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[en] Highlights: • A new flue gas recirculation configuration in coal-fire power plant is proposed. • The influence of flue gas recirculation on thermodynamics properties is analyzed. • The key parameters are optimized and operation suggestions are provided. • The proposed system can greatly improve off-design energy efficiency. - Abstract: This study mainly investigated the influence of flue gas recirculation (FGR) on reheat steam temperature, boiler efficiency, and thermal efficiency in a proposed FGR scheme. The main parameters of the boiler are calculated under different modes on the basis of a 600 MW coal-fired boiler. Optimization is conducted, and the optimum recirculation rate and coal input are determined. Results from case study showed that under the same recirculation rate, the reheat temperature increases higher and the net coal consumption decreases more in the improved recirculation system than those in the traditional recirculation system. The key parameters, such as the FGR rate and coal feed rate are optimized. Under optimum recirculation rate and coal input conditions, the net coal consumption rate can be reduced by 2.35–2.60 g/(kW h) compared with that obtained with the use of a conventional recirculation system. This net coal consumption rate can be reduced by 3.50–5.11 g/(kW h) compared with that obtained without gas recirculation system. For a better operation, lower recirculation rate and relative higher coal input are recommended under high-load conditions, whereas higher recirculation rate and relative lower coal input are appropriate for low-load conditions
[en] According to the design features of AP1000, the AP1000 classification definition and seismic classification is described and analyzed. The characteristics of AP1000 mechanical equipment classification list is concluded for safety, seismic and manufacture classification. Through comparing the AP1000 classification and M310 classification, the questions perhaps met are found during the mechanical equipment classification of AP1000 nuclear power plants design and construction in China at future. Finally solution plans are given aiming at the above questions. (authors)
[en] Highlights: • An off-design performance simulation of triple-pressure reheat HRSG is executed. • The bottoming cycle characteristics of energy transfer/conversion are analyzed. • Concise formulas for the off-design performance of bottoming cycle are proposed. • The accuracy of the formulas is verified under different load control strategies. • The errors of the formulas are generally within 1% at a load of 100–50%. - Abstract: Concise semi-theoretical, semi-empirical formulas are developed in this study to predict the off-design performance of the bottoming cycle of the gas–steam turbine combined cycle. The formulas merely refer to the key thermodynamic design parameters (full load parameters) of the bottoming cycle and off-design gas turbine exhaust temperature and flow, which are convenient in determining the overall performance of the bottoming cycle. First, a triple-pressure reheat heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) is modeled, and thermodynamic analysis is performed. Second, concise semi-theoretical, semi-empirical performance prediction formulas for the bottoming cycle are proposed through a comprehensive analysis of the heat transfer characteristics of the HRSG and the energy conversion characteristics of the steam turbine under the off-design condition. The concise formulas are found to be effective, i.e., fast, simple, and precise in obtaining the thermodynamic parameters for bottoming cycle efficiency, HRSG heat transfer capacity, HRSG efficiency, steam turbine power output, and steam turbine efficiency under the off-design condition. Accuracy is verified by comparing the concise formulas’ calculation results with the simulation results and practical operation data under different load control strategies. The calculation errors are within 1.5% (mainly less than 1% for both simulation and actual operation data) under combined cycle load (gas turbine load) ranging from 50% to 100%. However, accuracy declines sharply when the turbine exhaust temperature seriously deviates from the design value and several specific operation strategies are employed when the units operate at ultra-low load (50% less combined cycle load/gas turbine load). The prediction results can be utilized as a relative reference. To improve prediction accuracy, a corresponding correction factor can be introduced for modification based on operating experience.
[en] Highlights: • Based on the PG9351FA gas turbine, two gas-steam combined cycles are redesigned. • Analysis of detailed off-design characteristics of the combined cycle main parts. • Suggestions for improving design and operation performance of the combined cycle. • Higher design efficiency has higher off-design efficiency in general PR range. • High pressure ratio combined cycles possess good off-design performance. - Abstract: To achieve a highly efficient design and operation of combined cycles, this study analyzed in detail the off-design characteristics of the main components of three combined cycles with different compressor pressure ratios (PRs) based on real units. The off-design model of combined cycle was built consisting of a compressor, a combustor, a gas turbine, and a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG). The PG9351FA unit is selected as the benchmark unit, on the basis of which the compressor is redesigned with two different PRs. Then, the design/off-design characteristics of the three units with different design PRs and the interactive relations between topping and bottoming cycles are analyzed with the same turbine inlet temperature (TIT). The results show that the off-design characteristics of the topping cycle affect dramatically the combined cycle performance. The variation range of the exergy efficiency of the topping cycle for the three units is between 11.9% and 12.4% under the design/off-design conditions. This range is larger than that of the bottoming cycle (between 9.2% and 9.5%). The HRSG can effectively recycle the heat/heat exergy of the gas turbine exhaust. Comparison among the three units shows that for a traditional gas-steam combined cycle, a high design efficiency results in a high off-design efficiency in the usual PR range. The combined cycle design efficiency of higher pressure ratio is almost equal to that of the PG9351FA, but its off-design efficiency is higher (maximum 0.42%) and the specific power decreases. As for the combined cycle with a design PR of 12.73, the decrement of the efficiency under the design/off-design conditions is in the range of 0.20–0.39%, however, its specific power increases. Thus, for the efficient design of a combined cycle, its optimal efficiency and maximum specific power, instead of that of the topping cycle, should be considered. For the operation strategy, the performance of the topping cycle should be kept at a high level first (the turbine inlet temperature should be as high as possible), followed by the high setting of the turbine exhaust temperature.
