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IJAPM 2019 Vol.9(4): 196-204 ISSN: 2010-362X
doi: 10.17706/ijapm.2019.9.4.196-204

Mathematical Simulation on Solid Flow in COREX Melter Gasifier Using Discrete Element Method

Han Lihao, Li Yuehua, Liu Yanxia, Huang Weiqing, Qi Suci, Guan Xin
Abstract—Based on the principle of discrete element method (DEM), a 2D slot model of COREX melter gasifier has been established to analyze the solid flow pattern, velocity field and porosity distribution at a microscopic level. The results show that the solid flow pattern changes from linear mode to curving down on the both sides by means of joining tracer particles, which states that the descending velocity near the furnace wall is higher than the velocity near the furnace center. The results also confirm that the solid flow can be divided into several different flow zones including dead zone where the velocity of particle is low or motionless, the plug flow zone where the velocity distribution is uniform, and the channel flow zone which is located between the dead zone and the plug flow zone. The velocity distribution is asymmetric showing that there exits segregation phenomenon in the furnace, and the porosity distribution also clarifies this phenomenon. The influence of raceway in the vertical direction is limited to the region of 0.18 m from the hearth bottom level. The decrease of raceway size causes that the active region with higher velocity becomes shrink and the height of dead zone increases remarkable. The porosity is 0.37 in the dead zone, while in the raceway the porosity is 0.65, the porosity in the plug flow zone is between 0.37 and 0.65, and the porosity of upper free space is about 1.

Index Terms—COREX melter gasifier, discrete element method, porosity distribution, solid flow pattern.

Han Lihao, Liu Yanxia, Huang Weiqing, Qi Suci, Guan Xin are with Material Engineering Department, Hebei College of Industry and Technology, Shijiazhuang, 050091, P. R. China (email: 2773298420@qq.com).
Li Yuehua is with Basic Course Teaching Department, Hebei College of Industry and Technology, Shijiazhuang, 050091, P. R. China.

Cite: Han Lihao, Li Yuehua, Liu Yanxia, Huang Weiqing, Qi Suci, Guan Xin, "Mathematical Simulation on Solid Flow in COREX Melter Gasifier Using Discrete Element Method," International Journal of Applied Physics and Mathematics vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 196-204, 2019.

General Information

ISSN: 2010-362X (Online)
Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Appl. Phys. Math.
Frequency: Quarterly
DOI: 10.17706/IJAPM
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Haydar Akca 
Abstracting/ Indexing:  Index Copernicus, EI (INSPEC, IET), Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS), Nanowerk Database, Google Scholar, EBSCO, etc.
E-mail: ijapm@iap.org
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