Subhodeep Banerjee, Robin W Hughes, "Biomass Combustion in a Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustor", DOE/NETL-2020/2148; NETL Technical Report Series; U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory: Morgantown, WV, 2020; p. 32. DOI: 10.2172/1659115.
Abstract: This report summarizes the current modeling effort on a 50 kWth CFB combustor with a diameter of 10 cm and a height of 5 m; designed, built, and operated at CanmetENERGY in Ottawa, Canada employing the multiphase particle-in-cell (PIC) approach in the open-source Multiphase Flow with Interphase eXchanges (MFiX) Software Suite. The MFiX-PIC model parameters for the simulation are tuned against cold-flow experiments from CanmetENERGY using 9 kg of olivine sand as the inert bed material. It is shown that for the relatively coarse fluid meshes and large parcel sizes necessitated by the scale of the simulation, filter size dependent corrections to the drag law must be incorporated to ensure accuracy of the simulation results.The validated cold flow model is extended to simulate reacting flow with torrefied hardwood as the feedstock and to validate the combustion reaction scheme. The species concentrations at the riser outlet are compared against CanmetENERGY’s experiments and show satisfactory agreement. The simulations demonstrate the ability of MFiX-PIC to accurately capture the physics and chemistry of a circulating fluidized bed combustor at bench scales, which can be further extended to pilot- and industrial-scale systems.Citation: Banerjee, S.; Hughes, R. Biomass Combustion in a Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustor; DOE.NETL-2020.2148; NETL Technical Report Series; U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory: Morgantown, WV, 2020; p 32. DOE: 10.2172/1659115.