THERMAL

FLUID SYSTEMS MODELLING I
STUDY GUIDE FOR
MGII 885 PEC
*MGII885PEC*
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING
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Study guide compiled by:
Prof PG Rousseau
Dr M van Eldik
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MODULE CONTENTS
Module information
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A word of welcome
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Lecturers’ contact information
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Teaching assistant’s contact information
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Module description and rationale
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Module outcomes
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What are thermal

fluid systems?
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Course overview
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Scheduling
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Assessment
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Study material and other requirements
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Warning against plagiarism
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Study unit 1
Introduction to system simulation
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Study unit 2
Integrated system simulation
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Study unit 3
Fundamentals of thermal

fluid simulation
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Study unit 4
Steady

state pipe flow simulation
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Study unit 5
Introduction to steady

state heat exchanger simulation
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Study unit 6
Transient simulation
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MODULE INFORMATION
A WORD OF WELCOME
Welcome to Thermal

Fluid Systems Modelling
I. I trust that you will enjoy this post

graduate
course and that it will help prepare you for the proper application of fundamental principles in
the modelling and design of industrial thermal

fluid systems.
LE
CTURERS’ CONTACT INF
ORMATION
Name:
Prof Pieter G Rousseau
Telephone:
082 4529290
e

mail:
pgr@mtechindustrial.com
Name:
Dr Martin van Eldik
Telephone:
082 9272065
e

mail:
martin.vaneldik@nwu.ac.za
TEAC
HING ASSISTANT’S CON
TACT INFORMATION
Name:
Joe

Nimique Cilliers
Telephone:
082 529 0788
e

mail:
12430080@nwu.ac.za
MODULE DESCRIPTION A
ND RATIONALE
The aim of the module is to present the underlying principles and concepts on which
thermal

fluid simulation and design software, such as Flownex, is based. In the process the
student should also gain enhanced understanding of the practical implications of the
fundamental theoretical principles.
This is not a software user course but rather an
extension and enrichment of the knowledge
required to apply modelling and simulation in the design process.
In this regard the student will be guided through the development of mathematical models
and integrated cycle simulations with the aid of the gen
eric Engineering Equation Solver
(EES) software package. Students will be required to successfully complete several
thermal

fluid modelling assignments.
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MODULE OUTCOMES
After completion of this course the student must be able to:
Integrate fundamental
knowledge of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat
transfer with specialised techniques required to simulate thermal

fluid systems for both
steady state and transient applications.
Apply higher level engineering synthesis skills and specialised software
tools to create
mathematical models with the appropriate degree of complexity that can be used in the
simulation and design of thermal

fluid components and systems.
WHAT ARE THERMAL

FLUID SYSTEMS?
The terms ‘thermal

fluid systems’ refer to all systems of
which the performance is governed
by the principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
These systems are typically made up of components such as fans, pumps, compressors,
turbines, heat exchangers, reactors and valves, all connected via
pipes or ducts. The
working substances are fluids, which include liquids, gasses and gas

liquid two

phase flows.
Practical examples of thermal

fluid systems are air conditioners, refrigerators, heat pumps,
power plants, reactors, gas turbine engines as we
ll as water and gas pipelines and
reticulation networks.
A working knowledge of the relevant engineering sciences and mathematics is therefore a
pre

requisite. This includes the laws of conservation of mass, momentum and energy and
the equations of state
for gasses and liquids, the Darcy

Weisbach equation and Moody
diagram for calculating pressure losses in pipes and ducts, the distinction between laminar
and turbulent flow, the distinction between compressible and incompressible flows, the
effectiveness

N
TU and LMTD methods for simulating heat exchanger performance as well
as the formulation and physical interpretation of the various non

dimensional numbers
including Reynolds, Nusselt and Prandtl.
COURSE OVERVIEW
Study
Unit
1
introduces thermal

fluid syste
m simulation. This includes looking at the
distinction between simulation and design, the different levels of complexity of simulation
models, the differences and similarities between the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
approach versus the so

called Sy
stems

CFD (SCFD) approach and the generic structure of
mathematical simulation models. It also revisits the fundamental definitions required in the
modelling of thermal

fluid systems.
Study
Unit
2
looks at how to construct simulation models for whole inte
grated thermal

