Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Power Cycle Design Space Explorer
Notice: I've enhanced the Real Fluid Heat Engine Cycle Analysis Code since this web page was created to generate more accurate results, but have not yet had the time to update this web page to use that new solver. Also, the number of parameters explored in the dataset presented below was simplified. Adding all relevant parameters to a brute force study results in an unwieldy computational task and I don't believe that a brute force design space exploration process is always the best approach. Therefor, this web page is being maintained mostly as a historical reference. My doctoral dissertation, A Study of Power Cycles Using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide as the Working Fluid, utilizes a more intelligent approach to explore portions of the design space by optimizing select parameters using a hybrid stochastic and gradient based approach. Please see Chapter 2 of this document, or install the Real Fluid Heat Engine Cycle Analysis Code on your computer to run the design study of your choice.
Sensitivity Contour Plot horizontal axis and vertical axis cannot be the same selection. If they are selected to be the same, an error message will be displayed for the Sensitivity Contour Plot.
Sensitivity Contour Plot contour level cannot be the same selection as the horizontal or vertical axis. If they are selected to be the same, the contour level will revert to "Maximum Cycle Efficiency".
Sensitivity Line Plot horizontal axis and vertical axis cannot be the same selection. If both are selected to be the same, the vertical axis will revert to "Maximum Cycle Efficiency".
ReCompressor pressure ratio (which is not yet plottable) will be close to the main compressor pressure ratio (the difference is due to heat exchanger pressure ratios, which are close to 1). Plotting the ReCompressor pressure ratio and other dependent variables may be a feature soon.
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Sensitivity Contour Plot
Sensitivity Line Plot
This Plot will take about 15 seconds to display. Please be patient!
You can change the Cycle Plot Contour Level to None in order to speed up loading.
State points match those used in the Cycle Plot.
If the PreCompressor outlet temperature is less than or equal to Main Compressor outlet temperature, the low temperature recuperators will not be used and points 3, 12, and 15 will not be present in the Cycle Plot.
If the PreCompressor Pressure Ratio is set to 1 (no PreCompressor), no medium and low temperature recuperators will not be used and points 3, 11, 12, and 15 will not be present in the Cycle Plot
Currently the PreCompressor inlet temperature is equal to the Main Compressor Inlet temperature, and cannot yet be set to a higher temperature.
"HOT" indicates a heat source, and "COLD" indicates a cold sink such as a cooling tower.