A Numerical Simulation Study into the Effect of Longitudinal and Transverse Pitch on Deposition of Zhundong Coal Ash on Tube Bundles

Zipeng Guo, Jianbo Li, Yintang Liang, Xiaofei Long, Xiaofeng Lu, Dongke Zhang

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Abstract

In this paper, the dynamic deposition behavior of Na-enriching Zhundong coal ash on tube bundles with varying longitudinal and transverse pitches was numerically studied. By using a modified critical viscosity model, an improved CFD deposition model has been established and key parameters, including deposit mass and morphology, particle trajectories and impaction and sticking probabilities, as well as the heat flux distribution, have been analyzed. The results show that the ash deposited on tubes in the first row is, respectively, 1.74 and 3.80 times higher than that on the second and third rows, proving that ash deposition in the downstream is lessened. As the longitudinal pitch increased from 1.50 D to 2.50 D, deposit mass in the downstream increased two times, suggesting that an increase in longitudinal pitch would aggravate ash deposition. The effect of transverse pitch, however, with the least deposit propensity at St/D = 1.75, is non-linear due to the joint effect of adjacent tubes and walls in affecting particle trajectory. In addition, due to the non-uniform distribution of the deposit, heat flux across the tube is the smallest at the stagnation point but becomes six times higher at two sides and the leeward, which makes the thermal damage of these sides to be warranted as a practical concern.

Original languageEnglish
Article number178
Number of pages20
JournalProcesses
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2024

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