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WIPO Patent Application WO/1980/000484
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Unit for thermal incineration of non-explosive gases with minor amounts of organic pollutants and for production of directly usable hot air, and which can be adapted to various types of supplementary fuel. The combustion chamber (1) consists of a flame pipe (5) inside an outer jacket (6). Through the space (7) therebetween, incoming process gas is led as coolant. At its front end (9), the combustion chamber has a burner (2) for supplementary fuel and a mixing-in zone for process gas. The process gas rapidly mixes with the hot combustion gases in the flame, the gas reaching its reaction temperature directly. Powerful turbulence in the mixing-in zone, film-cooling, convective cooling and even flow give highly efficient and pure combustion while keeping the flame pipe temperature low enough to prevent corrosion.

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Publication Date:
March 20, 1980
Filing Date:
July 31, 1979
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International Classes:
F23C99/00; F23C3/00; F23G7/06; F26B23/02; (IPC1-7): F23G7/06
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1. Unit for comb stion of nonexplosive process gase containing small amounts of organic compounds and producti of hot air directly usable for drying and heating, in a 5 combustion chamber of metal, with a burner for supplementa fuel at one end thereof, the unit being adaptable for different types of supplementary fuel: gas, lightoil, heavyoil; characterized by a flame pipe (5) with an inlet cone (11) for the flame from the burner (2) , an exchangeab 0 outer jacket (6) at a distance from and concentric to the flame pipe (5) to conduct the process gas into the space ( between the flame pipe and the outer jacket during convect ive cooling of the wall of the flame pipe, an intake for t process gas to said space (7) near the outlet of the flame 5 pipe (5) with an annular chamber (13) for even distributio of the process gas, a second annular chamber (19.) at the front end of the flame pipe for redirecting the process ga into an extension (19a) of the annular chamber between the front portion of the flame pipe and the inlet cone to cool 0 the outside of the inlet cone, an inlet slot (21) for process gas from the annular chamber (19) at the front end of the flame pipe for filmcooling of the inside of the inlet cone, outlet holes (10) for the process gas at the rear end of the inlet cone for mixing into the flame and 5 combustion of the pollutants, and a temperature sensor (23 at the outlet of the flame pipe for controlling the amount of supplementary fuel and process gas to the burner (2) .
2. Unit according to claim 1, characterized by an annular slot (22) in the inlet cone (11) for conducting 0 process gas from the extension (19a) of the annular chambe for filmcooling of the front portion of the inlet cone (1.
3. Unit according to claim 1 or 2, characterized by vanes (20) arranged at the redirection of the process gas between the annular chamber (19) and its extension (19a) t 5 impart the process gas a rotaty movement which evens out layering. ' 0 I. Wl.
Unit for combustion of process exhaust gas and production of hot air

The present invention relates to a unit for combustion of process gases and the production of hot air, directly usable for drying, with the aid of supplementary fuel in the form of gas, light-oil or heavy-oil, the combustion chamber itself being so constructed that it can be adapted to a selected supplementary fuel.

The unit according to the invention is a sheet metal construction and the use of sheet metal in the combustion chamber is made possible by the specific cooling technique and the mixing technique in the unit. The use of a metal construction provides an exceptional controllability and a great savings in energy in the unit, since there are no heavy walled-in constructions with high heat capacity to be cooled or heated when settings are changed, and the unit can be started or stopped almost instantaneous-ly. Thus the construction according to the invention weighs only a small fraction of what the corresponding traditional construction with ceramic walling-in would do.

Our construction is such that it can easily be adapted to different supplementary fuels depending on what is most suited to different plants and processes, and it can also be used for heavy-oil, which up to now it has been difficult to burn in sheet metal burners.

The reason for the difficulty of using heavy-oil in sheet metal construction, and for the limited usability of lighter fuels, is the low durability. To obtain a complete and soot-free combustion, the temperature must be kept high. This subjects the material in the combustion chamber to great stresses. Up to now, in order to obtain., su ficiently durable material, it has been necessary to use. -ceramic material, e.g. refractory brick. The problems which- ar significant in a sheet metal construction using such fuels as gas and light-oil, are further aggravated when using heavy-oil". The pollutants in heavy-oil, especially the small amounts of vanadium and sodium, form an easily melted.slag which sticks to the wall of the combustion chamber and can


cause corrosion even at 550°C. It has previously not been possible to combine the features of complete combustion a low wall temperature.

By using specific grades of steel, e.g. Avesta 253 and Inconel Alloy 671 and a special design technology in the construction, for example in parts subjected to high temperatures, we have achieved a very good life-time for units. As an example it can be mentioned that in a flange pipe connection the weld cannot be made in the usual mann with an annular flange welded onto a pipe. Rather, a flan with an extended nose must be used and the pipe welded to this flange nose to provide a more gradual transition between flange and pipe.

To obtain a satisfactory incineration of the organi compounds in the process gases the temperature must usual be kept at about 800 C. It is true that special heat resi ant organic compounds require temperatures as high as 130 1400 C, but these are exceptional cases requiring excepti al measures which we will not deal with here. The tempera ture of the wall of the combustion chamber may not exceed about 550 C since otherwise there would be especially serious corrosion when heavy-oil is used. In order to clarify the situation, we will mention something of the combustion process. The heat to which the wall of the combustion chambe is subjected is made up of a convective portion and a -- radiant portion. While the gaseous fuels and the lighter distilled oil products contribute insignificant or small amounts of radiant heat, the heavy-oil, because of the la particle content in the flame, subjects the wall to much more radiant heat. i * ..

The radiant heat from the flame follows.Stefan-

4 Bolzmann's Law, i.e. it is equal to λ x T where . is a function of, inter alia, the coefficient of emission whic for natural gas is about 0.1, for light-oil about 0.25 an for heavy-oil about 0.45, i.e. almost five times as great for the gas.

The incoming process gas is preheated, by leading it along the outside of the combustion chamber, the outside of the combustion chamber wall or the flame pipe having a temperature which is approximately half-way between the inner and the outer temperatures. A material-temperature balance shows that with a maximum wall temperature of 550 C including the radiant heat, and a combustion temperature of 800 C for complete incineration, for physical reasons the process gas can be preheated to at most about 300 C. The heat difference, i.e. corresponding to the' temperature difference between 800 C and 300 C, must be supplied by the supplementary fuel and contributions from the organic compounds in the process gas.

The unit according to the invention will be described in more detail below with reference to the accompanying drawings, of which

Fig. 1 shows an embodiment of the invention for use with light-oil or gaseous supplementary fuel,

Fig. 2 shows an embodiment for heavy-oil as the supplementary fuel, and

Fig. 3 shows the temperature conditions when using heavy-oil as a supplementary fuel.

In the figures, corresponding parts have. the same reference numerals. The combustion unit shown in Fig. 1 is made up of a tubular combustion chamber 1 at one end of which there-is a burner 2 for supplementary fuel. The burner 2 is used to give the incoming process gas a temperature which is high enough for all organic components therein to be completely combusted. The fuel to the burner, in this case light-oil or gas such as natural gas, town gas, propane..gas etc., is led in from a source, not shown, through the .pipe 3, and process gas for combustion of the supplementary fiiel is led in through the pipe 4. The combustion chamber itself 1 consists, of an inner flame pipe 5 and an outer jacket 6. Through the annular space 7 between the flame pipe and the outer jacket, the process gas is led and preheated which is not used as



combustion air in the burner 2. The process gas is led in through a ring jacket 8 around the rear end of the flame pipe and flows towards the front end 9 of the combustion chamber through the space 7, whereby the process gas is preheated at the same time as the flame pipe 5 is cooled convectively according to the counter-current principle. This preheating facilitates the subsequent oxidation of t organic pollutants and reduces the supplementary fuel required. The process gas is redirected 180 by the front end and is led into the flame pipe through holes 10- in an inl cone 11 which terminates at the burner 2 and through whic the flame from the burner goes. The holes 10 are elongate and shaped so that the intake into the flame from the bur is done in a well thought-out manner and the risk of poor ignition is minimized.

Likewise, the outer jacket 6 terminates at the inta for process gas with a holed cone 12 which seals against the end of the flame pipe. Around the conical slope there arranged a collection chamber 13 for process gas, which i led therefrom through the holes in the cone 12 into the space between the outer jacket and the flame pipe to prod an even flow without the formation of streaks. The flame pipe and the outer jacket are held detachably together wi flanges 14,15 at the ends and by spacer bolts 16,17 which allow for technical expansion.

