The virtual energy laboratory (VEL) a didactic graphical simulator for thermal system design

Horacio Perez-Blanco, Luis Hinojosa

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    Abstract

    A teaching tool for thermal system design has been developed for use in standard personal computers. This tool, called the Virtual Energy Lab (VEL), is designed to facilitate the integration of energy conversion and transfer devices into systems that meet specified heating, cooling and power loads. The VEL has a modular configuration, allowing the designer to choose from a number of components to meet given design objectives. The output of some components can be used as inputs to others, and the user can exercise creativity in combining them. As the thermal system is assembled on the graphical interface, the relevant equations are selected automatically and solved as required by the particular design. The models for each VEL component are either based on basic performance equations for generic equipment or on performance charts of actual devices. The thermodynamic irreversibility is the figure of merit used for assessing each design.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationHeat Transfer; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
    PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    ISBN (Electronic)9780791878606
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1999
    EventASME 1999 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition, GT 1999 - Indianapolis, United States
    Duration: Jun 7 1999Jun 10 1999

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo
    Volume3

    Other

    OtherASME 1999 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition, GT 1999
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityIndianapolis
    Period6/7/996/10/99

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Engineering(all)

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