Abstract

Thin flat-shaped carbon black particles of 1.5 mm thickness by 22.5 mm diameter were combusted in pure oxygen at atmospheric pressures and temperatures in the range of 500 to 650 °C. One film kinetic-diffusion model was derived to characterize the kinetic and energy parameters for particles arranged in the form of a thin flat-shaped configuration. The kinetic and energy parameters, and operating regimes of thin flat-shaped char particles were characterized during the non-isothermal combustion process. The gasification regimes during preheating were also analyzed. Steady-state energy processes were considered to derive an energy conservation equation used for calculating the evolution of char surface temperatures as well as released peak energy rates and the specific energy, which are considered key engineering design parameters. The one-film kinetic-diffusion model showed that combustion of such particles was purely kinetic controlled under these conditions. The activation energy obtained varied between 50 to 74 kJ/mol using discrete time and linear fits to the Arrhenius equation. The total energies released per weight of char converted varied between 32.8 and 40.6 kJ/g. The highest peak energy rate released was 134 J/s when combusting char in O2 at a reactor temperature of 504 °C.

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