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(European Conference on Coal Research and its Applications)




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Monday, 5th September

08.30Arrival and registration

Welcome from the University of Sheffield

Matthew Billson, Programme Director for the University Energy 2050


Keynote address

Energy Union and EU Energy and Climate Policy

Brian Ricketts, Secretary General, Euracoal, EU



Session 1A - IFRF:  recent projects

Session Chair:  David McCaffrey, Coal Research Forum, UK


The IFRF – past, present and future: a review of 70 years of the international flame research foundation as it starts a new phase

Philip Sharman, International Flame Research Foundation, UK


Modelling of particle fates in isothermal plug flow reactor

Leonardo Tognotti, International Flame Research Foundation, Italy


The IFRF online Solid Fuel Database (SFDB) of combustion characteristics of coals and biomasses

Jaroslaw Hercog, Institute of Power Engineering, Poland


An assessment of Fourier transform infra-red analysers for measurements in coal flames

Neil Fricker, International Flame Research Foundation, Italy


Session 1B - Modelling 1

Session Chair:  Mohamed Pourkashanian, University of Sheffield, UK


Dynamic modelling, validation and analysis of rotating packed bed absorber for post-combustion carbon capture based on chemical absorption

Eni Oko, University of Hull, UK


Process modelling and simulation of cruise ship energy system integrated with post-combustion carbon capture process

Xiaobo Luo, University of Hull, UK


Thermodynamic performance evaluation of supercritical CO2 closed Brayton cycles for coal-fired power generation with post-combustion carbon capture
Olumide Olumayegun, University of Hull, UK


Simulation of conventional and CO2 enhanced biomass gasification: a comparative assessment using aspen plus
Xiang Luo, The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China





Session 2A - Biomass 1

Session Chair:  Alan Thompson, AWT Fuel Consultancy, UK

11.45 Firing of 100% pulverized biomass in a 250 KW combustion test facility – effect of particle size on combustion performance
Janos Szuhanszki, University of Sheffield, UK
12.05 Impact of biomass co-firing with unreactive coals in pulverised fuel
Chris Bridge, University of Nottingham, UK

Population balance method simulation of biomass pellet milling in pulverized fuel combustion systems

Gary Newbolt, University of Nottingham, UK


Torrefaction and combustion of pellets made of mixture of coal sludge and straw
Dmitry Klimov, Clean Energy Ltd, Russia


Session 2B - Carbonisation

Session Chair:  John Patrick, University of Nottingham, UK


Char reactivity and its implications for blast furnace coal injection
Julian Steer, Cardiff University, UK


Investigating the effects of char physical structure on blast furnace coal injection performance
Dane Sexton, Cardiff University, UK


Coke oven monitoring through multivariate statistical process monitoring and slow feature analysis
Jie Zhang, Newcastle University, UK


Increasing the use of lignin in coking blends through torrefaction and mild oxidation
Miguel Castro Diaz, University of Nottingham, UK





Session 3A - Instrumental methods

Session Chair:  Malgorzata Wiatros-Motyka, IEA CCC, UK

14.20 Flame characterisation in a multi-burner heat recovery boiler through digital imaging and spectrometry
James Cugley, University of Kent, UK
14.40 Large eddy simulation of a coal flame: estimation of the flicker frequency under air and oxy-fuel conditions
Oscar Farias Moguel, University of Sheffield, UK
15.00 Multi-mode monitoring of carbon capture process using mixture slow feature analysis
Chao Shang, Tsinghua University, China
15.20 Near-wall phenomena in entrained-flow slagging gasifiers
Maurizio Troiano, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy
15.40 No speaker

Session 3B - Modelling 2

Session Chair:  Meihong Wang, University of Hull, UK


Improving efficiency of coal ignition by means of plasma: numerical modelling and experimental verification
Alexandr Ustimenko, al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan

14.40 A study on the mineral liberation and transformations during pulverised bituminous coal combustion
Laurence Silvester, University of Nottingham, UK
15.00 Computational modelling and empirical measurement of the devolatilisation and combustion of a high volatile Colombian coal
Mike Kryjak, RJM International, UK
15.20 Mathematical modelling and experimental study of pulverized lignite combustion in different conditions
Robert Lewtak, Institute of Power Engineering, Poland
15.40 Simulation of selected Kazakhstan coals using an Eulerian-Lagrangian multiphase particle-in-cell approach
Diyar Tokmurzin, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
16.30Poster session
18.00Poster reception and buffet


Tuesday, 6th September


Session 4A - RELCOM 1

Session Chair:  Bill Nimmo, University of Sheffield, UK 


Reliable and efficient combustion of oxygen/coal/recycled flue gas mixtures (RELCOM)
Neil Fricker, University of South Wales, UK

09.20 Nitrogen and sulfur release during coal devolatilisation and char combustion in conventional and oxy combustion conditions

Jaroslaw Hercog, Institute of Power Engineering, Poland

09.40 A global mechanism for NOx chemistry in oxy-fuel combustion
Anders Brink, Ċbo Akademi University, Finland
10.00 Validation of the FSCK radiation model for oxycoal combustion
Alastair Clements, University of Sheffield, UK