fluid
plants, without having much detail of the characteristics of each individual component. This
type of simulation is typically used in the concept design phase and is useful for overall
system optimization. It also provides the operati
ng conditions for each of the components in
the system therefore facilitating the detailed design of each individual component.
Study
Unit
3
looks in quite some detail at the derivation of the complete fundamental
conservation laws for the SCFD implementat
ion within stationary inertial frameworks.
Study
Unit
4
addresses the first element of the component characteristic equations, namely
the detailed calculation of pressure drops. It looks at the velocity boundary layer and its
influence on frictional press
ure drop. This is illustrated by applying it to steady

state
incompressible and compressible flow through pipes and ducts.
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Study
Unit
5
addresses the second element of the component characteristic equations,
namely the detailed calculation of heat trans
fer rates. It looks at the thermal boundary layer
and its influence on convection and diffusion heat transfer characteristics. This is illustrated
through the simulation of steady

state heat exchanger operation.
Study
Unit
6
introduces the learner to
the simulation of transient flows. We first look at the
different time

wise integration schemes for the conservation equations and then apply it to
some transient thermal

fluid system simulation examples.
SCHEDULING
The successful completion of this modul
e will require approximately one man

month worth of
effort i.e. 180
hours of study, during a time period of eight calendar weeks. The contact
week will comprise approximately 40
hours. This means that during the other seven weeks
you will have to spend o
n average 20 hours per week on self

study and working on
assignments, including preparing for and taking the examination.
ASSESSMENT
You will be required to submit ten assignments. All the assignments must be completed in
your own time and submitted stri
ctly according to the accompanying work schedule, by no
later than 12:00 on the date indicated for submission. Assignments will be graded by the
Teaching Assistant
(TA) and the grades for all your assignments will be averaged to provide
a module participa
tion mark. You must submit all the assignments strictly according to the
work schedule, and obtain a module participation mark of at least 40% in order to gain
entrance to the examination.
The examination will take place in the last week of the eight cale
ndar week period. The
examination will consist of two parts. Part
1 will be closed

book and will focus on the theory
and detail information contained in the course notes. Part
2 will be open book and will
consist of actually programming a simulation mod
el on EES for a thermal

fluid component or
system.
The final module mark will be the weighted average of the mark achieved in the examination
and the module participation mark, on an 80:20 basis. A sub

minimum of 40% must be
achieved in the examination in
order to pass the module. There will be no re

examination.
STUDY MATERIAL AND O
THER REQUIREMENTS
This Study Guide and the Course Notes will be your most important sources. For
thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics fundamentals you are refe
rred to the
appropriate textbooks that were prescribed for those specific courses in your under

graduate
years.
All learners have access to the academic version of EES, the software that will be used
extensively in this module. It will be necessary for yo
u to have access to a personal
computer where
you
can run EES while carrying out the homework assignments. You are
expected to master the use of EES on your own and submit several assignments even
before the contact week.
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WARNING AGAINST PLAG
IARISM
ASSIGNMENTS ARE INDIVIDUAL TASKS AND NOT GROUP ACTIVITIES
.
(UNLESS
EXPLICITLY INDICATED AS GROUP ACTIVITIES)
Copying
of text from other learners or from other sources (for instance the study guide,
prescribed material or directly from the internet) is
not
allowed
–
only brief quotations are
allowed and then only if indicated as such.
You should
reformulate
existing text and use your
own words
to explain what you have
read. It is not acceptable to retype existing text and just acknowledge the source in a
fo
otnote
–
you should be able to relate the idea or concept, without repeating the original
author to the letter.
The aim of the assignments is not the reproduction of existing material, but to ascertain
whether you have the ability to integrate existing te
xts, add your own interpretation and/or
critique of the texts and offer a creative solution to existing problems.
Be warned: students who submit copied text will obtain a mark of zero for the
assignment and disciplinary steps may be taken by the Faculty an
d/or University. It is
also unacceptable to do somebody else’s work, to lend your work to them or to make
your work available to them to copy
–
be careful and do not make your work available
to anyone!
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Study unit 1
9
1
INTRODUCTION TO SYST
EM
SIMULATION
Contents:
1.1.
Simulation versus design
1.2.
Levels of complexity
1.3.
CFD vs SCFD approach
1.4.
Generic structure of simulation model
1.5.
Fundamental definitions
Outcomes:
After completing this study unit you should be able to:
Explain the
difference between simulation and design.
Describe how simulation is used in the design process.
Explain the four levels of complexity of simulation models and provide an example of
each.
Explain the differences and similarities between the CFD and SCFD ap
proaches and
provide examples of where each would be applied in a real

