Investigation of coal particle gasification processes with application leading to underground coal gasification

Sutardi, T., Paul, M. C. and Karimi, N. (2019) Investigation of coal particle gasification processes with application leading to underground coal gasification. Fuel, 237, pp. 1186-1202. (doi: 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.10.058)

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A coal particle model is developed to investigate the thermochemical processes of gasification for underground coal applications. The chemical reactions are defined with an Eddy Break up (EBU) model for controlling the reaction mechanisms and the study is particularly focused on identification of the important kinetic parameters, which control the consumption rate of coal mass. As an initial validation, the coal particle oxidation based on the experimental results is used for comparison. The gasification reactions are subsequently applied for the thermochemical process investigation, and the results show that the best agreement of coal oxidation is achieved by the pre-exponent factor (A) of 0.002 and 85500, for the reactions, R2 (C + O2 = CO2) and R3 (C + 0.5O2 = CO), respectively. The kinetic parameters for the gasification process of coal particle leading to the syngas production are also optimised. The results show that the production of H2 and CO is controlled significantly by the level of oxygen concentration in the char reactions. However, their chemical rates are strongly dependent upon the reaction zones. For example, CO is produced in both oxidation and reduction reaction zones, while H2 production is dominated in the reduction zone. Spatio-temporal distributions of the gas species along with the coal particle temperature provide additional information for further development of UCG modelling. Ultimately, the model gives a good guideline with the associated thermochemical processes that can help developing advanced coal gasification technology and lead to improved syngas quality.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Thermochemical process, kinetic reaction, computational fluid dynamics, coal particle gasification, underground coal gasification.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Paul, Professor Manosh and Sutardi, Mr Tata and Karimi, Dr Nader
Authors: Sutardi, T., Paul, M. C., and Karimi, N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Fuel
ISSN (Online):1873-7153
Published Online:21 October 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Fuel 237: 1186-1202
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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