practice problem 1
Assume that coal-fired boilers in power plants in the US operate at the theoretical limit of efficiency.
More substantial emissions reductions could be achieved by installing supercritical and ultra-supercritical boilers (the latter operate at 760 °C or higher and pressures of around 35 megapascals). Ultra-supercritical units can achieve thermal efficiencies as high as 48%, far better than the 33% average efficiency of the current US coal fleet. Supercritical boilers are used for all large-capacity boiler operations in most European and Asian countries, according to the National Energy Technology Laboratory. More than 400 supercritical boiler plants are in operation worldwide. But US companies, which generally operate older plants, have been slower to adopt the technology.
- Determine the temperature of the exhaust steam from an ultra-supercritical boiler.
- Assuming the exhaust temperature you just calculated is typical, determine the temperature of the incoming steam for an average boiler.
- 537 K or 264 °C
- 802 K or 529 °C
practice problem 2
- Sketch the PV graph of this cycle.
- Determine the temperature at state A, B, C, and D.
- Calculate W, Q, and ΔU on the path A→B, B→C, C→D, D→A and for one complete cycle. (Include the algebraic sign with each value.)
- Determine the…
- real efficiency
- ideal efficiency (Carnot efficiency)
- Answer it
practice problem 3
practice problem 4