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Combustion Disturbances Related to the Fuel Bed in Grate Furnaces

Sven Hermansson (Institutionen för energi och miljö, Energiteknik) ; Christian Olausson (Institutionen för energi och miljö, Energiteknik) ; Henrik Thunman (Institutionen för energi och miljö, Energiteknik) ; Marie Rönnbäck ; Bo Leckner (Institutionen för energi och miljö, Energiteknik)
Swedish-Finnish Flame Days 2005 Vol. 1 (2005), 1, p. 150-158.
[Konferensbidrag, övrigt]

Combustion in grate furnaces is a common method for conversion of biofuels to energy, especially in small-scale heat production. In these furnaces combustion instabilities in the fuel bed are often observed. Here, an inventory is presented of combustion disturbances found in the fuel bed in grate furnaces. The inventory was carried out by interviewing personnel responsible for operation of ten furnaces and by recording of the fuel bed in eight of them by a portable video camera. Combustion disturbances were experienced in all except one of the furnaces. The most common disturbances were burnouts in the fuel bed and channelling at the bounding furnace walls. These disturbances are affected by practical factors related to the operation of grate furnaces. Those factors are presented together with suggestions for measures to reduce the frequency and magnitude of the disturbances. Digital image analysis was used to detect and quantify the size and movement of local burnouts in the fuel bed in one of the furnaces. The method can be used to find the source of disturbances or to evaluate contra-measures against burnouts.

Nyckelord: Grate combustion, biofuels, channelling, burnouts, image analysis

Denna post skapades 2006-08-25. Senast ändrad 2016-08-15.
CPL Pubid: 8071


Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för energi och miljö, Energiteknik (2005-2017)


Teknisk mekanik

Chalmers infrastruktur