Thermodynamic Model of COREX Melter Gasifier Using FactSage™ and Macro Facility
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In the current study, the thermochemical model of the COREX melter gasifier has been developed using the FactSage™ thermodynamic software, and macro programming facility. The melter gasifier was conceptually divided into various equilibrium zones dealing with the reactions happening in the reactor. The coal char and the coke being used are divided among them optimally. The model has been validated with respect to the plant data for the hot-metal, slag, and reducing gas composition. The effects of the variation in the degree of metallization, on the final hot metal, slag, and reducing gas, have been predicted using this model. The variations in the process parameters for the different industrial coal grades used in the COREX plant have been determined. The effects of the volatile, ash, and the moisture contents of the coal on the hot-metal and the reducing gas compositions have been reported.
The authors would like to acknowledge the help extended by the COREX plant, JSW Steel Ltd, Bellary by providing industrial data and the fruitful technical discussions.
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