Thermocompressor
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Contents
General Description
A Thermocompressor is a form of steam ejector in which a flow of higher pressure primary steam is used to entrain lower pressure secondary steam. The discharge stream is at an intermediate pressure between the high and low pressure steam flows. This potentially enables recovery of some of the energy in the low grade steam.
One of the methods of the Thermocompressor model in SysCAD is based on data sheets from the Shutte and Koerting company.
The model operates in a Flash Train where the steam line follows Secondary Steam feed through to Product. Separately General Demand can be used on the Primary Steam Feed.
Diagram
The diagram shows the default drawing of the Thermocompressor, with the required connecting streams. The unit will not operate unless ALL of the above streams are connected.
The physical location of the connections is not important, the user may connect the streams to any position on the drawing.
Inputs and Outputs
Label  Required /Optional 
Input /Output 
No. of Connections  Description  
Min  Max  
Primary  Required  Input  1  1  The High Pressure steam feed to the unit. 
Secondary  Required  Input  1  1  The Low Pressure steam feed to the unit. 
Discharge  Required  Output  1  1  The discharge from the unit. This contains the steam at the Intermediate pressure. 
Behaviour when Model is OFF
If the user disables the unit, by unticking the On tick box, then the following actions occur:
 If the unit is set up in 'Demand' mode, then the demand for the high pressure steam will be set to 0;
 Otherwise, the unit will perform all calculations on the high and low pressure steams and produce an intermediate pressure steam product.
So basically, turning the unit 'Off' only has an effect if the high pressure steam is in 'Demand' mode.
Differences to Build 137
The Thermocompressor has been improved since the initial Build 137 version. Significant changes include:
 Changes made to 1D Model S&K Data method to balance the energy in and out (HeatFlow approximately zero, adiabatic operation) by superheating or partially condensing the discharge stream at the calculated discharge pressure.
 New method allows user to set required Discharge Pressure
 New user specified warning limits
 Demand can be now be passed back to either the Primary or Secondary feed streams.
 Sign of HeatFlow tag is opposite to Build 137. Now correctly calculates HeatFlow as Energy Out  Energy In.
 Ratios are now displayed as dimensionless instead of as fractions.
Model Theory
The options for predicting the behaviour of a Thermocompressor are:
 Simple energy balance model with empirical corrections derived from the data; or
 A simple 1 dimensional model with fitted parameters from manufacturers data; or
 Full steam 1 dimensional model.
A large database, extracted from data curves produced by the Shutte and Koerting company, has been used to fit an energy balance model and a simple 1D model.
Key Performance Parameters
P_{p}  Primary (motive) Pressure
P_{s}  Secondary (suction) Pressure
P_{c}  Discharge Pressure
[math]\mathbf{\mathit{\omega}}[/math]  Entrainment ratio = Mass of Secondary Steam/Mass of Primary Steam
Er  Expansion ratio = Primary Steam Pressure/Secondary Steam Pressure
Cr  Compression ratio = Discharge Pressure/Secondary Steam Pressure
Energy Balance Mode
The Energy Balance mode assumes that the flow through the Thermocompressor is adiabatic.
In this mode the user chooses the efficiency of the Thermocompressor and the enthalpy of the product steam is calculated using the following equation:
[math] \mathbf{\mathrm{h_c = h_s+\frac{\eta(h_ph_s)}{1+\omega}}}[/math]
where:
 h_{c}  Product steam Enthalpy
 h_{p}  Primary (HP) steam Enthalpy
 h_{s}  Secondary (LP) steam Enthalpy
 [math]\eta[/math]  Thermocompressor Efficiency
Assuming that the product steam is saturated, then the discharge pressure, P_{c}, can be calculated.
The user can specify the desired entrainment ratio and the model can set the flow of Primary (HP) steam to achieve this if the user enables the Demand functionality.
Alternatively, the user can specify the desired discharge pressure.
1D Model based on S&K Data
This model is based on the one dimensional analysis which:
 Is based on Shutte & Koerting data curves;
 Does not depend on any explicit assumptions about the dimensions and the internal geometry of the thermocompressor;
 Requires at the most 1 user specified parameter  the entrainment ratio or discharge pressure;
 Superheats or partially condenses the discharge steam in order to make maintain the energy balance (adiabatic process).
Full Steam 1D Model
This model is based on the one dimensional analysis which:
 Does not depend on any explicit assumptions about the dimensions and the internal geometry of the thermocompressor;
 Requires as few user specified parameters as possible.
 Can be "tuned" to manufacturer's data.
 Is based on the properties of steam, rather than an ideal gas approximation.
Excess energy is assumed to be present as kinetic energy in the discharge stream which is dissipated downstream of the Thermocompressor.
Demand Connection
If the Entrainment Ratio or Discharge Pressure method is chosen, then the user can choose from one of three options for the demand connection. This applies to either the Primary (HP) Inlet or Secondary (LP) Inlet, based on user selection.
 None (Calc Only): The required flow will be calculated but no warning will be given if it is not met. No demand is set in the inlet pipe.
 None (Manual): The required flow will be calculated and a warning will be given if it is not met. No demand is set in the inlet pipe. It is expected the user will configure another controller to set the required flow (eg. Set Tag Controller, PID Controller or General Controller).
 General Demand: The required flow will be calculated and a warning will be given if it is not met. The demand is set in the inlet pipe.
Assumptions, Limitations and comments
 The secondary pressure is always less than the primary pressure.
 The discharge pressure is less than the primary pressure and greater than the secondary pressure.
 There is an envelope of pressures and flow rates within which the device operates.
 The Entrainment ratio is restricted to a reasonable range. The default range is between 10 and 400%. The user can change these limits.
References
 WeiXiong Chen, Ming Liu, DaoTong Chong, JunJie Yan, Adrienne Blair Little, Yann Bartosiewicz. A 1D model to predict ejector performance at critical and subcritical operational regimes. International Journal of Refrigeration 36 (2013) 17501761.
 Shutte & Koerting. Performance Data on Jet Compressors. Bulletin 4F Supp.
 Hisham ElDessouky, Hisham Ettouney, Imad Alatiqi, Ghada AlNuwaibit. Evaluation of Steam Ejectors. Chemical Engineering and Processing (2002) 551561.
 Yveline Marnier Antonio, Christelle Périlhon, Georges Descombes, Claude Chacoux. Thermodynamic Modelling of an Ejector with Compressible Flow by a One Dimensional Approach. Entropy 2012, 14, 599613.
Data Sections
The default access window consists of several sections:
 Thermocompressor tab  contains the main configuration information relating to the unit.
 QProd  Optional tab that is visible if ShowQProd is enabled. This and subsequent tab pages, e.g. QProd.. and Sp, shows the properties of the stream out of the unit.
 Info tab  contains general settings for the unit and allows the user to include documentation about the unit and create Hyperlinks to external documents.
 Links tab, contains a summary table for all the input and output streams.
 Audit tab  contains summary information required for Mass and Energy balance. See Model Examples for enthalpy calculation Examples.
Thermocompressor Page
Unit Type: Thermocompressor  The first tab page in the access window will have this name.
Tag (Long/short) 
Input / Calc 
Description/Calculated Variables / Options 
Requirements  
On  Tick Box  This is used to enable or disable the unit. If the unit is disabled and the unit is configured to act in 'Demand' mode, then the configured Steam flow to the unit will be set at the minimum flow. 
CalculationModel / Model  Energy Balance  User specifies desired efficiency and model calculates pressure of Discharge stream. 
1D Model  S&K Data  Model calculates outlet parameters assuming adiabatic operation. User can specify desired entrainment ratio or discharge pressure and model will calculated required (primary or secondary) flow and can optionally set this via demand logic.  
Full Steam 1D Model  User specifies Mixing Efficiency and Area Ratio and model calculates other parameters.  
CalculationMethod / Method  None  The model will calculate the entrainment ratio of High pressure to Low pressure steam. There are no flow requirements for either feed stream. 
Entrainment Ratio  The user specifies the desired entrainment ratio of High pressure to Low Pressure steam. The Thermocompressor will calculate the required amount of steam (either Primary or Secondary) to achieve the specified Entrainment Ratio. The Primary (HP) inlet or Secondary (LP) inlet can be set as a 'Demand' connection and the calculated flow requirement will be sent to the relevant inlet connection.  
Discharge Pressure  The user specifies the desired discharge pressure. The model calculates a target Entrainment Ratio. The Thermocompressor will calculate the required amount of steam (either Primary or Secondary) to achieve the target Entrainment Ratio. The Primary (HP) inlet or Secondary (LP) inlet can be set as a 'Demand' connection and the calculated flow requirement will be sent to the relevant inlet connection.  
Demand.Connection (Only visible if Method = Entrainment Ratio or Discharge Pressure) 
None (Calc Only)  No demand connection. Both steam flows are set externally to the model. No warnings will be given if flow requirement is not met. 
None (Manual)  No demand connection. The model expects an external controller to set the flow of the selected stream (Primary or Secondary) to the calculated requirement. Warnings will be given if the flow requirement is not met.  
General Demand  The select steam feed (Primary or Secondary) comes from (directly or indirectly) a Feeder with Demand.On selected. The demand logic will aim to match the steam mass flowrate to the Thermocompressor requirements.  
Demand.Source (Only visible if Method = Entrainment Ratio or Discharge Pressure) 
Primary  Mass flow calculations will be performed for the Primary (HP) steam feed. If the General Demand Connection is chosen, the demand requirement will be passed through to the Primary steam feed. 
Secondary  Mass flow calculations will be performed for the Secondary (LP) steam feed. If the General Demand Connection is chosen, the demand requirement will be passed through to the Secondary steam feed.  
EntrainmentRatioReqd / EntRatioReqd  Input  Only visible if Method = Entrainment Ratio. The user defined entrainment ratio: Entrainment Ratio = Secondary (LP) Steam Flow / Primary (HP) Steam Flow The allowable range for this variable is set by the user defined MinER and MaxER variables. The default range is 10 to 400% (Shutte & Koerting range). 
DischargePressureReqd / DischgPReqd  Input  Only visible if Method = Discharge Pressure. The user defined Discharge Pressure. This must be higher than the pressure of the Secondary (LP) steam feed but lower than the pressure of the Primary (HP) steam feed. 
EntRatioForDischgP / ERforDischgP  Calc  Only visible if Method = Discharge Pressure. This is the entrainment ratio required to achieve the user specified Discharge Pressure. The allowable range for this variable is set by the user defined MinER and MaxER variables. The default range is 10 to 400% (Shutte & Koerting range). 
EfficiencyReqd / EffReqd  Input  Only visible if Model = Energy Balance. The user specifies the required efficiency of energy transfer from the High Pressure steam to the product steam. 
MixingEfficiency / MixEff  Input  Only visible if Model = Full Steam 1D Model. The mixing efficiency parameter to account for frictional losses in the mixing zone. 
AreaRatio  Input  Only visible if Model = Full Steam 1D Model. The ratio of the area at the diffuser exit to the area of the straight section of the thermocompressor. Used when calculating the stream conditions at the diffuser exit. 
Options  
ShowQProd  Tick Box  Allows the user to view the Product tab of the Thermocompressor. This is the actual flow from the Thermocompressor unit, after temperature and pressure changes. 
UserWarningLimits  Tick Box  Allows the user to view the Warning Limits for the Thermocompressor (see following group of parameters). These limits are used to decide if warnings are required and to range input parameters. They are applied even when UserWarningLimits is not ticked. 
(If UserWarningLimits is ticked, then the following section will be shown:)  
Warning Limits  
MinSecPressure  Input  The minimum pressure expected for the Secondary (LP) steam feed. If the pressure of the Secondary feed is below this value, the user will receive a warning. 
MaxSecToPrmRatio  Input  The maximum expected ratio of Secondary (LP) steam pressure / Primary (HP) steam pressure. If the ratio is above this value, the user will receive a warning. 
MaxDisToPrmRatio  Input  The maximum expected ratio of Discharge (product) steam pressure / Primary (HP) steam pressure. If the ratio is above this value, the user will receive a warning. 
MinEntRatio / MinER  Input  The minimum expected Entrainment Ratio (Secondary (LP) steam flow / Primary (HP) steam flow). If the Entrainment Ratio Method is used, the user will be prevented from entering a Required Ratio lower than this. 
MaxEntRatio / MaxER  Input  The maximum expected Entrainment Ratio (Secondary (LP) steam flow / Primary (HP) steam flow). If the Entrainment Ratio Method is used, the user will be prevented from entering a Required Ratio higher than this. 
