Improved Design of Thermal Airflow Process for the Annular Cooler and Fluent Simulation
Considering the current problems of low temperature of recovered gas, the direct gas emission of the fourth cooling zone in the operation of the annular cooler, thermal airflow process for the annular cooler is improved by analyzing the thermal airflow process and the structure of the annular cooler and using the principle of repeated convective heat transfer. Thus the above-mentioned problem can be solved. Simulation model of its thermal airflow process is established and the simulation results, obtained by using Fluent software, are as follows: the temperature of the gas in the first cooling zone entering the rotary kiln of the improved is about 110°C higher than that of the unimproved, the temperature of the gas in the second cooling zone entering the preheat zone I of the chain grate of the improved is about 150°C higher than that of the unimproved, and the temperature of the gas in the fourth cooling zone entering the downdraft drying zone of the chain grate of the improved is about 50°C higher than that of the unimproved. Pellet heat recovery efficiency is increased significantly.
Long Chen, Yongkang Zhang, Aixing Feng, Zhenying Xu, Boquan Li and Han Shen
X. L. Zhang et al., "Improved Design of Thermal Airflow Process for the Annular Cooler and Fluent Simulation", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 43, pp. 351-356, 2011