Development of an intelligent flame monitoring system for gas- fired steel reheating furnaces

H. S. Chong, Steven Wilcox, CK Tan, Shee Meng Thai, John Ward, Graham Andrews

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    This paper describes the development of an intelligent Flame Diagnostic System which is able to monitor the combustion characteristics of individual burners based on direct measurement and analysis of the flame radiation signals. A series of experiments were conducted on a 500 kW pilot-scale furnace fitted with a single burner. The experiments covered a wide range of burner operating conditions including variations in the burner firing-rate, combustion air-preheat temperature and excess air level. A fibre-optic based optical instrument, incorporating broad ultraviolet, visible and infrared photodiodes was developed and used to acquire the dynamic flame signals through a high-speed Data Acquisition system. These flame signals were then analysed off-line, using relatively simple signal processing methods, to yield a set of flame features. Correlations of these flame features with respect to the excess air level and NO x emissions were made using both Multiple-Linear-Regression and neural network models. The present work indicates that the measurement of flame radiation characteristics, coupled with advanced data modelling techniques such as neural networks, provides a promising means of monitoring and optimising burner performance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2008
    Event5th European Thermal Sciences Conference - Eindhoven, Netherlands
    Duration: 18 May 200822 May 2008
    Conference number: 5th


    Conference5th European Thermal Sciences Conference
    Abbreviated titleEUROTHERM 2008


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