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Sci Total Environ. 2010 Oct 1;408(21):5158-64. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2010.07.028. Epub 2010 Aug 6.

Fine particle collection of an electrostatic precipitator in CO2-rich gas conditions for oxy-fuel combustion.

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Environment and Energy Systems Research Division, Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, 104 Sinseongno, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 305-343, Republic of Korea.


The collection of particles in CO(2)-enriched environments has long been important for the capture of CO(2) in order to clean gases via oxy-fuel combustion. We here report on the collection characteristics of fine and ultrafine particles using an electrostatic precipitator (ESP) in a CO(2)-enriched atmosphere. In order to understand the characteristics of particle collection in CO(2)-rich gas mixtures, the ionic properties of a CO(2)-enriched atmosphere was also investigated. The electrical mobility of the ions in a CO(2)-enriched atmosphere was found to be about 0.56 times that found in a conventional air atmosphere, due to the higher mass of CO(2) gas compared to that of air. The low electrical mobility of ions resulted in a low corona current under CO(2)-enriched conditions. The collection efficiency of particles in a CO(2)-rich atmosphere for a given power consumption was thus somewhat lower than that found in air, due to the low quantity of particle charging in CO(2)-enriched air. At the same time, higher temperatures led to the higher electrical mobility of ions, which resulted in a greater collection efficiency for a given power. The presence of a negative corona also led to a greater collection efficiency of particles in an ESP than that achieved for a positive corona.

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