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Exergy analysis for Generation IV nuclear plant optimization

Gomez, Adrien and Azzaro-Pantel, Catherine and Domenech, Serge and Pibouleau, Luc and Latgé, Christian and Haubensack, David and Dumaz, Patrick Exergy analysis for Generation IV nuclear plant optimization. (2010) International Journal of Energy Research, 34 (7). 609-625. ISSN 0363-907X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/er.1575


This article deals to the application of exergy concept to the energy production system involving a VHTR (Very High Temperature Reactor) coupled with an innovative electricity-generating cycle. The objective is to propose a general formulation to quantify the exergy destruction of the involved process components embedded in a thermodynamic simulator CYCLOP (Haubensack, 2004). The exergy destruction is thus identified as a major criterion to minimize. For this purpose, a genetic algorithm embedded in the so-called MULTIGEN environment is used. Finally, the optimization criterion, based on exergy destruction minimization, is applied to electrical production by a Brayton-Rankine combined cycle connected to a nuclear reactor. Some typical results are presented. The perspectives of this work including the cogeneration of hydrogen and electricity are highlighted

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-03474782
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives - CEA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Laboratory name:
Laboratoire de Génie Chimique - LGC (Toulouse, France) - Procédés Systèmes Industriels (PSI) - Conception Optimisation Ordonnancement des Procédés (COOP)
Deposited On:20 Jul 2009 08:10

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