world design problem.
Name and briefly describe the four types of equations that make up the generic
structure of a well

formulated simulation model.
Know and understand the definitions
of the fundamental properties including static
enthalpy, pressure and temperature, the heat capacities, Mach number and the total
enthalpy, pressure and temperature for incompressible and compressible flows.
Time
The study time proposed for this Study
Unit is 20 hours.
Overview:
Study
Unit
1
introduces thermal

fluid system simulation. This includes looking at the
distinction between simulation and design, the different levels of complexity of simulation
models, the differences and similarities between
the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
approach versus the so

called Systems

CFD (SCFD) approach and the generic structure of
mathematical simulation models. It also revisits the fundamental definitions required in the
modelling of thermal

fluid systems.
Study unit 1
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Study material.
This unit and the assignment must be completed via self

study within the scheduled time set
out in the accompanying work program. Work through the material in the course notes and
make sure that you have reached the outcomes described ab
ove. Following this, complete
the assignment given below. If you have any problems or questions, contact the teaching
assistant.
Assignment 1: Compressible versus incompressible flow
Set up a calculation in EES to illustrate the differences and similariti
es between the
definitions for total pressure in compressible and incompressible flow. Use air at a constant
temperature of 20
C and static pressure of 100
kPa and compare the values of total pressure
for Mach numbers between zero and one.
Present your
results in a concise, but high quality report containing the following:
A listing of your EES program.
An EES plot comparing the two definitions as a function of Mach number.
Study unit 2
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2
INTEGRATED SYSTEM
SIMULATI
ON
Contents:
2.1.
Simplified conservation laws
2.2.
Simplified component characteristics
2.3.
Programming methodology
2.4.
Brayton cycles
2.5.
Rankine cycles
2.6.
Combined cycles
2.7.
Vapour compression cycles
Outcomes:
After completing this study unit you should be able to:
Formulate
the simplified component characteristic equations for pipes and ducts, heat
exchangers, turbines, compressors, pumps and shaft energy balance.
Develop EES programs to model the integrated system performance of Brayton,
Rankine and vapour compression cycles
based on the simplified component
characteristic models.
Use the integrated simulation models to investigate different system operating points
and extract from it the operational specifications of the different components in the
system.
Time
The study
time proposed for this Study Unit is 60 hours.
Overview:
Study
Unit
2
looks at how to construct simulation models for whole integrated thermal

fluid
plants, without having much detail of the characteristics of each individual component. This
type of simu
lation is typically used in the concept design phase and is useful for overall
system optimization. It also provides the operating conditions for each of the components in
the system therefore facilitating the more detailed design of each individual comp
onent.
Study unit 2
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Study material.
This unit and the assignments must be completed via self

study within the scheduled time
set out in the accompanying work program. Work through the material in the course notes
and make sure that you have reached the outcomes desc
ribed above. Following this,
complete the assignment given below. If you have any problems or questions, contact the
teaching assistant.
Assignment 2a: Complex Brayton cycle simulation
The figure below shows the layout of a closed

loop, two

stage, recuper
ated and inter

cooled
Brayton cycle similar to that employed in the PBMR Brayton cycle design. The cycle
employs Helium as the working fluid. The generator, turbine and LP and HP compressors
are all situated on a single shaft. The pressure ratios of the
LP and HP compressors are
exactly the same.
The heat source is a nuclear Pebble Bed Reactor
(PBR). From the reactor the hot Helium
gas flows to the turbine
(TRB) that drives the Low Pressure Compressor
(LPC), High
Pressure Compressor
(HPC) and Generator
(G). From the turbine the gas flow to the low
pressure side of the recuperator heat exchanger
(RXLP) then through the Pre

