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Calculations Related to Municipal Solid Waste MSW Burning Under High Temperature Air Combustion HiTAC Conditions

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David G. Lilley

Lilley & Associates, Stillwater, OK

Paper No. DETC2007-34864, pp. 661-668; 8 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2007-34864
From:
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 27th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4803-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME

abstract

New “high temperature air combustion” HiTAC technologies are evolving for the incineration of municipal solid waste for energy production and minimal pollution. As a contribution to this area of current research interest, a calculation procedure has been developed that permits rapid generation of general fuel-air combustion with many parameter variations. The program calculations are via Excel/VBA with immediate graphics of the parameter effects on the results. Thus, an extensive range of parameter effects may be quickly investigated and assessed. The very-general fuel is specified by way of its C-H-O-N-S content and additional water content and the “air” by way of the volume percent of oxygen, and the other component of “air” (nitrogen and/or carbon dioxide), each specified by the user. The temperature of each inlet (fuel and “air”) is specified by the user. The methodology and computer code takes as input also the equivalence ratio. Then, results of adiabatic flame temperature are calculated along with the equilibrium product species both with and without dissociation. Alternatively, the products temperature may be specified and the heat transfer in the combustor is then calculated. The computer code is very user friendly, with automatic nested loops for parameter variation and automatic generation of graphs, which are particularly useful in assessing the particular process under consideration. The application now is to incineration of municipal solid waste for energy production and minimal pollution. The waste may consist of a variety of specified components, including plastics and non-plastics, cellulose, cardboard, wood, etc. In the developed computer code, the choice of which components and their relative amounts is easily specified by the user.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME

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