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Performance prediction of wet cooling tower using artificial neural network under cross-wind conditions.

Author(s) : GAO M., SUN F. Z., ZHOU S. J.

Type of article: Article

Summary

This paper describes an application of artificial neural networks (ANNs) to predict the thermal performance of a cooling tower under crosswind conditions. A lab experiment on natural draft counter-flow wet cooling tower is conducted on one model tower in order to gather enough data for training and prediction. The output parameters with high correlation are measured when the cross-wind velocity, circulating water flow rate and inlet water temperature are changed, respectively. The three-layer back propagation (BP) network model which has one hidden layer is developed, and the node number in the input layer, hidden layer and output layer are 5, 6 and 3, respectively. The model adopts the improved BP algorithm, that is, the gradient descent method with momentum. This ANN model demonstrated a good statistical performance with the correlation coefficient in the range of 0.993-0.999, and the mean square error (MSE) values for the ANN training and predictions were very low relative to the experimental range. So this ANN model can be used to predict the thermal performance of cooling tower under cross-wind conditions, then providing the theoretical basis on the research of heat and mass transfer inside cooling tower under cross-wind conditions. [Reprinted with permission from Elsevier. Copyright, 2008].

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  • Original title: Performance prediction of wet cooling tower using artificial neural network under cross-wind conditions.
  • Record ID : 2009-1084
  • Languages: English
  • Source: International Journal of thermal Sciences - vol. 48 - n. 3
  • Publication date: 2009/03

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