As one of the most important primary energy, bituminous coal has been widely applied in many fields. The combustion studies of bituminous coal have attracted a lot of attention due to the releases of hazardous emissions. This work focuses on the investigation of combustion characteristics of Shenmu bituminous pulverized coal as a representative bituminous coal in China with a combined TG-MS-FTIR system by considering the effect of particle size, heating rate, and the total flow rate. The combustion products were accurately quantified by normalization and numerical analysis of MS results. The results indicate that the decrease of the particle size, heating rate, and the total flow rate result in lower ignition and burnout temperatures. The activation energy tends to be lower with smaller particle size, faster heating rate, and lower total flow rate. The MS and FTIR results demonstrate that lower concentrations of different products, such as NO, NO2, HCN, CH4, and SO2, were produced with smaller particle size, slower heating rate, and lower total flow rate. This work will guide to understand the combustion kinetics of pulverized coals and be beneficial to control the formation of pollutants.
Part of the book: Developments in Combustion Technology