Chapter 3. Development and Implementation of a Three-Dimensional Combustion Code for Use in Glass Melting Furnaces

  1. Charles H. Drummond III
  1. K. L. Jorgensen1,
  2. S. Ramadhyani1,
  3. R. Viskanta1 and
  4. L. W. Donaldson2

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470294406.ch3

A Collection of Papers Presented at the 57th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 18, Issue 1

A Collection of Papers Presented at the 57th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 18, Issue 1

How to Cite

Jorgensen, K. L., Ramadhyani, S., Viskanta, R. and Donaldson, L. W. (1997) Development and Implementation of a Three-Dimensional Combustion Code for Use in Glass Melting Furnaces, in A Collection of Papers Presented at the 57th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 18, Issue 1 (ed C. H. Drummond), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470294406.ch3

Author Information

  1. 1

    Heat Transfer Laboratory, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

  2. 2

    Gas Research Institute, Chicago, Illinois

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1997

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375464

Online ISBN: 9780470294406

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Keywords:

  • predictions;
  • enthalpy;
  • radiation;
  • phenomena;
  • parameters

Summary

A fully three-dimensional computer code has been developed for predicting and analyzing combustion and heat transfer in the firebox of glass melting furnaces. The computer code models turbulent gas combustion in the three-dimensional geometry of the furnace. It is capable of predicting temperature, velocity, and species concentration distributions throughout the combustion chamber. It also spatially resolves the heat transfer to the glass/batch surface. Turbulent reacting flow and thermal field predictions are obtained from the solution of the conservation mass, momentum, and energy equations. Gas species concentrations are calculated using a fast-kinetics, single-step combustion model for turbulent diffusion flames. Temperature distribution is calculated from the species concentration distribution and the total enthalpy distribution given by the energy equation. The discrete ordinates method radiation submodel coupled to the energy equation is used to determine radiative heat transfer to the surfaces enclosing the combustion space. The computer code has been partially validated against test data obtained from a glass furnace simulator at the Institute of Gas Technology. Future work includes additional validation against data sets including data from an operating glass melting furnace. Parametric investigations will be performed to gain insights into the transport phenomena, gain expertise in using the computer code, and identify critical model parameters. A user interface will also be designed to facilitate the use of the computer code.