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Particle emissions from wood pellet combustion
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Energy Science.
2003 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Combustion of solid biomass under fixed bed conditions is a common technique to generate heat and power in both small and large scale grate furnaces (domestic boilers, stoves, district heating plants). Unfortunately, combustion of biomass will generate particle emissions containing both large fly ash particles and fine particles that consist of fly ash and soot. The large fly ash particles have been produced from fusion of non-volatile ash-forming species in burning char particle. The inorganic fine particles have been produced from nucleation of volatilised ash elements (K, Na, S, Cl and Zn). If the combustion is incomplete, soot particles are also produced from secondary reaction of tar. The particles in the fine fraction grows by coagulation and coalescence to a particle diameter around 0.1 microns. Since the smallest particles are very hard to collect in ordinary cleaning devices they contribute to the ambient air pollution. Furthermore, fine airborne particles have been correlated to adverse effects on the human health. It is therefore essential to minimize particle formation from the combustion process and thereby reduce the emissions of particulates to the ambient air. The aim with this thesis is to study particle emissions from small scale combustion of wood pellets and to investigate the impact of different operating, construction and fuel parameters on the amount and characteristic of the combustion generated particles. To address these issues, experiments were carried out in a 10 kW updraft fired wood pellets reactor that has been custom designed for systematic investigations of particle emissions. In the flue gas stack, particle emissions were sampled on a filter. The particle mass and number size distributions were analysed by a low pressure cascade impactor and a SMPS (Scanning Electron Mobility Particle Sizer). The results showed that the temperature and the flow pattern in the combustion zone affect the particle emissions. Increasing combustion temperature yields decreasing emissions of coarse fly ash and soot particles, however, the emissions of submicron fly ash particles increases simultaneously. Increased mixing rate in the combustion chamber will also decrease the emissions of soot particles. In addition to the operating conditions, significant differences in particle emissions were found between different biomass fuels. For the particles that were dominated by ash elements the particle emissions were correlated to the ash concentration in the unburned fuel. However, if the combustion condition allowed for organic particles, the sooting tendency of each fuel becomes important. Furthermore, the results showed that the fuel type affects the particle emissions more than the influence from different operating and construction parameters.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2003. , 18 p.
Licentiate thesis / Luleå University of Technology, ISSN 1402-1757 ; 2003:40
Research subject
Energy Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-26107Local ID: cacdd9a0-bd16-11db-9be7-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:999266

Godkänd; 2003; 20070215 (ysko)

Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2016-10-20Bibliographically approved

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