Ocean Thermal Difference Power-Plant Design

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J. G. McGowan, W. E. Heronemus, J. W. Connell, P. D. Cloutier

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.

J. Eng. Ind 96(4), 1119-1129 (Nov 01, 1974) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438485 History: Received July 30, 1973; Online July 15, 2010


This paper discusses the preliminary design of a closed Rankine cycle power system using the ocean temperature difference as an energy source. A thermal cycle analysis and hull design factors for the system are presented. Graphical and tabular results which illustrate the importance of various cycle and design parameters are included as well as the outline of the digital-computer-based cycle analytical model. In addition, one design for a 400-mw power plant is shown.

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