The effects of gas and air flow distributions on the performance of the Farleigh No. 3 boiler

Mann, Anthony P., Rasmussen, Bob, & Lloyd, Tony (2008) The effects of gas and air flow distributions on the performance of the Farleigh No. 3 boiler. In Bruce, Robin (Ed.) Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Townsville, Qld.


As more raw sugar factories become involved in the manufacture of by-products and cogeneration, bagasse is becoming an increasingly valuable commodity. However, in most factories, most of the bagasse produced is used to generate steam in relatively old and inefficient boilers. Efficient bagasse fired boilers are a high capital cost item and the cost of supplying the steam required to run a sugar factory by other means is prohibitive. For many factories a more realistic way to reduce bagasse consumption is to increase the efficiency of existing boilers. The Farleigh No. 3 boiler is a relatively old low efficiency boiler. Like many in the industry, the performance of this boiler has been adversely affected by uneven gas and air flow distributions and air heater leaks. The combustion performance and efficiency of this boiler have been significantly improved by making the gas and air flow distributions through the boiler more uniform and repairing the air heater. The estimated bagasse savings easily justify the cost of the boiler improvements.

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ID Code: 89460
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: bagasse, boiler, efficiency, CFD, measurements
ISSN: 0726–0822
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
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 2008 Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
Copyright Statement: No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission of the publisher. Published in 2008 in Mackay, Queensland, by the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Ltd (
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2015 02:08
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2015 15:55

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