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Title: Simulation of char-pellet combustion and sodium release inside porous char using lattice Boltzmann method
Authors: Liu, YZ
Xia, J
Wan, KD
Vervisch, L
Wang, ZH
Zhao, H
Cen, KF
Keywords: LBM;Char combustion;Sodium;Porous
Issue Date: 19-Oct-2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Combustion and Flame, 2019, 211 (January 2020), pp. 325 - 336
Abstract: Char-pellet combustion is studied with the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) including sodium release and the ash inhibition effect on oxygen diffusion in the porous char. The sodium release and the shrinking of the char pellet are simulated by accounting for the reactions occurring both in the solid and gas phases. The combustion of a single char pellet is considered first, and the results are compared against measurements. The simulation of the pellet mass, pellet temperature and sodium release agreed well with in-house optical measurements. The validated lattice Boltzmann approach is then extended to investigate the combustion of porous char and sodium release inside the porous medium. The pore-structure evolution and the flow path variation are simulated as combustion proceeds. The simulations reproduce the expected different behaviors between the combustion products (CO and CO2) and the released volatile, here the sodium vapor. The combustion products are mostly generated at the flame front and then transported by the flow and molecular diffusion inside the complex porous char structure. However, the volatile sodium vapor forms in the entire porous char and tends to accumulate in regions where the flow motion stays weak, as in internal flow microchannels, or blocked, as in closed pores. These results confirm the potential of the LBM formalism to tackle char-pellet combustion accounting for the topology of the porous medium.
ISSN: 0010-2180
Appears in Collections:Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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