The influence of flue gas recirculation on oxy-oil combustion in an existing furnace

Chung Cheng Chi, Ta-Hui Lin

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Oxy-fuel combustion has received increasing attention as one of the major solutions for CO2 capture. This study aimed to obtain a better understanding on the oxy-oil firing process and to gain experience handling flue gas recirculation. A 300 kWth multi-fuel combustion test furnace at National Cheng-Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan was chosen as the experimental facility. This experimental study had successfully converted a conventional air-fired furnace to operate on oxy-fuel firing with various operating conditions. Oxygen-enriched combustion and oxy-fuel combustion tests were conducted. The effects of oxygen enrichment, flue gas recirculation, fuel type, and thermal loading on the operational characteristics of the furnace such as temperature distribution, pressure variation, and emission characteristics were examined and discussed. Several concerns about a conventional air-fired furnace adapted for oxy-fuel combustion were scrutinized, including optimization of flue gas recirculation for better combustion efficiency, higher SO2 concentration in the flue gas under oxy-fuel operation, and air leakage coming from negative pressure operation. These findings provided valuable data to improve the performance of oxy-fuel combustion and to allow better conceptual designs in future development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1034-1044
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Chinese Institute of Engineers, Transactions of the Chinese Institute of Engineers,Series A/Chung-kuo Kung Ch'eng Hsuch K'an
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 17

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  • Engineering(all)


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