To investigate the effect of the furnace scale on the heat transfer mechanism of coal particles, numerical simulations of coal combustion fields in three different scale furnaces (915 MWth actual large scale boiler, 2.4 MWth and 0.76 MWth test furnaces) were conducted. High accuracy of simulation methods was validated with the measured data. From the comparison of numerical simulations between three different scale furnaces, it was clarified that the particle residence time with high particle temperature for a small scale furnace is shorter than that for a large scale furnace even if the particle residence time passing the high temperature gas is the same. This is caused by the insufficient heat gain of particles for a small scale furnace due to the lower radiation heat transfer because of the thinner flame thickness in the small furnace. The sphericity of ash particles from small scale furnaces is lower than that for large scale furnaces due to the shorter particle residence time with high particle temperature. These findings should be considered when the usability of coal brands for actual large scale boilers is evaluated by the fly ash properties from a small scale experimental furnace.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Fuel Technology
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology