunction than the
minimum accuracy of the simulator. The physical interpretation of these
malfunctions will be connected. The irreversibility of the steam expansion increases
in the inefficient component of LTP1 (∆I = 2,062 kW, see table A1.31), when the
isoentropic efficiency decreases. The electricity production of the component
reduces by 1,230 kW, and its variation of unit exergy consumption is ∆k = 0.522
(see table A1.29). The last assumptions result in an intrinsic malfunction (that is, the
malfunction created in the inefficient component of a system) of 3,408 kW. The total
malfunction associated with the whole plant is 3,260 kW. Clearly this inefficiency
does not provoke any induced malfunctions in the rest of the plant components.
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Effect of inefficiency in the first section of the lowpressure turbine (LPT1)
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 371
FP values with the inefficiency in LPT1, MCR case.
TABLE A1.26 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of inefficiency in the first section of the lowpressure turbine (LPT1)
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 373
KP matrix when the efficiency in the LPT1 is decreased 15%, MCR case.
TABLE A1.28 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of inefficiency in the first section of the lowpressure turbine (LPT1)
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 375
Irreversibility matrix with the efficiency of the LPT1 decreased 15%, MCR case.
TABLE A1.30 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of inefficiency in the first section of the lowpressure turbine (LPT1)
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 377
Malfunction matrix when the efficiency of the LPT1 is varied 1%, MCR case.
TABLE A1.32 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of inefficiency in the first section of the lowpressure turbine (LPT1)
FIGURE A1.17
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 379
Thermoeconomic diagnosis
HPT1 has a negative malfunction of 215 kW and ∆k = –0.004 (see table A1.29).
This negative value is explained in the mathematical model of the steam turbine. The
amount of steam entering the Curtis blade is higher than expected and the section
operates more efficiently when the steam leaving this section is slightly increased.
The total impact on fuel associated with this effect was –281 kW.
The dysfunction analysis applied to this inefficiency is very illustrative. Only the
boiler and condenser suffer dysfunctions generated by the components with
malfunctions: HPT1 and LTP1. In both cases these components have to readapt
production by 1,470 and 2,430 kW respectively, to maintain the additional
production required by the first section of the lowpressure turbine. Since these two
components redistribute their products over the rest of the components, their φij
coefficients are not zero. If there is a ∆kij coefficient whose value is not zero, the
dysfunction generated by the last component in the first two components is
significant. The rest of components do not have any important dysfunction worth
mentioning in our analysis.
Figure A1.18 shows the effect of varying the efficiency in this turbine section around
the design point. The efficiency was varied from –15 to +15% with respect to this
point. Since the model was linear with respect to the inefficiency, the malfunction
matrix (table A1.32) can be used to quantify the additional fuel consumption by
multiplying this matrix by the product and the unit exergy cost of every component.
With this inefficiency there were no induced malfunctions (isolated component),
making the malfunction matrix an exact guide to predict the increment on fuel
consumption.
FIGURE A1.18 Effect on the fuel consumption when the degree of inefficiency in the LPT1 is varied from the
design point (MCR case).
2000
% eff. in LPT1
0
15 12 9 6 3 0 3 6 9 12 15
2000
4000
The monetary cost (including the capital cost and device maintenance) of water and
electricity is one of the consequences of the diagnosis of the plant with respect to an
component inefficiency. Figures A1.19 and A1.20 show how the cost in electricity
380 Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant
Effect of inefficiency in the first section of the lowpressure turbine (LPT1)
increases 0.000015 $/kWh and the water increases 0.00006 $/m3 when the LTP1
isoentropic efficiency decreases by 1%. In a year, at 122 MW and 2,400 T/h,
15,000 $ and 1,280 $ are saved in electricity and water costs.
Electricity cost
0,0381
$/kWh
0,0379
0,0377
% eff. in LPT1
0,0375
15 12 9 6 3 0 3 6 9 12 15
FIGURE A1.20 Water cost per cubic meter for inefficiencies in LPT1. 122 MW in extraction mode (MCR case).
Water cost
1,2730
$/m3
1,2725
1,2720
1,2715
1,2710
% eff. in LPT1
1,2705
15 12 9 6 3 0 3 6 9 12 15
• The behavior of LPT1 is linear when its efficiency is varied within allowable
limits. It does not induce any significant malfunctions in other plant components,
following the trend in other examples.
• As predicted in the first paragraph of this section, the cost of water and
electricity were not affected as much as by inefficiencies in HPT (only 16,300 $/
y are saved in both products if the isoentropic efficiency is improved 1%).
Therefore, the effect of an inefficiency in the turbine is proportional to the
amount of steam entering the turbine section.
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Thermoeconomic diagnosis
• The most dangerous problem associated with inefficiencies in LPT is the steam
quality when the efficiency is increased. Low quality steam can damage the
wheels of the condensing turbine. The variational analysis can also be broken
when the inefficiency provokes a nonlinear system response.
The benefits of reducing fouling in the reject section can be translated into the
physical response of the MSF unit. First, an analysis was done keeping the control
parameters constant (SR, R, F). If the fouling is decreased in the recovery section,
heat transfer inside the tubes is increased and the interstage temperature difference
between the vapor and cooling brine decreases. This raises the temperature of
cooling brine and decreases the flashing brine and released vapor. But the cooling
brine goes to the brine heater since it is hotter than in design. Finally, the cooling
brine flow enters the recovery section at a higher temperature than expected. In the
final stages of the recovery section, both distillate and flashing temperatures are
reduced by the effect of the fouling inside the recovery tubes. The flash range of the
distillers is increased in the two limits and the distillate produced in the MSF unit is
higher than in design. The control parameters of the MSF unit (seawater to reject
SR, recycle brine R or makeup feed F) must be reduced if the distillate product is to
be maintained (although the distillate temperature leaving the unit could be reduced)
and, indirectly, the amount of steam consumed in the heater. The diagnosis
mathematically explains the physical effects.
Tables A1.33 and A1.34 show the FP definition matrices following the productive
structure in section 7.1. Then, the 〈KP〉 matrices from the last two matrices (tables
A1.35 and A1.36) are shown. The ∆ 〈KP〉 matrix (table A1.37) is obtained by
subtracting tables A1.35 and A1.36. The irreversibility matrix I〉 (table A1.38) and
the malfunction/dysfunction table is shown in table A1.39. The example analyzed
produced 1.900 T/h with 32 ºC seawater (nominaltemperature operation of the MSF
distillers in summer). Figures A1.21 and A1.22 show the impact on fuel analysis and
the increase of the irreversibility in the MSF components.
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Effect of the cleaning ball system in the recovery section
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 383
FP values with fouling in RCS=0, NTOS case.
TABLE A1.34 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of the cleaning ball system in the recovery section
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 385
KP matrix with an inefficiency in RCS, NTOS case.
TABLE A1.36 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of the cleaning ball system in the recovery section
FIGURE A1.22
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 387
Thermoeconomic diagnosis
The brine heater has an induced malfunction of –626 kW. The brine entering the
heater has a higher temperature due to improved heat transmission in the recovery
section, but the temperature entering the distiller is reduced by 0.3 ºC. The brine
heater needs less steam to heat the cooling brine, considering that the recycle brine
flow is also reduced to maintain distillate production. This means that the
irreversibility generated in the heater is also reduced by ∆I = –1,131 kW, and
therefore the variation of the unit exergy consumption (the ∆ 〈KP〉 coefficient is
∆k = –0.0149, see table A1.37).
The component suffering the highest malfunction is the fictitious device (FD),
included in the productive structure to quantify the flows sent to sea: blowdown and
reject cooling seawater. The malfunction associated with this component (7,850 kW,
see table A1.39) can only be explained by the thermoeconomic model. Its product
(the fuel consumed in the MSF unit to produce freshwater, i.e. the steam coming
from the steam power plant) is obviously decreased with the use of the cleaning ball
system. The exergy flow of the steam to the MSF unit decreases 9,250 kW. The
increase in unit exergy consumption is ∆k = 0.170 and the impact on fuel associated
with this component is 13,249 kW. It is clearly not convenient to use nonphysical
components in the productive structure of the system because their associated
malfunctions and dysfunctions are quite difficult to explain physically.
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Effect of the cleaning ball system in the recovery section
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 389
Irreversibility matrix without fouling in RCS.
