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PAGE GENERAL KILN SECTION
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Description of Main Kiln System Kiln Operation Priorities Kiln System Stability Main Parameters, Trends and Absolute Values Main Parameters to Control and Evaluate Kiln Variables which the Operator Cannot Control Variables which the Operator Can Control Kiln Limitation Factor Kiln Operation Target Optimization of Kiln System List of Most Frequent Factors when Kiln Operation Is not Satisfactory 12 13 14 15 16 List of Typical Kiln Operation Problems What to Look for When Looking Inside a Kiln Kiln Upsets Kiln Cycling How to Break a Cycle in a Kiln 19 20 21 27 28 29 04 05 06 08 13 15 15 16 17 18
KILN EMERGENCY CONDITIONS SECTION
17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Red Spot on Kiln Shell Raw Unburned Feed in Clinker Cooler Large Ring Broken Loose in Kiln Burning Zone Dangerously Hot Sudden Sharp Raise in Back End Temperature (B.E.T.) Black Smoke Emission from Kiln Stack Distorted Flame Shape
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Loss of Section of Refractory Lining Cooler Drive or Clinker Conveyor Stopped Red Clinker at Cooler Discharge Rapid Rise of Temperature in Coal System Power Failure A Chain Fire Heavy Rain or Thunder Storm Sudden High Positive Pressure Overheated Kiln Bearing Kiln Hazardous Conditions
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KILN OPERATION SECTION
34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 Kiln Operation Techniques Burning Zone Evaluation Kiln Stable Temperature Profile Target Set Point and Operation References Back End Temperature Control The Three Basic Variables Target Range for the Three Variables The Three Basic Conditions The 27 Conditions (Kurt Peray) Kiln Slow Down Normal Operation Procedures on Shift Plan of Action Oxygen Level in Automatic Mode 47 48 49 50 51 51 51 52 53 56 59 59 60
KILN START-UP AND SHUTDOWN PROCEDURES
47 48 49 50 Light-up Flame Example (Gas) Preheat or Drying of Refractory Lining Heating to Reach Temperature Ready to put Feed On. Feed On
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Kiln Start-up Procedures after a Brick Job Example of How to Re-start if Preheat is Required Example of How to Re-start if No Preheat is Required Kiln Shutdown General Information Cooling Procedures Kiln Rotation Schedule Burner Pipe and Hood Protection Emptying the Feed from the Kiln Kiln Shutdown Procedures for Brick Job and Red Spot
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60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 Cooler Function Cooler Operation Cooler Controllers Rule on Cooler Operation Main Sensors to Control the Cooler Operation Particle Size of Clinker Operation of Cooler Fans Clinker and Air Distribution 76 77 77 78 79 80 80 81
68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 Flame Rules on Flame Combustion Heat Transfer in Rotary Kiln Burner Pipes and Nozzles Fuels in Cement Industry Solid Fuels Drying, Grinding and Firing Solid Fuels Comparison of the Three Major Fuels Combustion Reaction
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All other parameters are the same as a dry process kiln. System of Units Temperature Scale Some Useful Conversion Factors Basic Principles. Heat Exchange or Transfer 98 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a GENERAL KILN SECTION DESCRIPTION OF MAIN KILN SYSTEMS Wet Process Better homogeneity of raw feed Dust produced is approximately 15 to 20% of clinker production Dust return to kiln by means of Vortex at feed location (mixing problem) Scoop near kiln discharge Dust insulation in burning zone Back end temperature is the main parameter to control and react on behavior of slurry through chain system. Page 4 of 98 . Pressure and Flows Basic Principles. Heat and Temperature Basic Principles.78 Non-Combustibles (Ash) 98 BASIC PRINCIPLES SECTION 79 80 81 82 83 84 Basic Principles. therefore there is a lower secondary air temperature. spillage near feed end) High heat consumption (near 1300 kilocalories or 4676 MBtu/st). Long Dry Feed is dry dust. (ring formation in chain.
Pre-calciner and Pre-heater Residence time in tower is from 2 to 5 seconds. Protection of the equipment. Heat consumption is approximately 920 kilocalories (3309 MBtu/st).40%. (usually approximately 1900oF or 1038oC) Page 5 of 98 . Residence time in kiln is approximately 30 minutes. Very high secondary air temperature especially with pre-calciner need tertiary air duct. Fast reaction time. requires fast action to control the kiln. c) Chain inlet temperature Do not exceed metallurgical maximum temperature of chain system. Natural load movement often unstable and creates “pushes”.60% KILN OPERATION PRIORITIES 1. so we have to take this into account when stabilizing the kiln. Fuel ratio split: kiln = +/. Protection of the personnel working in and around the kiln system is a basic safety rule that must be strictly followed at all times. the safety of the equipment is mainly related to overheating problems and could be: a) Back-end of kiln Do not exceed 840oF (450oC) at precipitator inlet b) Feed Do not exceed 10 minutes without feed as the feed end temperature would go high. 2.Long residence time (up to 2 hours). More stable than long dry. Heat consumption nears 800 kilocalories (2878 MBtu/st). About 50 to 90% calcinations is done in tower. pre-calciner = +/. because calcinations is taking place in tower. Around the kiln.
0.d) Burning zone Do not over-heat. keep the raw load near end of flame. Strive for optimum production level at the lowest possible cost.4% in SiO2 +/.4% in CaO +/.0. Avoid high clinker temperature. cut kiln speed down to protect the cooler grates. Avoid high exhaust gas temperature. Continuous operation should always have priority over maximum production. Stable Feed a) Chemical Feed quality range should be: +/.3% Page 6 of 98 . Stability. could damage the clinker evacuation circuit. high fuel efficiency and uniform quality clinker. e) Cooler Avoid overloaded cooler grates. Quality. KILN SYSTEM STABILITY 1.0.2% in Al2O3 C3S variations in clinker not to exceed +/. To produce a well-burned clinker with good free-lime at the desired liter-weight 4. could damage dust filter system. Optimization. Stable kiln operation is the key to long refractory life. 3. Set a maximum amps level on kiln motor. 5.
Good Chain System Design (Wet and Long Dry) Act as a good dust curtain (dust trap). 4. Good calibration by physical weight of the material should be done at every major kiln shutdown. 2. Good feed and speed ratio. Stable Water Spray Injection in Kiln or in Conditioning Tower Good spray injects into gas stream. Wet kiln design needs to favor a good “plastic zone” in order to prevent ring formation. Weigh-feeder should be linear at low. Stable Dust Re-introduction to Kiln Dust collector cleaning cycle sequencing. wasting should be done in such a way not to upset the dust return to the kiln. Good Control of Hood Pressure Page 7 of 98 . not in material load. 5. Monitoring of the dust return flow is an added advantage. 3. If dust wasting is required. Dust circuit configuration should provide stable re-introduction. Good chains should stand high temperature so that in return enable high production rates. medium and high feed rate. b) Physical Good and accurate feed rate indication. Good regulation of water injection with respect to ESP inlet temperature control. Chain tonnage should be between 12 to 14% of clinker production for large kiln and 10 to 12% for small kiln.Approximately 25% relative potential liquid phase in the clinker is good for kiln burning and fuel saving. (will cause changes in kiln oxygen level if water flow is not changing smoothly).
