Chapter 9. Pilot-Scale Testing and Preliminary Commercial System Design of a Gas-Fired Advanced Glass Melting Furnace

  1. John B. Wachtman Jr
  1. D. J. Bender1,
  2. J. G. Hnat1,
  3. A. F. Lltka2,
  4. L. W. Donaldson Jr.3,
  5. G. L. Ridderbusch3,
  6. D. J. Tessari4 and
  7. J. R. Sacks4

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470312841.ch9

Proceedings of the 50th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 11, Issue 1,2

Proceedings of the 50th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 11, Issue 1,2

How to Cite

Bender, D. J., Hnat, J. G., Lltka, A. F., Donaldson, L. W., Ridderbusch, G. L., Tessari, D. J. and Sacks, J. R. (1990) Pilot-Scale Testing and Preliminary Commercial System Design of a Gas-Fired Advanced Glass Melting Furnace, in Proceedings of the 50th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 11, Issue 1,2 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470312841.ch9

Author Information

  1. 1

    Vortec Corporation Collegeville, PA

  2. 2

    Avco Research Laboratory Everett, MA

  3. 3

    Gas Research Institute Chicago, IL

  4. 4

    CertainTeed Corporation Blue Bell, PA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1990

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470374894

Online ISBN: 9780470312841

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Keywords:

  • combustor;
  • thermal efficiency;
  • thermal efficiency;
  • gravitational;
  • combustion

Summary

This paper provides a process description and summarizes pilot-scale test results of a gas-fired advanced glass melting furnace being developed by Vortec Corporation and Avco Research Laboratory for the Gas Research Institute. A summary description of the preliminary design of a 50 tonne/day advanced glass melter system integrated into a commercial fiberglass manufacturing facility is also presented. The glass furnace system being developed uses a natural gas-fired combustor which rapidly heats batch materials in suspension within the flame. The products of combustion and the heated batch materials exit the combustor through a high velocity nozzle and are discharged into a melt chamber, where the two components of the flow undergo an impact separation process and the batch materials are brought together to form glass. The manner in which this process is being implemented in the advanced glass melter (AGM) has the potential of satisfying current as well as projected emission standards for NOx, SOx and particulates while providing improved thermal efficiency, reduced capital cost, and improved operational flexibility relative to conventional furnace designs.