Records with Keyword: Simulation
Maintenance Factor Identification in Outdoor Lighting Installations Using Simulation and Optimization Techniques
Ana Ogando-Martínez, Javier López-Gómez, Lara Febrero-Garrido
September 21, 2018 (v1)
Keywords: artificial lighting, calibration, GenOpt, radiance, Simulation, street light points
This document addresses the development of a novel methodology to identify the actual maintenance factor of the luminaires of an outdoor lighting installation in order to assess their lighting performance. The method is based on the combined use of Radiance, a free and open-source tool, for the modeling and simulation of lighting scenes, and GenOpt, a generic optimization program, for the calibration of the model. The application of this methodology allows the quantification of the deterioration of the road lighting system and the identification of luminaires that show irregularities in their operation. Values lower than 9% for the error confirm that this research can contribute to the management of street lighting by assessing real road conditions.
Internet of Energy Approach for Sustainable Use of Electric Vehicles as Energy Storage of Prosumer Buildings
Evgeny Nefedov, Seppo Sierla, Valeriy Vyatkin
September 21, 2018 (v1)
Keywords: distributed energy storage, electric vehicles, internet of energy, photovoltaic generation, prosumer, Simulation, smartgrid, vehicle-to-building, vehicle-to-grid
Vehicle-to-building (V2B) technology permits bypassing the power grid in order to supply power to a building from electric vehicle (EV) batteries in the parking lot. This paper investigates the hypothesis stating that the increasing number of EVs on our roads can be also beneficial for making buildings sustainably greener on account of using V2B technology in conjunction with local photovoltaic (PV) generation. It is assumed that there is no local battery storage other than EVs and that the EV batteries are fully available for driving, so that the EVs batteries must be at the intended state of charge at the departure time announced by the EV driver. Our goal is to exploit the potential of the EV batteries capacity as much as possible in order to permit a large area of solar panels, so that even on sunny days all PV power can be used to supply the building needs or the EV charging at the parking lot. A system architecture and collaboration protocols that account for uncertainties in EV... [more]
SOLIS—A Novel Decision Support Tool for the Assessment of Solar Radiation in ArcGIS
Jan K. Kazak, Małgorzata Świąder
September 21, 2018 (v1)
Keywords: ArcGIS, decision support system, photovoltaics, Renewable Energy, Simulation, solar radiation, sustainable development
The global Sustainable Development Goals influence the implementation of energy development strategies worldwide. However, in order to support local stakeholders in sustainable energy development strategies and climate change adaptation plans and the implementation of policies, there is a need to equip local decision makers with tools enabling the assessment of sustainable energy investments. In order to do so, the aim of this study is to create a novel tool for the assessment of solar radiation (SOLIS) in ArcGIS. The SOLIS tool builds on the existing ArcGIS algorithm by including input data conversion and post-processing of the results. This should expand the group of potential users of solar radiation analyses. The self-filtering tool excludes surfaces that are not suitable for solar energy investments due to geometrical reasons. The reduction of the size of the output data is positive for technical reasons (speed of the calculation and occupied storage place) and for cognitive reaso... [more]
Identification of the Heat Equation Parameters for Estimation of a Bare Overhead Conductor’s Temperature by the Differential Evolution Algorithm
Mirza Sarajlić, Jože Pihler, Nermin Sarajlić, Gorazd Štumberger
September 21, 2018 (v1)
Keywords: conductor temperature, measurement, Optimization, overhead transmission line, parameter identification, Simulation
This paper deals with the Differential Evolution (DE) based method for identification of the heat equation parameters applied for the estimation of a bare overhead conductor`s temperature. The parameters are determined in the optimization process using a dynamic model of the conductor; the measured environmental temperature, solar radiation and wind velocity; the current and temperature measured on the tested overhead conductor; and the DE, which is applied as the optimization tool. The main task of the DE is to minimise the difference between the measured and model-calculated conductor temperatures. The conductor model is relevant and suitable for the prediction of the conductor temperature, as the agreement between measured and model-calculated conductor temperatures is exceptional, where the deviation between mean and maximum measured and model-calculated conductor temperatures is less than 0.03 °C.
Design, Construction, and Testing of a Gasifier-Specific Solid Oxide Fuel Cell System
Alvaro Fernandes, Joerg Brabandt, Oliver Posdziech, Ali Saadabadi, Mayra Recalde, Liyuan Fan, Eva O. Promes, Ming Liu, Theo Woudstra, Purushothaman Vellayan Aravind
September 21, 2018 (v1)
Keywords: Exergy, Simulation, SOFC, Syngas, validation
This paper describes the steps involved in the design, construction, and testing of a gasifier-specific solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system. The design choices are based on reported thermodynamic simulation results for the entire gasifier- gas cleanup-SOFC system. The constructed SOFC system is tested and the measured parameters are compared with those given by a system simulation. Furthermore, a detailed exergy analysis is performed to determine the components responsible for poor efficiency. It is concluded that the SOFC system demonstrates reasonable agreement with the simulated results. Furthermore, based on the exergy results, the components causing major irreversible performance losses are identified.
Efficiency Improvement of a Natural Gas Marine Engine Using a Hybrid Turbocharger
Marco Altosole, Giovanni Benvenuto, Ugo Campora, Federico Silvestro, Giulio Terlizzi
September 19, 2018 (v1)
Keywords: hybrid turbocharger, natural gas marine engine, Simulation
The use of a computer simulator, previously developed and validated, applied to a four-stroke marine dual-fuel engine, has allowed the authors to present in this paper a solution to improve the overall efficiency of the engine by adopting a hybrid turbocharger. This component replaces the original one allowing, in addition to maintaining the previous usual functions, the production of electricity to satisfy part of the ship’s electric load. In this study the application of the hybrid turbocharger concerns an engine powered by natural gas in particular. The turbocharger substitution involves a significant variation of the engine load governor operating mode. The improved engine characteristics that the hybrid turbocharger facilitates, compared to the original, are highlighted by the results reported in tabular and graphical form, for different engine loads and speeds.
Modelling and Simulation of Biochemical Processes Using Petri Nets
Safae Cherdal, Salma Mouline
August 28, 2018 (v1)
Subject: Biosystems
Keywords: biochemical processes, diseases, HFPN, metabolic pathway, Methionine cycle, Petri nets, Simulation
Systems composed of many components which interact with each other and lead to unpredictable global behaviour, are considered as complex systems. In a biological context, complex systems represent living systems composed of a large number of interacting elements. In order to study these systems, a precise mathematical modelling was typically used in this context. However, this modelling has limitations in the structural understanding and the behavioural study. In this sense, formal computational modelling is an approach that allows to model and to simulate dynamical properties of these particular systems. In this paper, we use Hybrid Functional Petri Net (HFPN), a Petri net extension dedicated to study and verify biopathways, to model and study the Methionine metabolic pathway. Methionine and its derivatives play significant roles in human bodies. We propose a set of simulations for the purpose of studying and analysing the Methionine pathway’s behaviour. Our simulation results have sh... [more]
Modelling of a Naphtha Recovery Unit (NRU) with Implications for Process Optimization
Jiawei Du, William R. Cluett
July 31, 2018 (v1)
Keywords: naphtha recovery unit, Optimization, Simulation, statistical model
The naphtha recovery unit (NRU) is an integral part of the processes used in the oil sands industry for bitumen extraction. The principle role of the NRU is to recover naphtha from the tailings for reuse in this process. This process is energy-intensive, and environmental guidelines for naphtha recovery must be met. Steady-state models for the NRU system are developed in this paper using two different approaches. The first approach is a statistical, data-based modelling approach where linear regression models have been developed using Minitab® from plant data collected during a performance test. The second approach involves the development of a first-principles model in Aspen Plus® based on the NRU process flow diagram. A novel refinement to this latter model, called “withdraw and remix„, is proposed based on comparing actual plant data to model predictions around the two units used to separate water and naphtha. The models developed in this paper suggest some interesting ideas for the... [more]
Systematic Design and Evaluation of an Extraction Process for Traditionally Used Herbal Medicine on the Example of Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna JACQ.)