Session 4B - Emissions

Session Chair:  Connie Ellul, EDF Energy - CTO, UK


Break-through industrial combustion emissions performance on a 500MWe utility boiler
James Dennis, RJM Corporation (EC) Ltd, UK

09.20 Improving NOx emissions for coal plants by optimising air/fuel balance and combustion control system
Connie Ellul, EDF Energy UK, UK
09.40 Advance NOx control by combining in-furnace fuel additive combustion technology and SNCR
Marc Ottolini, International Innovative Technologies, UK
10.00 no show





Session 5A - RELCOM 2

Session Chair:  Philip Sharman, International Flame Research Foundation, UK

10.45 Experimental and modelling investigation into mercury oxidation under oxyfuel conditions
Kevin Hughes, University of Sheffield, UK
11.05 Dust explosion risk in oxy/coal systems
Frederik Norman, Adinex NV, Belgium
11.25 Detailed engineering analysis of retrofit and new-build oxyfuel power plants
Gerry Hesselmann, Doosan Babcock, UK
11.45 Combustion of low-volatile coal with an advanced oxy-fuel burner concept including direct oxygen injection
Simon Grathwohl, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Oxy-coal combustion monitoring and control
Palaniappan Valliappan, University of South Wales, UK


Session 5B - Biomass 2

Session Chair:  Toby Lockwood, IEA Clean Coal Centre, UK


Effective utilisation of existing coal firing plants by conversion to biomass firing: design methodology and prediction of performance
Stephen Mould, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, UK

11.05 Ignition and combustion of single particles of coal and biomass
Juan Riaza, University of Edinburgh, UK
11.25 Flame development in pulverised biomass for fine particles
Gordon Andrews, University of Leeds, UK
11.45 Steam exploded pine wood: flame speed and KST as a function of particle size
Gordon Andrews, University of Leeds, UK
12.05 New experimental study for co-pyrolysis of cellulose and waste plastic for gas production
Anthony Orji, University of Hull, UK





Session 6A - RELCOM 3

Session Chair:  Kevin Hughes, University of Sheffield, UK

13.40 Medium-scale burner testing in Ciuden’s 20 MWth pulverized coal boiler
Neil Fricker, University of South Wales, UK
14.00 Oxycoal Ciuden boiler CFD modelling
Marcus Charwath, EDF Energy UK
14.20 CFD modelling and scaling of a 40 MW burner for oxyfuel combustion
Sandy Black, Doosan Babcock, UK

Improvement of power plant flexibility by coupling of power generation with syngas-based chemical synthesis

Clemens Forman, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany


Session 6B - Coal-derived products

Session Chair:  Richard Sakurovs, CSIRO, Australia


Steam and moisture effect on gasification of German lignite in a pressurised fluidised bed reactor
Xiangyi Long, Imperial College London, UK

14.00 Improvement in the fluid properties of weathered medium volatile coals through oxidation
Miguel Castro Diaz, University of Nottingham, UK
14.20 Methylation of coal tar naphthalene oil fractions to increase amount of dimethylnaphthalenes using Au-Beta zeolite catalysts
Fatih Güleç, Ankara University, Turkey
14.40 Additive effects of aromatic oil and SBS upon feedstock recycling of degraded polymer modified asphalt
Motoyuki Sugano, Jissen Women's University, Japan





Session 7A - Ash and mineral matter

Session Chair:  Ed Lester, University of Nottingham, UK


Mineral phases in various fuel ashes using different ashing methods and related temperatures
Markus Reinmöller, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany

15.45 Understanding the ash deposition formation in a pilot-scale furnace: a dynamic CFD modelling analysis
Xin Yang, University of Sheffield, UK
16.05 Image analysis based ash fusion testing
Ed Lester, University of Nottingham, UK
16.25 A comparative study of geopolymers from oxy-combustion and chemical looping combustion bottom ashes
Bilainu Oboirien, CSIR Material Science and Manufacturing, South Africa

Session 7B - Fluidised bed technology

Session Chair:  Sandy Black, Doosan Babcock, UK


A study on the limestone sulfation behaviour under oxy-fuel circulating fluidized bed combustion condition
Wei Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

15.45 Study on ultra low NOx emission of char and lignite in circulating fluidized bed with post combustion
Tuo Zhou, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
16.05 Agglomeration studies in a 250kW pilot scale bubbling fluidised bed biomass combustor
Stephen Chilton, University of Leeds, UK
16.25 Hydrogen production via steam reforming of bio-oil model compounds over NixMgyO solid solution
Xiang Luo, The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China
19.00 Welcome drink and conference dinner at Firth Hall
10.30 Close


