A systematic study on a micro-thermophotovoltaic power generator with platinum tube

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Abstract

A micro-combustor is one of the most important components in developing the micro-thermophotovoltaic (micro-TPV) power systems. In order to enhance the flame stabilization and to have a bright incandescent emitter, a platinum tube is used to serve as an emitter. However, the operation range of a bright incandescent emitter is limited by the trade of flow rate and fuel concentration. In the present study, a novel combustion chamber design is proposed to overcome the critical heat loss and flame instability in a micro-TPV system by using a percolated platinum tube as catalyst, emitter, and flame stabilizer. Systematic experiments are performed to verify the performance of the proposed percolated-platinum combustor as compared to a plain platinum combustor. The effects of fuel/air distribution and inlet flow rate on the performance of the micro-combustor are reported. Concept, design, and demonstration of the small-scale percolated-platinum combustor for the micro-TPV system are addressed and discussed in the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2013
PublisherKorean Society of Combustion
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event9th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2013 - Gyeongju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2013 May 192013 May 22

Other

Other9th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2013
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityGyeongju
Period13-05-1913-05-22

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering

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    Li, Y. H., Chen, G. B., Cheng, T. S., & Chao, Y. C. (2013). A systematic study on a micro-thermophotovoltaic power generator with platinum tube. In Proceedings of the 9th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2013 Korean Society of Combustion.