Maximilian Sixt, Jochen Strube
July 31, 2018 (v1)
Keywords: harvest, Modelling, pressurized hot water extraction, Simulation, variety
Traditionally used herbal medicines are deep in the consciousness of patients for the treatment of only minor diseases by self-medication. However, manufacturers of herbal medicinal products suffer from major problems such as increasing market pressure by e.g., the food supplement sector, increasing regulations, and costs of production. Moreover, due to more stringent regulation and approval processes, innovation is hardly observed, and the methods used in process development are outdated. Therefore, this study aims to provide an approach based on modern process engineering concepts and including predictive process modelling and simulation for the extraction of traditional herbal medicines as complex extracts. The commonly used solvent-based percolation is critically assessed and compared to the so-called pressurized hot water extraction (PHWE) as a new possible alternative to replace organic solvents. In the study a systematic process design for the extraction of hawthorn (Crataegus m... [more]
Modelling Condensation and Simulation for Wheat Germ Drying in Fluidized Bed Dryer
Der-Sheng Chan, Jun-Sheng Chan, Meng-I Kuo
July 31, 2018 (v1)
Keywords: condensation, fluidized bed drying, mathematical model, moisture content, Simulation, wheat germ
A low-temperature drying with fluidized bed dryer (FBD) for wheat germ (WG) stabilization could prevent the loss of nutrients during processing. However, both evaporation and condensation behaviors occurred in sequence during FBD drying of WG. The objective of this study was to develop a theoretical thin-layer model coupling with the macro-heat transfer model and the bubble model for simulating both the dehydration and condensation behaviors of WG during low-temperature drying in the FBD. The experimental data were also collected for the model modification. Changes in the moisture content of WG, the air temperature of FBD chamber, and the temperature of WG during drying with different heating approaches were significantly different. The thermal input of WG drying with short heating time approach was one-third of that of WG drying with a traditional heating approach. The mathematical model developed in this study could predict the changes of the moisture content of WG and provide a good... [more]
The Spectrum of Mechanism-Oriented Models and Methods for Explanations of Biological Phenomena
C. Anthony Hunt, Ahmet Erdemir, William W. Lytton, Feilim Mac Gabhann, Edward A. Sander, Mark K. Transtrum, Lealem Mulugeta
July 31, 2018 (v1)
Keywords: computational model, explanatory model, hybrid model, mechanism, mechanistic model, modeling methods, provenance, Simulation, systems modeling, workflow
Developing and improving mechanism-oriented computational models to better explain biological phenomena is a dynamic and expanding frontier. As the complexity of targeted phenomena has increased, so too has the diversity in methods and terminologies, often at the expense of clarity, which can make reproduction challenging, even problematic. To encourage improved semantic and methodological clarity, we describe the spectrum of Mechanism-oriented Models being used to develop explanations of biological phenomena. We cluster explanations of phenomena into three broad groups. We then expand them into seven workflow-related model types having distinguishable features. We name each type and illustrate with examples drawn from the literature. These model types may contribute to the foundation of an ontology of mechanism-based biomedical simulation research. We show that the different model types manifest and exert their scientific usefulness by enhancing and extending different forms and degre... [more]
Using Simulation for Scheduling and Rescheduling of Batch Processes
Girish Joglekar
July 31, 2018 (v1)
Keywords: Batch Process, coordination control, rescheduling, Scheduling, Simulation
The problem of scheduling multiproduct and multipurpose batch processes has been studied for more than 30 years using math programming and heuristics. In most formulations, the manufacturing recipes are represented by simplified models using state task network (STN) or resource task network (RTN), transfers of materials are assumed to be instantaneous, constraints due to shared utilities are often ignored, and scheduling horizons are kept small due to the limits on the problem size that can be handled by the solvers. These limitations often result in schedules that are not actionable. A simulation model, on the other hand, can represent a manufacturing recipe to the smallest level of detail. In addition, a simulator can provide a variety of built-in capabilities that model the assignment decisions, coordination logic and plant operation rules. The simulation based schedules are more realistic, verifiable, easy to adapt for changing plant conditions and can be generated in a short perio... [more]
Systematic and Model-Assisted Evaluation of Solvent Based- or Pressurized Hot Water Extraction for the Extraction of Artemisinin from Artemisia annua L.