Wednesday, 7th September


Session 8A - Combustion

Session Chair:  Julian Steer, Cardiff University, UK

09.00 Improved flexibility of coal-fired power plants fulfilling the future requirements of renewable energy system
Toni Pikkarainen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
09.20 Optimising fuel flow in pulverised coal and biomass-fired boilers
Malgorzata Wiatros-Motyka, IEA Clean Coal Centre, UK
09.40 Differences in NOX formation and reduction behaviour for biomass and coal combustion in pulverized fuel furnaces
Collins Ndibe, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
10.00 Co-firing of coal and wood in a fixed bed combustor
Alan Williams, SCAPE, University of Leeds, UK
10.20 Current practices and challenges in utilization of coal in Pakistan
M Tayyeb Javed, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Pakistan

Session 8B - Carbon capture and storage 1

Session Chair:  Lin Ma, University of Sheffield, UK


The next generation of carbon capture technologies
Toby Lockwood, IEA Clean Coal Centre, UK

09.20 Dual-stage drying process of Indonesian lignite using pilot scale coal rotary dryer
P Phiciato, Research and Development Centre of Mineral and Coal Technology, Indonesia
09.40 The production and testing of industrial scale quantities of carbon capture solid sorbents
Yipei Chen, University of Nottingham, UK
10.00 Performance assessment of 1TPD post combustion CO2 capture with coal combustion
Muhammad Akram, University of Sheffield, UK
10.20 Development of novel amine solid sorbents for post-combustion CO2 capture
Hidetaka Yamada, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), Japan





Session 9A - Characterisation

Session Chair:  Stephen Mould, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, UK

11.05 Microscopic characterisation of a range of carbon based materials
Joseph Perkins, University of Nottingham, UK
11.25 Regional variations in the nanoporosity of bituminous coals
Richard Sakurovs, CSIRO Energy, Australia
11.45 Do PCDDs in iron ore sinter plant emissions have a fingerprint as well?
Dennis Thompson, University of Sheffield, UK
12.05 No show

Char morphology for Colombian coals using image analysis

Deisy Chaves, Universidad del Valle, Colombia


Session 9B - Carbon capture and storage 2

Session Chair:  Alan Williams, University of Leeds, UK


No show

11.25 Experimental and modelling investigation of oxy-coal combustion: based on Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics and direct calculation of char morphology
Liping Chen, Zhejiang University, China
11.45 CFD predictions of biomass combustion in a 250 kW combustion test facility
Kate Stechly, University of Sheffield, UK
12.05 Comparison of metal aerosol emissions from air-firing of coal and biomass for carbon capture applications
Karen Finney, University of Sheffield, UK
12.25 Investigation of particle radiation in a pilot-scale facility for both air and oxy-coal combustion
Hung Huynh, University of Leeds, UK
14.30Depart (latest)


Posters (listed alphabetically by presenter surname)

Effects of hydrothermal dewatering on the Indonesia lignite characteristics for fixed bed gasification

Ade Andriansyah Efendi, R&D Centre for Mineral and Coal Technology, Indonesia


Multi-mode combustion process monitoring through flame imaging and soft-computing

Xiaojing Bai, University of Kent, UK


Initial evaluation of a Colombian coal/biomass stoker furnace

Deisy Chaves, Universidad del Valle, Colombia


Flame stability assessment
Palaniappan Valliappan, University of South Wales, UK


Investigations into flow characteristics of pneumatically conveyed coal/biomass blends using an electrostatic sensor array

James Coombes, University of Kent, UK


Reliable and efficient combustion of oxygen/coal/recycled flue gas mixtures (RELCOM)
Neil Fricker, University of South Wales, UK


RIMER and SA based thermal efficiency optimization for fired heaters
Xiaoyong Gao, Tsinghua University, China


Thermodynamic modelling of unloaded and loaded N,N-diethylethanolamine solutions
Monica Garcia, University of Surrey, UK


Effects of bimetal and metal doping on mordenite catalyst for methylation of coal tar naphthalene oil fraction
Fatih Güleç, Ankara University, Turkey


Determination of coal liquefaction mechanisms tetralin with microwave energy using discrete time models
Fatih Güleç, Ankara University, Turkey


An observation on combustion kinetics of Turkish fuels

Feyza Kazanç, Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey


Determination of kinetic parameters for oxidation and reduction processes in chemical-looping combustion with oxygen uncoupling of pulverized coal using the thermogravimetric methods
Robert Lewtak, Institute of Power Engineering, Poland


Development of a novel graphene-like MoS2-based adsorbent for the recovery of Hg0 from coal-derived flue gas and its regeneration via microwave irradiation
Xiang Luo, The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China


Performance evaluation of a pump used for CO2 transport
Chima Okezue, University of Hull, UK


Preparation of zeolite-carbon composites for flue gas purification needs
Rafal Panek, Lublin University of Technology, Poland


Fluorine release and retention in the fixed bed combustion of pyrolyzed chars
Naoto Tsubouchi, Hokkaido University, Japan

Improving the properties of a poor coking coal by controlled mild oxidation

Maria Vega, National Institute of Coal (INCAR), CSIC, Spain


Influence of the oxidation temperature on the surface chemistry of a bituminous coal
Maria Vega, National Institute of Coal (INCAR), The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain


Liquid lens-based optical sectioning tomography for three-dimensional flame temperature measurement
Chuanlong Xu, Southeast University, China