Hood pressure set point should be set as close as possible to zero. while remaining negative. Stable Secondary Air Temperature The temperature variations during normal operation should not exceed +/. The secondary air temperature should be as hot as possible. MAIN PARAMETERS. 7. without damaging the nose ring or the refractory at the kiln discharge section. Constant Fuel Quality and Quantity Constant fuel quality and quantity to allow constant heat input inside the kiln. (maximum flame size. ID fan capacity.85oF (29oC) Good regulation of the cooler under-grate pressure is then required with a thick clinker bed depth. (no leeway on oxygen level) Precipitator capacity (cooler grates overloaded and high clinker temperature at cooler outlet) 8. Page 8 of 98 . Good Production Level Lower limit: Under-60% capacity kiln tends to become unstable Upper limit: Production restriction due to: Kiln diameter.Hood pressure control is critical because it prevents the cooler variations to upset the burning zone conditions. flame erosion on kiln walls). 6. TRENDS AND ABSOLUTE VALUES Back End Temperature Set point varies with the kiln production level. Set point varies with the condition of the chain system.
Precise only when kiln conditions are clear. the water volume will show the reactions of the back end temperature. The chain gas temperature set point is generally fixed by the metallurgy of the chain system and its design.Absolute value allows one to draw conclusions about efficiency of the kiln system and the kiln operation. The trend is representative but has slow reactions with respect to the back end temperature. Absolute value is very important and must be held below the allowed “T” for the chain system. material temperature is a good indication of the behavior of the material in the chain system. BET trend is important for the kiln operation. Shell Temperature (Scanner) Importance of this instrument is underestimated. It must be correlated with the kiln amps indication and the secondary air temperature to ensure the validity of the reading. Burning Zone Temperature Importance of this instrument is often overestimated. Chain Gas Temperature This temperature is generally a limiting parameter for the kiln operation. Page 9 of 98 . Material Temperature Slow reaction compared to gas temperature. In wet process kiln. The secondary air dust influence in the indication of the instrument and readings are in error when kiln gets hot and dusty. Very important to the kiln operation in order to make a good material preparation before it reached the burning zone. With the use of water spray in the back end.
Page 10 of 98 . the higher will be the NOx concentration. NOx increase with excess air and is strongly correlated to low excess air levels. Trend indicates changes in the burner system. kiln speed. The running set point will change according to the raw material composition. Kiln Drive Amps It is the most important sensor used to evaluate the burning zone state. therefore the amps should be recorded in such a way to give a good indication in its variations. Amperage value changes with the size of the clinker. (Good indication when adjusting flame in kiln). ignition point movement and operating conditions which are affecting the temperature profile of the burning zone. On bigger charts. A drastic increase in amps could indicate a possible mechanical condition problem. followed by a fast decrease is an indication of loss of coating or a broken ring inside the kiln. Higher is the flame temperature. It is one of the fastest indications of a slowly moving ignition point in burning zone. The trend is a very good indication of burning zone length and temperature. an estimation of brick thickness. NOx Analyzer Essentially it is an indication of the flame temperature. A target amps range should be established (depending on raw mix and other factors) through which this variable can fluctuate safely. It is a very good indication of flame variations due to the burner pipe position. flame shape and direction. it gives a good indication of the burning zone temperature profile. The absolute value is important only when amperage is high (fuse protection limitations). NOx content in the flue gases in the smoke stack originate partly from high temperature synthesis in flame from oxygen and nitrogen. and coating in the kiln. Absolute value is important to detect hot spots and rings. NOx level has been measured in the range between 500 and 2000 ppm in the Lafarge group. A drastic increase of the amps trend.It is often used only to detect hot spots on the kiln shell. Amperage value changes with ring formation.
NOx gives a truer picture of burning conditions. The primary air temperature. NOx is generally. whereas NOx signal will not. NOx is weakly dependent on excess air. NOx correlates better with clinker liter weight than free lime.At higher levels. The air and fuel ratio and The flame environment (reduced or oxidized atmosphere). 3% and greater. The secondary air temperature should be as high as possible in respect of the various refractory temperatures in front of the kiln. Secondary Air Temperature It should be kept as stable as possible by the automatic cooler control system (+/.e. Natural gas flames yield the highest NOx level. i. but not systematically correlated with the kiln drive amps. the program is giving 30% of it as evaluation of the burning zone state to the NOx signal. A slow and even decrease on the NOx signal is an indication of a slow cooling of the burning zone and is related to a bad material preparation from the kiln back end. Page 11 of 98 . On the automatic kiln control system developed by Lafarge. A quick decrease in the NOx signal is an indication of the burning zone temperature dropping. Absolute value is not important because most indications are incorrect due to instrument inaccuracy. Kiln drive amps will change due to ring formation and degradation. The burning zone temperature. Correlation between burning zone temperature and NOx level is good.85oF or 39oC). Chemical composition and fineness of the fuel. Trend is very important as it shows variations of material from the kiln and the gas temperature variations to the kiln. NOx is affected by fuel changes. 55% to the kiln amps. All the factors having an impact on the flame temperature will affect the NOx signal like the following: The secondary air temperature. and 15% to the clinker temperature at the kiln outlet.
