Effects of operating conditions on temperature profiles of a coal-fired thermal power plant

AHMAD, RASHIDI and AZMI, AHMAD and HAMDAN, HASSAN and MOOK, TZENG LIM and NOOR, AKMA WATIE MOHD NOOR (2015) Effects of operating conditions on temperature profiles of a coal-fired thermal power plant. In: Fourth International Conference On Advances in Mechanical, Aeronautical and Production Techniques - MAPT 2015, 26-27 September, 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Abstract

Thermal power plants have begun to shift their choice of fuel to cheaper coals such as lignite to reduce operating costs and to maintain fuel sustainability. However, the properties of the cheaper coals are highly fluctuating and pose challenges to the combustion process, leading to higher slagging or fouling propensities. The slagging process starts with the deposition of ash, which in turn originated from the complex process of soot formation in the flame area. Therefore, any abnormalities such as temperature distribution imbalances can be traced through monitoring techniques at the combustion state within the flame area. In this study, an imaging technique based on the visible wavelength regime was used to capture the temperature profiles of a 700 MW boiler near the burner area for different coal types and boiler operating conditions. The temperature profiles will serve as a point of reference for the plant personnel to determine the combustion state with respect to the boiler operating conditions. Results show that coal types with high ash content will deposit as slag on the heat transfer surfaces, hindering heat transfer, causing the flue gas temperatures to be higher. In addition, the temperature profiles show that that soot blowing activities reduce the differential temperature between the front and rear of the furnace, and can indeed improve the temperature distribution

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: combustion, slagging, imaging, temperature profiles.
Depositing User: Mr. John Steve
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 04:31
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2019 04:31
URI: http://publications.theired.org/id/eprint/1449

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