TABLE A1.38 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of the cleaning ball system in the recovery section
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 391
Thermoeconomic diagnosis
The mixer is also a nonphysical device in the last stage of the reject section. It
models the mixing process between the makeup feed and the brine flashing in the
last stage of the reject section. It has a negative induced malfunction of 765 kW due
to the reduction of irreversibility generated (∆I = –735 kW, see table A1.39) in the
mixing process (the two mixed flows are reduced in quantity and energy). The
efficiency of the process is therefore improved, with a unit exergy consumption
variation of ∆k = –0.013 (see table A1.37). The impact on fuel associated with the
‘benefunction’ in the mixer is –996 kW.
The previous analysis kept the final product of the system constant (distillate water).
As mentioned in previous sections, the simulator can maintain the mass flow rate in
the distiller but it cannot maintain the exergy of this flow. As in this case, the
temperature of distillate leaving the MSF unit is reduced by 1.3 ºC. The impact on
fuel associated with the variation of the final product is an astonishing –4,337 kW!
This value is similar to the total impact on fuel associated with the unit exergy
consumption variation inside the MSF unit (–5,336 kW).
The variational analysis of this inefficiency involves the linear behavior of the
model, as in the figure A1.23, where the total impact on fuel saved (including the
final product variation) with decreased fouling is depicted from the design value to
total absence. In this section we analyzed nominal production (1,900 T/h) with 32 ºC
seawater and the typical exergy costs of electricity and steam obtained in the power
plant analysis.
The inefficiency diagnosis can also be quantified in monetary terms. The cost of
water depending on fouling helps plant managers develop a maintenance plan to
operate under the best conditions. In this case (see figure A1.24) the cost of a cubic
meter of water decreased 0.0069 $ when the fouling in this section decreased
0.00001 m2·K/W. This value is very high (115,000 $ a year) and implies that the
cleaning ball system should always operate in the recovery section.
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Effect of the cleaning ball system in the recovery section
FIGURE A1.23 Effect on fuel consumption when the fouling in recovery section is gradually decreased. 1,900 T/
h and 32º C seawater.
fouling*105 in RC
0
0 3 6 9 12 15
4000
8000
12000
16000
20000
kW Inc. fuel consumption
24000
FIGURE A1.24 Cost of a cubic meter of water depending on the fouling in the recovery section.
Water cost
1,48
$/m3
1,45
1,42
1,39
fouling*105 in RC
1,36
0 3 6 9 12 15
The malfunction matrix (table A1.40) of the MSF unit with this inefficiency is a
good tool to calculate the effect on natural gas. The malfunction matrix can be used
because the model is linear with respect to the fouling in recovery. But the induced
malfunctions produced by this inefficiency imply that the malfunction matrix can
only be used for individual malfunctions.
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 393
Malfunction matrix when the fouling in RCS is varied 0.00001 m2 K/W.
TABLE A1.40 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of reject section fouling
• The change of the temperature profile by the fouling in the main flows of the
MSF plant is responsible for the induced malfunctions in the distillers. Thus,
each malfunction should be dealt individually. The values of the induced
malfunctions surpass the intrinsic malfunction because the flows leaving and
entering the recovery section also pass through the reject or brine heater. The
dysfunctions generated in the different components are also very important.
• The increased heat transfer increases the production rate per stage in the distiller.
This reduces the amount of resources to produce the same distillate. Since the
cleaning ball system obviously saves fuel (115,000 $/y), it should operate
continuously.
• A large part of fuel saved with this inefficiency is due to the lower temperature
of the distillate leaving the plant. But, in fact, the distillate temperature is now
irrelevant (unless this energy is used by another process). So, this effect should
not be considered during the analysis, although that temperature has a direct
relationship with the other distiller temperatures.
As the brine heater is so far from the reject section, the temperature profiles of the
cooling brine entering and leaving the heater do not vary considerably. The
performance indexes or steam consumption of the plant are not expected to greatly
improve.
This system should not be used for several reasons based on thermoeconomic
criteria. The example is the same as in previous sections: a water production of
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 395
Thermoeconomic diagnosis
1.900 T/h with 32 ºC seawater and a fouling factor reduced to zero. Tables A1.41
and A1.42 show the FP definition applied to the design and inefficient case, tables
A1.43 and A1.44 are the ∆ 〈KP〉 matrix made by using the previous tables, table
A1.45 is the ∆ 〈KP〉 matrix and table A1.46 is the irreversibility matrix I containing
the dysfunction coefficients and the exergy cost array. The dysfunction/malfunction
matrix [DF]/MF is the table that resumes the final results of the thermoeconomic
diagnosis applied to this inefficiency (table A1.47). The impact on fuel and the
increase of irreversibility per component are shown in figures A1.25 and A1.26
respectively.
Although the reject section has three stages, the effect of fouling should be identical
to the effect observed in the recovery section (17 stages). In this case, the
temperature of cooling brine entering the distiller is given by the ambient
conditions. The flashing and distillate temperatures would try to reach the cooling
temperature flowing inside the tubes if the heat transfer were an ideal process. The
symbolic formulation of thermoeconomics will give us the effects provoked by this
inefficiency in the MSF unit.
The most significant malfunctions are yet again located in the fictitious device,
heater, recovery and reject sections and the mixer. The inefficient component
analysis considers the cleaning ball system installed in the reject section.
Suprisingly, the associated malfunction with no fouling in the reject is positive
(49 kW). The ∆ 〈KP〉 component corresponding to its exergy unit consumption is
∆k = 0.007 (see table A1.45). But this result is provoked by the assumptions adopted
in the thermoeconomic model of the reject section. The part of the unit exergy
consumption corresponding to the efficiency of the process (or the heat transfer
improvement) is logically lower than the design situation (∆k1 = –0.024). But the
steam and brine needed for maintaining the vacuum inside the chambers is more or
less independent from the distillate produced (i.e. is a constant value). As the
product of the reject section decreases (the distillate temperature leaves the section
at a lower temperature), the unit exergy consumption due to the vacuum system is
∆k2 = 0.031. Clearly the general services of the MSF unit are not affected by an
intrinsic inefficiency but they have to consider product variation in order to account
for its contribution to the final cost of water.
The brine heater is located on the other side of the MSF plant. The effect of the
inefficiency in the reject section also affects this component because the recycled
brine heated in the brine heater comes from the reject section. The recycle brine
flowing in the recovery section is reduced by 195 T/h and the cooling brine heating
is reduced by 227 kW. The temperature difference in the first stage of the recovery
section is improved by 0.1 ºC. So, heater efficiency decreases and the variation of
the unit exergy consumption is positive (∆k = 0.0044, see table A1.45). The
malfunction is MF = 185 kW and an irreversibility increase in the heater of
∆I = 468 kW (see table A1.47).
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Effect of reject section fouling
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 397
FP values when the fouling in RJS=0, NTOS case.
TABLE A1.42 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of reject section fouling
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 399
KP matrix with the inefficiency in RJS, NTOS case.
TABLE A1.44 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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Effect of reject section fouling
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 401
Irreversibility matrix corresponding to reject fouling in RJS, NTOS case.
TABLE A1.46 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
402 Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant
Effect of reject section fouling
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 403
Thermoeconomic diagnosis
FIGURE A1.26
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Effect of reject section fouling
As seen for the brine heater, the cleaning ball system in the reject section induces an
unexpected 1,800 kW positive malfunction in the recovery section. This result will
be described analytically. The temperature of water leaving the distiller is reduced
by 1.7 ºC (remember that the cleaning ball system in the reject decreases the
distillate profile in the reject section and, therefore, in the last section of the recovery
distiller). In general, since the heat transfer coefficient is higher at high
temperatures, the thermal irreversibility increases in the recovery section
(∆I = 2,079 kW, see table A1.47). As the product of the section decreases, the
variation of the unit exergy consumption is positive (∆k = 0.223, see table A1.45).
The impact on fuel associated with this induced malfunction is 4,248 kW.
The malfunction associated with the fictitious device is –788 kW. Two fuels enter
this component in the productive structure of the MSF unit, one is the exergy of the
blowdown leaving the recovery section. This exergy is reduced because the
temperature of the flashing brine decreases 1.8 ºC when leaving the reject section.
So, the unit exergy consumption of the component is lower than in design
(∆k = 0.017, see table A1.47). As demonstrated, a lower temperature of the
blowdown rejected to the sea at least implies a lower cost in the water production.
Finally, the mixer has an induced malfunction of 1,208 kW, with a very clear
physical explanation. The temperatures of the makeup and flashing brine to
blowdown are similar in the reference case but these temperatures are separated with
the cleaning ball system in the reject section. The irreversibility generated in the
mixing process is higher although those two flows are reduced to maintain the final
production in the MSF plant (∆I = 1,191 kW, see table A1.47). The variation of the
unit exergy consumption in the idealized component was ∆k = 0.0204 (see table
A1.45). The additional fuel necessary for this component provoked by the cleaning
ball system in RJS was 1,868 kW.