Feed End Draft and ID Fan Draft Trend and absolute value help to detect build-up in the kiln. Cooler Exhaust Gas Temperature Trend will give you information about the temperature profile in cooler gas flow variations and clinker temperature. It must be held constant in order to achieve a constant secondary air temperature. Under Grate Pressure The absolute value should be maintained constant with automatic control.Hood Draft Absolute value is important and is automatically controlled at a constant value (usually looped to cooler exhaust fan damper / fan). Clinker temperature measurements are generally not very accurate. Absolute value is an important limitation for protection of the dust collection system. This is a very important sensor if many ring problems occur in a plant. only a constant air flow can allow the relationship between under grate pressure. The cooler exhaust temperature is a more reliable clinker discharge indication than the clinker temperature. bed depth and secondary air temperature to be valid. Clinker Discharge Temperature Trend has no importance for cooler operation. Also. It is the separation between cooler and kiln and it should be always constant to avoid influences of changes in the cooler gas flow to the kiln operation. Page 12 of 98 . A poor regulation of this signal will induce variations in the kiln gas flow and could bring the kiln into cycling. It should be low as possible (to reduce in-leakage). Absolute value is an important limitation for safety of the clinker transport system. The value varies with the cooler bed depth and with clinker size.
without going into CO range. One of the best indications when the kiln is pushing to indicate if the push is still on or over (related with the amount of CaO in the kiln gases). MAIN PARAMETERS USED TO CONTROL AND EVALUATE KILN Kiln Amps It is a very good indication of the burning zone state. NOx Analyzer Nitrogen Oxide level is related to the flame temperature than the burning zone temperature. Oxygen Analyzer Trend and set point value are very important. Under grate pressures together with cooler drive amps. However. It can supply indications about general kiln conditions. It is a very good indication of the burning zone state. NOx vary all the factors that has an effect on the flame. It should be kept as low as possible when the kiln is stable. when using coal or coke. Fuel Flow Page 13 of 98 . set point should be increased to overcome the fuel quality variations. should give an indication of the clinker size. burning zone and back end temperature. It should be maintained as constant as possible.Variations of the under grate pressures trend are reflected by variations in the cooler grate speed. accurate at 80% of the time. Under grate pressure set point should be at least 5 inches (H2O) in order to get good heat recuperation from the clinker bed in the cooler.
the kiln speed must be used with wide variations (as example 30 revs or even a complete stop) to avoid raw materials to go in the cooler and to re-heat the burning zone. Back End Temperature It should be kept at constant level according to feed rate.15 rph. During kiln pushes and kiln slow speed. Kiln Speed It should be related to feed rate. speed variations in the material loading of the kiln and will lead the kiln into a cycle. It should be used as the main controller for the burning zone and the kiln back end temperature. use water flow variations for indication. Often if over used. On large temperature variations in burning zone like raw material pushes. Gas Temperature It is the main variable to control the kiln. It is the main controller to keep the temperature profile along the kiln. When in auto.It should be related to the kiln feed rate. Good indication of the feed end “T”. It should be set with a constant feed ratio. fuel flow rate and feed rate. The rpm variations should be small during kiln normal operation +/. Page 14 of 98 . It should be kept stable in auto by the water spray system. kiln speed variations should be used only after the fuel flow rate has been used as the primary controller on long wet and dry kiln. Fan Draft It should be related to the oxygen level. However. large speed variations will be required to maintain the chain gas temperature under safe limit of the chain system. Small variations of the kiln speed (1 to 3 revs) could be used to control the burning zone state. Indicate variations in the feed and dust variations to the kiln.
Oxygen level It is related to the ID fan speed and fuel rate. Hood Pressure Control of excess air by cooler exhaust fan Open during kiln pushes Need to be kept stable to avoid variations in cooler to upset the burning zone Secondary Air Temperature Temperature of combustion carried back to kiln from the cooler Large variations during kiln pushes Should be controlled in a very small range in auto during normal kiln operation with a good regulation of the clinker cooler (+/. to control combustion efficiency. It is controlled by the ID fan speed variations and the fuel rate. Minimum and maximum level limits need to be established. When kiln stability has been reached the O2 level should be set in auto with the ID fan speed to lock the temperature profile of the kiln.85oF or 39oC) Cooler Exhaust Temperature Varies with clinker input to cooler Will indicate variations during a push Under Grate Pressure Related to cooler grate speed Set point controlled by the under grate pressure of second compartment to keep a constant clinker bed depth in order to get stable and high secondary air temperature VARIABLES WHICH THE OPERATOR CANNOT CONTROL Page 15 of 98 .It should be kept inside a certain “T” range.
and correct reaction to this evaluation However.Quality and characteristics of the raw materials Quality of the fuel used as a example: heat value. ash content. some restrictions are sometimes given on the utilization of those variables and may vary from plant to plant due to local conditions and are usually the following: Set point on the maximum speed of the kiln Set point on the maximum feed rate to the kiln Automatic loop set point for oxygen level and ID fan speed Page 16 of 98 . VARIABLES WHICH THE OPERATOR CAN CONTROL Material feed to the kiln Fuel feed to the kiln Speed rotation of the kiln Temperature profile along the kiln Draft at the feed end of the kiln Supply of combustion air Retention time of the material in the kiln Temperature of the combustion air Flame shape Observation of instruments. the operator should be kept informed of any changes done and should make sure that those variables are kept inside an acceptable range to maintain a good kiln stabilization. and correct reaction to their readings Observation of the kiln burning zone. volatile matter and moisture level Dust quality and quantity returned to the kiln Accuracy of the feeders Chain system design Accuracy and good response of all control loops and sensors of the kiln system For these variables that he cannot control.
flame erosion on kiln walls ID Fan Capacity Maximum fan speed and low oxygen level Cooler Capacity No red clinker should be present after third compartment of cooler in normal operation Clinker discharge temperature not to exceed 170oF (80oC) Cooler exit gas should be about 370oF (190oC) Bed depth to allow good under grate pressure (15”) with sufficient fan capacity KILN OPERATION TARGET Highest clinker production with Good quality clinker Page 17 of 98 .Settings on the burner pipe and its position Primary air settings and fuel tip velocity Set point on cooler fans flow Set point for the under grate pressure and the clinker bed depth in the cooler KILN LIMITATION FACTORS Dust Emission at Precipitator Stack (Local emission regulations) Gas Chain Temperature Maximum value depend on chain quality and position Diameter of Kiln Gas velocity in kiln (70 ft/sec in free section of kiln and 30 ft/sec in chain section maximum) Heat load in front of kiln.
0% (depending on the variations in fuel mixture) Kiln exit temperature as low as possible Flame as short as possible (with respect of the burning zone refractory) Keep burning zone short in front of the kiln Secondary air temperature as high as possible but stable Temperature not above liquid phase temperature in front of kiln to protect refractory and coating Run with an under grate pressure as high as possible Compatible with the cooler fans static pressure capacity Primary air as low as possible As combustion air to replace by hot air from cooler as much as possible Clinker Temperature Not to exceed 230oF (110oC) as it could promote quality problems (false set) during the grinding process Gravel bed filter Normal operation temperature is 350oF (180oC) Maximum temperature for normal operation is 660oF (350oC) For 2 hours. up to 750oF (400oC) For 20 minutes.5% Coal and coke around – 2. up to 840oF (450oC) OPTIMAZATION OF THE KILN SYSTEM Page 18 of 98 .Stable kiln operation Oxygen level as low as possible Gas and fuel oil – 1.0 to 1.