[en] This study proposed a polygeneration system based on coal partial gasification, in which methanol and power were generated. This proposed system, comprising chemical and power islands, was designed and its characteristics are analyzed. The commercial software Aspen Plus was used to perform the system analysis. In the case study, the energy and exergy efficiency values of the proposed polygeneration system were 51.16% and 50.58%, which are 2.34% and 2.10%, respectively, higher than that of the reference system. Energy-Utilization Diagram analysis showed that removing composition adjustment and recycling 72.7% of the unreacted gas could reduce the exergy destruction during methanol synthesis by 46.85% and that the char utilized to preheat the compressed air could reduce the exergy destruction during combustion by 10.28%. Sensitivity analysis was also performed. At the same capacity ratio, the energy and exergy efficiency values of the proposed system were 1.30%–2.48% and 1.21%–2.30% higher than that of the reference system, respectively. The range of chemical-to-power capacity ratio in the proposed system was 0.41–1.40, which was narrower than that in the reference system. But the range of 1.04–1.4 was not recommended for the disappearance of energy saving potential in methanol synthesis. - Highlights: • A novel polygeneration system based on coal partial gasification is proposed. • The efficient conversion method for methanol and power is explored. • The exergy destruction in chemical energy conversion processes is decreased. • Thermodynamic performance and system characteristics are analyzed
[en] WRKY transcription factors act as positive regulators in abiotic stress responses by activation of the cellular antioxidant systems. However, there are few reports on the response of WRKY genes to cadmium (Cd) stress. In this study, the role of maize ZmWRKY4 in regulating antioxidant enzymes in Cd stress was investigated. The results indicated that Cd induced up-regulation of the expression and the activities of ZmWRKY4 and superoxide dismutase (SOD) and ascorbate peroxidase (APX). Transient expression and RNA interference (RNAi) silencing of ZmWRKY4 in maize mesophyll protoplasts further revealed that ZmWRKY4 was required for the abscisic acid (ABA)-induced increase in expression and activity of SOD and APX. Overexpression of ZmWRKY4 in protoplasts upregulated the expression and the activities of antioxidant enzymes, whereas ABA induced increases in the expression and the activities of antioxidant enzymes were blocked by the RNAi silencing of ZmWRKY4. Bioinformatic analysis indicated that ZmSOD4 and ZmcAPX both harbored two W-boxes, binding motif for WRKY transcription factors, in their promoter region. Intriguingly, ZmWRKY4 belongs to group I WRKYs with two WRKY domains. Moreover, the synchronized expression patterns indicate that ZmWRKY4 might play a critical role in either regulating the ZmSOD4 and ZmcAPX expression or cooperating with them in response to stress and phytohormone. - Highlights: • Cd induced the expression of ZmWRKY4, ZmSOD4 and ZmcAPX. • Maize transcription factor ZmWRKY4 was localized in nucleus. • Overexpression of ZmWRKY4 upregulated the expression of ZmSOD4 and ZmcAPX and the activities of antioxidant enzymes.
[en] γ irradiation responses of fluorinated N channel and P channel field oxide MOSFETs have been investigated. The formation of radiation-induced oxide trapped charges and interface traps in field oxide has been restrained because F is similar to the electron traps, and can replace of some of weak and strain bonds by Si-F bonds. The field oxide depth is related to the radiation damage
[en] Proton radiation responses of Si gate P and N channel fluorinated MOSFETs processed with H2 + O2 and dry O2 gate oxidation have been investigated. The data on threshold voltage and Ids-Vgs characteristics show that the radiation-induced oxide charges and interface states can be restrained. The formation of Si-F bonds to substitute some weak bonds and strained bonds which easily become charge traps under irradiation and the relaxation of the Si/SiO2 interface stress by F atoms are considered to explain the experimental result
[en] The 60Co γ radiation responses of PMOSFET with dry oxidized gate dielectrics containing HCl have been investigated by the sub-threshold measurement technique. It is shown that the use of a minute amount of HCl can bring about a dramatic improvement in the radiation induced threshold voltage shifts and interface states generation. The optimum HCl introducing time is 10-150 seconds when HCl flux keeps constant (15 ml/min). An excessive amount of HCl will cause the hardness to degrade. This result is explained in terms of the positive and negative effects of HCl in SiO2 dielectrics
[en] The heavy-ion phase-space exploration (HIPSE) model is used to discuss the origin of the nuclear spin in intermediate energy heavy-ion collision (HIC). The spin of maximal projectile-like fragment is found to depend strongly on impact parameter of a reaction system,while it relates weakly to the collision violence. Some interesting multi-fragmentation phenomena related to the spin are shown. We also found that the excitation energy in the de-excitation stage plays a robust role at the de-excitation stage in HIC. (authors)