New weighted sum of gray gases model applicable to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling of oxy-fuel combustion: Derivation, validation and implementation

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Abstract

Radiation is the principal mode of heat transfer in furnaces. Models for gaseous radiative properties have been well established for air combustion. However, there is uncertainty regarding their applicability to oxy-fuel conditions. In this paper, a new and complete set of weighted sum of gray gases model (WSGGM) is derived, which is applicable to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of both air-fuel and oxy-fuel combustion. First, a computer code is developed to evaluate the emissivity of any gas mixture at any condition by using the exponential wide band model (EWBM), and the calculated results are validated in very details against data in literature. Then the validated code is used to generate emissivity databases for representative air-firing and oxy-firing conditions, for each of which a refined WSGGM with new parameters is derived. The practical way to implement the model into CFD simulations of combustion systems is given. Finally, as a demonstration, the new model is implemented into CFD modeling of two furnaces of very different beam lengths, respectively. The CFD results are compared with those based on the widely used WSGGM in literature, from which some useful guidelines on oxy-fuel modeling are recommended.
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Radiation is the principal mode of heat transfer in furnaces. Models for gaseous radiative properties have been well established for air combustion. However, there is uncertainty regarding their applicability to oxy-fuel conditions. In this paper, a new and complete set of weighted sum of gray gases model (WSGGM) is derived, which is applicable to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of both air-fuel and oxy-fuel combustion. First, a computer code is developed to evaluate the emissivity of any gas mixture at any condition by using the exponential wide band model (EWBM), and the calculated results are validated in very details against data in literature. Then the validated code is used to generate emissivity databases for representative air-firing and oxy-firing conditions, for each of which a refined WSGGM with new parameters is derived. The practical way to implement the model into CFD simulations of combustion systems is given. Finally, as a demonstration, the new model is implemented into CFD modeling of two furnaces of very different beam lengths, respectively. The CFD results are compared with those based on the widely used WSGGM in literature, from which some useful guidelines on oxy-fuel modeling are recommended.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy & Fuels
Volume24
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)6275-6282
Number of pages8
ISSN0887-0624
DOI
StatePublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

    Research areas

  • Oxy-fuel combustion, Gas absorption, Radiation modeling, Weighted sum of gray gases model, Global combustion mechanism, CFD
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