In the dysfunction analysis, only the fictitious device had an important dysfunction
generated by the inefficient components (total dysfunction was 3,283 kW). This
component reduces its product by only 64 kW, however the final reduction in the
distillate exergy flow is 482 kW.
Although the plant diagnosis suggests that the MSF unit is working at a poorer
efficiency (the impact on fuel associated with the unit exergy consumption variation
was 6,394 kW), this analysis considered a constant total production. The
temperature of the distillate leaving the MSF unit is 1.8 ºC lower than expected in
design. This means that total production is not constant and the last term in equation
(6.41) cannot be neglected. The impact on fuel associated with this variation is
calculated by multiplying the total product variation by the exergy unit cost of the
product. In this case 6,768 kW of fuel were saved (in the case of the power plant, the
term of the product variation can usually be neglected because it is normally less
than 20 kW). The total amount of fuel saved with this inefficiency is 374 kW, by
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Thermoeconomic diagnosis
combining the two effects. Therefore, the cleaning ball system also benefits the MSF
unit, as well as the heater and recovery section.
Figure A1.26 shows the effect of fouling in the reject section when we gradually
decrease to zero the design value (0.000018 m2 K/W). If the thermoeconomic model
is linear with respect the variational analysis of the fouling, the malfunction matrix
could be used to predict the impact on fuel associated with the desired variation of
the fouling of this component (if known).
If the model responds linearly, the total cost of water (includes capital and
maintenance costs) must also increase linearly depending on the degree of
inefficiency (see figure A1.27). Each cubic meter of water increases 0.00012 $ when
the fouling factor in the reject distiller increases 0.00001 m2 K/W. Yearly freshwater
production would involve an additional cost of 2,000 $ with this small variation in
reject fouling.
FIGURE A1.27 Effect on fuel consumption when the fouling in reject is varied. Nominaltemperature operation in
summer (NTOS, i.e., 1,900 T/h and 32 ºC seawater temperature).
fouling*105 in RJ
0
kW
0 3 6 9 12 15 18
100
200
300
400
Inc. fuel consumption
500
The linearity of the model with respect to fouling variation is shown in figure A1.28.
The malfunction matrix (table A1.48) can be used to predict the impact on fuel
consumed with the inefficiency. But the induced malfunctions provoked by
temperature variation in the rest of components implies that the analysis for several
inefficiencies has different results than the individual analysis of those inefficiencies.
So, the malfunction matrix can only be used to predict specific inefficiencies.
Important errors may arise if it is used for several inefficiencies.
The most important results derived from the analysis of the fouling in recovery
section are :
• Fouling increases the flash range of the plant and, therefore, the distillate
production if the same control parameters of the plant are maintained. Input
conditions must be relaxed to maintain the final production of freshwater.
406 Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant
Summary
FIGURE A1.28 Variation of the water cost when fouling in the reject section is decreased from the design value
to zero.
Water cost
1,474
$/m3
1,473
1,472
fouling*105 in RJ
1,471
0 3 6 9 12 15 18
• The inefficiency negatively affects the rest of the MSF components (see the
malfunctions induced in other components in table A1.47). Furthermore, the
benefit is due to the lower temperature of the freshwater produced, although the
plant is not working more efficiently (the impact on fuel associated with the unit
exergy consumption variation is positive). The cost of water is not reduced very
much with the cleaning ball system.
• The cleaning ball system is not recommended for the reject section. It is very
difficult to install there (it is an open circuit in which some of the cooling brine is
rejected to the sea), and the low temperatures do not provoke serious scaling
problems in this section. Feed chlorination is a simpler solution to avoid possible
biological fouling (which depends on seawater intake conditions).
A1.7 Summary
Thermoeconomic diagnosis of the dualpurpose plant for the inefficiencies in
section 7.3 was completed in this annex for the most representative load in the
power and desalination plant. The symbolic formulation of the Structural Theory of
Thermoeconomics provides a lot of information and explains the physical
consequences expected with the inefficiency.
Inefficiencies studied in steam power plant are local to the components suffering the
inefficiency, but in the desalination plant the main units of the system are connected
by the cooling brine, flashing brine and distillate, where any inefficiency is easily
distributed over the rest of the plant components.
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 407
Malfunction matrix when the fouling in RJS is varied 0.00001 m2 K/W.
TABLE A1.48 Thermoeconomic diagnosis
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ANNEX 2
Thermodynamic properties
of seawater
Below are the models and correlations of the thermodynamic properties needed to
simulate the MSF desalination plant, except for the properties previously described
by the auxiliary equations (Chapter 3).
B0 
2

p p
h = F + 101.31558 F 0  + 
101325.0T
101325.0 2
2
p
– B 6 + B 0 B 2 – B 3 + B 0 B 7 
101325.0T
where
B0 p B0 p 2
B – B 0 1 +  B 2 – B 3 +  ( B4 – B5 )
101325T
101325T 2
B0 = 1.89 – B1
2641.62 80870 ⁄ T2
B 1 =  10
T
B2 = 82.546
162470
B 3 = 
T
B4 = 0.21828 T
126970
B 5 = 
T
B6 = B0 B3 – 2 F0 (B2 – B3)
B7 = 2 F0 (B4 – B5) – B0 B5
F 0 = 1.89 – B 1  + 2
372420
2
T
47845.076
–  – 101.31344 β
T
where
1 B0 2 B0 p 2
β =  ( B 0 – F 0 )  +   B 6 +  
p p 1
T 101325 2 101325T 2 101325T
B 0 ( B 4 – B 5 ) – 2B 7
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Specific volume of superheated or saturated vapor
461539.453T
v = 1.00035 ⋅ 10 −3 + B
p
( ) (
λ s = h T, ps ( T ) − 4.186 T − 273.15 )
where h was solved in section A2.1 and ps in section 3.3.6.
The Fish & Lielmezs correlation (Reid, Prausnitz and Sherwood, 1977) was used in
the range 373.15 < T < 450 K:
ℵ + ℵ 0.35298
λ s = 6051.1583  T
1 + ℵ 0.13856
where
ℵ = 1.3615467 
647.3 – T
T
The Carruth & Kobayashi correlation (Reid et al., 1977) was used for
450 < T < 647.3 K:
T 0.354 T 0.456
λ s = 2115173.3 1 –  + 1125343.9 1 – 
647.3 647.3
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Thermodynamic properties of seawater
A2.5.1 Theory
Mass flow and five parameter measurements characterize the different stages of
seawater: pressure, temperature, altitude, velocity and composition (Zaleta, Ranz
and Valero, 1998). The exergy method associates each parameter with its exergetic
component: mechanical, thermal, potential, kinetic and chemical, respectively.
These components help to quantify some quality and quantity aspects of seawater.
The information provided by the exergy method also clarifies concepts related to the
seawater availability.
Ambient reference
The first step in developing the analytic exergy methodology is to establish the
ambient reference (AR) for seawater comparison. The AR must be relatively
abundant with respect to the rest of the systems or subsystems. The thermodynamic
equilibrium conditions of AR must resemble a closed system; therefore, the system
brought to AR conditions will undergo a series of physicalchemical changes.
Authors sometimes call this the ‘dead state’, because it is a zero exergy state
(although its energy is different than zero).
412 Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant
Seawater exergy
TABLE A2.1 Liquid phase composition of Reference Ambient (Szargut, 1989; Morris, and Szargut, 1986).
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 413
Thermodynamic properties of seawater
The analogy between the availability of a natural resource and exergy helps relate
each resource parameter with its exergy components. As the exergy method is
conditioned by a Stable Reference Environment (SRE) —dead state conditions—
the SRE proposed by Szargut (1980) is the most convenient (the most similar to the
real physical environment of Earth).
In the case of seawater, the exergy method is useful to quantify the ‘availability’ of a
sea, with respect to the defined SRE. By applying the exergy model (Gaggioli, 1980)
in terms of temperature, pressure, height, velocity and composition, and assuming
seawater is an incompressible liquid and dilute substance, the specific exergy can be
used in terms of its components for each seawater property (thermal, mechanical,
chemical, kinetic and potential components, respectively):
Ta
b a, r = CP H2 O T a – T r – T r Ln  + v H2 O ( P a – P r )
Tr
(A2.1)
1 2 2
+ ∑ x i, r ( µ i, a – µ i, r )  ( c a – c r ) + g ( z a – z r )
2
i
According to equation (A2.1), the thermal exergy component depends on the heat
capacity of the aqueous solution and its absolute temperature Ta. The mechanical
exergy component is calculated from the specific volume of the solution (seawater)
and the pressure difference between the sea and the SRE. The specific heating value
CPH2O and the specific volume vH2O of the solution can be calculated without
serious error if it is considered pure water (Perry and Chilton, 1984). We used the
correlations described in Chapter 4. The potential exergy component requires the
altitude z above sea level (almost negligible in a MSF plant). It is used to calculate
the maximum mechanical work obtained from a waterfall, such as a hydroelectric
station. The kinetic exergy component is of relatively little exergetic importance in
comparison with other exergetic components (taking into account the low velocity ca
of brine inside the tubes or in the flash chambers). Its mean velocity must be
calculated, which depends on flow and operation conditions. The chemical exergy
component is the most complex to calculate. It may be broken down into the
following components: (i) the chemical exergy of the water, (ii) the chemical exergy
of the dissolved inorganic substances, (iii) the chemical exergy of the organic
substances.
414 Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant
Seawater exergy
i) The chemical exergy of pure water in the sea. This component provides informa
tion about the thermodynamic degradation process; pure water availability under
different conditions such as pollution (the presence of substances other than pure
water like salts, organic material, etc.). The magnitude of the exergetic compo
nent µ can be calculated from its activity as a pure substance in a solution equa
tion (equation A2.2):
a H2 O
b q, H2 O = x H2 O ( µ H2 O – µ H2 O, r ) = x H2 O RT r Ln 
 (A2.2)
a H2 O, r
where xH2O is the molar fraction of pure water in seawater, and aH2O, aH2O,r can
be estimated from measuring coligative properties, such as osmotic pressure, π.
In the case of seawater, the osmotic pressure of a diluted solution with respect to
its pure solvent is typically calculated using equation A2.3,
RT r RT r
π H2 O = –  Ln ( a H2 O ) and π H2 O, r = –  Ln ( a H2 O, r ) (A2.3)
v v
ii) The chemical exergy of the dissolved inorganic substance is determined by the
wellknown procedure for an electrolytic solution (equation A2.5):
ai
b q, i = x i ( µ i – µ i, r ) = x i RT r Ln  (A2.5)
a i, r
where the activity for each chemical substance i in the sea and in the SRE can be
expressed in terms of the activity coefficient, γ, and its molality, m:
ai = γi mi (A2.6)
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 415
Thermodynamic properties of seawater
1⁄2
Az i I
Log ( γ i ) = –  (A2.7)
1⁄2
1 + Bd i I
where A, B are constants depending on the solvent and temperature, zi is the ionic
charge, di is the ionic diameter of specie i and I is the ionic dissolution force,
1⁄2
Log ( γ i ) = – [ Az i I ] (A2.8)
iii) The chemical exergy of organic substances. It is difficult to determine the pre
sence of organic substances in seawater due to the diversity of species involved
(including biological organisms). However, organic substances are not present in
the Szargut (1980) definition of SRE, but are purified naturally in rivers. This
means that the oxygen (from photosynthesis or atmospheric) dissolved in water
oxidizes the organic substances. This process may be slow or fast depending on
the substance. One way to quantify the exergetic content of an organic substance
is by proposing a single organic molecule to represent the “organic substance
mean”.
For practical sea analysis, our representative substance was a fat molecule, as shown
in equation A2.9. This enabled us to calculate the order of magnitude of the exergy
organic component to be determined qualitatively.
115
C 39 H 80 O 3 +  O 2 ↔ 39 CO 2 + 40 H 2 O (A2.9)
2
b = ∆h f – T s – ∑ x j µ j
o o o o o
(A2.10)
o o
where ∆h f , so and µ j are well known for industrial substances.
416 Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant
Seawater exergy
This means that the chemical energy of the organic compounds is not considered
and the contribution of inorganic substances is only calculated for Na+ and Cl– ions.
Chemical exergy of pure water depends on the osmotic pressure difference with
respect to reference seawater. The AR used was 0 ºC and 45,000 TDS (average
seawater concentration in the Arabian Gulf). The results were similar to other
studies (Zaleta et al., 1998). For more detailed information about how to calculate
these terms, see Barner and Scheuerman (1978), Newman (1980) and Marín and
Turégano (1985).
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ANNEX 3
Technical data
This annex includes the most important design and constructive values provided by
the contractors. Most of those values are introduced in the simulator, but they cannot
be changed unless requested by the author.
Quantity of heating steam at reducing valve before brine heater (mST) 313.400 (kg/h)
Temperature of the sea water outlet from heat rejection section 36 (ºC)
Sea water velocity inside tubes of heat rejection section 2.0 (m/s)
420 Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant
MSF plant
O2 content in feed makeup leaving deaerator (without sulphite inj.) 0.03 (ppm)
O2 content in feed makeup leaving deaerator (with sulphite inject.) 0.04 (ppm)
Specific chemical consumption (antiscale with sponge ball cleaning) 12 (kg/kg dist. x 10–6)
Specific chemical consumption (antiscale without sponge ball clean.) 27.2 (kg/kg dist. x 10–6)
Evaporators
GENERAL
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 421
Technical data
BRINE HEATER
Number of tubes 3060 (2 passes)
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MSF plant
1 3.800 19.000
2 3.800 19.000
3 3.800 19.000
4 3.800 19.000
5 3.800 19.000
6 4.000 19.000
7 4.000 19.000
8 4.000 19.000
9 4.200 19.000
10 4.200 19.000
11 4.400 17.500
12 4.400 17.500
13 4.500 17.500
14 4.500 17.500
15 4.800 17.500
16 4.800 17.500
17 4.000 17.500
18 4.800 17.500
19 4.300 17.500
20 5.100 17.500
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 423
Technical data
DEMISTERS
1 26.89 2.8
2 22.00 2.8
3 22.00 2.8
4 22.00 2.8
5 22.00 2.8
6 25.75 2.8
7 25.75 2.8
8 25.75 2.8
9 29.50 2.8
10 29.50 2.8
11 33.30 2.8
12 33.30 2.8
13 35.20 2.8
14 35.20 2.8
15 40.80 2.8
16 40.80 2.8
17 40.80 2.8
18 35.10 2.8
19 38.80 2.8
20 52.33 2.8
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MSF plant
1 77 16.134 19.000
2 80 16.134 19.000
3 83 16.134 19.000
4 87 16.134 19.000
5 91 16.134 19.000
6 95 16.134 19.000
7 99 16.134 19.000
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 425
Technical data
Boiler
GENERAL
ECONOMIZERS
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Power Plant
Type 48 (m3)
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 427
Technical data
Combustion chamber
Total effective heat absorbing surface of the combustion chamber 1,454 (m2)
Heat input (natural gas at MCR, 40º C air temperature) 422.22 × 106 (kcal/h)
Evaporators
Evaporator headers
Number 40
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Power Plant
SUPERHEATERS
SPRAY ATTEMPERATORS
Number 2
DOWNCOMERS
Number 2
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 429
Technical data
Condensing Plant
Condenser surface (between tube sheets and related to steam side) 6,725 (m2)
Condensate Pumps
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Power Plant
HP1 Heater
HP2 Heater
Overall dimensions of feed heater 1,300 x 8,600 (mm)
Main steam flow (feedwater side, MCR) 562.3 (t/h)
Inlet pressure (feedwater side, MCR) 119.4 (bar)
Inlet/outlet temperature (feedwater side, MCR) 164.8/194.6 (ºC)
Heating steam flow 29.9 (t/h)
Pressure incl. vacuum if appl. 14.12 (bar)
Temperature (heating side, MCR) 282 (ºC)
Applied cleanliness factor 80 %
Overall heat transfer coefficient (condensing zone) 3,200 (kcal/m2·h·K)
LMTD (condensing zone) 10.54 (ºC)
Heat transfer surface (desuperheating section) 37.8 (m2)
Heat transfer surface (condensing section) 525.2 (m2)
Heat transfer surface (condensate cooling section) 101.3 (m2)
Velocity of main condensate or feed water inside tubes 1.48 (m/s)
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 431
Technical data
LP1 Heater
LP2 Heater
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Nomenclature
Abbreviatures/ Symbols/Acronyms
a Cost parameter, activity, or constant of CobbDouglass equation.
A Exchange area of the evaporator/condenser or constant of DebyeHückel
equation.
AR Reference Ambient.
AT Atemperator.
b Specific exergy.
B Flashing brine flow in jth flash chamber, exergy flow, constant of Debye
Hückel equation, or constant for calculating vapor enthalpy.
BD Brine Blowdown.
BDP Blowdown Pump.
BH Brine Heater.
BHP Brine Heater Pump.
BOI Boiler.
BPE Boiling Point Elevation of brine with respect the pure water.
c Velocity.
C Salt concentration, or total monetary cost.
c* Exergoeconomic cost.
ca Cost per unit of area.
CBS Cleaning Ball System.
cf Fuel cost.
CND Condenser.
COC Boiler Peak Load.
COD Chemical Oxygen Demand.
CP Condensate Pump or Heat Capacity.
cp Product cost.
CW Cooling rejected Water.
d Ionic diameter.
D Distillate flow.
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Nomenclature
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 435
Nomenclature
P Product.
Pc Condenser pressure.
Pr Prandtl number.
PE Pressure Exchanger.
PL Pressure losses, or Partial Load.
PR Performance Ratio.
PTC Performance Test Case or Parabolic Trough Collector.
Q Heat flow.
Qf Heat value of fuel.
r Exergy ratio.
R Thermal resistance or recycle brine.
RCS Recovery Section.
Re Reynolds number.
RJS Reject Section.
RO Reverse Osmosis.
rp Pressure ratio in a turbine section.
RP Recycle Pump.
s Specific entropy.
S Entropy flow or size.
Sa Sonic area.
SF Solar Factor.
SH Superheater.
SR Seawater to Reject section flow.
SRE Stable Reference Environment
SW Seawater feed flow.
SWP Seawater Pump.
SWRO Seawater Reverse Osmosis.
t Thickness.
T Temperature.
T* Temperature reference, 273.15 K.
TBT Top Brine Temperature.
TDOB Two Desalination One Boiler.
TDS Total Dissolved Solids.
To Ambient Temperature.
TP Temper water Pump (also TPP).
TTD Terminal Temperature Difference.
TVC Thermal Vapor Compression.
UAE United Arab Emirates.
U Overall heat transfer coefficient.
US, USA United States of America.
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Nomenclature
VC Vapor Compression.
VEX Extraction valve (pressure loss simulation).
VF Feed valve.
vw Tube velocity.
VS Reducing pressure station valve.
VST Stop valve.
VTE Vertical Tube Evaporator.
VWO Valve Wide Open.
x Variable or molar fraction.
X Steam quality.
w Width.
W Power.
z Ionic charge.
Z Pressure drop coefficient or Capital Cost of a component.
Greeks
α Sonic velocity or constant of CobbDouglass equation.
β Constant for calculating vapor entropy.
γ Activity coefficient.
δ Interstage (temperature) difference.
∆ Difference, increment, variation (or loss).
ε Relative error or ratio.
η Efficiency.
κ Technical production coefficient.
λ Latent heat, real number or Lagrange multiplier.
µ Viscosity or chemical exergy component.
ν Specific volume.
π Osmotic pressure.
ρ Density.
φ Mass flow coefficient of a turbine section, or dysfunction coefficient.
ℵ Constant for calculating latent heat of vapor.
ϕ Amortization factor.
ϖ Chamber load or total final product.
Arrays/Matrices
B Exergy flows set.
[DF] Dysfunction matrix.
DF Array of dysfunctions generated in the components.
DI Array of dysfunctions generated by the components.
∆FT Impact on fuel array.
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Nomenclature
Subscripts
a Absolute.
b Exergy flow or brine.
B Brine.
bi Brine inside the tubes.
c Condensate.
C Condenser.
ci Steam to Ejector from leakage system.
CT Condensing Turbine.
d Distillate, design.
D Distillate.
des LowPressure Steam to MSF unit.
DR Deaerator.
e Exit or electricity.
es Interstage.
ex Extraction.
f Fouling, formation or fuel relative.
F Cooling brine.
fg Evaporation.
fm Film.
gen Generator.
H Brine Heater.
H2O Pure water.
i Inlet, isection or array index.
j jStage, index, variable or specie.
K Kelvin.
L Loss.
ls Live Steam Flow.
LS Live Steam Extraction from reduction pressure station.
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Nomenclature
lm Logaritmic mean.
m Mean.
msf MSF plant.
N Last stage of MSF unit.
NRC Last stage of recovery section.
o Outlet.
P Demister pressure losses, or product.
q Chemical.
r Reference.
rcs Recovery section (exit).
rdes Condensate returned from the MSF unit (heater), after passing brine heater
pump.
s Isoentropic, shell or entropy flow.
S Saturated.
sea Seawater.
ST Steam or Steam Turbine.
t Turbine or tube.
T Total.
va Steam to vacuum system of MSF unit (condensate returning to condenser).
vent Venting system.
w Wall or water.
Z Capital cost.
0 To the environment.
Superscripts
a, b, c, x, y, z Exponents for calculations of TTDs in heaters or deaerator, pressure losses or
gland steam system.
L Local.
G Induced.
m mIteration or scaling factor.
n1, n2, n3, n4 Exponents for capital costing equation.
´ Extraction mass flow rate.
o Standard state.
r Operating parameter.
t Transpose (matrix notation).
–1 Inverse (matrix notation).
0 Reference or design (matrix notation).
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List of figures
FIGURE 2.1 General outlay of MSF distillation with brine recycling .................................................... 37
FIGURE 2.2 Flow diagram of MultiEffect Distillation (MED) with thermal vapor compression (TVC) 39
FIGURE 2.3 MED process with vertical tube evaporators (VTE) .......................................................... 40
FIGURE 2.4 Flow diagram of a vapor compression system with vertical tube evaporators (VTE) ....... 42
FIGURE 2.5 Diagram model of a solar still ............................................................................................ 44
FIGURE 2.6 Reverse osmosis process..................................................................................................... 46
FIGURE 2.7 Reverse osmosis (RO) desalination with Pelton turbine .................................................... 47
FIGURE 2.8 Electrodialysis process........................................................................................................ 50
FIGURE 3.1 Schematic diagram of a single effect MSF evaporator with recycled brine ....................... 54
FIGURE 3.2 Crosssection of a stage in a typical MSF plant ................................................................. 55
FIGURE 3.3 Temperature profile of a recycle brine MSF plant ............................................................. 56
FIGURE 3.4 A general stage in a MSF plant........................................................................................... 58
FIGURE 3.5 Heat input section ............................................................................................................... 62
FIGURE 3.6 Mixing and splitting points in the MSF desalination plant................................................. 63
FIGURE 3.7 Solution algorithm of a MSF desalination plant model ...................................................... 68
FIGURE 3.8 Correspondence between the Top Brine Temperature and distillate output....................... 72
FIGURE 3.9 Brine recirculation as a function of the distillate output..................................................... 73
FIGURE 3.10 Makeup feed water as a function of the distillate output .................................................. 73
FIGURE 3.11 Seawater to reject section as a function of the distillate output.......................................... 73
FIGURE 3.12 Top brine temperature depending on the seawater temperature and distillate
production. Data collected during the year 1997 ................................................................ 74
FIGURE 3.13 Recycle brine flow as a function of the seawater temperature and production.
Real data collected in the MSF distillers during 1997........................................................ 74
FIGURE 3.14 Makeup feed flow obtained for each range of seawater temperature when real
data are computed. Average data of 1997 .......................................................................... 75
FIGURE 3.15 Seawater to reject flow correlations for different seawater temperatures entering
the MSF plant. Data collected during the year 1997 .......................................................... 75
FIGURE 4.1 Schematic diagram of the power generation plant. Main significant flows are
numbered for later descriptions and equations ................................................................... 78
FIGURE 4.2 Schematic diagram of a turbine section .............................................................................. 80
FIGURE 4.3 Isoentropic and real expansion of the steam in a turbine section........................................ 81
FIGURE 4.4 TTD differences in an HP heater ........................................................................................ 82
FIGURE 4.5 TTD differences in an LP heater......................................................................................... 84
FIGURE 4.6 Isoentropic and real compression process in a pump.......................................................... 88
FIGURE 4.7 Gland and seal steam system .............................................................................................. 88
FIGURE 4.8 Leakage flows and seals of a steam turbine ........................................................................ 89
FIGURE 4.9 Algorithm to solve the power plant model using the Powell hybrid method ..................... 92
FIGURE 4.10 Last stage of LP turbine acting as a compressor ................................................................. 93
FIGURE 4.11 Power plant scheme in the NTW Model. Some flowstreams are renumbered
with respect fig. 4.1............................................................................................................. 94
FIGURE 7.1 Productive structure of the simple cogeneration system ................................................... 161
FIGURE 7.2 Physical structure of the power plant considered for the thermoeconomic model ............. 163
FIGURE 7.3 Physical structure of the MSF plant considered for the thermoeconomic analysis ............ 165
FIGURE 7.4 FP description in steam power plant.................................................................................. 167
FIGURE 7.5 Productive structure of the power plant in extraction mode ............................................... 169
FIGURE 7.6 Changes applied to extraction mode productive structure (figure 7.5) when
the plant operates in condensing mode ............................................................................... 170
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FIGURE 7.7 Productive structure corresponding to extraction mode with low energy production
in a dualpurpose plant. Changes with respect to figure 7.5............................................... 170
FIGURE 7.8 Productive structure of the steam power plant in parallel and twin extraction mode.
