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Electrical Engineering, Measurement and Control Technology
The application of single-pulse shock tube techniques in the study of heterogeneous reactions is described. In particular, nitric oxide removal on carbonaceous materials at temperatures simulating pulverized coal firing is reported. Carbon black particulates were suspended and heated behind reflected shock waves in order to simulate flame-borne particulates. To meet the specific requirement of preshock conditions, a novel and simple powder aspirator was designed and fabricated for dispersing carbon black. Particle concentrations measured by a gravimetric method and by in-line light transmission were compared. Changes of nitric oxide concentration, reaction products and volatile species emitted from the particulates were analyzed with gas chromatographic techniques. Representative results of nitric oxide reduction by carbon black particulates at concentrations up to 50 g/m3 are provided, and indicate that single-pulse shock tubes coupled with a simple powder aspirator may be used to infer global rates for gas/solid reactions of potential importance in combustion.
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