The drop-tube reactor is an electrically heated unit used for a variety of fundamental studies including pyrolysis and oxidative kinetics parameters, release profiles of volatile matter, nitrogen, and carbon, and depositional characteristics when using coal and opportunity/biomass fuels. (view schematic)
The reactor is a laboratory-scale fluidized-bed reaction system that can be operated in the combustion or gasification mode. It is capable of utilizing a variety of traditional fossil fuels as well as opportunity/ biomass fuels. It is used for fundamental kinetics studies, fuels evaluation, and bed agglomeration assessment. The schematic depicts the unit in the gasification mode. (view schematic)
High-temperature, High-pressure Entrained Flow Reactor
The high-temperature, high-pressure entrained flow reactor is used to study the pyrolysis and gasification kinetics, mineral matter transformations and interactions of coal and biomass ash with refractory materials.
Fuel Preparation/Processing Equipment
Fuel preparation and processing equipment are available for cleaning coals, size reduction and classification of coal and biomass, and coal-water mixture (CWM) preparation. Pilot-scale facilities include two continuous ball/rod mill systems, several crushers, a hammermill, an air-swept pulverizer, three high-speed centrifuges, and mixing tanks/pumps for CWM preparation and handling. Bench-top facilities include several types of mills, crushers, and screening systems for fuel processing.