pre-heater only into feed end seal (more than 5%) Page 19 of 98 .Operate the kiln: With higher free lime Reduce air leakages: Around and near the nose ring area and seal Air in-leakage on kiln hood Around blast pipe port holes and doors Hood pressure set point as close as possible to zero Primary air should be kept as low as possible Reduce length of pre-cooling zone by: Adjusting the burner position Proper material load (kiln speed/feed ratio) Increase clinker bed depth in cooler (near 15 inches) Oxygen to be maintained at minimum level Good flame shape and temperature Good chemical composition Good burnability factors Constant raw mix TYPICAL KILN PROBLEMS List of most frequent factors at work when kiln operation is unsatisfactory 1) High leakage.
insufficient pressure in under grate compartments 13) Chemically variable raw mix C3S. lazy flame 7) High primary air. more than 10 points over a shift 14) Variable slurry moisture (more than 3 points) 15) Variable addition of hi-alkali or hi-volatile dust from precipitator (over a period of more than one-half hour) 16) Erratic feed rate 17) Erratic fuel rate (wet coal) 18) High leakage into hood seal (more than 10% of combustion air) 19) Inadequate or obsolete design of equipment or facilities 20) High leakage into pre-heater and down-comer duct 21) Flame erosion on lining could create premature brick failure 22) Kiln misalignment. thus reduces capacity (bleed air) 3) Poor operating practices (burning techniques) 4) Reducing conditions in kiln 5) Reducing conditions in burning zone due to flame impingement with load 6) Lack of momentum at burner tip leads to long. excessive tire clearances and other factors of shell deflection 23) Bricking techniques lead to rings not tight enough 24) Low slurry moisture 25) High slurry moisture List of Typical Kiln Operating Problems Page 20 of 98 . (critical in dry process kiln) 8) High level of volatile elements in raw feed particularly chlorine 9) Systematically hot burning 10) Inadequate chain system 11) Poor cooler heat recovery due to cooler fan design 12) Poor cooler heat recovery due to excessive air flows. (30%+) due to direct firing of coal.2) Faulty suspension results in high pre-heater outlet temperatures.
2 MBtu/ton Four stage Pre-heater: Higher than 3. yet some fans stop blowing any air (pressure overload) 20) Kiln drive seems undersized. cooler speed up to maximum.4 MBtu/ton Long wet: Higher than 5.1) Heat consumption higher than normal Long dry: Higher than 3. kicks out upon start-up after a short shutdown WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN LOOKING INSIDE A KILN Page 21 of 98 . Frequent grates burnouts 18) Red rivers on side of cooler 19) Under pushes.1 MBtu/ton 2) Output lower than nominal and / or standard 3) Kiln is unstable and requires frequent massive shutdowns 4) Kiln is cycling spontaneously without any action of operator 5) Kiln is out of draft with output below nominal 6) Stack stinks – SO2 emissions are high 7) Mud ring in chain section on wet kiln 8) Back-spills on wet kiln 9) Burning zone rings 10) Discharge end rings 11) Snowmen in cooler 12) Frequent burning zone burnouts (brick life is less than 3 months) 13) High dust return (above 20% of clinker) causes handling problems 14) Cyclones plug-ups (four stage pre-heater) 15) Build-ups in pre-heater feed box (four stage pre-heater) 16) Cooler exhaust system seems undersized/under-designed Hood frequently under pressure (during pushes) Exhaust temperature is higher than normal Bleed in damper is open very often Frequent bag burnouts in cooler bag house 17) Red grates in the cooler all the time.
a good operator will never leave a kiln too long a time unchecked. If longer viewing is required. How frequently should one look into the burning zone? There is no set answer to this question. with more frequent checks if adjustments are being made.Viewing the kiln interior This may sound somewhat elementary. one should always use a glass that enables him to see under and behind the flame. because of the greater luminosity of the flame. The secret of every good operator is his ability to recognize a change in kiln condition at the time a change takes place and not later. the operators should stay with this glass at all times in order to properly judge the burning zone conditions. The question of what type of colored filter glass to use must be left to the operators. Page 22 of 98 . is against good burning practice. Although filtering glasses are used. When things are going smoothly. for example heavier and lighter loads entering the burning zone until it is almost too late to make the necessary adjustment. Dark red Cold cherry red -- orange-yellow normal white hot Any deviations from the orange-yellow range should be investigated to determine the cause and when adjustments need to be made to the kiln operation to get back to normal kiln condition. The kiln condition can be estimated from the color observed in the hottest part of the flame. Burning with a natural gas flame usually makes necessary a darker colored than oil fire would require. One should look no longer than one minute at a time into the fire. This action however. look a side for few seconds occasionally to rest the eyes. hence the need for a short rest every minute or so. As a rule. the kiln should be checked every half hour. but we should never forget that we are looking into an extremely luminous source. For this reason. as the instruments do not show. Once a certain glass has been chosen. the light source is so strong that focusing the eyes into it for too long a time could cause partial blindness. Experienced operators sometimes become over-confident and think that it would be perfectly safe to leave the kiln alone for periods in excess of 30 minutes. There is no such thing as operating a kiln by the instrument alone. Looking steadily too long at the flame results in the eye losing its ability to see details.
then the burning zone in this area is hot If the coating appears “lumpy” then the burning zone is okay A bare spot without coating could be due to flame erosion. above the end of the flame is generally where the raw load is.Appearance of burning zone Good or bad visibility Bright white or dark red color Good appearance is an orange-yellow color The gas stream should be calm without great turbulence Appearance of coating Coating should begin approximately ½ diameter of kiln size from the nose ring Color of coating tells a great deal about the condition in burning zone as coating acts as heat storage in burning zone Overall thickness of coating should be between 9 and 12 inches and is dependent of the type of raw mix Check for ring formation near lower or upper section of the kiln If the surface of the coating appears smooth. So whenever the raw load cannot be seen in the bottom and behind the flame of the kiln. thick brick or high flame temperature in this location Appearance of the coating falling off from the top of the kiln shell: Large pieces: normal Fine noodles dripping: too hot The location where the coating pieces are falling from the top of the kiln wall. try to look at the top. Appearance of material load Page 23 of 98 .