Cooler
(PC).
The Inter

Cooler
(IC) is situated between the two compressor stages. After final
compression the gas flows through the
high pressure side of the recuperator
(RXHP) where
it picks up heat that would have been rejected at the PC, before it flows back to be reheated
in the PBR.
The following fluid properties are given as fixed values for Helium:
k
J/kgK,
kJ/kgK,
kJ/kgK and
.
The following boundary values are given:
kPa,
ºC and the cooling water temperature fed to the pre

and
inter

cooler is
ºC.
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The following component characteristics are given:
The efficiency of both compressors is
.
The efficiency of the turbine is
.
The effectiveness of all the heat exchangers is
.
The pressure loss factor for all pipes is
.
The pressure loss factor for all heat exchangers is
.
The pressure loss factor through the reactor is
.
The reactor power is
MW.
The mechanical efficiency of the shaft is
.
Your assignment is to do the following:
Set up a complete i
ntegrated system simulation model for this cycle using EES.
Calculate the optimum value for the compressor pressure ratio
(
) (i.e. the same
value for both the LP and HP compressors) where the cycle thermal efficiency
(
) has
a maximum value.
For this optimum pressure ratio determine the required Helium mass flow rate
(
) and
the cycle thermal efficiency.
For this optimum pressure ratio use the built

in functionality is EES to draw t
he
temperature vs specific entropy and pressure vs specific enthalpy diagrams for the
cycle.
Present your results in a concise, but high quality report containing the following:
A listing of your EES program.
A listing of your solution and array tables fro
m EES.
A graph showing the cycle thermal efficiency as a function of the compressor pressure
ratio.
The T

s and p

h diagrams.
Study unit 2
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Assignment 2b: Complex Rankine cycle simulation
The figure below shows the layout of a three

stage reheated and regenerative Rank
ine cycle,
similar to that of a typical ESKOM coal

fired power station.
Saturated liquid water at low temperature and pressure enters the Low Pressure Pump
(LPP)
from where it is pumped to the Low Pressure Heater
(LPH). In the LPH the water is mixed
wit
h steam from the outlet of the Intermediate Pressure Turbine
(IPT). The mixture is
pumped via the Intermediate Pressure Pump
(IPP) to the Intermediate Pressure Heater
(IPH)
where it is again mixed with steam from the outlet of the High Pressure Turbine
(H
PT). From
the IPH the water is pumped via the High Pressure Pump
(HPP) to the Boiler
(B) where the
water is heated, evaporated and superheated before entering the HPT.
At the outlet of the HPT the fraction of steam that is not bled off to the IPH is ret
urned to the
boiler and re

heated in the Re

Heater
(RH) to the same temperature as the HPT inlet steam.
From the RH the steam flows to the IPT. From there the fraction not bled off to the LPH
flows to the Low Pressure Turbine
(LPT) where it is expanded a
nd the condensed in the
Condenser
(CD) with the aid of cooling water supplied by the cooling towers. From the
condenser the saturated liquid flows back to the LPP.
The built

in steam fluid properties designated “
Steam_IAPWS”
in EES must be used for this
a
ssignment.
The following boundary values are given:
The high, intermediate and low pressure levels are 160
bar, 39
bar and 2.7
bar
respectively.
The maximum steam temperature is 540
ºC and the condensing temperature is 33
ºC.
The fraction of steam bled off
to the regenerative feed water heaters is 6.7% of the flow
rates leaving the HPT and IPT respectively.
The total power supplied by the generator (after subtracting the power required to drive
the feed water pumps) must be 600
MW.
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The following component
characteristics are given:
The efficiency of all the turbines is
.
The efficiency of the pumps is
.
The pressure losses in the all pipes, the boiler, re

heater, condenser and the heaters
are negligible.
The mechanical losses in the shaft is negligible.
Your assignment is to do the following:
Set up a complete integrated system simulation model for this cycle using EES.
Calculate the required water mass flow rate
(
) through the bo
iler and the cycle
thermal efficiency
(
).
Use the built

in functionality is EES to draw the T

s and p

h diagrams for the cycle.
Present your results in a concise, but high quality report containing the following:
A listing of your
EES program.
A listing of your solution and array tables from EES.
The T

s and p

h diagrams.
Assignment 2c: Heat Pump cycle simulation
The figure below shows a heat pump cycle that will be used to heat water from temperature
to
in the condenser while it cools dry air from
to
.
Refrigerant gas at low pressure and temperature is compressed through the compressor to a
high pressure and high temperature.
From there heat
(
) is given off in the condenser heat
exchanger to the medium being heated. As heat is given off, the superheated refrigerant
vapour cools down to the point where it becomes saturated vapour. The temperature at
this
point is called the condensing temperature
(
). From there the refrigerant condenses until it
becomes saturated liquid. As more heat is given off the refrigerant liquid is sub

