CREA Lab | An analysis of fast-response pressure probes dynamics for ORC power systems
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An analysis of fast-response pressure probes dynamics for ORC power systems

The dynamic response of line-cavity systems in ideal and non-ideal compressible-fluid conditions is investigated numerically using the SU2 open-source suite for multi-physics simulations. The response of the system is studied for small but finite pressure perturbations, to predict the behaviour of fast-response pressure probes in turbomachinery for gas and ORC power systems. The probe step-response is found to present significant damping due to non-linear wave propagation. Non-idealities in the close proximity of the liquid-vapour curve increase the signal damping due to non-monotone variations of the speed of sound. A simplified approach is proposed to predict the probe dynamic characteristics in ideal regime. The estimation of the probe dynamics in non-ideal regime is found to be very critical and to strongly depend on the thermodynamic state of the fluid. The present results provides a guideline for the design of fast-response pressure probes to be used e.g. past the rotor stage of ORC turbine vanes.


P. Molesini, G. Gori, A. Guardone




Energy Procedia, Volume 129, September 2017, Pages 264-271, ISSN 1876-6102

Conference Paper
Fast-response pressure probes, Line-cavity systems, Non-ideal Compressible-Fluid Dynamics, ORC power systems, SU2