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Combustion simulation in the secondary chamber of a pilot-scale incinerator
Niko Samec, Filip Kokalj, Jyh-Yan Chen, 2007, original scientific article

Abstract: A numerical analysis of combustion in the secondary chamber (thermoreactor) ofa two-stage pilot scale incinerator using computational fluid dynamics (CFD)is presented in detail. Various versions of the CFD program package CFX were used, which offer different combustion models for specific types and forms of combustion processes. The present study was focused on those physicalconditions that assure complete combustion, that is, temperature, residence time, and turbulent mixing. The selection of an appropriate combustion model was based on a comparison of the numerical results and experimental values of some combustion macro parameters in a thermoreactor. Combustion models based on one-step bimolecular chemical reaction and models based on multistep reactions were used. These models enabled a more detailed prediction of the combustion process in the secondary chamber of a pilot-scaleincinerator. The products of incomplete combustion that are significantly important for the designing and optimization of combustion devices can be predicted by applying multistep reaction models more accurately, especially in a transient regime of combustion.
Keywords: waste incineration, numerical modeling, combustion models, incinerator chamber, CFX, CFD, computational fluid dynamics
Published: 31.05.2012; Views: 1378; Downloads: 46
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Calculation of thermophysical and thermochemical properties during hydrocarbon combustion
Jurij Avsec, Franc Zgaga, Milan Marčič, 2002, original scientific article

Abstract: A mathematical model is presented for computing the chemical and thermophysical properties in the process of combustion of natural gas. To identify the parameters of state of combustion products, their composition hasto be known, which may be determined from chemical equilibrium. The computation is performed with the use of chemical potentials and statistical thermodynamics, featuring all important molecular contributions (translation, rotation, vibration, and intermolecular potential energy). A thermal equation of state with two virial terms is used. The real gas mixture is treated as consisting of four components: carbon dioxide, nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and water. Virial coefficients are dependent on temperature and mole fractions of the real components. Mixed terms are taken into account. The caloric equation of state is based on statistical thermodynamics for an ideal gas. Corrections are made in accordance with the second law of thermodynamics and the thermal equation of state. As the whole computation is based on matrix algebra, increasing the number of components presents no problems. We tested our model in the high-pressure region (100 bar) and the low-pressure region (1 bar), in the temperature range 500 - 6000°K. Our model is compared with other analytical models presented in the literature and shows relatively good agreement. At the same time we tested the influence of real conditions on the chemical and thermophysical properties of combustion products.
Keywords: statistical thermodynamics, thermodynamical properties, combustion of natural gas, mathematical models, thermodynamic functions of state, equation of state, virial coefficients
Published: 01.06.2012; Views: 1201; Downloads: 73
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