Changes with respect to figure 7.5 ..................................................................................... 171
FIGURE 7.9 Productive structure of the steam power plant in desalination or twin desalination mode 171
FIGURE 7.10 FP definition in the MSF unit............................................................................................ 172
FIGURE 7.11 Productive structure of the MSF unit.................................................................................. 174
FIGURE 7.12 Physical model considered in the thermoeconomic analysis of the MSF plant ................. 178
FIGURE 7.13 Impact on fuel analysis when the efficiency of the HPT4 is decreased 10% ..................... 208
FIGURE 7.14 Irreversibility increase analysis with the inefficiency in the HPT4.................................... 208
FIGURE 7.15 Additional fuel consumption when varying the isoentropic efficiency in HPT4 ............... 219
FIGURE 7.16 Unit electricity cost when the isoentropic HPT4 efficiency is modified ............................ 220
FIGURE 7.17 Unit distilled water cost when the isoentropic HPT4 efficiency is modified ..................... 220
FIGURE 7.18 Impact on fuel analysis when the fouling in BH is neglected ........................................ 232
FIGURE 7.19 Irreversibility increase in the MSF with BH = 0. NTOS case ........................................ 232
FIGURE 7.20 Impact on fuel analysis when the fouling in heater is varied ............................................. 235
FIGURE 7.21 Monetary cost of distillate when the fouling in heater is varied......................................... 235
FIGURE 7.22 Impact on fuel analysis without fouling in RCS. MCR case .......................................... 246
FIGURE 7.23 Irreversibility increase analysis of section 7.3.2.3 .......................................................... 246
FIGURE 7.24 Impact on fuel depending on fouling in recovery section .................................................. 249
FIGURE 7.25 Monetary cost of electricity depending on the fouling in recovery section ....................... 249
FIGURE 7.26 Cost in $ per cubic meter of water when recovery section fouling is varied...................... 250
FIGURE 7.27 Impact on fuel analysis in section 7.3.2.4 ....................................................................... 259
FIGURE 7.28 Irreversibility increase in section 7.3.2.4............................................................................ 259
FIGURE 7.29 Additional fuel consumption due to inefficiencies in several components
of the power plant ............................................................................................................... 264
FIGURE 7.30 Electricity cost with five inefficiencies in the power plant ................................................ 264
FIGURE 7.31 Water cost under different degrees of inefficiency in five components ......................... 265
FIGURE 7.32 Impact on fuel analysis without fouling in distillers ......................................................... 274
FIGURE 7.33 Increase of irreversibility when fouling is neglected in MSF plant ................................ 274
FIGURE 7.34 Impact on fuel due to several inefficiencies in the MSF plant.
Unit exergy cost of steam and electricity is 2.55 and 2.85 respectively............................. 277
FIGURE 7.35 Water cost when the fouling in three distillers is varied .................................................... 279
FIGURE 7.36 Malfunctions with an inefficiency of 5 ºC in the TTD of HPH1 heater under
varying loads in the steam power plant .............................................................................. 280
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 459
List of figures
FIGURE 7.37 Malfunctions generated when the FP is working with an isoentropic efficiency
12% lower than the expected under four different loads in the steam power plant ............ 281
FIGURE 7.38 Malfunctions generated by an inefficiency of 5% in the isoentropic efficiency
of the HPT1 under varying loads in the steam power plant................................................ 281
FIGURE 7.39 Malfunctions generated in the fourth section of the HPT under a 10% decrease
in its isoentropic efficiency ................................................................................................. 282
FIGURE 7.40 Malfunctions in LPT1 under varying loads in the steam power plant and a 15%
decrease in isoentropic efficiency ....................................................................................... 282
FIGURE 7.41 Malfunctions provoked by the fouling reduction in heater at different loads..................... 283
FIGURE 7.42 Malfunctions generated in the MSF plant at different loads with no fouling
in the recovery section ........................................................................................................ 283
FIGURE 7.43 Malfunctions generated in the MSF plant when the fouling in reject section
is neglected for the two analyzed loads .............................................................................. 284
FIGURE 7.44 Impact on fuel in the MSF plant when the fouling is neglected in the three distillers.
Three loads at 32 ºC seawater are included ........................................................................ 284
FIGURE 7.45 Physical model applied to the thermoeconomic optimization ............................................ 297
FIGURE 7.46 Productive structure of the thermoeconomic model applied to the
thermoeconomic optimization ............................................................................................ 297
FIGURE 7.47 Optimization algorithm to find the minimum cost of the plant using local optimization... 304
FIGURE 7.48 Speed of convergence of the local variables that are efficiencies....................................... 305
FIGURE 7.49 Evolution of the local variables that are TTD in heaters .................................................... 305
FIGURE 7.50 Minimization of the global cost of the system .................................................................... 306
FIGURE 7.51 Sensitivity analysis of the energetic efficiency of the boiler around
the optimum point (η1 = 0.8608) ........................................................................................ 309
FIGURE 7.52 Sensitivity analysis of the efficiency of the first section of the highpressure
turbine around the optimum point (η2 = 0.924).................................................................. 309
FIGURE 7.53 Exergy cost of water (k* of steam and electricity entering the MSF is the unity),
and distillate temperature at different loads at 32 ºC seawater ........................................... 315
FIGURE A1.1 Impact on fuel analysis with an inefficiency in HPH1 ................................................... 341
FIGURE A1.2 Irreversibility analysis when the TTD in HPH1 is increased 5 ºC .................................. 341
FIGURE A1.3 Impact on fuel associated with a variation in the TTD of HPH1.
