Second Generation PFBC Systems R&D - Phase 2 and Phase 3

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When DOE funds were exhausted in March 1995, all Phase 2 activities were placed on hold. In February 1996 a detailed cost estimate was submitted to the DOE for completing the two remaining Phase 2 Multi Annular Swirl Burner (MASB) topping combustor test campaigns; in August 1996 release was received from FETC to proceed with the two campaigns to: (1) test the MASB at proposed demonstration plant full to minimum load operating conditions; (2) identify the lower oxygen limit of the MASB; (3) demonstrate natural gas to carbonizer fuel gas switching; and (4) demonstrate operation with ''low temperature'' compressor discharge ... continued below

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Robertson, A. October 25, 1999.

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When DOE funds were exhausted in March 1995, all Phase 2 activities were placed on hold. In February 1996 a detailed cost estimate was submitted to the DOE for completing the two remaining Phase 2 Multi Annular Swirl Burner (MASB) topping combustor test campaigns; in August 1996 release was received from FETC to proceed with the two campaigns to: (1) test the MASB at proposed demonstration plant full to minimum load operating conditions; (2) identify the lower oxygen limit of the MASB; (3) demonstrate natural gas to carbonizer fuel gas switching; and (4) demonstrate operation with ''low temperature'' compressor discharge air rather than high temperature ({approx} 1600 F) vitiated air. The 18 in. MASB was last tested at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) in a high-oxygen configuration and must be redesigned/modified for low oxygen operation. A second-generation PFB combustion plant incorporating an MASB based topping combustor has been proposed for construction at the City of Lakeland's McIntosh Power Plant under the U.S. DOE Clean Coal V Demonstration Plant Program. This plant will require the MASB to operate at oxygen levels that are lower than those previously tested. Preliminary calculations aimed at defining the operating envelope of the demonstration plant MASB have been completed. The previous MASB tests have been performed at UTSI in a facility constructed to support the development of MHD power generation. Because of a loss of MHD funding, the UTSI facility closed October 1998. On February 2, 1999, Siemens Westinghouse proposed a 12-week study that would identify the cost of modifying the MASB for Lakeland low oxygen operation conditions and conducting tests 3 and 4 above at the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC). On February 22, 1999, Siemens Westinghouse was given release to proceed with this study and results/recommendations were received on April 22, 1999. Siemens Westinghouse recommended a two-phase test effort. The first test effort would entail two 6-hour tests beginning November 1999 with the MASB operated with natural gas and ''cold'' compressor air. The MASB would be tested at full Lakeland pressure using the physical configuration planned for operation at lower pressure at Wilsonville in September 1999. As a result, the MASB test specimen would be a totally new unit (not a modification of a previously UTSI tested unit). The MASB would be installed in an existing AEDC test shell as shown in Fig. 1. Although the internals currently installed within the shell would have to be removed and reinstalled at the completion of the first test phase, no major facility modifications external to the shell are needed; this first test effort was estimated to cost $1.2 million. Although the second test effort was not the subject of this initial study, Siemens Westinghouse envisioned it being conducted in another AEDC test cell that is currently mothballed. The facility has been well preserved and it would be modified to permit syngas testing with both cold and hot vitiated air; these tests would not be conducted until the fall 2000 and were estimated to cost $3.2 million. Written questions were submitted to Siemens Westinghouse regarding their proposed test programs; their responses and cost estimates were transmitted to FETC on April 30, 1999. Review of the proposed programs by FETC revealed that they exceeded existing funding limits, and all further Phase 2 work was put on hold until additional funding becomes available.

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  • Grant Number: AC21-86MC21023
  • DOI: 10.2172/882021 | External Link
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  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc892083

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Robertson, A. Second Generation PFBC Systems R&D - Phase 2 and Phase 3, report, October 25, 1999; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc892083/: accessed January 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.