Advanced Powder Technology, Vol.29, No.6, 1499-1506, 2018
Hydrodynamic characteristics in a pilot-scale cold flow model for chemical looping combustion
Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC) in two interconnected fluidized beds, i.e., the air reactor and the fuel reactor has been recognized to be promising. As the CLC setup design is critical and sensitive to oxygen carrier (OC) materials, it is very much essential to investigate hydrodynamics in a specially fabricated cold model set up for the successful development and operational control of corresponding large-scale hot model. In this study, a pilot-scale cold flow model CLC system has been designed and tested. The riser and fuel reactor were operated at circulated fluidized bed and bubbling fluidized bed conditions, respectively and the control of solid circulation between two reactors was done by two loop seals operated in bubbling fluidized bed conditions. The effect of fluidization velocity in the riser on the voidage profiles, solid circulation rate, and pressure profiles were investigated using Indian ilmenite (150-212 mu m) as OC. The stable operation of the system was established under various operational conditions. The results will be useful for the development of ilmenite based hot model CLC system. Moreover, the achievable variations of solid circulation rate in the present study in cold model setup will determine obtainable limit of extent of oxygen transport and thermal energy. (C) 2018 The Society of Powder Technology Japan. Published by Elsevier B.V. and The Society of Powder Technology Japan. All rights reserved.