Advanced Design Optimization of Combustion Equipment for BioEnergy Systems Using Sculptor with CFD Tools

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Title Advanced Design Optimization of Combustion Equipment for BioEnergy Systems Using Sculptor with CFD Tools
Creator Smith, Joseph D.
Contributor Rao, Vivek, and Landon, Mark
Date 2013-09-23
Spatial Coverage Kauai, Hawaii
Subject AFRC 2013 Industrial Combustion Symposium
Description Paper from the AFRC 2013 conference titled Advanced Design Optimization of Combustion Equipment for BioEnergy Systems Using Sculptor with CFD Tools by Joseph Smith.
Abstract In the past, design changes for combustion equipment including process burners, gas flares, vent incinerators, etc. was accomplished using the "build and try" method. This tried and true approach was very expensive and took a lot of time to evaluate up to three or four different designs to identify the "optimal" configuration to reduce pressure loss and/or improve mixing efficiency. Efficient optimization algorithms along with better computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools are now available on affordable computer resources to allow a design engineer the option of examining hundreds of designs to find the "optimal" solution. Sculptor® from Optimal Solutions Software (OSS) automates engineering design shape optimization for CAE models (CFD, FEA, etc.). This is particularly useful for CFD shape optimization where chemically reacting flows and heat transfer is important in the design of combustion devices, chemical reactors, heat exchangers, etc. This paper discusses design optimization for combustion equipment used in a biomass fired furnace. Results of this work examine design concepts for co-firing biomass with coal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining high furnace efficiency and minimizing NOx formation. This work is meant to illustrate the current state-of-the-art in design optimization using CAE tools to improve combustion equipment performance. Based on the analysis of the simulation results, implications of various design options are discussed and recommendations made regarding potential advances in basic biomass/coal burner design.
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