So that is why it is important for the kiln operation to be able to see this load. Flame appearance Should always be evaluated during stable kiln condition Long (100 ft) or short (30 ft) Hard or lazy Bushy or narrow Page 24 of 98 . Every effort should be done during normal operation to keep this load in sight.Is clinker balling or fine? Is material sticky? Is material heavy or light? Is material movement fast or slow? Is material climbing low or high in the wall? (material should climb up +/. fine or nodular Upper burning zone section Are rings building up or not? Is coating formation seem normal? Try to evaluate the length of the coating (50 to 100 feet from burning zone to far up) Raw feed location Look behind the flame at the bottom of the kiln Normal position is approximately ¼ diameter distance under the flame Never allow raw feed to come ½ way under the flame as kiln speed will have to be reduced to control it (kiln low speed) An advancing or receding dark feed is the earliest indication of a burning zone that is warming up or cooling down.to the 10 o’clock position in normal operation) Appearance of material before falling in the cooler.
a close monitoring of the shell temperature should be done. low or in the center Eroding the material load If fuel is burning in suspension or in the material load Position of the ignition point when coal or coke is used The flame temperature should be as hot as possible as long as it does not create problems with the coating and the kiln refractory. Burner pipe appearance Is the tip of the blast pipe in good condition? Is the burner cast-able in good condition? Is the burner pipe aimed correctly? How is the pipe location relative to the nose ring? Are snowmen building up on top of burner pipe? Whenever a bad condition deflecting the flame is observe. Coal flames Coal normally burns with longer flame than oil A coal flame normally starts at 3 to 5 feet from the burner tip Coal fineness to be about 85% passing 200 mesh Keep the coal system air flow at about 70 ft/sec to avoid coal deposit inside pipe.Bright or dark White or orange yellow Eroding the coating or the brick wall Aiming high. Whenever a change is made on the flame shape. coal fan damper setting should be set at minimum value and the fuel rate changes made only by making changes with the coal feeder system in order to keep the flame shape short and as constant as possible. Page 25 of 98 . a quick evaluation should be done to evaluate if the kiln can continue its operation or if it needs to be shut down to fix the burner pipe. while keeping primary air to minimum (direct system and burner design) On direct firing system.
Primary air Should be as low as possible to obtain satisfactory heat recuperation from cooler Has an important influence on the shape of the flame (bushy or narrow) Pressure should be as constant as possible When good settings of the flame have been found. too long means we burned the kiln too far up Load level inside kiln if even and normal Page 26 of 98 . When the kiln is down Look for ball or ring formation at upper section of burning zone Evaluate length of coating if okay.Nose ring appearance Check the condition of the cast-able or the refractory on the top of the nose ring if okay Check the temperature aspect and the wear of the nose ring castings Check if the nose ring seal is in good condition Secondary air Calm or upset Dusty if the clinker is fine Clear if clinker is balling Foggy and white if temperature is hot The secondary air temperature has a major influence on the flame and its shape. the primary air settings should not be changed in normal operation unless a high temperature condition in the kiln refractory has raised and required to change the flame.
A) Hot burning zone with high secondary air temperature The front of kiln is very hot and white. The procedure need to be done to avoid heat loss from the kiln to insure a slow cooling of the refractory and avoid thermal shocks on the bricks. KILN UPSETS Burning zone too hot Too much liquid is formed and all temperatures are above the solid state temperature therefore no coating is formed. slightly positive. This situation can be overcome quite easily by reducing the fuel rate and the ID fan slowly step by step until the burning zone gets back to its normal condition. B) Hot burning zone with dusty secondary air Page 27 of 98 . Coating will be lost and this could damage the refractory. B) Appearance of the kiln could appear cold if burning is too far. the gases should be bottled inside of the kiln as fast as possible by closing the kiln back end damper or its equivalent and by adjusting the hood pressure set point. When kiln is shutdown. A) Appearance the kiln could be white and hazy in front end and the clinker will be balling.Appearance on load during kiln jacking (sticky or normal) Look at the sealing efficiency of the kiln back end (no suction or gases movement inside of kiln should be observed). often hazy The secondary air temperature is high The clinker is balling and getting bigger Often the dark load is visible behind the flame These conditions occurs when the burning zone length is moving down and concentrating the heat on a shorter burning zone length in front of kiln. The clinker could be fine (very long burning zone).
Can be caused by burning too far back into the kiln Flame too long and ignite too far Pre-cooling zone is too long in front of the kiln Long burning zone promotes very fine clinker formation which is sent back as dust into the kiln with the secondary air gas stream Whenever dusty conditions prevail in front. shell temperature and back-end temperature are usually above the normal operation settings during these conditions. Kiln amps. In severe cases. the kiln rotation could be stopped (out of the interlock for a few seconds) to allow condition of the burning zone to clear and to view inside the kiln If doubt still persists. the kiln should be assumed to be hot and it should be cooled down by reducing the fuel and the ID fan speed until the burning zone get back normal or end up to be completely cold. Except for very hot and emergency conditions. Aspect of the clinker falling in cooler is very important at that time to evaluate the kiln condition. causing the temperature of the burning zone to rise and forcing the operator to reduce the fuel rate. fuel flow rate. KILN CYCLING This is an unstable condition when the load in the kiln decreases. the temperature continue Page 28 of 98 . the burning zone starts to cool off in turn forcing the operator to increase the fuel rate. Get free lime done from clinker coming out of the kiln to see if OK If operator is in doubt about the kiln being cold or hot. Then. such as cooling should take as long as a full shift to be done. to avoid high heat concentration in front and quick losses of coating from the upper section of the burning zone which could upset the burning zone temperature. corrective measures should be based on the clinkering conditions behind the flame rather than on the color of the front of the kiln.
even though the fuel rate is at maximum and it become necessary to reduce the kiln speed to slow down the entry of the feed into the burning zone.to drop. Kiln cycling could be related to the following reasons. especially over reacting with the kiln speed and Volatile recirculation inside the kiln system especially chlorine So all the above reasons should be investigated in order to find the cause of the cycling problem and corrected. Variations in dust re-introduction to kiln. Operating the kiln above its production capacity. the cycle will repeat. Bad operating practices. HOW TO BREAK A CYCLE IN A KILN Reduce feed/speed ratio by approximately 10% in order to change the material load in the kiln (also mainly to change the material load in the chain system). Materials hold up in the chain system (for wet process kilns). Increase the fuel flow rate by 5% above the normal setting of the current production level. Poor chain system design (for wet process kilns). Variations in kiln feed: physical or chemical. Variations in the quality and the quantity of the fuel supply to the kiln. Once a kiln gets into an upset such as this. Variations in the water spray control system in kiln inlet (if any). Keep the oxygen level above 2% and try to control the back end temperature variations as much as possible by using fuel rate and ID fan variations. Page 29 of 98 . Variations in hood pressure control Poor cooler settings and control which promote secondary air temperature variations.
fuel settings should be held above normal before returning to normal operation settings.Let the kiln amps vary and do not attempt to chase them by varying the kiln speed. If the kiln speed need to be varied than it should be done with very small variations. As you get to normal production level. deep red color on shell Shell temperature over 1200oF (650oC). very bright red and shell bulges and warps Recommended Actions to Take A) For small red spot located in the upper transition or center of burning zone Continue normal operation of kiln but: Page 30 of 98 . If the kiln speed needs to be increased to go back to normal production level. then it should be carried out more slowly than normal. KILN EMERGENCY CONDITIONS SECTION RED SPOT ON KILN SHELL Indicators: By visual observations Shell scanner sharp and rapid shell temperature increase to level above 850oF (450oC) Visual observations of loose refractory bricks in the material load of the kiln or in the clinker at the cooler discharge Possible Effects and Danger Severe warping and damage to kiln shell Shell temperature between 900 and 1100oF (480 and 590oC). in order to avoid upsetting the material in the kiln. Just try to control them if they get above or below the critical range by varying the fuel flow rate.
