A reactive molecular dynamics study of NO removal by nitrogen-containing species in coal pyrolysis gas

ZZ Bai and XZ Jiang and KH Luo, PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMBUSTION INSTITUTE, 39, 4573-4581 (2023).

DOI: 10.1016/j.proci.2022.07.154

Coal splitting and staging is a promising technology to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from coal combustion through transforming nitrogenous pollutants into environmentally friendly gasses such as nitrogen (N 2 ). During this process, the nitrogenous species in pyrolysis gas play a dominant role in NOx reduction. In this research, a series of reactive force field (ReaxFF) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are conducted to investigate the fundamental reaction mechanisms of NO removal by nitrogen-containing species (HCN and NH 3 ) in coal pyrolysis gas under various temperatures. The effects of temperature on the process and mechanisms of NO consumption and N 2 formation are illustrated during NO reduction with HCN and NH 3 , respectively. Additionally, we compare the performance of NO reduction by HCN and NH 3 and propose control strategies for the pyrolysis and reburn processes. The study provides new insights into the mechanisms of the NO reduction with nitrogen-containing species in coal pyrolysis gas, which may help optimize the operating parameters of the splitting and staging processes to decrease NOx emissions during & COPY; 2022 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. on behalf of The Combustion Institute. This is an open access article under the CC BY license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ )

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