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Determination of Kinetic Characteristics of Thermal Decomposition of Fuels in Order to Analyze the Combustion Processes. P. 118–128

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Mar’’yandyshev Pavel Andreevich
Institute of Energy and Transport, Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov (Arkhangelsk, Russia)
Chernov Aleksandr Aleksandrovich
Institute of Energy and Transport, Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov (Arkhangelsk, Russia)
Lyubov Viktor Konstantinovich
Institute of Energy and Transport, Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov (Arkhangelsk, Russia)


This paper presents a literature review on thermal methods of analysis of various fuels: different coals, different types of biofuel and biomass. The paper deals with thermogravimetric research, description of thermogravimetric curves, analysis of process of thermal decomposition of different fuels in inert and in oxidizing media. Various models are applied for kinetic parameters calculation, such as activation energy and a preexponential factor. The paper presents data on the kinetic parameters of thermal decomposition of fuels on the basis of different models, and an instrumentation overview for the experimental part of the thermal analysis, considers operating temperature range and characteristics of the various models, and a comparison of the values of the activation energy and the preexponential factor of different biofuels. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the prospects of the complex thermal analysis, to determine the kinetic parameters on its basis and to use the certain data in numerical simulation of combustion processes, heat transfer, fluid dynamics. There is a lack of work on the thermogravimetric and kinetic studies of wood biofuels in the literature, which is a promising research area. Data on the kinetic characteristics are used in the numerical modeling of burning processes of the boiler units, namely at the process calculation of thermal decomposition and combustion of fuels. The software products, such as Ansys Fluent, CFX, Fire 3D, SigmaFlame, STAR, CCM +, OpenFoam, Flow Vision et al. in their algorithms use the differential kinetic model of fuel combustion, where the following kinetic constants of the activation energy and the preexponential factor are applicable.


biofuels, thermal decomposition, thermogravimetric investigation, kinetic investigation, activation energy, preexponential factor, computational modelling
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