cooled. The
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temperature difference between the
saturated liquid point and the outlet of the condenser is
referred to as the degree of sub

cool
(
).
From the outlet of the condenser the refrigerant moves through the expansion valve where it
is throttled to a low pressure and co
rresponding low temperature in a constant enthalpy
process. The refrigerant enters the evaporator as a two phase mixture. In the evaporator
heat exchanger heat
(
) is picked up by the refrigerant from the medium being cooled. Th
e
refrigerant evaporates until it reaches the saturated vapour point. The temperature at this
point is referred to as the evaporating temperature
(
). As more heat is picked up, the
refrigerant gas is superheated to a higher temp
erature. The temperature difference between
the outlet of the evaporator and the saturated vapour point is referred to as the degree of
superheat
(
).
In this exercise we will discretize the evaporator and condenser heat exchanger
s into a
number of increments. In this way we will be able to see how the temperature profiles
develop along the heat exchangers and also start to get an idea of the size of heat
exchanger required in each case.
The figure below shows a schematic of the T

s diagram for the sample heat pump cycle that
we will simulate. It shows the refrigerant, water and air temperatures as well as the
increments of the two heat exchangers.
The two

phase region of the evaporator is divided into eight equal enthalpy increm
ents and
the superheat region into two equal enthalpy increments. These increments are numbered 1
to 10 and the nodes that separate then are numbered 0 to 10.
The superheat region of the condenser is divided into three equal enthalpy increments,
numbered
21 to 23, and the two

phase region into six equal enthalpy increments, numbered
24 to 29. The sub

cooled region of the condenser consists of a single increment, numbered
30. The nodes separating the condenser increments are numbered 21 to 30.
We will now
systematically set up the simulation model for the heat pump that utilizes
refrigerant R407c with the following boundary values:
The condensing temperature is 50
ºC and the evaporating temperature is 15
ºC.
The degree of sub

cool will be 8
ºC and the supe
rheat 12
ºC.
The heating capacity of the heat pump will be 100
kW.
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The following component characteristics are given:
The isentropic efficiency of the compressor is
.
The pressure and heat losses in the all pipes are negligible.
Your assignment is to do the following:
Set up a complete integrated system simulation model for this cycle using EES.
Calculate the required refrigerant mass flow rate
(
) and the COP of the cycle.
The dry air is cooled from 30
ºC
to 20
ºC while the water is heated from 25
ºC to 50
ºC.
What are the required air and water mass flow rates?
Use the built

in functionality is EES to draw the T

s and p

h diagrams for the cycle,
including the air and water temperatures on the T

s diagra
m.
Assuming that for each increment in both the condenser and evaporator you can write
the required incremental
value as
with
the incremental
value of heat transfer and
and
as the average fluid temperatures on the hot and
cold sides respectively, calculate what the total required UA values will be for the
condenser and evaporator heat exchangers respectively.
Present yo
ur results in a concise, but high quality report containing the following:
A listing of your EES program.
A listing of your solution and array tables from EES.
The T

s and p

h diagrams.
Study unit 2
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Study unit 3
19
3
FUNDAMENTALS
OF
THERMAL

FLUID SIMULATION
Contents:
3.1.
Control volume definition
3.2.
Conservation of mass
3.3.
Conservation of momentum
3.4.
Conservation of energy
3.5.
Summary
Outcomes:
After completing this study unit you should be able to:
Recognise the differential form of each of
the fundamental conservation equations,
explain the assumptions under which they are valid and describe the physical meaning
of each of the terms.
Integrate each of the fundamental conservation equations in differential form over a
control volume with fini
te length to obtain the integral form.
Recognise the integral form of each of the fundamental conservation equations, explain
the assumptions under which they are valid and describe the physical meaning of each
of the terms.
Write down the definitions of t
otal enthalpy, total temperature and total pressure for
both incompressible and compressible flows.
Time
The study time proposed for this Study Unit is 10 hours.
Overview:
Study
Unit
3
looks in quite some detail at the derivation of the complete fundamental
conservation laws for the SCFD implementation within stationary inertial frameworks. This is
necessary in order to build suitable simulation models.
Study material
This unit will be
introduced during the contact week. However, assignments must be
completed via self

study within the scheduled time set out in the accompanying work
program. Work through the material in the course notes and make sure that you have
reached the outcomes
described above. Following this, complete the assignment given
below. If you have any problems or questions, contact the teaching assistant.
Study unit
3
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Assignment 3: Compressible flow theorem
Prove that for compressible flow
.
Stud
y unit 4
21
4
STEADY

