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Particle composition and size distribution in coal flames - The influence on radiative heat transfer

Journal article
Authors Daniel Bäckström
Dan Gall
M. Pushp
Robert Johansson
Klas Andersson
Jan B. C. Pettersson
Published in Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science
Volume 64
Pages 70-80
ISSN 0894-1777
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
Pages 70-80
Language en
Keywords Coal, Flame, Particle radiation, Radiative heat transfer, Radiative intensity, Soot
Subject categories Thermal energy engineering


Radiative heat transfer in a 77kWth swirling lignite flame has been studied. The aim is to characterize different particle types present in a coal flame and to determine their influence on the radiative heat transfer. The study combines extractive particle measurements, radiative intensity measurements and detailed radiation modelling. The size distribution of the extracted particles was measured with a low pressure impactor and some of the size fractions were analysed with SEM-EDX. The measured total radiative intensity is compared with the modelled intensity based on the particle measurements in the same cross-section of the flame. The particle properties were calculated with Mie theory and the gas properties with a statistical narrow-band model. The results show that the contribution of coal/char particles dominates the radiative heat transfer in the investigated cross-section of the flame. The methodology applied in this work shows promising results for characterization of particle radiation in flames of practical size.

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