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What does it take to design a high pressure solar boiler

  1. Jul 7, 2009 #1
    Hi everyone,

    I intend to design a high pressure solar central tower boiler/receiver that can output super heated steam. The idea here is that the solar receiver receives about 800Kw of solar radiation and uses it boil water (36C) to about 590C/150bar.

    My educational background is not mechanical engineering and so I decided to study the appropriate subjects and acquire the required skills. Based on what I understand about boiler design, I feel that I need to learn the following subjects:

    Topics:
    1. Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer (incropera)

    2. Fluid mechanics (Munson, young)

    3. Thermal stress
    (https://www.amazon.com/Thermal-Stre...=UTF8&coliid=IHP2515MHLVA0&colid=UWE9R39BUIOX)

    4. Boilers, Evaporators, and Condensers
    https://www.amazon.com/Boilers-Evap...UTF8&coliid=I3NT3794FW9KO1&colid=UWE9R39BUIOX
    or
    Heat Exchangers: Selection, Rating, and Thermal Design, Second Edition
    https://www.amazon.com/Heat-Exchang...TF8&coliid=I3AHOXMQF0NUL4&colid=UWE9R39BUIOX#
    or
    Pressure vessel design
    https://www.amazon.com/Pressure-Ves...UTF8&coliid=I2JJH9ZBVT08W6&colid=UWE9R39BUIOX
    or
    Process Heat Transfer: Principles and Applications
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0...pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846#

    Modeling Software:
    a. FEHT
    b. EES
    c. FlowLab/Fluent


    Questions:
    i. Is this list complete? Am I missing something?

    ii. Is there any other software that I should focus on?

    iii. Any short cuts (I doubt if there are any)?

    iv. A student version of flowlab seems be available if we purchase “Fundamentals Fluid-Mechanics-Bruce-Munson”. Does this give me a good start with flowlab & fluent or should I simply purchase a student copy of fluent & flowlab and go from there?

    v. Whats the best book for point 4?

    Any advice is highly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Jul 14, 2009 #2
    i: Psychrometrics and thermodynamics possibly?
    ii: not sure on any software
    iii: no
     
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