Exergy analysis of a pressurized-water reactor nuclear-power plant

Publication Type Journal Article
Year 2001
Journal Applied Energy
Primary Author Durmayaz, Ahmet
Author Yavuz, Hasbi
Volume 69
Issue 1
Pages 39-57
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V1T-42R6PNK-4&_user=145269&_coverDate=05%2F31%2F2001&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000012078&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=145269&md5=902222245a26a32a1829416d91fbcc29
DOI 10.1016/S0306-2619(00)00071-4
Abstract An exergy analysis based on the second law of thermodynamics is performed to evaluate the plant and subsystem irreversibility of a nuclear power plant (NPP) with a pressurized-water reactor (PWR). The construction of such a system having a maximum reactor core thermal power of 4250 MW is proposed in Turkey and China. This study concentrates on the questions of where and how much of the available work is lost in such a plant. The evaluated exergy destruction of this plant indicates that the reactor pressure vessel including PWR is the most inefficient equipment in the whole NPP, while the turbines take the second place.
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