122 MW power plant production ........................................................................................ 343
FIGURE A1.4 Cost of electricity when varying TTD in HPH1 (MCR performance case)........................ 343
FIGURE A1.5 Cost of water when varying TTD in the first HPH (MCR performance case) ................... 344
FIGURE A1.6 Impact on fuel analysis when a inefficiency in F in detected ......................................... 354
FIGURE A1.7 Irreversibility analysis with the irreversibility in FP ...................................................... 354
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FIGURE A1.8 Effect of feed pump efficiency on fuel consumption. Variational study in the
MCR performance case ...................................................................................................... 355
FIGURE A1.9 Effect of pump inefficiency on electricity cost (MCR performance case) ......................... 356
FIGURE A1.10 Water cost when the efficiency of the feed pump is varied................................................ 356
FIGURE A1.11 Impact on fuel analysis when the HPT1 efficiency is 5% less than the expected .......... 366
FIGURE A1.12 Irreversibility analysis with the inefficiency in HPT1 .................................................... 366
FIGURE A1.13 Model linearity with respect to an inefficiency in HPT1 ................................................... 368
FIGURE A1.14 Cost of electricity depending on the degree of inefficiency applied to HPT1 (MCR case) 368
FIGURE A1.15 Cost of water when the isoentropic efficiency is varied from –5% to 5% with
respect to design efficiency (MCR case) ............................................................................ 369
FIGURE A1.18 Effect on the fuel consumption when the degree of inefficiency in the LPT
is varied from the design point (MCR case) ....................................................................... 380
FIGURE A1.19 Cost of electricity for inefficiencies in LPT1 (MCR case) ................................................. 381
FIGURE A1.20 Water cost per cubic meter for inefficiencies in LPT1. 122 MW in extraction
mode (MCR case) ............................................................................................................... 381
FIGURE A1.23 Effect on fuel consumption when the fouling in recovery section is
gradually decreased. 1,900 T/h and 32º C seawater ........................................................... 393
FIGURE A1.24 Cost of a cubic meter of water depending on the fouling in the recovery section ............. 393
FIGURE A1.27 Effect on fuel consumption when the fouling in reject is varied. Nominaltemperature
operation in summer (NTOS, i.e., 1,900 T/h and 32 ºC seawater temperature) ................. 406
FIGURE A1.28 Variation of the water cost when fouling in the reject section is decreased from
the design value to zero ...................................................................................................... 407
Thermoeconomic analysis and simulation of a combined power and desalination plant 461
List of tables
TABLE 1.1 Ground water disposal and renewable water resources in the Gulf Countries in 1994
(Alawadhi, 1999) .............................................................................................................. 21
TABLE 1.2 Water demand for the Gulf Countries in 1990 (ESCWA, 1994)...................................... 21
TABLE 1.3 Total installed capacity and production in the seawater desalination plant of the
Gulf Area in year 1994 (Alawadi, 1999; AlGobaisi, 1999) ............................................ 22
TABLE 1.4 Contracted capacity of freshwater production from seawater and all waters with the
existing process. The total capacity is 12.8 million cubic meters per day and 21 million
cubic meters per day, respectively. Data collected in 1996 (Alawadhi, 1999) ................ 23
TABLE 1.5 Natural resources in the pacific region in the year 1998 (Goto et al., 1999).................... 23
TABLE 1.6 Water use trends in the Pacific region (Goto et al., 1999)................................................ 24
TABLE 1.7 Desalination installations in the Pacific region. Data from 1998 (Goto et al., 1999)....... 24
TABLE 1.8 Water disposal in the African region in 1995................................................................... 25
TABLE 1.9 Water withdrawal in North African countries. Data collected in 1990 for Algeria
and Tunisia; for Egypt and Morocco data from 1992 (AlGobaisi, 1997) ....................... 25
TABLE 1.10 Water use in the U.S. in 1995 (Gleick, 1998)................................................................... 26
TABLE 1.11 Desalinated water in Spain during the year 1998 (Torres and Medina, 1999) ............. 27
TABLE 1.12 Some of the RO desalination plants installed in Spain (Cadagua, 1999; Sánchez
et al., 1997; Fayas and Novoa, 1997; Torres et al., 1999; AECYR, 1999) ...................... 28
TABLE 1.13 Specific consumption of the thermal desalination processes. Data obtained from
several sources (FisiaItalimpianti, 1999; I.D.E., 1999)................................................... 29
TABLE 3.1 Fouling factors of the heat reject section in MSF Plants .................................................. 76
TABLE 4.1 Typical x, y, and z coefficient values for the inlet TTD’s in an HP heater ...................... 83
TABLE 4.2 Typical x, y, z, a, and b coefficient values for the outlet TTD’s in an HP heater ............ 83
TABLE 4.3 Typical x, y, and z coefficient values for the inlet TTD’s in an LP heater ...................... 84
TABLE 4.4 Typical x, y, z, a, and b coefficient values for the outlet TTD’s in a LP heater............... 84
TABLE 4.5 x, y, z, a, b, and c coefficient values in deaerator............................................................. 85
TABLE 4.6 Values of the a coefficient for each pipe of the power model .......................................... 87
TABLE 4.7 Kd and Kd’ constants of the gland and seal steam system ............................................... 89
TABLE 4.8 Operating mode and mathematical model corresponding to the performance
data cases .......................................................................................................................... 96
TABLE 5.1 Input variables for the MCR (maximum continous rating, producing both electricity
and water) case.................................................................................................................. 106
TABLE 5.2 Model validation for the MCR case.................................................................................. 106
TABLE 5.3 Input variables for the MR (maximum rating, producing only electricity)
performance case .............................................................................................................. 107
TABLE 5.4 Model validation for the MR case .................................................................................... 107
TABLE 5.5 Input variables for the PL115 performance case (partial load with 115 MW
of electricity and a heat extraction to MSF of 145 Gcal/h) .............................................. 108
TABLE 5.6 Model validation for the PL115 performance data case ................................................... 108
TABLE 5.7 Input variables for the PL85 performance case (partial load with 85 MW
of electricity and 145 Gcal/h of extraction heat flow) ...................................................... 109
TABLE 5.8 Model validation for the PL85 performance case............................................................. 109
TABLE 5.9 MSL2 performance case (minimum stable load with 45 MW of electricity
and a combined heat extraction flow of 145 Gcal/h). Main input data ............................ 110
TABLE 5.10 Model validation for the MSL2 performance case ........................................................... 110
TABLE 5.11 Input data of the MSL3 performance case (minimum stable load with two
extractions of 150 and 145 Gcal/h to MSF units) ............................................................. 111
TABLE 5.12 Model validation for the MSL3 performance case ........................................................... 111
TABLE 5.13 Input data of the MSL4 performance case (minimum stable load with the maximum
heat flow extraction to MSF unit: 170 Gcal/h) ................................................................. 112
TABLE 5.14 MSL4 performance case. Model validation...................................................................... 112
TABLE 5.15 Main input data of the ODOB case (one desalinationone boiler) ................................... 113
TABLE 5.16 Model validation of the ODOB case................................................................................. 113
TABLE 5.17 Main input data of the TDOB case (two desalinationone boiler).................................... 114
TABLE 5.18 Model validation data for the TDOB case ........................................................................ 114
TABLE 5.19 Main input data of the VWO performance case (maximum capacity of the steam
turbine with and extraction heat flow of 170 Gcal/h to MSF) .......................................... 115
TABLE 5.20 Model validation data for the VWO case ......................................................................... 115
TABLE 5.21 Input data of the COC performance case (boiler peak load at least 5% more than
the MCR case) .................................................................................................................. 116
TABLE 5.22 Model validation data for the COC case........................................................................... 116
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TABLE 5.23 Input data and performance parameters of the NTOS case (normaltemperature
operation in summer)........................................................................................................ 119
TABLE 5.24 Model validation of the NTOS performance case ............................................................ 119
TABLE 5.25 Input data and performance parameters of the HTOS case (hightemperature
operation in summer)........................................................................................................ 120
TABLE 5.26 Model validation of the HTOS performance case ............................................................ 120
TABLE 5.27 Some input data and performance parameters of the LTOS case (lowtemperature
operation in summer)........................................................................................................ 121
TABLE 5.28 Model validation. LTOS performance case in MSF distillers.......................................... 121
TABLE 5.29 Some input data and performance parameters of the HTOW case (hightemperature
operation in winter) .......................................................................................................... 122
TABLE 5.30 Model validation of HTOW case of the MSF plant ......................................................... 122
TABLE 6.1 Fuel and product definitions for typical dualpurpose power and desalination
plant units ..................................................................................................................... 129
TABLE 6.2 Fuels and Products of the components of the cogeneration plant ................................... 131
TABLE 6.3 Characteristic equations of the cogeneration plant........................................................... 132
TABLE 6.4 Design and operation exergy flow values of the cogeneration plant (figure 6.1) ............ 144
TABLE 6.5 Fuel/Product definition corresponding to figure 6.5 ........................................................ 146
TABLE 6.6 Increase of unit consumption. (100 ∆κij) ......................................................................... 146
TABLE 6.7 Irreversibility matrix and unit cost of product.................................................................. 151
TABLE 6.8 Malfunction and dysfunction table in (kW) ..................................................................... 152
TABLE 7.1 Fuel, product, characteristic equation and exergy cost balance in the simple
cogeneration system ........................................................................................................ 162
TABLE 7.2 Results of the simple cogeneration system model, MCR case........................................ 162
TABLE 7.3 Description of components appearing in figure 7.2 ......................................................... 164
TABLE 7.4 Components description from figure 7.3. Note that component no. 1 is not described
in physical model but is included in other schemes ......................................................... 165
TABLE 7.5 Exergy flows and characteristic equations of components in the steam power plant
(extraction mode).............................................................................................................. 176
TABLE 7.6 Exergy flows and characteristic equations for the components of the MSF plant ........... 179
TABLE 7.7 System of equations providing the exergy cost of the steam power plant
(extraction mode).............................................................................................................. 182
TABLE 7.8 System of equations providing the exergy costs of the MSF plant (figure 7.11) ............. 184
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TABLE 7.9 Case studies of the exergy cost analysis (PTC: Performance Test Case of the dual
plant; Gc: Natural gas consumed; CBS: Cleaning Ball System was used) ...................... 185
TABLE 7.10 Exergy (kW fuel/kW product) unit costs k* of most significant flows of the dual plant . 186
TABLE 7.11 Exergoeconomic (monetary) unit costs ($/GJ) of most significant flows of a dual
power and desalination plant. Cost of water c*D is expressed in $/m3, and electricity
cost of is also expressed in $/kW·h (c*GEN*) ................................................................... 187
TABLE 7.12 Irreversibilities (exergy destruction, kW) in the different components of the dual
plant. MSF unit is considered a component...................................................................... 188
TABLE 7.13 Isoentropic efficiencies of pumps and turbine sections of the power plant ...................... 189
TABLE 7.14 Product and fuel (kW), and exergy efficiency (%) values for the power and
MS plants. Note: The efficiency of the boiler is not included in the final efficiency....... 190
TABLE 7.15 Unit exergy costs k* (kW/kW) of component products in the steam power plant
coupled with a MSF unit................................................................................................... 191
TABLE 7.16 Costing equation parameters for an MSF and power plant (ElSayed, 1996).
