Improving combustion stability in sugar factory boilers

Mann, Anthony P. (2013) Improving combustion stability in sugar factory boilers. In Bruce, Robin (Ed.) Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre, Townsville, QLD.


Reliable operation of a sugar factory boiler station is essential for efficient and timely processing of the cane supply. Sugar factory boilers have to contend with changes in fuel quality caused by variations in performance of the extraction station, different cane varieties and associated agronomic factors along with fluctuations in factory steam demand. These variations can affect the stability of combustion in boiler furnaces leading to reductions in boiler steam output and large furnace pressure fluctuations that can cause serious damage. This paper investigates the causes of unstable combustion, discusses aspects of boiler design that make a boiler more susceptible to unstable combustion and uses modelling to evaluate different options for improving combustion stability.

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ID Code: 73001
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Also published in International Sugar Journal, 116(1383), 184-189
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Keywords: boiler, bagasse, CFD, combustion, stability
ISSN: 0726–0822
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300) > Energy Generation Conversion and Storage Engineering (091305)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
Deposited On: 23 Jun 2014 22:36
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2015 01:34

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