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Energies 2015, 8(8), 8945-8961;

CFD Analysis of Regenerative Chambers for Energy Efficiency Improvement in Glass Production Plants

DIME—Department of Mechanical, Energy, Logistics Engineering and Engineering Management, Polytechnic School, Genoa University, via Montallegro 1, Genoa 16145, Italy
DCCI—Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, Genoa University, via Dodecaneso 31, Genoa 16146, Italy
DICCA—Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Polytechnic School, Genoa University, via Opera Pia 15, Genoa 16145, Italy 
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Academic Editor: Enrico Sciubba
Received: 8 May 2015 / Revised: 9 July 2015 / Accepted: 17 August 2015 / Published: 24 August 2015
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The overall efficiency of a regenerative chamber for a glass furnace mainly relies on the thermo-fluid dynamics of air and waste gas alternatively flowing through stacks of refractory bricks (checkers) determining the heat recovery. A numerical approach could effectively support the design strategies in order to achieve a deeper understanding of the current technology and hopefully suggest new perspectives of improvement. A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) scheme for the regenerator is proposed, where the real geometry of the solid phase is modelled as a porous solid phase exchanging heat with the gas stream. Satisfactory data fitting proved the reliability of the present approach, whose applications are proposed in the last section of this study, to confirm how such a CFD modelling could be helpful in improving the overall energy efficiency of the regeneration chamber. View Full-Text
Keywords: CFD; energy efficiency; glass process plant; regenerator CFD; energy efficiency; glass process plant; regenerator

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Basso, D.; Cravero, C.; Reverberi, A.P.; Fabiano, B. CFD Analysis of Regenerative Chambers for Energy Efficiency Improvement in Glass Production Plants. Energies 2015, 8, 8945-8961.

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