Temperature prediction in a coal fired boiler with a fixed bed by fuzzy logic based on numerical solution

Biyikoglu A., Akcayol M. A. , ÖZDEMİR V. , Sivrioglu M.

ENERGY CONVERSION AND MANAGEMENT, vol.46, no.1, pp.151-166, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.enconman.2004.02.023
  • Page Numbers: pp.151-166


In this study, steady state combustion in boilers with a fixed bed has been investigated. Temperature distributions in the combustion chamber of a coal fired boiler with a fixed bed are predicted using fuzzy logic based on data obtained from the numerical solution method for various coal and air feeding rates. The numerical solution method and the discretization of the governing equations of two dimensional turbulent flow in the combustion chamber and one dimensional coal combustion in the fixed bed are explained. Control Volume and Finite Difference Methods are used in the discretization of the equations in the combustion chamber and in the fixed bed, respectively. Results are presented as contours within the solution domain and compared with numerical ones. Comparison of the results shows that the difference between the numerical solution and fuzzy logic prediction throughout the computational domain is less than 1.5%. The statistical coefficient of multiple determinations for the investigated cases is about 0.9993 to 0.9998. This accuracy degree is acceptable in predicting the temperature values. So, it can be concluded that fuzzy logic provides a feasible method for defining the system properties. (C) 2004 Published by Elsevier Ltd.