In the traditional pressurized fluid bed (PFB) power system, the PFB is located in the highest pressure portion of the power cycle, Figure 1. This results in the smallest volume flow through the PFB, but also requires the combustion products to flow through the entire expansion train. This is not expected to be a major problem when the PFB temperature is limited to 1600°F for effective sulfur capture and to avoid alkali vapors in the products of combustion. However, when topping combustion is added ahead of the turbine so as to reach state-of-the-art turbine inlet temperatures, a major risk for turbine corrosion and fouling develops.

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