Units: ca k$/ft2, A ft2, M lb/s, Q kW, Pi, Pe psia, Ti R, ∆T F, ∆P, dP psi, e = η/1– η.
Subscripts: i, inlet; e, exit; t, tube; s, shell; m, mean (LTMD) ........................................ 193
TABLE 7.17 Component parameters in Boehm (1987) equations......................................................... 194
TABLE 7.18 Costing equations proposed by Frangopoulos (1991) ...................................................... 194
TABLE 7.19 Cost equations proposed by Lozano et al. (1996). η exergetic efficiency, B exergy
flow of product, S negentropy, vw velocity of tubes , W power, e eficiency of the
condenser (= T0 (s2 – s1)/(h2 – h1)) ................................................................................... 195
TABLE 7.20 Price breakdown per section in a dualpurpose plant ....................................................... 196
TABLE 7.21 Thermoeconomic costs of distilled water and electricity of the analyzed
dualpurpose plant............................................................................................................. 197
TABLE 7.22 Thermoeconomic cost of electricity ($/kW·h) and water ($/m 3) for the cases
studied in the exergetic cost analysis ................................................................................ 197
TABLE 7.23 FP diagram in design, output power of 122 MW ........................................................... 209
TABLE 7.24 FP values with inefficiency in HPT4 (10% lower efficiency) .................................... 210
TABLE 7.25 KP matrix in design (122 MW) ....................................................................................... 211
TABLE 7.26 KP matrix with inefficiency in HPT4 (10%) ................................................................... 212
TABLE 7.29 Dysfunction/malfunction matrix with inefficiency in HPT4 (10% isoentropic eff.) ....... 215
TABLE 7.30 Malfunction matrix with inefficiency in HPT4 (1% isoentropic eff. is varied) ........... 216
TABLE 7.31 FP values (design) for the MSF plant. Nominal production in summer. .................... 222
TABLE 7.32 FP values without fouling in heater. Nominal production, 32 ºC seawater ................ 223
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TABLE 7.61 Variation of KP when the fouling in distillers is zero (NTOS case). ........................... 271
TABLE 7.62 Irreversibility matrix with three inefficiencies in distillers. NTOS case ...................... 272
TABLE 7.63 Malfunction/dysfunction matrix when fouling in distillers is zero (NTOS case). ...... 273
TABLE 7.64 Correspondence between the Xlabel and fouling ............................................................ 276
TABLE 7.65 Comparison between the sum of individual inefficiencies and three combined
inefficiencies in the MSF unit. The first three columns are individual inefficiencies,
the fourth is the sum of the three inefficiencies and the fifth is the malfunctions
generated with the three combined inefficiencies. Nominal production with 32 ºC
seawater (NTOS case) ...................................................................................................... 277
TABLE 7.66 Intrinsic (MFl) and induced (MFg) malfunctions of the MSF plant and their costs
(impact on fuel, MF*) under nominal production (32 ºC seawater temperature)............. 278
TABLE 7.67 Impact on fuel associated with the inefficiencies in the power plant in extraction
mode (MCR case) ............................................................................................................. 285
TABLE 7.68 Cost variation associated with the inefficiencies in the power plant in cogeneration
mode (MCR) ..................................................................................................................... 286
TABLE 7.69 Impact on fuel associated with the inefficiencies in the MSF plant (isolated from
the power plant). 32 ºC Seawater...................................................................................... 286
TABLE 7.70 Additional cost associated with the inefficiencies in the MSF plant (isolated from
the power plant). 32 ºC Seawater (NTOS case)................................................................ 287
TABLE 7.71 Impact on fuel associated with the inefficiencies in the MSF plant (coupled with
the power plant) ................................................................................................................ 287
TABLE 7.72 Additional cost associated with the inefficiencies in the MSF plant (coupled with
the power plant) ................................................................................................................ 287
TABLE 7.73 Intrinsic and induced malfunctions at 122 MW ............................................................... 290
TABLE 7.74 Intrinsic and induced malfunctions at 140 MW ............................................................... 291
TABLE 7.75 Intrinsic and induced malfunctions at 90 MW ................................................................. 292
TABLE 7.76 Intrinsic and induced malfunctions at 60 MW ................................................................. 293
TABLE 7.77 Intrinsic and induced malfunctions at 1,900 T/h ............................................................. 294
TABLE 7.78 Intrinsic and induced malfunctions at 2,400 T/h .......................................................... 295
TABLE 7.79 Resources and products in the productive structure of the thermoeconomic model.
The superscript (´) is extraction mass flow rate, mdes is the steam flow to MSF unit
(89.7 kg/s), D is the distilled water mass flow (2000 T/h) and b w is the exergy of
water leaving the MSF plant (7 kJ/kg·K).......................................................................... 298
TABLE 7.80 Equations of the thermoeconomic model applied in the local optimization..................... 299
TABLE 7.81 Values of parameter a in the capital cost equation of a heater ......................................... 303
TABLE 7.82 Results of the local variables in the optimization process ............................................. 304
TABLE 7.83 Main physical variables after the optimization process.................................................... 306
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TABLE 7.84 Results for the optimization of the dualpurpose plant in the MCR performance
case. Exergy flows are described in figure 7.45. c is the cost (10 –6 $/kJ), with a
fuel cost cf of 2×10–6 $/kJ and includes the capital cost factor kZ (kZ = ϕ·Z/P);
Z (106 $) is the capital cost of the component.................................................................. 307
TABLE 7.85 Different configurations in a dual power plant with 6 cogeneration units, applied
to two different power and water demands ...................................................................... 311
TABLE 7.86 Price for water and electricity depending on the policy applied ...................................... 312
TABLE 7.87 Benefit obtained in the two examples with five different price policies see
previous table) .................................................................................................................. 312
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TABLE A1.24 Malfunction matrix when the efficiency of the HPT1 is varied 1% ................................ 365
TABLE A1.26 FP values with the inefficiency in LPT1, MCR case ..................................................... 372
TABLE A1.28 KP matrix when the efficiency in the LPT1 is decreased 15%, MCR case ..................... 374
TABLE A1.29 Variation of the KP matrix with an inefficiency in LPT1, MCR case ............................. 375
TABLE A1.30 Irreversibility matrix with the efficiency of the LPT1 decreased 15%, MCR case ......... 376
TABLE A1.31 Dysfunction/malfunction table for an inefficiency in the LPT1 (15%), MCR case ......... 377
TABLE A1.32 Malfunction matrix when the efficiency of the LPT1 is varied 1%, MCR case .............. 378
TABLE A1.34 FP values with fouling in RCS=0, NTOS case .............................................................. 384
TABLE A1.36 KP matrix with an inefficiency in RCS, NTOS case ....................................................... 386
TABLE A1.37 Variation of the KP matrix when the fouling in RCS is neglected .................................. 389
TABLE A1.39 Dysfunction/malfunction table without fouling in RCS, NTOS case .............................. 391
TABLE A1.40 Malfunction matrix when the fouling in RCS is varied 0.00001 m 2 K/W ...................... 394
TABLE A1.42 FP values when the fouling in RJS = 0, NTOS case ...................................................... 398
TABLE A1.44 KP matrix with the inefficiency in RJS, NTOS case ....................................................... 400
TABLE A1.45 Variation of the KP matrix when the inefficiency in RJS is detected ............................. 401
TABLE A1.46 Irreversibility matrix corresponding to reject fouling in RJS, NTOS case ...................... 402
TABLE A1.47 Dysfunction/malfunction table when the fouling in RJS = 0 ........................................... 403
TABLE A1.48 Malfunction matrix when the fouling in RJS is varied 0.00001 m 2 K/W ..................... 408
TABLE A2.1 Liquid phase composition of Reference Ambient (Szargut, 1989; Morris, and
Szargut, 1986)................................................................................................................... 413
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Abstract ..................................................................................................................................................... 15
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