Tiwary, Shishir and Chavan, Prakash D. and Saha, Sujan and Datta, Sudipta and Sahu, Gajanan (2018) Co-gasification of High Ash Coal–Biomass Blends in a Fluidized Bed Gasifier: Experimental Study and Computational Intelligence-Based Modeling. Waste and Biomass Valorization.

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Abstract

Co-gasification (COG) is a clean-coal technology that uses a binary blend of coal and biomass for generating the product gas; it is environment-friendly since it emits lesser quantities of pollutants compared to the coal gasification process. Although coals found in many countries contain high percentages of ash, co-gasification studies involving such coals, and the process modeling thereof, are rare. Accordingly, this study presents results of the co-gasification experiments conducted in a fluidized-bed gasifier (FBG) pilot plant using as a feed the blends of high ash Indian coals with three biomasses, namely, rice husk, press mud, and sawdust. Since the underlying physicochemical phenomena are complex and nonlinear, modeling of the COG process has been performed using three computational intelligence (CI)-based methods namely, genetic programming, artificial neural networks, and support vector regression. Each of these formalisms was employed separately to develop models predicting four COG performance variables, namely, total gas yield, carbon conversion efficiency, heating value of product gas, and cold gas efficiency. All the CI-based models exhibit an excellent prediction accuracy and generalization performance. The co-gasification experiments and their modeling presented here for a pilot-plant FBG can be gainfully utilized in the efficient design and operation of the corresponding commercial scale co-gasifiers utilizing high ash coals.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Co-gasification Fluidized bed gasifier Computational intelligence Genetic programming Artificial neural networks Support vector regression
Subjects: Coal Gesification
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Mr. B. R. Panduranga
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 06:29
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2018 06:29
URI: http://cimfr.csircentral.net/id/eprint/1939

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