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Title: Losses from the Fort Wainwright heat distribution system
Authors: Phetteplace, Gary E.
Willey, W.
Novick, M. A.
Keywords: Electric generators
Heat loss
Heat transmission
Heat transfer
Heating plants
Steam pipes
Electric power
Heating plants
Fort Wainwright, Alaska
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Special report (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)) ; 81-14.
Description: Special Report
Abstract: This report estimates the heat losses from the heat distribution system at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Specific data on the Fort Wainwright heat and power plant are given and a method is then developed to calculate the heat losses from buried utilidor systems, such as the one at Fort Wainwright. This method is programmed for computer execution and estimates are made for the Fort Wainwright system, where heat losses are found to be 2.045x 10^5 MBtu/yr. Possible improvements to the system to reduce heat losses are examined. Of the possible combinations of additional pipe insulation investigated, the addition of 1 in. of insulation to the steam pipe only is the most economically favorable. The results also indicate that insulating only the generally larger pipes found in larger utilidors would be the most economically favorable approach. Possible reductions in heat losses due to reduced steam temperature are also given, as well as recommendations for refinement of the predictions.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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