Some studies relating to the design of shallow, fluidized bed boilers

  • Krishna K. Pillai

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


The concept of shallow fluidized bed boilers is defined and a preliminary working design for a gas-fired package boiler has been produced. Those areas of the design requiring further study have been specified. Experimental investigations concerning these areas have been carried out.
A two-dimensional, conducting paper analog has been developed for the specific purpose of evaluating sheet fins. The analog has been generalised and is presented as a simple means of simulating the general, two-dimensional Helmholtz equation.
By recording the transient response of spherical, calorimetric probes when plunged into heated air-fluidized beds, heat transfer coefficients have been measured at bed temperatures up to 1 100°C. A correlation fitting all the data to within ±10% has been obtained. A model of heat transfer to surfaces immersed in high temperature beds has been proposed. The model solutions are, however, only in qualitative agreement with the experimental data.
A simple experimental investigation has revealed that the effective, radial, thermal conductivities of shallow fluidized beds are an order of magnitude lower than the axial conductivities. These must, consequently, be taken into account when considering heat transfer to surfaces immersed within fluidized beds.
Preliminary work on pre-mixed gas combustion and some further qualitative experiments have been used as the basis for discussing the feasibility of combusting heavy fuel oils within shallow beds.
The use of binary beds, within which the fuel could be both gasified and subsequently burnt, is proposed.
Finally, the consequences of the experimental studies on the initial design are considered, and suggestions for further work are made.
Date of AwardSept 1975
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorD.E. Elliott (Supervisor)


  • Design
  • shallow fluidized bed boilers

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