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Modeling of Power Efficiency in a Magnetohydrodynamic Generator Public Deposited

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  • The introduction of an Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) generator in coal or natural gas energy plants could significantly increase the efficiency by converting kinetic and thermal energy of the combustion exhaust to electrical energy by the generation of a Faraday and Hall current. The traditional MHD system was transformed into a simplified MHD model using assumptions that are reasonable in applications. To find a solution to the simplified model, backward finite difference method was implemented. The solutions to the model were then used in a constrained numerical optimization to maximize efficiency as a function of various initial conditions such as velocity, temperature, and pressure. Key Words: Magnetohydrodynamics, Optimization, Power Generation
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