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Erdiwansyah, Mahidin, Husni Husin, Muhammad Faisal, Muhtadin, Asri Gani, R. E Sardjono, Rizalman Mamat, "The Modification of the Perforated Plate in the Fluidized-Bed Combustor to Analyze Heat Convection Rate and Temperature", Journal of Combustion, vol. 2021, Article ID 4084162, 8 pages, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/4084162
The Modification of the Perforated Plate in the Fluidized-Bed Combustor to Analyze Heat Convection Rate and Temperature
Investigation of combustion temperature through experiments with a wide range of fuels, both solid and liquid, is continuously being conducted by scientists around the world, while the measurement of heat transfer rate can be analyzed when the combustion process occurs. Previous research has generally been conducted using liquefied gas, fossil fuels, and alcohol additives. Specifically, the research in this work investigated the convection heat rate and combustion temperature through the modification of the perforated plate. The experiment was conducted in the fluidized-bed combustor (FBC) fuel chamber using solid waste fuel of oil palm biomass. Measurements were performed at four different points using the HotTemp HT-306 Digital Thermometer. The results of the experiment showed that the convection heat rate in measurement one (M-I) reached 8.258 W/m2 for palm kernel shell (PKS) fuel. Meanwhile, in measurement two (M-II), the convection rate of 7.392 W/m2 was produced by oil palm midrib (OPM) fuel. The highest combustion temperature was recorded with OPM fuel (884°C) at M-I. However, the combustion temperature of the PKS combustion process is higher at 896°C but shows a less good trend than OPM. Overall, the measurement results of the three types of fuel used to modify the perforated plate applied in the FBC fuel chamber are excellent. It can be proven that the fuel is put into the combustion chamber with nothing left.
Combustion research continues to this day using both solid and liquid fuels. Experiments with combustion were conducted to determine the temperature level of the fuel used. In general, combustion temperature analysis is performed on motor vehicle engines, for example, [1–5]. Temperature analysis of combustion engines uses many fossil fuels, diesel, petroleum, and mixed fuels or additives [6–8], while the analysis of combustion temperature using solid fuels such as palm oil biomass is still very rare in various publications. Palm oil biomass is a source of renewable energy that can be used as a substitute for fossil fuels that are depleted over time.
Perforated plates play a very effective role in the resistance of fire collected from the fuel provided . The resistance of the perforated plate to the flame is the same as the metal mesh as described in the studies [10–12]. The main function of the perforated plate was to provide the speed of the flame as described in the study [13–15]. Modified perforated plates can significantly lower the speed of flame downstream as discussed in [16–19]. Perforated plates have the potential to extinguish flames.
In recent years, investigations into combustion temperatures using solid wastes such as palm oil biomass have begun to be in demand by some researchers. However, the use of palm oil biomass as fuel to analyze combustion temperatures in the FBC fuel chamber is still very minimal and difficult to find in various publications. Palm oil biomass is a renewable energy source that can be used for heating, cooling, and electrical energy. The availability of renewable energy sources in Southeast Asia is also very adequate [20–22]. The availability of renewable energy sources, especially in Indonesia today, is very abundant, especially solid waste biomass, which can be used as a power plant [23–27]. However, abundant energy sources cannot be utilized to the maximum.
Research on the interaction of flames with the application of perforated plates has been discussed in several pieces of kinds of literature, while the transition to flame acceleration and quenching has also been recently investigated . Investigations into combustion temperatures have also been widely presented in various literature studies. In general, investigations into combustion temperature and heat transfer are generally conducted using fossil fuels and a mixture of alcohol and fuel additives. However, investigations of combustion temperature and heat transfer in FBC chambers using solid waste biomass are still very rare in the literature. Therefore, to know the conditions of combustion temperature and heat transfer in the combustion chamber, FBC conducted a series of experiments by modifying the perforated plate. Palm oil biomass solid waste fuel is used to investigate combustion temperature levels and heat transfer by providing sufficient air through a perforated plate.
2. Experiment Setup and Materials
Experiments conducted in this study were analyses of the level of combustion temperature in the fluidized-bed combustor (FBC) chamber by making modifications to the perforated plates. Combustion testing uses solid waste biomass fuel from renewable energy sources such as palm kernel shell (PKS), oil palm midrib (OPM), and empty fruit bunches (EFB). The design of the FBC burn chamber used in this work is as short as shown in Figure 1. As for the analysis of temperature data in the FBC room, a digital thermometer brand HotTemp HT-306 is used. This digital thermometer can analyze the maximum temperature up to 1300°C as shown in Figure 2, while the modified perforated plate has a circle shape with a hole and two clasps on the edge and one main direction right in the middle of the plate which is shown in Figure 3. The function of the perforated plate is to supply air into the FBC chamber so that the fuel is inserted unsaturated due to the presence of incoming air to stir the fuel.
