SUBJECT: M.S. Thesis Presentation
BY: Ramy Imam
TIME: Monday, April 16, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: MRDC Building, 4211
TITLE: Development of a Direct Contact Heat Exchanger for a Particle Heating Concentrator Solar Power Application
COMMITTEE: Dr. Sheldon Jeter, Chair (ME)
Dr. Said Abdel-Khalik (ME)
Dr. Hany Al-Ansary (ME)


This thesis will report on the conceptual and preliminary designs and performance analysis and preliminary cost estimation of a particle to fluid direct contact heat exchanger for use in particle heating receiver based concentrator solar tower power application with an air-breathing gas turbine power block. The conceptual design will review existing designs such as the disc and donut design and innovative designs such as a discrete structure porous fill. Particular emphasis will be on consideration of particle introduction and removal technology as well as inlet particle distribution including scale model observations and evaluation. Another emphasis will be on particle retention to prevent damage to downstream components, especially the gas turbine. One or more suitable designs will be identified, and engineering performance and cost models will be developed and compared. The most feasible design will be proposed for further research.