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Title: Applications of tribology to determine attrition by wear of particulate solids in CFB systems

In recent years, much attention has been focused on the development of novel technologies for carbon capture and chemicals production that utilize a circulating fluidized bed (CFB) configuration; examples include chemical looping combustion and circulation of temperature swing adsorbents in a CFB configuration for CO 2 capture. A major uncertainty in determining the economic feasibility of these technologies is the required solids makeup rate, which, among other factors, is due to impact and wear attrition at various locations, including standpipes, cyclones, and the gas jets in fluid beds. While correlations have been developed that estimate the attrition rates at these areas, these correlations are dependent on constants that are uncertain without extensive experiment in the corresponding unit operation. Thus, it is difficult to determine the attrition rate a priori without performing extensive experiments on the materials or scaling up entirely. In this work, the authors outline a methodology for predictive attrition based on fundamental material properties from fields of tribology—specifically, the study of wear—to the knowledge of forces and sliding distances determined from hydrodynamic models to develop basic attrition models for novel CFB systems. The equations are derived for the standpipe and cyclone, which are common components found in CFBs,more » and the cyclone equation is compared to experimental data of attrition in the literature. The cyclone equation derived in this work results in an abrasion rate based on (1) material properties such as particle density and hardness, (2) inlet velocity, and (3) cyclone geometry. According to this equation, increasing the diameter of the cyclone and the solids inlet velocity tends to increase the rate of abrasion of the catalyst, while decreasing the hardness increases the abrasion rate. The functionality of the increasing attrition rate with velocity increase implies that increasing the efficiency of the cyclone may also increase the attrition rate via abrasion. With modifications to the severity coefficient term to include the solids loading, the cyclone equation derived in this work fits data from Reppenhagen and Werther with a coefficient of determination (R2) of 92%.« less
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  1. National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Albany, OR (United States); Oak Ridge Inst. for Science and Education (ORISE), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Albany, OR (United States)
  3. National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Albany, OR (United States); REM Enginerring Services, Morgantown, WV (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0032-5910; PII: S0032591016307513
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Journal Name:
Powder Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 316; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0032-5910
Research Org:
National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Albany, OR (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; 20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; tribology; attrition; CFB systems
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OSTI ID: 1396845