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Development Of Training Simulator Software For Molten Salt Parabolic Trough Test Platform

Högemann, Daniel and Noureldin, Kareem and Bamberger, Florian and Hirsch, Tobias (2018) Development Of Training Simulator Software For Molten Salt Parabolic Trough Test Platform. In: AIP Conference Proceedings, 2126 (170005). SolarPACES 2018, 2.-5. Oktober 2018, Casablanca, Marokko. doi: 10.1063/1.5117675.

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Operators of a solar-thermal power plant bear a high responsibility as they are in charge of the plant integrity, the safety of staff and optimal performance. At the same time, the complexity of such plants is very high. Thus, skilled operators are needed to understand what they do and, especially, how to react in non-standard plant conditions. Training the operators for these situations is very important for trouble-free operation. Those items become particularly crucial for testing of parabolic trough plants with molten salt as working fluid, as they inherit the danger of HTF freezing at normal ambient conditions. DLR developed a training simulation software as a platform to train the operators in dealing with various scenarios and test automation concepts for plant control for the test facility in the HPS2 project. The simulator software features a detailed model for transient simulation of the solar field based on DLR’s Virtual Solar Field (VSF), a simulator management system and a human-machine interface (HMI). VSF communicates via a standard TCP/IP interface with the simulator management. The plant model features detailed modelling of the hydraulic network and storage system, alarm functions and control logics derived from the functionality of the test plant. The HMI is designed according to the real process control software. Simulations with measured weather data validated the correct behavior of the physical models. To understand the behavior of the plant, the plant model can be completely manually operated. Various weather scenarios can be loaded to show difficulties of transient situations, like a sudden direct normal irradiation (DNI) rise or drop. This enables the trainer to show real operation scenarios of the molten salt plant during the training course without endangering the test facility.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/124464/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Development Of Training Simulator Software For Molten Salt Parabolic Trough Test Platform
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Högemann, DanielDaniel.Hoegemann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Noureldin, KareemKareem.Noureldin (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3833-2425
Bamberger, FlorianInstitut für SolarforschungUNSPECIFIED
Hirsch, Tobiastobias.hirsch (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0063-0128
Journal or Publication Title:AIP Conference Proceedings
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.1063/1.5117675
Keywords:Software, Parabolrinne, Flüssigsalz, Training
Event Title:SolarPACES 2018
Event Location:Casablanca, Marokko
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2.-5. Oktober 2018
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Renewable Energies
HGF - Program Themes:Concentrating Solar Thermal Technology
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SW - Solar and Wind Energy
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Advanced Heat Transfer Media (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Solar Research > Line Focus Systems
Deposited By: Högemann, Daniel
Deposited On:17 Dec 2018 10:25
Last Modified:14 Feb 2020 14:38

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