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See detailA Combined Experimental and Numerical Approach to a Discrete Description of Indirect Reduction of Iron Oxide
Peters, Bernhard UL; Hoffmann, F.; Senk, D. et al

in LA METALLURGIA ITALIANA (2016), (3), 49-54

Blast furnaces are complex counter-current reactors designed to reduce chemically iron oxides and melt them to liquid iron. The complex processes in blast furnace iron making involve various aspects of ... [more ▼]

Blast furnaces are complex counter-current reactors designed to reduce chemically iron oxides and melt them to liquid iron. The complex processes in blast furnace iron making involve various aspects of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, chemistry and physics. Physical, thermal and chemical phenomena occurring within the process are highly coupled in time and space. In order to generate a more detailed understanding of the indirect reduction of iron ore, the innovative approach of the Extended Discrete Element Method (XDEM) is applied. It describes the ore particle as discrete entities for which the thermodynamic state e.g. temperature and reduction degree through a reaction mechanism is described individually for each particle. The flow within the void space between the particles is represented by classical computational fluid dynamics that solves for the flow and temperature distribution including the composition of the gas phase. Ore particles and gas phase are tightly coupled by heat and mass transfer, that allows particles to heat up and to be provided with the reducing agent i.e. carbon monoxide. Reduction of iron oxide is predicted by a set of equilibrium reactions that represent the phase diagram of iron oxides at different oxidation levels. The reaction mechanism was validated by experimental data for a single ore particle for different temperatures. A comparison between measurements and predictions yielded good agreement so that reduction of iron oxide to iron was represented by a single mechanism including all reduction steps. The validated reaction mechanism was then applied to each particle of a packed bed that was exposed to define gas flow with its temperature and composition. The predicted results were also compared to experimental data and very good agreement was achieved. Due to the resolution of iron reduction on a particle level, detailed results of the entire reactor were obtained unveiling the underlying physics of the entire process. Results showed the reduction state of each particle during the entire period and additionally revealed the inhibiting influence of a non-uniform flow distribution. It provided regions of the packed bed with insufficient amounts of the reducing agent and thus, allowed identifying drawbacks for design and operation. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical study of the influence of particle size and packing on pyrolysis products using XDEM
Mahmoudi, Amir Houshang UL; Hoffmann, F.; Peters, Bernhard UL et al

in International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer (2016), 71

Conversion of biomass as a renewable source of energy is one of the most challenging topics in industry and academy. Numerical models may help designers to understand better the details of the involved ... [more ▼]

Conversion of biomass as a renewable source of energy is one of the most challenging topics in industry and academy. Numerical models may help designers to understand better the details of the involved processes within the reactor, to improve process control and to increase the efficiency of the boilers. In this work, XDEM as an Euler-Lagrange model is used to predict the heat-up, drying and pyrolysis of biomass in a packed bed of spherical biomass particles. The fluid flow through the void space of a packed bed (which is formed by solid particles) is modeled as three-dimensional flow through a porous media using a continuous approach. The solid phase forming the packed bed is represented by individual, discrete particles which are described by a Lagrangian approach. On the particle level, distributions of temperature and species within a single particle are accounted for by a system of one-dimensional and transient conservation equations. The model is compared to four sets of experimental data from independent research groups. Good agreements with all experimental data are achieved, proving reliability of the used numerical methodology. The proposed model is used to investigate the impact of particle size in combination with particle packing on the char production. For this purpose, three setups of packed beds differing in particle size and packing mode are studied under the same process conditions. The predicted results show that arranging the packed bed in layers of small and large particles may increase the final average char yield for the entire bed by 46 %. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling of the biomass combustion on a forward acting grate using XDEM
Mahmoudi, Amir Houshang UL; Besseron, Xavier UL; Hoffmann, F. et al

in Chemical Engineering Science (2016), 142

The grate firing system is one of the most common ways for the combustion of biomass because it is able to burn a broad range of fuels with only little or even no requirement for fuel preparation. In ... [more ▼]

The grate firing system is one of the most common ways for the combustion of biomass because it is able to burn a broad range of fuels with only little or even no requirement for fuel preparation. In order to improve the fuel combustion efficiency, it is important to understand the details of the thermochemical process in such furnaces. However, the process is very complex due to many involved physical and chemical phenomena such as drying, pyrolysis, char combustion, gas phase reaction, two phase flow and many more. The main objective of this work is to study precisely the involved processes in biomass combustion on a forward acting grate and provide a detailed insight into the local and global conversion phenomena. For this purpose, XDEM as an Euler-Lagrange model is used, in which the fluid phase is a continuous phase and each particle is tracked with a Lagrangian approach. The model has been compared with experimental data. Very good agreements between simulation and measurement have been achieved, proving the ability of the model to predict the biomass combustion under study on the grate. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailA Combined Experimental and Numerical Approach to a Discrete Description of Indirect Reduction of Iron Oxide
Peters, Bernhard UL; Hoffmann, F.; Senk, D. et al

in SteelSim 2015, MODELLING and SIMULATION of METALLURGICAL PROCESSES in STEELMAKING (2015)

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See detailExperimental and numerical investigation into iron ore reduction in packed beds
Peters, Bernhard UL; Hoffmann, F.; Senk, D. et al

in Chemical Engineering Science (2015)

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See detailAn Integral Approach to Multi-physics Application for Packed Bed Reactors
Peters, Bernhard UL; Besseron, Xavier UL; Estupinan, A. et al

in 24th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, ESCAPE 24 (2014)

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See detailScale-Resolved Prediction of Pyrolysis in a Packed Bed by the Extended Discrete Element Method (XDEM)
Peters, Bernhard UL; Besseron, Xavier UL; Estupinan, A. et al

in The Ninth International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology (2014)

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