• New article published today in the IFRF Online Combustion Journal

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This week a new paper has been published in the IFRF Combustion Journal (http://www.journal.ifrf.net/) entitled:

Alkali Induced Corrosion of Silicon Carbide Heating Elements in a High Temperature Furnace


S. Arvelakis, F. Frandsen and K. Dam-Johansen


The effects of temperature and gas composition on the mechanical properties of sintered a-SiC heating elements were studied during the pre-melting stage of Si-rich ashes resulting from the co-combustion of biomass and coal in a high temperature, (1600C), furnace. The use of elevated temperatures, approximately 1600C, for the pre-melting of the ashes in combination with the composition of the tested samples often causes ruptures of the SiC heating elements resulting to reduced availability of the furnace as well as too high economic costs for the replacement of the destroyed elements. Depending on the temperature and the composition of the ash sample, failure of the SiC heating elements happens even after 12-15h of operation. The working temperature is shown to be the leading factor for this problematic behaviour, while the presence of carbon impurities in the ash samples in combination with alkali chlorides, carbonates and sulphates shown to significantly accelerate the process.

Corresponding Author:

Flemming Frandsen
CHEC research group
Department of Chemical Engineering
Danish Technical University
Building 229, Lyngby 2800

Tel. No.: 45 45 25 28 83
Fax No.: 45 45 88 22 58

E-mail: ff@kt.dtu.dk


corrosion, alkali metals, ash, silicon carbide heating element


The full paper may be downloaded from the server, in the “New Papers” section (http://www.journal.ifrf.net/articles.html), by clicking on the Acrobat PDF icon alongside the title.

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