Steam gasification of refuse-derived fuel in a rotary kiln pilot plant: Experimental tests

Antonio Molino, Pierpaolo Iovane, Antonio Donatelli, Giacobbe Braccio, Simeone Chianese, Dino Musmarra

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Refuse-derived fuel (RDF) steam gasification tests were performed in a rotary kiln pilot plant. The gas features were evaluated by varying the feeding ratio (FR), in the range 0.4-2.67, at a constant temperature equal to 850 °C. Several experimental tests were carried out in order to evaluate the best values for the main operating variables: kiln temperature, gas and solid residence time, etc., before evaluating the effect of the FR increase on the gas energy content and composition. Results show that the gas energy content decreases as the FR increases and, in the range of the FR studied, it achieves the maximum for FR=0.4, which corresponds to a volumetric gas composition of H2=59.1 %vv, CO=16.8 %v/v, CO2=20.1 %v/v, CH4=3 %v/v (not considering N2) and the highest lower heating value (LHV) equal to 16 MJ kggas-1is obtained. Copyright © 2013, AIDIC Servizi S.r.l.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337 - 342
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Engineering Transactions
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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