Dynamic simulation study of the steam temperature in a ultra-supercritical circulating fluidized bed boiler system

Seongil Kim, Sangmin Choi (Corresponding Author), Tae Ho Song, Jari Lappalainen

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Abstract

A dynamic simulation of a modern ultra-supercritical circulating fluidized bed (USC-CFB) boiler system was performed using a physics-based model, where the boiler system was composed of an integrated system of heat exchanger (HEX) blocks. In each of the discretized elements of the HEX blocks, supercritical steam flow interacted with the solid–gas flow via heat transfer, and conservation laws, and physical phenomena of the CFB, and the supercritical steam flow was modeled to obtain the flow properties of each material side. By utilizing this model, the dynamic behavior of the main steam temperature, which was selected as the representative performance parameter for achieving safe and fast load changes, was simulated in response to changes applied to the main operating parameters such as the feedwater and fuel flow rates. The dynamic characteristics of the USC-CFB boiler were demonstrated by presenting the temperature responses of the steam and the circulating solid–gas after a step change in the feedwater and fuel flow rates. In the case of a load change, the dynamic response of the steam temperature was quantitatively presented by showing the transient overshoot and undershoot behavior, depending on the selection of the ramp speed when changing the feedwater and fuel flow rates. The steam temperature was also shown to be controlled by manipulating the inlet solid mass flow rate into the final superheater section of the external HEX. The comprehensive set of plant performance data that was generated from the model simulation can be utilized in setting up the operation strategies and/or in determining the control parameters for achieving stable steam temperature behavior during a load change.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 31 Mar 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Dynamic simulation
  • fluidized bed combustion
  • numerical simulation
  • once-through steam generator
  • physics-based model
  • solid flow
  • supercritical steam cycle

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