STATE PIPE FLOW
SIMULATION
Contents:
4.1.
Conservation of mass
4.2.
Conservation of momentum
4.3.
Conservation of energy
4.4.
Component characteristics
4.5.
Pipe simulation case study
Outcomes:
After completing this study unit
you should be able to:
Apply the correct formulations of the detailed component characteristic equations to
calculate the pressure drop in pipes and ducts.
Write down the definition of the Reynolds number and explain its practical significance.
Set up a si
mple discretized pipe simulation in EES to calculate the pressure and
temperature distributions along the length of the pipe.
Develop EES programs to model the detailed pressure distributions in pipes and ducts
for both incompressible and compressible stea
dy

state flows.
Time
The study time proposed for this Study Unit is 30 hours.
Overview:
Study
Unit
4
addresses the first element of the component characteristic equations, namely
the detailed calculation of pressure drops. This is illustrated by applying it to steady

state
incompressible and compressible flow through pipes and ducts.
Study material
This
unit will be introduced during the contact week. However, assignments must be
completed via self

study within the scheduled time set out in the accompanying work
program. Work through the material in the course notes and make sure that you have
reached
the outcomes described above. Following this, complete the assignments given
below. If you have any problems or questions, contact the teaching assistant.
Study unit 4
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Assignment 4a: Incompressible steady

state pipe flow
The figure above shows a pipe that transport
s chilled water down a mine shaft. Set up and
EES model to simulate the flow through the pipe using 10 increments of equal length and
determine:
The mass flow rate.
The outlet water temperature.
Present your results in a concise, but high quality report c
ontaining the following:
A listing of your EES program.
A listing of your solution and array tables from EES.
Graphs showing the temperature and pressure distributions along the length of the
pipe.
Assignment 4b: Compressible steady

state pipe flow
The f
igure above shows a pipe that transports compressed air over a long distance. Set up
and EES model to simulate the flow through the pipe using 10 increments of equal length
and determine:
The mass flow rate.
The outlet air temperature
Present your results
in a concise, but high quality report containing the following:
A listing of your EES program.
A listing of your solution and array tables from EES.
Graphs showing the temperature and pressure distributions along the length of the
pipe.
Study unit 5
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5
INTRODUCTION TO
STEADY

STATE HEAT
EXCHANGER SIMULATION
Contents:
5.1.
Conservation equations
5.2.
Component characteristics
Outcomes:
After completing this study unit you should be able to:
Write down the definition of the
overall heat transfer coefficient as it is applied to model
any heat exchanger increment.
List the thermal resistances that make up the overall heat transfer coefficient.
Discuss the different approaches to the modelling of the heat transfer rate between
d
ifferent fluid streams i.e. (i)
based on the difference between average fluid
temperatures, (ii)
based on the LMTD and (iii)
the effectiveness

NTU method. Address
issues such as the similarities, differences and relationship between the methods,
advantage
s and limitations of each method as well as its practical applicability.
Explain the definition of the overall surface efficiency and fin efficiency and how and
where it is applied in practice.
Write down the definitions of the terms used in the effectiven
ess

NTU method.
Select the appropriate effectiveness

NTU relationship to employ for any given heat
exchanger geometry.
Explain the characteristics of the most important effectiveness

NTU relationships and
what the impact thereof is on heat exchanger design
.
Derive and discuss (from Newton’s law of cooling and Fourier’s law) the conservation
equation for convection and diffusion heat transfer from the thermal boundary layer.
Write down the definitions of the Nusselt and Prandtl numbers and explain the practi
cal
significance of each.
Recognise and correctly apply the Nusselt number correlations for pipe flow and
complex heat transfer surfaces.
Explain the definition of the Darcy

