Thermodynamic investigation of intercooling location effect on supercritical CO2 recompression Brayton cycle


  • Sompop Jarungthammachote Faculty of Engineering at Sriracha, Kasetsart University Sriracha Campus, 199 Sukhumvit Road, TungSukla, Sriracha, Chonburi, 20230, Thailand. Phone: +6638354580



Supercritical CO2, recompression Brayton cycle, intercooling, ratio of pressure ratio, split fraction


In S-CO2 recompression Brayton cycle, use of intercooling is a way to improve the cycle efficiency. However, it may decrease the efficiency due to increase of heat rejection. In this work, two S-CO2 recompression Brayton cycles are investigated using the thermodynamic model. The first cycle has intercoolings in a main compression and a recompression process (MCRCIC) and the second cycle has an intercooling in only the recompression process (RCIC). The thermal efficiencies of both cycles are compared with that of S-CO2 recompression Brayton cycle with intercooling in the main compression process (MCIC). Effects of a split fraction (SF) and a ratio of pressure ratio of the recompression (RPRRC) on the thermal efficiencies of MCRCIC and RCIC are also studied. The study results show that the intercooling of recompressor in MCRCIC and RCIC can reduce the compression power. However, it also rejects heat from the cycle and this leads to increasing added heat in the heater. The thermal efficiency of MCRCIC and RCIC are, then, lower than that of the MCIC. For the effects of RPRRC and SF to the thermal efficiency of the cycles, in general, when RPRRC increases, the thermal efficiency decreases due to increasing rejected heat. The increase in SF causes increasing thermal efficiency of the cycles and the thermal efficiency, then, decrease when SF is beyond the optimal value.



2021-09-19 — Updated on 2021-09-19


How to Cite

S. Jarungthammachote, “Thermodynamic investigation of intercooling location effect on supercritical CO2 recompression Brayton cycle”, JMES, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 8262–8276, Sep. 2021.