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Status of the Multi-Annular Swirl Burner at the Power Systems Development Facility

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John Brushwood, John Foote

Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation, Orlando, FL

Frank Morton, Larry Wallace

Southern Company Services, Wilsonville, AL

Paper No. 2000-GT-0545, pp. V002T01A014; 7 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2000: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 2: Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Combustion and Fuels; Oil and Gas Applications; Cycle Innovations
  • Munich, Germany, May 8–11, 2000
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7855-2
  • Copyright © 2000 by ASME


The Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) is an engineering scale demonstration of two advanced coal-fired power systems and several high-temperature, high-pressure gas filtration systems. The PSDF was designed at sufficient scale so that advanced power systems and components could be tested in an integrated fashion to provide data for commercial scale-up. The PSDF is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Electric Power Research Institute, Southern Company Services, Foster Wheeler, Kellogg Brown & Root, Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation (SWPC), Combustion Power Company and Peabody Holding Company.

The PSDF is configured into two separate test trains: the Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) transport reactor train and the Foster Wheeler Advanced Pressurized Fluidized Bed Combustor (APFBC) train. The APFBC train also includes a topping combustor and gas turbine generator to produce electrical power. The APFBC train is designed for long term testing of the filtration systems and the assessment of control and integration issues associated with the APFBC system.

The Siemens Westinghouse Multi-Annular Swirl Burner (MASB) has been developed as the topping combustor for the APFBC application. In this application, the combustion air is vitiated air, a depleted oxygen (10 to 16 vol %), high temperature (1200 to 1400°F) (650 to 760°C) gas stream, which is the exhaust gas from the fluidized bed combustion of solid fuel. The topping combustor fuel is a synthetic low-Btu fuel gas at high temperature (1200 to 1400°F) (650 to 760°C) generated by gasifying coal in the APFBC. The hot MASB combusted gas is expanded through a gas turbine for power generation.

Commissioning of the MASB began in January, 1998. Over 400 hours of operation have been accumulated through November 1999. Several improvements have been designed and installed during commissioning. This paper explains the design basis of the MASB, describes design changes implemented at the PSDF and reviews the operational experience of the MASB at the PSDF.

Copyright © 2000 by ASME



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