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

Prévisions de la performance d'une tour de refroidissement humide utilisant un réseau neuronal sous des conditions d'écoulements d'air croisés.

Auteurs : GAO M., SUN F. Z., ZHOU S. J.

Type d'article : Article

Résumé

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].

Détails

  • Titre original : Performance prediction of wet cooling tower using artificial neural network under cross-wind conditions.
  • Identifiant de la fiche : 2009-1084
  • Langues : Anglais
  • Source : International Journal of thermal Sciences - vol. 48 - n. 3
  • Date d'édition : 03/2009

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