Rakesh Gupta Forum Moderator 29 Posts
Re: What is the cause of high silica and aluminum?18 December 2008 at 1:29pm
It appears the ash from the No. 5 fuel oil is ending up at the bottom of the furnace in the form of glass.
I would recommend that the user do a metal analysis of the ash in No. 5 fuel oil to determine how much of the ash in fuel oil is ending up in the glass.
The high amount of silica and alumina in the alumina is most probably from the furnace refractory. Loss of the furnace refractory usually ends up in the glass residue at the bottom.
Normal analysis of No. 5 fuel oil is:
Carbon – 88.7%
Hydrogen – 10.7%
Sulfur – 0.57%
Ash – 0.02%
Moisture – 0.4%
The ash present in the No. 5 fuel will cause fouling in the boiler. The extent of the fouling will depend on the quantity and composition of the ash in the fuel oil and the design of the boiler.
The result of a residue analysis from the bottom of the furnace is: Na 2.61%; Mg 1.39%; Al 31.34%; Si 48.16%; Ca 9.17%; V 1.59%; Cr 0.32%; and Fe 5.42%. The residue is a form of glass contaminated with trace of metallic elements. We fire fuel oil No. 5 with high ash content. We need your comments and suggestions on the above and what is the cause of the high silica and aluminum.
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