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  • Main Title A Virtual Engineering Framework for Simulating Advanced Power System


  • Author: Bockelie, Mike
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Swensen, Dave
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Denison, Martin
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Borodai, Stanislav
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization


  • Name: Reaction Engineering International
    Place of Publication: United States


  • Creation: 2008-06-18


  • English


  • Content Description: In this report is described the work effort performed to provide NETL with VE-Suite based Virtual Engineering software and enhanced equipment models to support NETL's Advanced Process Engineering Co-simulation (APECS) framework for advanced power generation systems. Enhancements to the software framework facilitated an important link between APECS and the virtual engineering capabilities provided by VE-Suite (e.g., equipment and process visualization, information assimilation). Model enhancements focused on improving predictions for the performance of entrained flow coal gasifiers and important auxiliary equipment (e.g., Air Separation Units) used in coal gasification systems. In addition, a Reduced Order Model generation tool and software to provide a coupling between APECS/AspenPlus and the GE GateCycle simulation system were developed. CAPE-Open model interfaces were employed where needed. The improved simulation capability is demonstrated on selected test problems. As part of the project an Advisory Panel was formed to provide guidance on the issues on which to focus the work effort. The Advisory Panel included experts from industry and academics in gasification, CO2 capture issues, process simulation and representatives from technology developers and the electric utility industry. To optimize the benefit to NETL, REI coordinated its efforts with NETL and NETL funded projects at Iowa State University, Carnegie Mellon University and ANSYS/Fluent, Inc. The improved simulation capabilities incorporated into APECS will enable researchers and engineers to better understand the interactions of different equipment components, identify weaknesses and processes needing improvement and thereby allow more efficient, less expensive plants to be developed and brought on-line faster and in a more cost-effective manner. These enhancements to APECS represent an important step toward having a fully integrated environment for performing plant simulation and engineering. Furthermore, with little effort the modeling capabilities described in this report can be extended to support other DOE programs, such as ultra super critical boiler development, oxy-combustion boiler development or modifications to existing plants to include CO2 capture and sequestration.


  • Keyword: Coal Gasification
  • Keyword: Modifications
  • Keyword: Boilers
  • Keyword: Iowa
  • Keyword: Air
  • STI Subject Categories: 01 Coal, Lignite, And Peat
  • Keyword: Gasification
  • STI Subject Categories: 24 Power Transmission And Distribution
  • Keyword: Simulation
  • Keyword: Coal
  • Keyword: Power Generation
  • Keyword: Engineers
  • Keyword: Performance
  • Keyword: Power Systems


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Report No.: None
  • Grant Number: FC26-05NT42444
  • DOI: 10.2172/947100
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 947100
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc901076