Electrically heated 3D-macro cellular SiC structures for ignition and combustion application: This paper is dedicated to Prof. Dr. Miroslaw Weclas, a co-author, colleague and friend who sadly passed away prior to completion of this publication and whose inspiration remains with us

Ralf Falgenhauer, Patrick Rambacher, Lorenz Schlier, Jochen Volkert, Nahum Travitzky, Peter Greil, Miroslaw Weclas

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Abstract

The paper describes different aspects of porous combustion reactor operation especially at cold start conditions. Under cold start conditions it is necessary to increase the internal energy of the combustion reactor, to accumulate enough energy inside its solid phase and to reach at least the ignition temperature on the reactors inner surface. The most practicable method to preheat a cold porous reactor is to use its surface as a flame holder and to apply free flame combustion as a heat source for the preheating process. This paper presents a new electrically heated ignition element, which gets integrated in a three dimensional macro-cellular SiSiC reactor structure. For the development of the ignition element it was assumed, that the element is made of the same material as the combustion reactor itself and is fully integrated within the three-dimensional macro-cellular structure of the combustion reactor. Additive manufacturing like three-dimensional (3D) printing permits the production of regular SiSiC structures with constant strut thickness and a defined current flow path. To get a controlled temperature distribution on the ignition element it is necessary to control the current density distribution in the three-dimensional macro-cellular reactor structure. The ignition element used is designed to be an electrical resistance in an electric current system, converting flowing current into heat with the goal to get the highest temperature in the ignition region (glow plug). First experiments show that the ignition element integrated in a combustion reactor exhibits high dynamics and can be heated to the temperatures much above 1000 °C in a very short time (approx. 800 ms) for current of I = 150 A.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1557-1565
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Volume112
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • Cold start of porous reactor
  • Combustion in reactor
  • Integrated ignition element
  • Macro-cellular reactors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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