A 2-D numerical model of flow, heat transfer, and combustion of coal particles in a laminar gas flow at O2/CO2 atmosphere was developed based on the Eulerian-Lagrangian methodology. The gas-phase combustion was modeled using the GRI-Mech 3.0. The motion of coal particles was simulated using a trajectory model. The model was employed to study the coal ignition time, temperature and mass changes. The effects of particle diameter, the flow temperature and oxygen concentration on the ignition time and the combustion characteristics of coal particles were also investigated. The results obtained show that smaller size particle experiences a shorter ignition time with a higher coal temperature. A higher gas temperature leads to a shorter coal particle ignition time; increasing the flow temperature the difference in the ignition time of different sized coal particles decreases. The coal particle ignition time is decreased when the oxygen concentration is increased.

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