Place shell cooling fans in the area of red spot Shorten flame to bring black feed over area of red spot in attempt to form new coating Keep watching the shell temperature trend Maintain normal burning zone temperature Change kiln feed chemistry to obtain an easier burning mix B) For large red spot located under or near a kiln tire or in areas were no coating is formed SHUT DOWN KILN IMMEDIATELY Warning: Under no circumstances should a water spray be used on the red spot.e. Possible Measures to Prevent Re-occurrence Make sure flame configuration and characteristics are not causing localized coating erosion or continuous and excessive overheating Employ proper refractory installation methods Minimize frequency of kiln shutdowns and upsets Minimize frequency of clinker type changes over Avoid “hard” burning mixes (i. as this could result in severe kiln shell damage. ensure sufficient percentage of liquid content in mix to promote coating formation) RAW. UNBURNED FEED IN CLINKER COOLER Indicators: On rush of raw feed into and beyond burning zone “Black feed” position advanced more than ½ way under the flame “Black-out” in burning zone Red grates in cooler Rapid rise in cooler grate and clinker discharge temperatures Cooler drag-chain amperage increases rapidly Possible Effects and Danger Page 31 of 98 .
Immediately reduce kiln speed to minimum (or turn on auxiliary drive) Reduce fuel and ID fan speed in accordance with standard slowdown procedures to protect the kiln back end temperature Reduce cooler grate drive speed (switch to manual control) to allow material in cooler more time for cooling Adjust cooler air flow rates to obtain maximum cooling without the hood pressure going positive Advise all unauthorized personnel to stay clear of the firing floor. act when the first signs of impending problems are visible in the burning zone. Actions to Take First and foremost. do not wait until raw feed is in the cooler. cooler and coal mill area Preventive Measures to Avoid Re-occurrence Accelerate frequency of visual observations of burning zone for early detection of impending cooler upsets Evaluate kiln output rates vs. capabilities and kiln operating stability LARGE RING BROKEN LOOSE IN KILN Indicators Visual observations of large junks in burning zone Sudden drop in kiln back end draft Large drop in oxygen content of kiln exit gases Hood pressure tending towards positive side Sudden change in kiln drive amperage Page 32 of 98 .Thermal damage to cooler grates and grate drive mechanism Fire on clinker conveyor belts Excessive high temperatures in coal mill air circuit Warning: Watch for incomplete combustion when visibility in burning zone is severely restricted.
Possible Effects and Dangers Overloading cooler with unburned feed On rush of excessive amounts of feed into the burning zone Damage to cooler drives and grates Large pieces jamming cooler hammer crusher Red hot clinker leaving cooler Actions to Take When amount of feed and ring fragments in burning zone are extremely large: Immediately reduce kiln speed to minimum Reduce fuel and ID fan speed to keep back end temperature under control Switch cooler grate control to manual and reduce grate speed Adjust cooler air flows to maximum flow possible. overheating and jamming Possible Preventive Measures to Avoid Re-occurrence Laboratory to reevaluate chemistry of kiln feed (including dust return rates) for possible elimination of ring formation if no solution in this area possible. without the hood pressure going positive Have personnel on standby to watch the cooler and the hammer crusher for possible overloading. then Initiate regular schedule to remove rings and heavy build-up by means of special devices design for this purpose Initiate regular procedures to displace the burning zone location on a daily basis BURNING ZONE DANGEROUSLY HOT Indicators Clinker balling in burning zone Material load sausage-like Coating dripping off the wall Sliding molten clinker bed in burning zone Burning zone recording temperature too high Page 33 of 98 .
then as soon as the objective of breaking the agglomeration is accomplished. Reduced the kiln and ID fan speed then increase fuel flow rate to normal operating conditions Preventive Measures If “sausaging” is frequent and result of easy-burning mix. No liquid material in the cooler. SHARP RAISE IN BACK-END TEMPERATURE Possible Reasons Feed shortage Combustion in exit gas Page 34 of 98 .Cooler under grate pressure too high Material load turning to liquid in burning zone Very brilliant and white burning zone Possible Effects and Dangers Loss of coating and thermal damage to refractory Red spot in the kiln shell Thermal damage to cooler and kiln hood components Possible Actions Reduce fuel flow rate to minimum until sausaging stops Increase kiln speed approximately 10 rph until sausage is broken Provide maximum air in cooler (without hood pressure going positive) The kiln rotation to be adapted is the aspect of the material near to fall into the cooler. have laboratory evaluate possibility of providing a mix with less percentage of liquid content Make more frequent. longer flame is possible SUDDEN. stop kiln rotation if needed. Reduced primary air flow. vigilant observation of the burning zone conditions Evaluate flame position and shape to determine if thinner.
dust collector and pre-heater tower equipment Delayed ignition of fuel in back end of kiln Possible Actions Immediately de-energize electrostatic precipitator Immediately reduce fuel flow rate and ID fan speed to obtain less than 0.3% oxygen in exit gas Warning: Do not cut off fuel flow rate completely as this could trigger an explosion. Increase kiln speed and feed rate Warn personnel to stay clear of kiln back-end Do not open any doors in kiln back-end Then as soon as the primary objective of bringing the kiln back-end temperature under control is accomplished: Return kiln control variables to normal to restore operating conditions Check out back-end to determine if thermal damage had occurred Preventive Measures Do not operate kiln without feed for more than 10 minutes Provide alarms and properly maintain kiln instrumentation to obtain warnings before the backend temperature gets out of maximum range Maintain close vigilance over combustion. back-end and flow conditions during kiln starts.ID fan speed too high Kiln speed too low Chain fire Possible Effects and Dangers Chain fire on wet and dry kilns Thermal damage to back end. shutdowns and upsets BLACK SMOKE EMMISION FROM KILN STACK Page 35 of 98 .
