DOI: 10.1115/1.4063189 ISSN:

Structural Stress Intensity Analysis of Hybrid Heat Exchangers Based on Thermal Hydraulic Performance in S-CO2 Power Cycle

Jiawei Wang, Yuwei Sun, Mingjian Lu, Xinping Yan
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • General Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Materials Science


Hybrid heat exchangers (H2Xs) can be used for heat exchange equipment between high-temperature exhaust gas from ships and high-pressure supercritical carbon dioxide (S-CO2) from the S-CO2 power cycle. We investigate structural stress intensity characteristics of the H2Xs based on thermal-hydraulic performance. Air and S-CO2 are employed as the working fluids and the Stainless Steel 316 (SS316) as the solid substrate. The thermal-hydraulic performance and structural stress intensity characteristics of the H2Xs are conducted by Ansys Fluent and Mechanical, respectively. The results show the mechanical stress induced by pressure loading and the thermal stress induced by temperature gradient are found to be equally important sources of stress intensity. At the inlet and outlet of the H2Xs, the total stress intensity along all paths is not smooth and continuous, and there will be a significant change due to the change in the temperature gradient. The mechanical stress caused by the fluid pressure loss is almost negligible. The change in inlet mass flowrate and temperature mainly affects the stress intensity distribution of the left and right walls on the fin channel. The pressure variation of the diesel engine has little effect on the total stress intensity. Importantly, the total stress intensity of the H2X is mainly affected by the change in S-CO2 fluid pressure.

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