Abstract

A turboexpander for the propane de-hydrogenation process with blade and splitter has been numerically investigated. Since the turboexpander expands fluid from higher inlet pressure to lower discharge pressure, the kinetic energy of fluid is converted into useful mechanical energy. The efficiency and power generation with the designed turboexpander have been simulated with different operating conditions. The pressure ratio between inlet and outlet and rotational speed are varied to characterize the performance of the turboexpander as an electrical power generator. The numerical simulations have shown the vortex at the trailing edges of blade and splitter which decreases the efficiency. The rotational speed and the pressure ratio are parameterized to obtain operation conditions which achieve high power generation and efficiency. Consequently, the generated power from 614.12 kW to 693.45kW is obtained at the normal rotational speed and the pressure ratio between 1.75 to 2.22.

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