gas analysis. flame and kiln draft conditions during kiln starts and upsets DISTORTED FLAME SHAPE Indicators Irregular and unusual flame shape Fragmented flame where part of flame impinges on lining near kiln discharge area Possible Effects and Dangers Inspect burner pipe for damage or plugged circuit If flame is erratic and severely impinges upon lining near the kiln discharge area: Shutdown kiln immediately! Page 36 of 98 . maintain the low oxygen/zero combustibles for at least 10 minutes before restoring kiln variables to normal Preventive Measures Improve control over flame and firing conditions Make frequent. vigilant observation of fuel flow rates.Indicators Combustibles in exit gases Oxygen in exit gas too low Flame extinguished for poor ignition conditions Burning zone temperature too low Excessive fuel rates and/or insufficient kiln draft Possible Actions Immediately de-energize electrostatic precipitator Immediately reduce fuel flow rate (do not shut off) Increase ID fan speed to obtain: a) Zero combustible in exit gas b) Oxygen between 0.2 and a maximum of 0.5% in exit gas After black smoke has cleared.
adjust burner position and primary air flow Check shell temperature on kiln scanner Schedule a burner pipe repairs for next kiln shutdown Preventive Measures Frequent visual inspection when looking inside the kiln Regular inspection and maintenance of burner pipe during each prolonged kiln shutdown Improve protection (castables.If flame is only slightly distorted. air cooling) for burner pipe Maintain primary air flow for at least 2 hours after a kiln has been shutdown or pull back the burner pipe immediately when kiln is being shutdown LOSS OF SECTION OF REFRACTORY LINING Indicators Loose bricks in clinker bed of burning zone Delineated (linear instead of round) red spot on kiln shell Rapid rise in kiln shell temperature Possible Effects and Dangers Thermal damage and distortion of kiln shell and tire Further collapse of large sections of linings (especially in alumina brick sections) Possible Actions Immediately shutdown the kiln Preventive Measures Employ proper refractory installation methods and procedures Make annual checks of kiln alignment and shell ovality Have refractory manufacturer provide uniform shapes and proper expansion allowance for each type of brick Page 37 of 98 .
shutdown the kiln Note: After kiln has been shutdown. consider possibility of turning the kiln in less frequent intervals to prevent further overloading of cooler.Avoid excessive turning when kiln is cold during shutdowns COOLER DRIVES OR CLINKER BELT STOPPED Indicators Cooler overloaded Large chunks of coating in cooler High under grate pressure High cooler drive amps prior to drive stop Clinker transfer chutes plugged Possible Effects and Dangers Thermal damage to cooler components Possible Actions Immediately reduce kiln speed to minimum and attempt to restart clinker belt and/or cooler drive If drives cannot be restarted within 5 minutes. (Kiln still had to be rotated periodically nevertheless) Preventive Measures Know at what amperage the cooler drive is likely to fail and provide alarm for overload Adjust kiln parameters (namely kiln speed) before cooler can become overloaded at the times when heavier feed load is observed in the burning zone RED CLINKER AT COOLER DISCHARGE Indicators Page 38 of 98 .
High drag chain amps Sudden drop in under grate pressure (grate out) Excessively high under grate pressure (cooler overloaded) Cooler drive amps and clinker bed depth too high Cooler loaded with coating and ring fragments Snowman formation at cooler inlet Possible Effects and Dangers Thermal damage to cooler components Thermal damage to clinker transport equipment Possible Actions Immediately make a visual check of the cooler to determine reason for red-clinker discharge If cooler grate out. reduce kiln speed to minimum and reduce cooler grate drive speed to allow more time for cooling Increase air flow into cooler Activate water spray at cooler discharge and reroute clinker to prevent damage to conveyor belts Preventive Measures a) On frequent grate failures Investigate for possible faulty grate installation methods by maintenance department Investigate quality of grates and bolts used b) On frequent one-sided loading of cooler bed Investigate possible cooler design changes Investigate possibilities for elimination of stalagmite (snowmen) formation at cooler inlet c) On frequent overloading of cooler due to upsets Slow down kiln speed before raw feed enters cooler or cooler can become overloaded (make your corrective moves before things get out of control) Page 39 of 98 . shutdown kiln If cooler overloaded.
RAPID RAISE OF TEMPERATURE IN COAL SYSTEM Possible Effects and Dangers Explosion Thermal damage to coal system Possible Actions Warning: Do not open any door in the system that could provide the oxygen for an explosion or a more serious fire. out of coal storage pile Do not feed coal mill with coal that has undergone spontaneous ignition (smothering) while in storage Keep coal mill de-tramp chute clear Provide coal mill system with automatic fire-extinguishing devices Do not operate coal mill above predetermined safe temperature for any given type of coal POWER FAILURE Possible Effects and Dangers Warping of kiln shell Thermal damage to burner pipe. etc. Inject inert gas (CO2) into coal mill inlet Flood coal mill with kiln feed or excessive coal Warn all personnel to stay clear of system Stop or reduce air flow to coal mill to minimum Preventive Measures for Re-occurrence Provide coal mill inlet with magnetic device to extract metal fragments from coal feeder belt Keep paper. rags. instrumentation and equipment at kiln discharge area Page 40 of 98 .
carry out ¼ turn as described previously Close kiln back-end.On coal-fired kilns. close feed-end damper manually to prevent hot gases from escaping from kiln by natural draft Power Failure Main Procedures Start generator or auxiliary drive If it is raining. or precipitator inlet damper if power failure is of long duration Keep primary air fan running to cool down the burner pipe (and pre-calciner burners) or pull the burners out of the kiln Try to restore power as soon as possible The following should be connected on the auxiliary power system: Emergency light in control room Emergency light in kiln platform Telephone system for outside calls Radio system inside the plant ID fan louvers and precipitator inlet damper Kiln auxiliary drive Primary air fan Recirculation pump for the industrial water system (water cooling system) Page 41 of 98 . ID fan damper. settlement of ground coal in coal system that could lead to a fire and/or explosion Possible Actions Immediately start auxiliary power generator and primary air fan (coal mill fan on direct fired kilns) Retract burner pipe and protect TV monitor in kiln hood Start ¼ turn on kiln not later than 10 minutes after the power failure If available.
make kiln rotation in local A CHAIN FIRE Indicators Rapid. rotate kiln as soon as possible Protection of burner pipe (pull out of kiln Call the power company Operator B: Get to main power breaker and try to reset it Go to kiln back-end and close ID fan louvers (if they are not connected on the auxiliary drive) If the auxiliary drive control is not remote. Page 42 of 98 . steam explosion Thermal damage to kiln back-end equipment Possible Actions Warning: Under no circumstances should water be added at the feed end. sudden rise in intermediate and exit gas temperatures By visual observation Possible Effects and Dangers Melt-down and loss of chains Damage to kiln shell in chain system area On wet process kilns.Instructions should be given to all members of the shift for specific responsibilities during a power failure as example: Operator A: Carry out safety procedures on kiln system Start the auxiliary power system Close kiln back end (if on auxiliary system) Rotate the kiln If it is raining continuously.
