Cleaner coal technology - Developing new predictive tools for improving the combustion processes for coal/biomass fuels

   Department of Mechanical Engineering

About the Project

Coal-fired power generation currently accounts for approximately 30% of the total energy market share globally and contributes a significant portion of the total emissions to the atmosphere. However, due to the ever increasing demand for electricity, coal will continue to play a key part in meeting this future demand. Therefore, developing cleaner coal technologies, including supplementing with bioenergy and better interacts with renewable generations, are urgently required in order to cut the pollutant emissions from the power generation sector. With strong support from industry, two new areas of cutting edge research in cleaner coal technologies are available as follows:

(i) Developing new predictive tools for improving the combustion processes for coal/biomass fuels

Ignition of pulverised fuel is the first stage in the combustion process. Successful ignition is important for achieving flame stability, improving combustion efficiency and reducing environmental pollutants. Improving the fundamental understanding of ignition phenomena is required to determine the ignition mechanisms of solid-fuel particles and this increasingly relies on engineering computer modelling. This project aims to develop a deeper understanding into the mechanisms of pulverised solid fuel ignition, and to develop a predictive fuel ignition model for an industrial burner configuration optimisation. This can result in improvements to plant flexibility and energy efficiency of modern coal-fired utility boilers to meet the demand of more flexible power generation and reduced pollutant emissions from power generation.

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Funding Notes

1st or 2:1 degree in Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, or other Relevant Discipline.

This project is available only for Self funded students.

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