A Study of a Heat Exchanger Sizing of a Gas Turbine Inlet Air Cooling for Power Enhancement
A gas turbine operated at the University Technology PETRONAS Gas Turbine District Cooling Plant produces an average of 3258 kWh with 30% of estimated gas turbine efficiency. A previous study done by the writer has shown of 20% increase in the efficiency of a gas turbine with the implementation of the turbine inlet air cooling. The sizing of the Heat Exchanger needed to be determined as the existing air inlet is only a 30 ft2 flange attached directly to the compressor of the gas turbine. This studies conclude that a 320 ft2 heat exchanger is needed in order to reduce the air inlet fluctuations (a range of 23–34 °C) to 15 °C. By placing the heat exchanger in the gas turbine, a significant Pa pressure loss of approximately 187.55 was experienced.
KeywordsGas turbine Heat exchanger Sizing
Authors would like to acknowledge the support of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) and Yayasan Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (YUTP) for supporting this research study.
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