Rankine cycle analysis using a neural network

Kau Fui V. Wong, Kang Yao

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The Rankine cycle plays a very important role in most steam power plants; much of this analysis needs to be done, especially by undergraduate thermodynamics students. Therefore, it is very necessary to obtain the Rankine cycle efficiencies quickly and accurately. In the present work, we have done this by using a neural network - a branch of artificial intelligence. A wide range of the Rankine cycle efficiencies were calculated using the classic efficiency formula with data excerpted from a Mollier Chart and, a neural network was set up to learn from these known facts. Then, a test data group was chosen to check the predictions made by the trained neural network and, it was found that all the predictions by the trained network matched with the theoretical analysis. The training time was not long and, the prediction accuracy could be improved by adjusting the network operational parameters. After the neural network was trained, tedious calculations and table searching become unnecessary because trained network acts as an expert; if a student inputs the temperature and pressures, the network predicts the efficiency. The whole system is user friendly and easy to understand. Besides, the present work shows that the neural network approach is not only suitable for analysis of simple ideal Rankine cycles, but also could be modified for practical Rankine cycles (i.e. reheat, etc.). In the classroom, the trained network might also be used to find the optimum Rankine cycle operational parameters under constraints of pressure and temperature ranges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThermodynamics and the Design, Analysis, and Improvement of Energy Systems - 1992
PublisherPubl by ASME
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0791810739
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992
EventWinter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Anaheim, CA, USA
Duration: Nov 8 1992Nov 13 1992

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Advanced Energy Systems Division (Publication) AES


OtherWinter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
CityAnaheim, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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