Thermal and Fluid Flow Processes in Sustainable and Conventional Energy

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2024) | Viewed by 603

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Dear Colleagues,

Thermal and fluid sciences are a field of engineering that finds usage within the areas of both conventional and sustainable energy. This Special Issue on “Thermal and Fluid Flow Processes in Sustainable and Conventional Energy” seeks high-quality manuscripts focusing on novel and significant developments in the area of thermal and fluid science applications in relation to conventional and sustainable energy. Studies associated with computational fluid dynamics (CFD), heat transfer, experimental fluid dynamics, and theoretical research in these areas are highly encouraged. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Petroleum engineering;
  • Fossil fuels;
  • Wind energy;
  • Solar energy;
  • Carbon capture and sequestration;
  • Stormwater management.

Dr. Tathagata Acharya
Dr. Sungwook Hong
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • computational fluid dynamics
  • experimental fluid mechanics
  • particle image velocimetry
  • petroleum engineering
  • renewable energy

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Heat Transfer and Thermal Efficiency in Oxy-Fuel Retrofit of 0.5 MW Fire Tube Gas Boiler
by Joon Ahn
Processes 2024, 12(5), 959; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr12050959 - 9 May 2024
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Abstract
Industrial boilers cause significant energy wastage that could be mitigated with oxy-fuel combustion versus traditional air combustion. Despite several feasibility studies on oxy-fuel burners, they are widely avoided in industry due to major infrastructural challenges. This study measured the performance and heat transfer [...] Read more.
Industrial boilers cause significant energy wastage that could be mitigated with oxy-fuel combustion versus traditional air combustion. Despite several feasibility studies on oxy-fuel burners, they are widely avoided in industry due to major infrastructural challenges. This study measured the performance and heat transfer characteristics of each component in a 0.5 MW fire tube gas boiler after retrofitting it with an oxy-fuel burner. Comparisons were drawn across three combustion modes—air combustion, oxy-fuel combustion, and oxy-fuel flue gas recirculation (FGR). The Dittus–Boelter equation was employed to predict heat transfer in the fire tube for all combustion modes at full load (100%). Heat transfer in the latent heat section of the economizer was measured and compared with predictions using the Zukauskas equation. With this retrofit, oxy-fuel combustion improved the thermal efficiency by about 3–4%. In oxy-fuel combustion, the flow rate of exhaust gas decreased. When integrated into an existing fire tube boiler, the fire tube’s heat transfer contribution diminished greatly, suggesting the economic viability of a redesigned, reduced fire tube section. Additionally, a new design could address the notable increase in gas radiation from the fire tube in oxy-fuel and FGR, as well as aid in the efficient recovery of condensation heat from exhaust gases. Full article
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