Simulation of Olive Cake Combustion in a Fluidized Bed Burner

Ahmad AlShwawra 1 and Jamil Al Asfar 2
1. Mechanical and Maintenance Engineering Department, German Jordanian University, Amman, Jordan
2. Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
Abstract—This study presents a theoretical investigation for olive cake biomass combustion in a fluidized bed combustion unit. Proximate and ultimate analyses for olive cake were performed to estimate the percentage of C, H, O, N, and S existing in this biomass. A mathematical model was built to represent the physical model of the combustion process of the biomass. Then a simulation was carried out using ANSYS/Fluent software to solve numerically the governing equations of continuity, momentum, energy, and mass diffusion using finite volume method. The simulation results show that the adiabatic flame temperature reaches 1270 K. The concentration of pollutants was also determined. 

Index Terms—biomass, olive cake, combustion, fluidized bed, CFD.

Cite: Ahmad AlShwawra and Jamil Al Asfar, "Simulation of Olive Cake Combustion in a Fluidized Bed Burner," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 7, No. 5, pp. 483-488, September 2018. DOI: 10.18178/ijmerr.7.5.483-488
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