Furthermore, the steaming of combustion temperature in this study uses digital thermometer HT-306 as shown in Figure 3, while the specifications of digital thermometer HT-306 are presented in Table 1.
Research to analyze convection heat rate in FBC fuel chambers through the modification of perforated plates using palm oil biomass solid waste fuels such as palm kernel shell (PKS), oil palm midrib (OPM), and empty fruit bunches (EFB) is shown in Figure 4. Each fuel used weighs the same as 2.5 kg. Data collection of convection heat rate and combustion temperature taken at four different points is shown in Figure 1 . The use of palm oil biomass for conversion into bioenergy has been investigated in several previous studies [29–31]. The investigations carried out in their research overall convert biomass into environmentally friendly bioenergy, while in the tests carried out in this study, the modification of the hollow plate aims to investigate the temperature level and the rate of heat convection so that it can produce energy. However, this test has not yet reached the calculation of the energy produced, but to calculate the energy output from this combustion is the next work.
The palm oil biomass solid waste material used in this work was collected from a palm oil mill in Aceh Province. Oil palm biomass such as EFB and OPM is collected in the crude form. Meanwhile, PKS biomass is directly collected at the factory after going through crushing and then dried before being used as a fuel. As for the EFB and OPM, they must be cut first and then dried. The process of making biomass for fuel in this study is as presented in Figure 5.
Analysis for the calculation of convection heat rates was applied in the study using the following equation [32, 33]:where T1 is the temperature flame, T5 is the temperature outer wall, ro1 is the outer radius of the combustor, ri1 is the mine radius of the combustor, ro2 is the outer radius of insulation, ri2 is the inner radius of insulation, ri3 is the radius of the cylinder, k1 is the thermal conductivity of the plate, k2 is the thermal conductivity of the insulation, ho is the coefficient convection heat transfer from outer wall to air, hi is the coefficient in the wall from the combustor chamber to the inner wall, Ao is the outer cross-sectional area, and Ai is the inner cross-sectional area.
3. Results and Discussion
The research in this work is specifically to analyze the convection heat rate and combustion temperature level of the FBC indoor combustion process using palm biomass fuel (PKS, OPM, and EFB). The FBC combustion chamber is modified by a two-way hole and the main hole and steering wheel in the middle of the plate which are shown in Figure 3. This perforated plate is modified to provide air supply into the FBC fuel chamber so that the fuel incorporated can burn as a whole. Measurements of convection heat rate and combustion temperature are analyzed at four predetermined points as shown in Figure 1. The goal of the end-of-analysis results at each step is to assess the level of combustion efficiency in the FBC combustion chamber with perforated plate modification.
Based on the results of measurements conducted with a digital thermometer, brand HotTemp HT-306 shows that the convection heat rate in M-I reached 8258 W/m2 recorded for PKS fuel, while the convection heat rate obtained from OPM and EFB fuels reached 7493 W/m2 and 6268 W/m2, respectively, as shown in Figure 4. The high heat convection rate produced by PKS fuel is due to the longer combustion time compared to OPM and EFB. The results of the combustion temperature analysis of the three fuels used showed varying results, where the trend of combustion temperature for OPM fuel shows the best of PKS and OPM. The combustion temperature analyzed for PKS fuel is 948°C which is higher than that of OPM and EFB, respectively (884°C and 776°C), as shown in Figure 6. Tests performed with EFB fuel and temperatures were shown to be more lopsided at the time until the end of combustion. This indicates that the modification of the perforated plate can work well. The modification of the perforated plate can supply enough air so that the fuel is thoroughly inserted and nothing is left as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 8 Analysis of convection heat rate and combustion temperature measured on M-II showed that OPM fuel was higher than PKS and EFB. When compared to the convection heat rate on M-I, it showed a difference. This is because the measurement on M-II is the end of fire so that when OPM has burned, fire immediately spouts upwards, while fire burning at PKS and EFB is a little more ramped. The convection heat rate recorded with OPM fuel reaches 7.392 W/m2 compared to 7.232 W/m2 for the PKS and 7.203 W/m2 for the EFB as shown in Figure 9.