Thus different outer jackets etc. can easily be attached to the flame pipe to adapt the unit to different conditions. A unit which uses heavy-oil as a supplementary fuel is shown in Fig. 2. The same flame pipe is used as for ga but the outer jacket is modified. The intake of the proce gas is done in the same manner through the ring jacket 8 the collection chamber 13 through the holed sheet metal c 12 on the outer jacket 6. The space between the outer jac 6 and the. flame pipe 5 is, however, smaller than in the g version to produce a more rapid gas flow and thus a more effective cooling of the flame pipe and thus compensate f

the radiant heat from the heavy-oil flame.

In the heavy-oil version, at the front end of the combustion chamber, an annular chamber 19 is arranged in the same way as at the rear end so that the process gas will flow evenly without a tendency to form streaks. To even out the flow even further, a crown of vanes 20 is arranged between the flame pipe 5 and the inlet cone 11 where the gas is turned 180 and goes into the extension 19a of the annular chamber. In this manner the gas tends to rotate, thus evening out any layering, and the jgoes into the burner chamber through the holes 10 in the inlet cone 11.

The inlet cone is heated considerably and is subjected to stresses by the radiant heat from the heavy-oil flame. The very turbulent flow of the process gas through the crown of vanes improves the cooling of the inlet cone, and furthermore the diameter of the same at the burner opening is already expanded as much as the design 'will allow.

To cool the inlet cone 11 additionally where it is especially acted on by the heat from the burner, an annular slot 21 is placed between the burner and the front edge of the inlet cone. A portion of the process gas flows in through this slot 21 and moves as a protective -film along the inside of the inlet cone where the heat stresses are greatest. The cooling of the .outside of the cone is thus also made especially effective since the flow direction of the process gas is reversed.

Film-cooling is also arranged along the inlet cone 11 where an additional protective film of process gas flows in through annular gaps 22 in the inlet cone. For controlling the operation of the unit, there is arranged in the outlet of the combustion chamber, a tempera¬ ture sensor 23, a thermocouple or the like, which via control equipment regulates the supply of supplementary; fuel and process gas to the burner. A thermal limit switch is coupled in as a safety measure, which immediately shuts off the burner if the temperature of the outgoing gas exceeds a

-dangerous value, 850 C for example, and prevents accidents.

Finally, Fig. 3 shows the material temperature


during operation of a unit according to the invention wi heavy-oil as supplementary fuel. The temperature of the outgoing hot air is kept at about 800 C by the described controls. At the minimum flow of process gas, the temperature curve labelled T_ . is obtained, which reaches its highe value of about 510°C at the end of the inlet cone and the falls continuously towards the burner outlet.

In the same manner, the curve T Q_max shows the wall temperature of the flame pipe at maximum process gas flow through the unit, and for intermediate flows the wall temperature lies in the lined ' area between the two curves The curve for the temperature of the outer jacket, (approximately independent of Q) , is also drawn into the figure and lies about 2-00 C lower than the flame pipe temperature. The temperature is plotted as a function of the distance from the opening of the burner and on the abscissa the upper portion of the combustion chamber is drawn so that the temperature can be shown directly as a function of the location on the unit. The abscissa has be indicated in this manner to show as clearly as possible t independence of the temperature curves from the size of t unit. The temperature relations are the same in all of th sizes manufactured, at present three sizes, DAG 6, DAG 8 DAG 12. Data for the units are given in the following tab


Max. heat load, MW 1 3

Max . gas flow, NirrVh 5000 10000 200

Nominal outlet temp., C 800 800 8 Pressure drop at 30°C inlet temp. 800°C outlet temp. , and max. gas flow, mm Vp 100 ' 100 1

Length, mm 3650 4900 58

Diameter, mm 600 800 " 12 Weight, kg 600 1300 ' 24

As was mentioned previously, the unit 'according to inve tion is designed for incineration of process gases a for production of hot air which is directly usable for


various processes, for example drying with high purity requirements. The purity of the hot air when using our present unit is a result of the described combination of various structural parts based on a correct thermodynamic concept. The process gas cannot be added directly to the flame. This would, of course, produce a very good mixture, but it would also produce a partially incomplete combustion with high soot concent in the gases. Our guiding of the inflow results very quickly in a homogeneous mixture with a flat temperature profile.

The lengths of the units manufactured are chosen so that they provide complete combustion of the different supplementary fuels and process gases and so that they give a sufficiently soot-free and pure flue gas to be able to be used directly in different processes without requiring heat exchange.