Hydrodynamics of a commercial scale CFB boiler-study with radioactive tracer particles

Weigang Lin, Peter F.B. Hansen, Kim Dam-Johansen, Claus Erik Weinell

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This paper presents the experimental results with radioactive tracer particles in an 80 MWth circulating fluidized-bed boiler. Batches of gamma-ray emitting tracer particles were injected into the standpipe. The response curves of the impulse injection were measured by a set of successive scintillation detectors located at different parts of the boiler. The results show that there are significant differences of the response signals when boiler loading changes. A model has been developed to obtain information from the experimental data. The particle recirculating rate is obtained by fitting the model to the experimental data. In the same way, the average particle velocities in the furnace are estimated. The impact of loading on the particle recirculating rate and on the hydrodynamics of the boiler is discussed. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Issue number20
Pages (from-to)5495-5506
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Fluidization
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Mixing
  • Multiphase Flow
  • Radioactive Tracer
  • Circulating Fluidized-bed Broiler


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