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Design of a Laboratory Testbed for Modeling Industrial Exhaust

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies Division Technical Session 1

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Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies

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Gordon P. Smith Western Kentucky University

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There are a great many industries in the Kentucky and surrounding areas that utilize natural gas burners in their operation, typically on order of hundreds of thousands of cubic feet per month to liquefy and hold molten aluminum for their die operations. Much of the energy content of this fuel is consumed in plant operation, but a significant amount of heat is released to the outside environment as exhaust. This represents a considerable resource that could be utilized for other outcomes. As a first step toward tapping that potential, a mobile laboratory testbed was developed to simulate industrial exhaust at levels appropriate for prototype development and student engagement. Capable of variable temperatures up to 1800°F, incorporating an insulated exhaust chimney, and outfitted with thermocouples, this testbed provides a flexible resource not only for the targeted research at hand, but the WKU thermofluid laboratories. Details of the testbed will be provided, as well as operational data and initial observations on the nature of the resulting flow.

Smith, G. P. (2019, June), Design of a Laboratory Testbed for Modeling Industrial Exhaust Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32604

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