1. Consider a simple ideal Rankine cycle and an ideal Rankine cycle with three reheat stages. Both cycles operate between the same pressure limits. The maximum temperature is 700°C in the simple cycle and 450°C in the reheat cycle. Which cycle do you think will have a higher thermal efficiency?
2. An ideal reheat Rankine cycle with water as the working fluid operates the boiler at 15,000 kPa, the reheater at 2000 kPa, and the condenser at 100 kPa. The temperature is 450°C at the entrance of the high-pressure and lowpressure turbines. The mass flow rate through the cycle is 1.74 kg/s. Determine the power used by pumps, the power produced by the cycle, the rate of heat transfer in the reheater, and the thermal efficiency of this system.