ResetToDefaults  Button  If pressed, this will reset the 5 parameters above to their default values. 
Results  
EntrainmentRatio / EntRatio  Calc  This is the entrainment ratio of the LP steam with the HP steam. Entrainment Ratio = LP steam mass/HP steam mass. If the HP steam is in 'Demand' mode, then this value should be equal to the Entrainment Ratio specified by the user. 
ExpansionRatio / ExpRatio  Calc  Expansion Ratio = HP steam pressure/LP steam pressure. 
CompressionRatio / CompRatio  Calc  Compression Ratio = Discharge steam pressure/LP steam pressure. 
ActSecToPrmRatio  Calc  The calculated ratio of Secondary (LP) steam pressure / Primary (HP) steam pressure. 
ActDisToPrmRatio  Calc  The calculated ratio of Discharge (product) steam pressure / Primary (HP) steam pressure. 
IdealWork  Calc  Only visible if Model = Energy Balance. The maximum amount of work that the HP steam can produce, i.e. if Efficiency = 100%. 
ActualWork  Calc  Only visible if Model = Energy Balance. The actual amount of work available from the HP steam. 
DischargeHz  Calc  Only visible if Model = Energy Balance. 
HeatFlow  Calc  Energy Out  Energy In 
HeatFlowFrac  Calc  (Energy Out  Energy In) / Energy In 
GridDisplay  Tick Box  This is a global selection, if this is selected, then where available, variables will display in a table format, if not selected, they will be listed in separate groups as a single list. 
(If Model = Full Steam 1D Model, then the following section will be shown:)  
Diffuser Exit  
Dis.KineticEnergy / Dis.KE  Calc  Kinetic energy of the discharge stream (at the diffuser exit). This is should be equal (but opposite in sign) to the calculated HeatFlow (energy difference). 
Dis.Velocity  Calc  Velocity of the discharge stream (at the diffuser exit). 
(If Method = Entrainment Ratio or Discharge Pressure and Demand.Source = Primary, then the following section will be shown:)  
Calculated Primary Vapour Flow Demand  
Prm.MassFlow.Reqd  Calc  The required mass flow of the primary (high pressure) stream. 
Prm.MassFlow.Actual  Calc  The actual mass flow of the primary (high pressure) stream. 
Prm.MassFlow.Error  Calc  The difference between the required and actual mass flow of the primary (high pressure) stream, Prm.MassFlow.Reqd  Prm.MassFlow.Actual. 
Prm.MassFlow.RelErr  Calc  The relative difference between the required and actual mass flow of the primary (high pressure) stream, (Prm.MassFlow.Reqd  Prm.MassFlow.Actual)/Prm.MassFlow.Reqd. 
(If Method = Entrainment Ratio or Discharge Pressure and Demand.Source = Secondary, then the following section will be shown:)  
Calculated Secondary Vapour Flow Demand  
Sec.MassFlow.Reqd  Calc  The required mass flow of the secondary (low pressure) stream. 
Sec.MassFlow.Actual  Calc  The actual mass flow of the secondary (low pressure) stream. 
Sec.MassFlow.Error  Calc  The difference between the required and actual mass flow of the secondary (low pressure) stream, Sec.MassFlow.Reqd  Sec.MassFlow.Actual. 
Sec.MassFlow.RelErr  Calc  The relative difference between the required and actual mass flow of the secondary (low pressure) stream, (Sec.MassFlow.Reqd  Sec.MassFlow.Actual)/Sec.MassFlow.Reqd. 
Feed and Product Conditions  
The following values will be displayed for the Primary Steam (Prm), Secondary Steam (Sec) and Discharge (Dis) streams. If the 'GridDisplay'box is ticked, then they will be displayed in a grid, otherwise the variables for each stream will be displayed together in a group.  
MassFlow / Qm  Calc  The mass flowrate of each stream. 
Temperature / T  Calc  The Temperature of each stream. 
Pressure / P  Calc  The Pressure of each stream. 
SuperHeat  Calc  The degrees of superheat of each stream (T  Saturation temperature). 
VapourFraction / Vf  Calc  The Vapour fraction in each stream. 
Adding this Model to a Project
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