Energy Conversion and Management, Vol.91, 204-218, 2015
Estimation of operating parameters of a reheat regenerative power cycle using simplex search and differential evolution based inverse methods
In this study, simplex search method (SSM) and a differential evolution (DE) based inverse algorithm are applied to estimate fuel flow rate (FFR), boiler pressure (BP) and steam turbine (ST) inlet temperature (STIT) of a ST based power cycle. First a theoretical model simulates the cycle performance in terms of net power, efficiency (energy and exergy) and total irreversibility at various FFRs, BPs and STITs. The forward model based results show that the net power increases linearly with FFR while also producing more irreversible losses at higher FFR. The cycle performance also improves at higher BP and STIT. The inverse analysis shows that the DE based method is more appropriate than the SSM where the searching range of parameters is specified and parameter estimation is done from the range of specified parameter values. In SSM, the estimation depends upon the chosen initial guess values and convergence criterion sometimes is not fulfilled with some guessed values of the parameters. Both the inverse methods, however give multiple combinations of parameters and thus provides sufficient scope at the hands of the designer to select the appropriate combinations of parameters required for meeting a particular power requirement. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.