Description: Thermal radiation plays a key role in the operation and efficiency of combustion systems, accounting for over 90% of the heat transfer. The analysis of radiative heat transfer in coal-fired boilers, combustion chambers and other energy systems requires accounting for the effects of inorganic deposits on bounding surfaces and of entrained particulates, such as pulverized coal, char and fly-ash. These effects can be predicted; however, the accuracy in predicting the radiative properties of entrained particles (ash) and deposit layers (slag) is limited by inaccurate knowledge of the physical/chemical properties of the materials over a range of material temperatures and radiative wavelengths that is representative of conditions in practical combustion systems. The objective of this project is to make laboratory measurements of the radiative properties of extracted ash deposit samples. During this quarter, technique validation measurements were performed on several test samples. Technique validation has been achieved for infrared opaque and semi-transparent materials that exhibit a high degree of specular reflection (i.e. having a negligible diffuse reflectance component). Validation has not been achieved for non-specular reflecting surfaces, but work is progressing on modifying the present system to accommodate these materials.
Date: January 1, 1989
Creator: Solomon, P.R. & Markham, J.R.
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