Potential of the heat pipe in coal gasification processes [electronic resource].
- Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy, 1976.
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- Pages: 26 : digital, PDF file
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- United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
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- The declining production of natural gas in the United States has provided great impetus to the development of economcal methods of producing methane from coal. Coal gasification systems share in common a need for highly efficient heat transfer and energy recovery methods in order to maximize the coal-methane conversion efficiency. Characteristics of heat pipe heat transfer units that offer potential for increasing conversion efficiency and/or reducing production costs include: (1) complete physical separation of process streams, (2) capability of handling more than two process streams in a single unit, (3) heat removal at near-constant temperature, (4) high heat recovery efficiency, (5) low operating cost-with no requirement for auxiliary power, and (6) relative ease of cleaning. Design concepts incorporating heat pipes into indirect coal gasification units, methanators, and energy recovery units are presented and technological impediments that must be surmounted in the successful development of these units are discussed.
- Published through SciTech Connect., 01/01/1976., "la-ur-76-954", " conf-760906-9", 11. intersociety energy conversion engineering conference, State Line, NV, USA, 12 Sep 1976., Ranken, W.A., and Los Alamos Scientific Lab., N.Mex. (USA)
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