Weisbach and Fanno friction factors and how and
where it is applied in practice.
Apply the correct formulations of the detailed component characteristic equations to
calculate the heat transfer rates in pipes and heat exchangers.
Develop EES programs to model the detailed pressure and temperature distributions in
pipes, ducts and heat
exchangers for both incompressible and compressible
steady

state flows.
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Time
The study time proposed for this Study Unit is 40 hours.
Overview:
Study
Unit
5
addresses the second element of the component characteristic equations,
namely the detailed calculation of heat transfer rates. It looks at the thermal boundary layer
and its influence on convection and diffusion heat transfer characteristics. This i
s illustrated
through the simulation of steady

state heat exchanger operation.
Study material
This unit will be introduced during the contact week. However, assignments must be
completed via self

study within the scheduled time set out in the accompanying
work
program. Work through the material in the course notes and make sure that you have
reached the outcomes described above. Following this, complete the assignment given
below. If you have any problems or questions, contact the teaching assistant.
Ass
ignment 5a: Discretized tube

in

tube heat exchanger simulation
The figure above shows a schematic of a counter flow, concentric tube heat exchanger that
must be designed to heat water with
kJ/kgK,
kg/
m
3
,
Ns/m
2
,
kW/mK and the
from 20 to 80
ºC using hot oil with
kJ/kgK,
kg/m
3
,
Ns/m
2
,
kW/mK and the Prandtl number is equal
to 103. The oil is supplied at 160
ºC and discharged at 140
ºC. The thin

walled inner tube
has a diameter of 20
mm and the outer tube has a diameter of 30
mm. The outer tube is
totally insu
lated from the surroundings. The heat exchanger must be designed to provide
3
kW of heating to the water.
Set up a simulation model in EES for the heat exchanger discretized in 10 increments
along its length.
Calculated what the required length of the hea
t exchanger will be.
Plot the temperature and pressure distribution along the length of the heat exchanger.
If fouling of the heat exchanger surface only takes place on the water

side where the
wall temperature rises above 60
ºC, what length of the heat ex
changer will be affected?
Present your results in a concise, but high quality report containing the following:
A listing of your EES program.
A listing of your solution and array tables from EES.
The temperature and pressure distribution plots.
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Assignment
5b: PWR fuel rod simulation
The figure below shows a typical layout of a fuel rod/element and fuel assembly of a
Pressurised Water Reactor
(PWR). The reactor core is made up of several fuel assemblies
arranged together and submerged in a pool of speciall
y treated light water. The water is
circulated through the core with circulation pumps and flows from the bottom to the top
through the gaps in between the fuel rods.
Figure
1
PWR fuel rod and fuel assembly.
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A
schematic of the fuel rod lattice layout is shown below.
The outer diameter of the fuel rod
is typically
mm and the pitch between the centres of the fuel rods is
mm. The length of a single fuel rod is
m.
Although there are now
physical boundaries between the water flowing around each fuel rod, a representative flow
channel can be drawn around each rod such as the one shown in the dashed square.
Figure
2
Fuel rod lattice layout.
Figure
3
shows a cross

section of a fuel rod. It consists of a UO
2
fuel compact surrounded
by a Zircaloy cladding with a very thin gap
in between that is initially filled with Helium gas.
The fuel compact diameter is
and the cladding thickness is
. The
thermal conductivity of the fuel compact material is
kW/mK and that of the
Zircaloy is
kW/mK.
Figure
3
Fuel rod cross

section.
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You are asked to set up a calculation/simulation of the flow over a single representative fuel
rod and flow channel in order
to calculate the temperature and pressure distribution in the
water for ten increments of equal length along the full height of the rod. Also, you must
calculate the following temperatures within the fuel rod material for each of the ten
increments: the c
entre of the fuel assembly
, the temperature of the outer surface of
the fuel compact
, three additional temperatures equally spaced in between the centre
and the outside surface of the fuel compact namel
y
,
and
as well as
the inner surface temperature of the cladding
and the outer surface temperature of
the cladding
. The
effects of radiation heat transfer through the gap as well as axial
heat conduction within the fuel rod can be ignored.
The total power generated within the fuel compact is 100
kW and the power generation
varies along the length of the fuel rod in a cosine
shape as shown in
Figure
4
. The heat
generated in each of the ten increments along the length of the rod must be distributed
between the five representative temperat
ure nodes in the fuel compact on pro

rata basis
according to the volume of fuel material contained in the control volume represented by each
temperature node.
Figure
4
Cosine shaped power generation profile along the length of th
e fuel rod.
The water mass flow rate across a single fuel rod is
kg/s and the water inlet
temperature and pressure is
◦
C and
kPa respectively. The Nusselt
number for turbulent flow parallel to a rod bundle can be calculated from
. The relative roughness of the outside surface of the
cladding is
.
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Do the following:
Set up a d
etailed discretized simulation model in EES for one fuel rod with its
representative flow channel with ten increments along the total length.
Calculate the water inlet and outlet temperatures and pressures of each increment.
Calculate the values of seven r
epresentative temperatures within the fuel rod cross

