Technical Brief

Pressure Losses in Solar Chimney Power Plant

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Xinping Zhou

Department of Mechanics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China

Yangyang Xu

Department of Mechanics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4038962 History: Received August 05, 2017; Revised December 31, 2017


This technical brief develops a theoretical model of all the pressure losses in the solar chimney power plant (SCPP, also called solar updraft power plant) and analyzes the pressure losses for different chimney internal stiffening appurtenance (SA) structures, different roof heights and different collector support parameters. Results show that the exit kinetic energy loss (EKEL) accounts for the majority of the total pressure loss (TPL), while other losses constitute only small proportions of the TPL, and the collector inlet loss is negligible. Pressure losses are strongly related to the mass flow rate, while reasonable mass flow rates excluding too low flow rates have little influence on the pressure loss ratios (PLRs, defined as the ratios of the pressure losses to the TPL) and the total effective pressure loss coefficient (TEPLC). Designing of the SA structure in view of reducing the drag, for example, using the ring stiffeners without wire spoked instead of the spoked bracing wheels (SBWs), reducing the width of the chimney internal rims of SAs, or reducing the number of SAs results in large reduction of the SA PLR and the TPL. Lower roof leading to higher velocity inside the collector, larger supports, or shorter inter-support distance leads to the increase in the support PLR. This technical brief lays a solid foundation for optimization of SCPPs in future.

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