Maximilian Sixt, Jochen Strube
July 31, 2018 (v1)
Keywords: artemisinin, Extraction, Green Solvents, Modelling, Pressurized Hot Water Extraction, Simulation
In this study, the solvent based extraction of artemisinin from Artemisia annua L. using acetone in percolation mode is compared to the method of pressurized hot water extraction. Both techniques are simulated by a physico-chemical process model. The model as well as the model parameter determination, including the thermal degradation of artemisinin are shown and discussed. For the conventional extraction, a solvent screening is performed considering various organic solvents. A temperature screening is presented for the systematic design of the pressurized hot water extraction. The best temperature with regards to thermal decomposition and high productivity was found to be 80 °C. Both, conventional percolation and Pressurized Hot Water Extraction (PHWE) are suitable for the extraction of artemisinin. The extraction curves show a high conformity with the simulation results.
Dispersal-Based Microbial Community Assembly Decreases Biogeochemical Function
Emily B. Graham, James C. Stegen
July 31, 2018 (v1)
Subject: Biosystems
Keywords: deterministic, ecosystem function, microbial ecology, null model, Simulation, stochastic
Ecological mechanisms influence relationships among microbial communities, which in turn impact biogeochemistry. In particular, microbial communities are assembled by deterministic (e.g., selection) and stochastic (e.g., dispersal) processes, and the relative balance of these two process types is hypothesized to alter the influence of microbial communities over biogeochemical function. We used an ecological simulation model to evaluate this hypothesis, defining biogeochemical function generically to represent any biogeochemical reaction of interest. We assembled receiving communities under different levels of dispersal from a source community that was assembled purely by selection. The dispersal scenarios ranged from no dispersal (i.e., selection-only) to dispersal rates high enough to overwhelm selection (i.e., homogenizing dispersal). We used an aggregate measure of community fitness to infer a given community’s biogeochemical function relative to other communities. We also used ecol... [more]
Application of a Two-Level Rolling Horizon Optimization Scheme to a Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell and Compressed Air Energy Storage Plant for the Optimal Supply of Zero-Emissions Peaking Power
Jake Nease, Nina Monteiro, Thomas A. Adams II
June 19, 2018 (v1)
We present a new two-level rolling horizon optimization framework applied to a zero-emissions coal-fueled solid-oxide fuel cell power plant with compressed air energy storage for peaking applications. Simulations are performed where the scaled hourly demand for the year 2014 from the Ontario, Canada market is met as closely as possible. It was found that the proposed two-level strategy, by slowly adjusting the SOFC stack power upstream of the storage section, can improve load-following performance by 86% compared to the single-level optimization method proposed previously. A performance analysis indicates that the proposed approach uses the available storage volume to almost its maximum potential, with little improvement possible without changing the system itself. Further improvement to load-following is possible by increasing storage volumes, but with diminishing returns. Using an economically-focused objective function can improve annual revenue generation by as much as 6.5%, but no... [more]
Space-constrained purification of dimethyl ether through process intensification using semicontinuous dividing wall columns
Sarah E. Ballinger, Thomas A. Adams II
June 12, 2018 (v1)
Keywords: Aspen Plus, Dimethyl Ether, Dividing wall column, Mobile Plant, Plant-on-a-truck, Process Intensification, Semicontinuous Distillation, Simulation
In this work, a distillation system is designed to purify dimethyl ether (DME) from its reaction by-products in the conversion of flare gas into a useful energy product. The distillation equipment has a size constraint for easy transportation, making process intensification the best strategy to efficiently separate the mixture. The process intensification distillation techniques explored include the dividing wall column (DWC) and a novel semicontinuous dividing wall column (S-DWC). The DWC and the S-DWC both purify DME to fuel grade purity along with producing high purity waste streams. An economic comparison is made between the two systems. The DWC is a cheaper method of producing DME however the purity of methanol, a reaction intermediate, is not as high as the S-DWC. Overall, this research shows that it is possible to purify DME and its reaction by-products in a 40-foot distillation column at a cost that is competitive with Diesel.