The combustion process with PKS fuel shows a higher temperature trend but is not optimal compared to OPM and EFB, while the combustion temperature trend for OPM and EFB burning materials shows an excellent trend. The maximum temperature from the test for each OPM, PKS, and EFB fuel at the M-II measurement point is 874°C, 840°C, and 860°C and is shown in Figure 10. The combustion temperature levels recorded in this study are higher than in previous studies [28, 34].
Furthermore, analysis and measurements were performed on measurement three (M-III) for convection heat rates for different fuels and combustion times. The convection heat rate measured in M-III shows that PKS fuel is 8.493 W/m2 higher than OPM and EFB at 6.274 W/m2 and 5.912 W/m2, respectively, as shown in Figure 11. This measurement is done on a freeboard that is above the combustor or in the room before reaching the boiler.
The results of the combustion temperature measurement on the M-III OPM fuel show an excellent trend. The maximum combustion temperature of the OPM combustion process reaches 764°C, slightly lower than the PKS (971°C). However, the temperature trend displayed by the PKS is not optimal because the combustion fire of the PKS is uneven so that the temperature displays up and down as shown in Figure 12.
The latest analysis in this work for the measurement of convection heat rate and combustion temperature was performed on a chimney (M-IV). Measurements at this point are important to monitor the level of combustion temperature and convection heat rate before reaching the boiler so that the boiler heating and released steam can be known. If the combustion temperature gets higher, then the steam that can be converted into energy gets bigger. The results showed that PKS fuel showed a higher convection heat rate than OPM and EFB. The convection heat rates of the three fuels used reached 5.728 W/m2, 5.695 W/m2, and 5.394 W/m2, respectively, as shown in Figure 13. However, the convection heat rate in M-IV measurement was significantly lower than that of M-I, M-II, and M-III, while the combustion temperature in M-IV decreased significantly from M-I, M-II, and M-III for all tests performed. The highest temperatures reached 699°C for PKS, 707°C for OPM, and 690°C for EFB as shown in Figure 14. The combustion temperature trend of OPM and EFB fuels is better than that of PKS. The trend of combustion temperature for PKS fuel is unstable because the air entering the FBC fuel chamber is not enough. This is because the modified air hole is covered by fuel so that the air does not enter optimally. The overall analysis for convection heat rate in this study shows that it is higher than the research conducted by Liu et al. , where the research is conducted for analysis in utilizing geothermal energy efficiently. In addition, the results of the analysis conducted in their study showed that the combustion temperature was lower than in this study.
Based on the results of the overall analysis, the convection heat rate for PKS fuel is higher than OPM and EFB, while the combustion temperature of the PKS fuel experiment is higher than that of OPM and EFB. Modification of the perforated plate shows a fairly perfect result. The successful modification of this perforated plate as the combustion fire is shown in Figure 15 where it can be seen that the rest of the ash is burning from the tests conducted. Modification of the perforated plate can run very well to supply air in the combustion chamber.
The modification of the hollow plate carried out in this work is specifically to analyze the heat convection rate and combustion temperature. Measurements were made at four different points of each fuel used. Based on the overall test results, the modifications applied in the study showed that they were more optimal than those without modifications. An in-depth investigation of the efficiency of the furnace will be carried out in future work. In addition, the investigation of the combustion efficiency of different plate modifications will also be a priority for the next work.
The tests conducted in this work are specifically to analyze the convection heat rates and combustion temperatures in FBC fuels with oil palm biomass fuels such as PKS, OPM, and EFB. Measurements are performed at four different points, and for each point, the heat convection rate and the resulting temperature are calculated. Based on the results of the experiments conducted, this can be concluded as follows:(1)The convection heat rate calculated on M-I reached 8.258 W/m2 recorded on PKS fuel. As for the measurement on M-II, the highest convection rate was recorded with OPM fuel of 7.392 W/m2.(2)At the combustion temperature for all points studied, OPM fuel shows a better trend than PKS and EFB fuels. The highest combustion temperature obtained from OPM fuel on M-I reached 884°C. However, the temperature of the PKS combustion process was higher at 896°C but showed a poor trend.(3)The convection heat rate of the highest EFB combustion process reached 6.268 W/m2 recorded in M-I, while the EBF highest combustion temperature reached only 776°C.(4)Overall, the measurement results for M-IV showed the lowest compared to M-I, M-II, and M-III.
The data collected in this study have been incorporated into the article as a whole. The data contained in this article are experimental data (oil palm biomass burning). The data contained in this study are the result of basic research that has not been previously published.
Conflicts of Interest
All authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
This research was supported by the Kemenristek Dikti and Higher Education Syiah Kuala University, Research Institutions, and community service with the contract number 166/UN11/SPK/PNBP/2021.
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