Description: Argonne is working with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to study the effect of enhanced condenser tubing on the heat rate of fossil-fueled power plants. A computer model was developed to calculate the predicted heat rate improvement by employing enhanced tubes as against smooth tubes. Fourteen condensers on the TVA system were then fitted with enhanced tubes as a replacement for the conventional smooth-surface condenser tubes. The performance of these units was followed and the results analyzed and compared to the predictions obtained with the computer model. Findings from this research have been published in Power Engineering magazine and have been presented at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Power Plant Condenser Symposiums.
Date: March 1, 1995
Creator: Rabas, T.J.
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