415009 Performance Improvement of Superadiabatic Radiant Burner By Using SiC Foam

Wednesday, November 11, 2015: 5:03 PM
255C (Salt Palace Convention Center)
Hu Wu1, Vahid Vandadi2, Chanwoo Park3, Massoud Kaviany4 and Oh Chae Kwon1, (1)School of Mechanical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea, (2)Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, (3)Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, (4)Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Performance improvement of superadiabatic radiant burner by using SiC foam


H. Wua, V. Vandadib, C. Parkc, M. Kavianyd and O.C. Kwona,*

aSchool of Mechanical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University

Suwon, Gyeonggi-do 440-746, Republic of Korea

bDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada

Reno, NV 89557, USA

cDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Missouri

Columbia, MO 65211, USA

dDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA


Extending the previous work on the potential of improving the performance of radiant porous burners by introducing a superadiabatic radiant burner (SRB) configuration in which combustion heat is recovered internally as well as externally and using alumina (Al2O3) foam, a new SRB is designed and experimentally investigated. The new SRB is fabricated using silicon carbide (SiC) for both porous media and radiation rods, and the diameter of the radiation rods has been increased for reducing thermal resistance and transferring more heat to the radiating disk surfaces. Temperature distribution in the porous SRB and the combustion stability limits and radiation efficiencies of the SRB have been measured. Results show the superadiabatic effects of the present SRB, e.g., the radiation temperature on the disk surfaces higher than the flue gas temperature at the same axial location. Compared with the previous alumina SRB, the combustion stability limits of the present SiC SRB are extended due to the stronger internal heat recirculation through the high thermal conductivity of SiC, indicating the improved performance of the SiC SRB that is acceptable for practical application.

Keywords: Superadiabatic, Radiant burners, Porous SiC burners, Heat recirculation


* Corresponding author.  E-mail: okwon@skku.edu

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