section as well as the average water temperature for each of the ten increments.
Plot the radial temperature distribution profiles for each of the ten increments along the
length of the fuel rod.
Plot th
e axial temperature distribution profiles along the length of the fuel rod for each
of the seven representative temperatures within the fuel rod cross

section as well as
the average water temperature.
Submit your EES program together with the two temperatu
re distribution plots.
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6
TRANSIENT SIMULATION
Contents:
6.1
Conservation of mass
6.2
Conservation of momentum
6.3
Conservation of energy
6.4
Component characteristics
6.5
Turbo machine dynamics
Outcomes:
After completing this study unit you should be able to:
Name and discuss the three most important time

wise integration schemes for the
numerical solution of transient differential equations. Address issues such as the
numerical stability and
accuracy.
Integrate each of the conservation equations for transient flow over a discrete time step
of length
to obtain the integral form.
Write down the transient diffierential equation that accounts for a fluid mass enclosed in
a reservoir, the thermal mass of heat exchanger material the inertia of rotating
components and integrate it over a discrete time step of length
to obtain the integral
form.
Set up a simulation in EES for a transient event for a
fluid mass enclosed in a reservoir,
a heat exchanger increment and for a rotating machine with inertia to calculate the
variations in parameters with time given fluctuating boundary conditions.
Time
The study time proposed for this Study Unit is 20 hours
Overview:
Study
Unit
6
introduces the learner to the simulation of transient flows. We first look at the
different time

wise integration schemes for the conservation equations and then apply it
some transient thermal

fluid system simulation examples.
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Study material
This unit will be introduced during the contact week. However, assignments must be
completed via self

study within the scheduled time set out in the accompanying work
program. Work through the material in the course notes and make sure tha
t you have
reached the outcomes described above. Following this, complete the assignments given
below. If you have any problems or questions, contact the teaching assistant.
Assignment 6a: Transient reservoir simulation
A reservoir with an internal volume
of 10
m
3
initially contains dry air at 100
kPa and 20
ºC.
The reservoir is perfectly insulated from the environment surrounding it. Additional dry air
can be fed into the reservoir at a given mass flow rate of
while air can al
so be extracted
independently at a rate of
. The temperature of the air fed into the reservoir is designated
and the reservoir contains an internal heat source designated
. Se
t up a transient
simulation model of the reservoir that models the first hour of a transient with time step sizes
of
seconds. Simulate the following cases and plot pressure versus time and
temperature versus time graphs for each
case:
1.
ºC,
kg/s,
kg/s and
kW.
2.
ºC,
kg/s,
kg/s and
kW.
3.
ºC,
kg/s,
kg/s and
kW.
4.
ºC,
kg/s,
kg/s and
kW.
5.
ºC,
kg/s,
kg/s and
kW.
6.
ºC,
kg/s,
kg/s a
nd
kW.
Present your results in a concise, but high quality report containing the following:
A listing of your EES program.
The pressure and temperature transient plots for each of the cases above.
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Assignment 6b: Transient heat
exchanger
A counter flow, concentric tube heat exchanger like the one shown schematically above must
be designed to heat 0.012
kg/s of water with
kJ/kgK,
kg/m
3
,
Ns/m
2
,
kW/mK and the
from 20
ºC using 0.06
kg/s of hot
oil with
kJ/kgK,
kg/m
3
,
Ns/m
2
,
kW/mK and the
Prandtl number is equal to 103. The oil is supplied at 160
ºC. The inner tube has an inner
diameter of 20
mm and wall thickness of 5
mm while the outer tube has a diameter of
40
mm. The properties of the wall material are
kJ/kgK,
kg/m
3
,
kW/mK. The outer tube is totally insulated from the surroundings. The length of the
heat exchanger is 1
m.
Set up a simulation model in EES for the heat exchanger with one in
crement only.
Calculate what the steady

state heat duty will be.
If the oil temperature is suddenly decreased to only 100
ºC, plot the change in the
outlet temperatures of the water and oil together with the wall temperatures on the
primary and secondary s
ides respectively as a function of time.
Present your results in a concise, but high quality report containing the following:
A listing of your EES program.
The temperature transient plots.
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