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Slag Formation During Pilot-Scale Pressurised Entrained-Flow Gasification of Woody Biomass
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Energy Science.
2014 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Pressurised entrained‐flow gasification (PEFG) of sustainable woody biomass offers the opportunity for envi-ronmentally benign production of syngas that is suitable for synthesis of fuels and other chemicals. During the PEFG process, ash-forming matter in the fuel undergoes transformations. Slag formation is an important form of ash transformation that occurs inside a PEFG reactor. In most industrial-scale PEFG of coal, the ash-forming matter becomes predominately molten and flows down the side of the reactor wall to be continuously tapped and removed. The slagging behaviour of woody biomass fuels during PEFG is expected to be different to that of coal, due to significant differences in the amount, composition and reactivity of the ash-forming matter. The objective of this thesis study was to initiate the elucidation of slag formation during PEFG of woody biomass. This was carried out by obtaining and characterising ash deposits and slags from pilot-scale experimental cam-paigns. An oxygen-fired pilot-scale reactor (ETC Piteå, Sweden) was used for the study. A low reactor temperature (< 1200 °C) study was carried out with three different fuels fired in separate experimental campaigns: stem wood, bark and pulp mill debarking residue (PMDR). Deposits were taken from each of the campaigns from the reactor for chemical characterisation. The stem wood fuel resulted in very little deposit that exhibited only minor amounts of melt, or slag, formation with enrichment of Si. The bark and PMDR fuels resulted in larger amounts of deposits with greater amounts of melt formation that were also enriched in Si. It was found that silica-based fuel contaminants, e.g., quartz sand and feldspars, may have an important role in melt formation. Following on, high reactor temperature (> 1350 °C) experimental campaigns involving stem wood produced flowing slags that eventuated in blockages of the reactor outlet. These slags were also retrieved from the reactor and characterised. It was found that they likely comprised of products resulting from detrimental interactions between the fuel ash and the mullite-based refractory used for the reactor wall lining. Viscosity models and thermochemical equilibrium calculations (TECs) were utilised to offer an explanation for the behaviour of the slags. Additional TECs were carried out to investigate the propensity for melt formation between the main ash-forming elements of woody biomass, Ca, K and Si, under global reactor conditions with relevance to PEFG. The results showed that, in general, the conditions for melt formation are broadened with increasing pressure, increasing amounts of Si and increased concentrations of gaseous K species. Dissolution of Al₂O₃ from mullite (Al₆Si₂O₁₃) refractory due to ash deposits and the gasification atmosphere was also predicted by the calculations. A scheme of slag formation during PEFG of woody biomass in a reactor with mullite-based refractory lining was proposed in light of the experimental observations. Some practical suggestions to avoid ash-related problems during PEFG of woody biomass are also discussed. This work forms part of a broader study to elucidate the ash transformations that occur during PEFG of woody biomass, which is necessary in order to develop the process into commercial availability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå tekniska universitet, 2014.
Licentiate thesis / Luleå University of Technology, ISSN 1402-1757
Research subject
Energy Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-18723Local ID: a034b9da-8ee0-42a7-984e-b48a4a1532fbISBN: 978-91-7583-131-2 (print)ISBN: 978-91-7583-132-9 (electronic)OAI: diva2:991734
Godkänd; 2014; 20141102 (chamaf); Nedanstående person kommer att hålla licentiatseminarium för avläggande av teknologie licentiatexamen. Namn: Charlie Ma Ämne: Energiteknik/Energy Engineering Uppsats: Slag Formation During Pilot-Scale Pressurised Entrained-Flow Gasification of Woody Biomass Examinator: Professor Marcus Öhman, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Luleå Tekniska universitet Diskutant: Universitetslektor Christoffer Boman, Umeå Universitet Tid: Fredag den 12 december 2014 kl 10.00 Plats: E246, Luleå tekniska universitetAvailable from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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