RANKINE: A Computer Software Package for the Analysis and Design of Steam Power Generating Units

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C. W. Somerton

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824

T. Brouillette, C. Pourciau, D. Strawn, L. Whitehouse

Mechanical Engineering Department, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 109(2), 222-227 (Apr 01, 1987) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3240028 History: Received October 01, 1985; Online October 15, 2009


A software package has been developed for the analysis of steam power systems. Twenty-eight configurations are considered, all based upon the simple Rankine cycle with various additional components such as feedwater heaters and reheat legs. The package is demonstrated by two examples. In the first, the optimum operating conditions for a simple reheat cycle are determined by using the program. The second example involves calculating the exergetic efficiency of an actual steam power system.

Copyright © 1987 by ASME
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