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Measuring system CellaCombustion

The limit values for NOx emissions are being lowered further and further by statutory provisions and licensing requirements. Furthermore, pressure is increasing on the operators of thermal waste incineration plants to reduce operating costs. At the same time efforts are made to increase the efficiency of the furnace and to minimize the wear of the furnace wall. For all optimization options, the correct measurement of the temperature in the combustion chamber represents a crucial measure. Nitrogen oxides arise from the nitrogen content in the waste and the high combustion temperatures, which are necessary for the destruction of the organic pollutants. With the aid of ammonia water as a reducing agent in the temperature range of 850 to 1050 °C the nitrogen oxides are converted to nitrogen (N₂) and water (H₂O).

Temperature is measured by means of thermocouples near the wall. However, it does not correspond to the furnace internal temperature, especially if the walls are equipped with heat exchangers. The inertia of the thermocouples causes a wide range of process control fluctuations. Furthermore, thermocouples present the physical problem of aging, that is to say a slowly increasing measurement uncertainty. They need to be replaced regularly, so consumption costs constantly arise.

Therefore, the use of pyrometers which determine the temperature in milliseconds from the infrared radiation of the measurement object is considered advisable for this measurement task.

Since the combustion process is very complex, an appropriate pyrometer must be chosen for it. Different devices are used, depending on the measuring point. They differ in their spectral sensitivity and measuring method.

The instruments of the PK series are compact pyrometers in a Ø 30 mm housing. In the case of the stationary instruments of the PA series, you can choose between a through-the-lens sighting or a video camera as a sighting aid. For a quick measurement of the temperatures at the different measuring points, the corresponding portable from the PT series can be used.


Measuring point Firebed (1)

CellaTemp PK 51 / CellaTemp PA 13 / CellaPort PT 113
These devices were developed especially for temperature measurements in flame heated furnaces. Thanks to the selective spectral range of 3.9 µm, water vapour and CO₂ existing in the pyrometer´s field of vision have no effect on the measuring results, even when measuring from large distances. This allows precise measurements through flames and combustion gases.

Measuring point Sooty flames (2)

CellaCombustion PK 62 / CellaCombustion PA 47 / CellaCombustion PT 147
Special pyrometers are used for non-contact temperature measurement of sooty flames in coal-fired power stations and incineration plants. The measurement and signal processing, both based on the two-colour method, detect the heat radiation of the soot emitting particles of the flame in the near infrared range at two wavelengths. In order to correct the influence of the wavelength-dependent radiation properties of the soot particles and the optical density of flames, a special algorithm is used during the temperature determination. The flame temperature can be used to optimize burnout in the furnace operation, reduce pollutant emissions and minimize slagging of the combustion chamber and heat exchangers.

Measuring point hot CO containing gases (3)

CellaCombustion PK 73 / CellaCombustion PA 18 / CellaCombustion PT 118
The pyrometers measure at a specific wavelength at which the chemical components of the hot combustion gas have a high optical density. The measuring depth depends on the concentration of the components and the proportion of particles in the gas at the measuring point. The devices are used in large combustion plants such as thermal waste-disposal plants and coal power plants.

Measuring point hot CO₂ containing gases (4)

CellaCombustion PK 72 / CellaCombustion PA 17 / CellaCombustion PT 117
These devices carry out the measurement at a specific wavelength at which hot, carbonaceous gases have a high optical density and thus good radiative properties. The pyrometers are used to measure the exhaust gas temperature in gas-fired boilers and small combustion plants. The measuring depth depends on the CO₂ concentration of the hot gas.

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Measuring system CellaCombustion

Temperature measurement of sooty flames and hot CO₂ gases in incineration plants.

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