Determination of the Optimum Fluid and System Variables for .5-5 KWE Rankine Cycle Power Systems.
Final rept. 1 Feb-30 Sep 71,
SUNDSTRAND AVIATION ROCKFORD ILL
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A computerized mathematical model of Rankine cycle performance analysis, component design, fluid thermodynamic and thermophysical property evaluation integrated with a multivariable optimization technique, was used to describe the sensitivity of the major system variables of initial cost weight, volume and performance over a .5 to 5 kwe power range to the independant fluid and system variables. These independant variables were automatically and simultaneously operated upon in a continuous manner to effect minimization of a criterion function defined as a weighted summation of the major system variables. Author