Chapter 3
Engineering and Physical Modeling of Power Plant Cooling Systems


In a steam power plant a steam condenser is used to condense the exhaust steam from the low-pressure turbine. When the steam condenser uses water as the cooling medium and is designed like a shell-and-tube heat exchanger, it is called a surface condenser. When the steam condenser uses air as the cooling medium and is designed like a radiator, it is called an air-cooled condenser (ACC).

  • 3.1 Heat and Water Balance of Power Plant Cooling Systems
  • 3.2 Summary of S-GEM: System-Level Generic Model of Thermal Cooling Systems
  • 3.3 Cooling of Natural Gas Combustion and Combined Cycle Power Plants
  • 3.4 Extraction of Water From Power Plant Exhaust Gas
  • 3.5 Specific Cooling Water Requirements in Commercial Nuclear Power
  • 3.6 USGS Estimation of Water Consumption and Withdrawal—Including Forced Evaporation
  • 3.7 Evaporation Suppression From Reservoirs
  • 3.8 Considerations for Water Quality and Treatment for Power Plant Cooling Water
  • 3.9 Nomenclature
  • 3.10 References

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