Wexford, PA – August 6, 2015 – IMG Midstream has entered into a design project with students from UNC Charlotte’s engineering school to design a waste heat recovery system for IMG power plants. Working with Mark Schneider from IMG Midstream, five (5) mechanical engineering students started the project this spring and will finish during the fall 2015 semester. “We appreciate IMG Midstream for participating in our senior design program,” said Terry Jordan, Director, Industrial Solutions Lab, at UNC Charlotte. “Our industry partners play an integral role in the development of our engineering students allowing collaborative research with corporate team leaders to find solutions to their projects.”
About the Project
The natural gas supplied to IMG sites is at a low temperature and high pressure. Before the gas goes into the engines, the pressure must be dropped. As the pressure drops, the temperature of the gas drops to the freezing point of the gas and must be heated to avoid problems. The heat generated from this process is dissipated in the radiators and referred to as “waste heat.” For this project, the students will design a way to use this “waste heat” to heat the incoming gas. This will reduce the waste heat, and reduce carbon emissions – providing economic and environmental benefits.