Natural gas liquefaction is an energy-intensive process in which energy reduction is a main concern. This research focused on minimizing the energy of the pure refrigeration cycle in natural gas liquefaction by improving the subcooling system. To minimize energy consumption, a pure refrigeration cycle with a subcooling system was simulated, and the result was thermodynamically analyzed. The thermodynamic analysis identified an opportunity to reduce the energy consumption, and a new design was proposed for the subcooling system. In addition, the proposed design was deterministically optimized to find the optimal compressing ratio, temperature, pressure, and flow rate. As the result, the optimal operating conditions were determined, and the energy consumption was reduced by 17.74%.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering