Author: phineas

Energy Balance for Stoves in Indian Silk Industry

This article on the FAO website shows a comparison of several types of simples stoves and their energy balance using Sankey diagrams.

The Sankey diagrams show how the energy (typically from wood firing) is lost, and that only a small fraction of 12 to 20 % is actually being used as “useful heat”.

More of these “heat flow diagrams” can be found in chapter 4.2. of the article.

A rather special feature of the diagrams shown in this article is that the percentile values given for the flows cover a range (e.g. Ash and Char 5,97% – 12,15%), rather than a specific absolute value. This is rather untypical. Also, it can be noted, that the width of the arrows are not always to scale: compare, for example, the width of the “Surface” arrrow to that of the “Thermal Mass” arrow. It should be roughly four times wider.

The same Sankey diagram created with a Sankey software tool shows the arrow widths correctly.

Sankey Diagrams – a new kid on the blog

Welcome to Sankey Diagrams, a blog about a special type of flow diagram, that allows to represent material, energy or cost flows.

We will be presenting samples of Sankey diagrams and tidbits of information on these flow charts, widely used in engineering, especially in the energy field.

Of course we welcome your suggestions and comments. Do you have a Sankey diagram to share with the readers of this blog? Feel free to contact us.