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.
|Publication status||Published - 22 May 2008|
|Event||5th European Thermal Sciences Conference - Eindhoven, Netherlands|
Duration: 18 May 2008 → 22 May 2008
Conference number: 5th
|Conference||5th European Thermal Sciences Conference|
|Abbreviated title||EUROTHERM 2008|
|Period||18/05/08 → 22/05/08|