Vol. XXIV, No. 1, Pp. 1-73
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Authors: Ahmed Rahmani, Ahmed Dahia
In this work, we are interested to simulate the thermal-hydraulic behavior of three-pass type fire-tube boiler. The plant is designed to produce 4.5 tons per hour of saturated steam at 8 bar destined principally for heating applications. A calculation program is developed in order to simulate the boiler operation under several steady-state operating conditions. This program is based upon heat transfer laws between hot gases and the fire-tube internal walls. In the boiler combustion chamber, the heat transfer has been simulated using the well-stirred furnace model. In the convection section, heat balance has been carried out to estimate the heat exchanges between the hot gases and the tube banks.
The obtained results are compared to the steady-state operating data of the considered plant. A comparative analysis shows that the calculation results are in good agreement with the boiler operating data. Furthermore, a sensitivity study has been carried out to assess the effects of input parameters, namely the fuel flow rate, air excess, ambient temperature, and operating pressure, upon the boiler thermal performances.
Key words: thermal-hydraulic modeling, fire-tube boiler, radiation heat transfer
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