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Power Generation

Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis offers a range of products for the design of single phase fluid and two-phase steam systems and components.

Applications

Cooling Water Networks

Thermal power stations require vast amounts of cooling water for operation. Ensuring these systems are well designed is a fundemental requirement.

The laws of thermodynamics make it clear that where we use heat to generate power, there will always be a proportion rejected to a cold sink.

Cooling networks can be extremely complex, vary widely in scale and design but they are always critical to the safe and continued use of the installation they support. The design of such networks is thus fundamental to the safe operation of systems covering a range from a few kilo-Watts to several giga-Watts.

Recommended Solutions

Flowmaster was designed from the outset to aid the design of cooling water networks for large scale thermal power stations. The accuracy of the empirical data that underpins the solver ensures that designers can be sure they’re sizing their system based on the best information available. The importance of this feature is of particular significance today given spiraling energy costs and the drive towards high efficiency systems.

The transient solver in Flowmaster enables designers of smaller scale systems – which typically operate at a range of conditions – to understand the response of their network to changing loads and demands. At the larger scale, where water hammer is a real risk, Flowmaster is well suited to help quantify and design out undesirable surge events and protect cooling water condensers.

In addition, FloEFD’s unique meshing solution enables engineers to obtain accurate solutions on even the most complex of geometries. Therefore making it the ideal tool for understanding the flow patterns in complex manifolds or fittings or even the wind-loading on and plume dispersal from cooling towers.

Two-phase systems

The Rankine cycle exists at the heart of many power generation schemes. Simulation provides a convenient means by which engineers can get a deeper understanding of such networks.

Gas Turbine Lubrication

Operating at extreme speeds and temperatures, adequate lubrication is key to the reliable and prolonged used of power turbines.

Gas turbine secondary air

The design of air cooling circuits in gas turbines is an extremely complex undertaking, well suited to computer simulation.

Products

Flowmaster

Flowmaster allows users to better understand fluid network design. Learn more

FloEFD

FloEFD’S unique approach to CFD allows designers of heat exchangers to mesh and solve even the most complicated of geometries. Learn more

FloVENT

FloVENT allows engineers to understand and tailor the ventilation within enclosed spaces, for example to reduce the risk of contaminant dispersal. Learn more

 
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