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Comparative analysis of the thin-film desalination plant process

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Thin-film installations with different heating surface orientations are widely used in seawater technology. Despite the presence of various thermal schemes and the construction of evaporating devices for installations of this type, comparisons of their power output are not available. We have carried out a comparison of the thermal schemes of MSF and thin-film installations in order to determine the latter's effectiveness. We analysed the intensification of heat transfer by thin-film installations with seawater moving along the heating surface in the form of vertical film descending and ascending two-phase flow and horizontal film flow. Analysis was carried out on basis of many of our own researches and data received by other authors.

Keywords: thermal systems analysis, exergy effectiveness, thin-film heat transfer, seawater technology, nuclear desalination, thermodynamics, thermal desalination

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