Modeling and simulation of an integrated steam reforming and nuclear heat system
Leila Hoseinzade, Thomas A. Adams II
June 12, 2018 (v1)
Keywords: Dynamic Modelling, Integrated Systems, Methane Reforming, Nuclear Heat, Simulation, Syngas
In this study, a dynamic and two-dimensional model for a steam methane reforming process integrated with nuclear heat production is developed. The model is based on first principles and considers the conservation of mass, momentum and energy within the system. The model is multi-scale, considering both bulk gas effects as well as spatial differences within the catalyst particles. Very few model parameters need to be fit based on the design specifications reported in the literature. The resulting model fits the reported design conditions of two separate pilot-scale studies (ranging from 0.4 to 10 MW heat transfer duty). A sensitivity analysis indicated that disturbances in the helium feed conditions significantly affect the system, but the overall system performance only changes slightly even for the large changes in the value of the most uncertain parameters.
Direct Steam Generation Concentrated Solar Power Plant with a Decalin/Naphthalene Thermochemical Storage System
Haoxiang Lai, Thomas A. Adams II
June 12, 2018 (v1)
This study presents the design and analysis of a new integrated direct steam generation (DSG) concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with a decalin/naphthalene thermochemical storage system. Model simulations were performed in accordance to historical hourly solar radiation data over a year, using a combination of Aspen Plus v10, MATLAB 2016b, and Microsoft Excel VBA. It was found that the proposed plant feasibly stored and discharged energy, based on the solar radiation and chemical storage availability, to maintain base-load power productions (250 MW or 120 MW) with an overall efficiency of 14.6%. The effectiveness of the designed storage system was found to be comparable to a molten salt storage system which is currently used in existing CSP plants. The proposed integrated DSG CSP plant with a decalin/naphthalene thermochemical storage system shows promise for being an alternative to existing CSP plants.
Biomass-Gas-and-Nuclear-To-Liquids Aspen Plus Simulations
Leila Hoseinzade, Thomas A. Adams II
June 12, 2018 (v1)
Aspen Plus simulation for eight different chemical processes. Each simulation corresponds to a process which convert biomass, natural gas, and in some cases, nuclear energy, into either dimethyl ether (DME) or Fischer-Tropsch liquids (synthetic gasoline and diesel). Some processes contain carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) steps.

The processes may include various technologies such as biomass gasification, steam methane reforming, integrated gasification and natural gas reforming, integrated high temperature gas-cooled reactors and natural gas reforming, water gas shift reaction, FT synthesis, DME synthesis, MEA or MDEA based carbon capture, gas combustion turbines, gas cleaning, and other processing steps. Nuclear energy, when used, is integrated into the system via a high temperature helium coolant as an energy carrier from certain kinds of Gen IV nuclear reactors.

The eight processes are: BGNTL-FT (biomass-gas-nuclear-to-liquids with FT synthesis), BGNTL-FT-CCS (the same w... [more]
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