CFD simulation for investigating the effect of coal size on tangentially coal fired boiler combustion

Nur Ikhwan*, Wawan Aries Nugroho, Vivien Suphandani, Ardi Nugroho

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Boiler operation failure often caused by: local overheating on tube wall, coal combustion on super heater area or flue gas temperature exceeding 900 C before entering super heater. For increasing its reliability, boiler should be operated by avoiding the causes. The present CFD simulation was performed by varying mean coal size (35 and 74 micron) and tilting angle (0 and -5 degree). The simulation was performed by maintaining operational boiler parameter, namely: coal flow rate 155 ton/hr, air flow rate 1180 ton/hr and Primary Air: Secondary Air (PA:SA)=0.53.The study was taken on 300 MW tangentially coal fired boiler at PLTU Pacitan. Simulation result shows that selection of coal size 74 micron gives best condition or high reliability since there is no local overheating, flue gas temperature maximum is 836 and all coal burn before entering super heater. On the other hand, selection of 35-micron coal size is not recommended since it causes local overheating on lower boiler area, flue gas temperature reaching 1100 C and 0.015% coal burn on super heater area. The variation of tilting angle gives small effect on the combustion.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTHERMOFLUID XI
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference on Thermofluids 2020
EditorsSamsul Kamal, Harwin Saptoadi, Sutrisno, Deendarlianto, Khasani
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735441675
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2021
Event11th International Conference on Thermofluids 2020, THERMOFLUID 2020 - Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 10 Nov 202011 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Conference11th International Conference on Thermofluids 2020, THERMOFLUID 2020


  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Power plant reliability
  • coal combustion
  • local over heating
  • pulverized coal


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