HIGH POSITIVE HOOD PRESSURE Possible Reasons ID fan failure Large ring or build-up broken loose inside kiln Instrumentation failure of cooler air flow. Jack (turn) kiln more frequently or continuously on auxiliary drive Start auxiliary power generator in preparation for a possible power failure SUDDEN. or ID fan control Page 43 of 98 . Loss of coating and collapse of refractory lining Thermal damage and warping of kiln shell Possibility of power failure Possible Actions If storm occurs shortly after a kiln shutdown.Immediately reduce fuel rate to minimum (but don’t shut fuel off completely) At the same time. clear all personnel from firing floor Preventive Measures Avoid operating the kiln for more than 10 minutes when there is feed shortage Establish and enforce maximum permissible operating limits for intermediate and/or exit gas temperatures HEAVY RAIN OR THUNDERSTORMS Possible Effects and Dangers On kilns that are exposed to elements. cooler stack damper. reduce ID fan speed to obtain zero combustibles and less than 0.3% oxygen Increase kiln speed and feed rate to maximum until the back end temperature is under control On wet process kilns.
If there is no circulation. open the water valve very slowly If you cannot reach the Maintenance Supervisor. and stop it if it is in operation (breaker location must be known to all) Check if the water or glycol circulation is okay. call for an Oiler and a Maintenance man Install a water hose to get cold water in the bearing (not a close circuit loop) Drain the oil and add new oil until the new oil has reached its normal temperature (below 120oF/50oC you should have a temperature gauge showing the oil temperature on each bearing) Temperature sometimes requires from 6 to 12 hours to reach 120oF/50oC Page 44 of 98 .Steam explosion on wet-process kilns Possible Effects and Dangers All personnel on firing floor is in danger Thermal damage to equipment on firing floor and hood Danger of backfire in coal system Possible Actions Immediately clear all personnel from firing floor Immediately reduce fuel rate to minimum and increase ID fan speed Reduce cooler air flow rates into under grate compartments Open cooler excess air damper manually OVERHEATED KILN BEARINGS (Procedure needs to be approved by your Maintenance Department) Slow down kiln speed near minimum 20 rph. Do not stop the kiln (bearing will seize) Open reset door on top of bearing and pour in sulfur until noise stops You can add also “powdered graphite” to the bearing lubricating oil The sulfur must be poured on the shaft and not on the bearing casing Keep a bag of sulfur near the control room location Call the Maintenance Supervisor Check if the oil heating is on or not.
Fuel Oil. keep all persons away from the kiln back end and rope this area off before shooting Clinker.Type of oil to use for the bearings to be confirmed by your maintenance department KILN HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS Shooting Rings with Gun Do not allow any employees other than the gun crew on the firing hood during ring shooting Do not tamper with the ammunition Keep all live ammunition locked up and away from the firing floor when not in use Permit only experienced and trained persons to operate the kiln gun Use ear muffs when firing gun Cotton stuffed in the ear is not adequate Clean gun at frequent intervals and do not attempt to fire an apparent defective gun If kiln has no chain section. Fuel Oil and Coal Dust Spills Clean up spills immediately Provide adequate clean-up cans and facilities for easy removal of spills Initiate repair action when spills are caused by leaks that can be repaired Gas. Coal and Steam Leaks in Fuel System Report any gas odor on the firing floor immediately to the shift supervisor Provide for periodic inspection of fuel and steam lines and system to detect leaks and other defects as a preventive measure against major breaks in the system Burner Hood. Porthole and Cooler Doors Do not allow anyone to look into the burning zone while the kiln is on operation unless approved safety equipment for viewing is used Use proper protective clothing when working near open burner hood and cooler doors while the kiln is in operation Page 45 of 98 .
Instruct all persons to stay clear of the portholes whenever the hood pressure is temporarily on the positive side
Relining the Kiln with Refractory Bricks and Materials Use protective screen when working under loose refractory and coating, if no alternate procedure is possible Any employee working inside the kiln should have positive means, such as locking out the kiln drive with his own lock, to assure that the kiln cannot be started while he is inside Have proper posture and steady footing when lifting bricks or scaling coating Do not work underneath the burner hood bridge while material is being hauled in and out of the kiln Do not test run cooler fans when workmen are inside the kiln Do not run ID fan when workmen are at kiln rear or in chain section
Working Near or on Dust Collecting Equipment Wear extra protective clothing to guard against burns from hot dust Wash skin thoroughly with clear water after contact with alkaline dust Have a second workman as safety man standing by whenever working under or in bins or hoppers containing material Do not allow workmen to work inside hopper without being properly secured on safety lines and belts When working on plugged flue hangers, be constantly on guard against potential dust flushes and cave in of overhanging materials
Backfire and explosion During Kiln Light-up Open either one cooler or burner hood door before lighting fire in kiln Secure proper draft in kiln before fire is lighted (very important) Do not allow unauthorized person to stand near the burner hood during light-up Stay clear of burner hood ports when igniting the fuel Avoid excessive fuel flow on initial light-up of flame Start the primary air fan before opening the fuel valve
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When firing coal, make sure that no coal dust spills are present on firing floor, around coal feeder, or in the primary air pipe
Setting any Kiln Machinery into Motion During Start-up Make sure all persons are clear of kiln equipment before each unit started Sound horn to signal startup Inspect all circuit breakers before the startup to make sure that all safety tags and locks have been removed Make sure all machine guards are in place before any equipment is started
Relining the Kiln with Refractory Bricks Construct a proper bridge across the burner hood from firing floor to kiln nose Inspect coating and remove loose overhangs before passing underneath Keep all unauthorized personnel out of kiln interior
KILN OPERATION SECTION
KILN OPERATION TECHNIQUES
There are Three Common Techniques for Burning Clinker in a Rotary Kiln
Maintain a constant kiln speed, and vary the fuel rate to counteract the temperature changes in the burning zone Maintain a constant fuel rate, and vary the kiln speed to hold the burning zone temperature at the desired label Vary the kiln speed, the fuel rate or both to maintain the desired burning zone temperature
These techniques have one error in common. They show concern only for the burning zone temperature.
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Unfortunately, many kiln operators think that this is good enough, reasoning that, as long as goodclinkers are produced, what more is necessary? The fallacy of this reasoning lie in the fact that ideal stable kiln conditions can be obtain faster and more economically when equal consideration is given to all zones in the kiln and not the burning zone alone.
The process of clinker burning, therefore the process of rotary kiln control starts not at the place where the feed enters the burning zone but at the point where feed enters the kiln. The Proper Operation Technique is:
Vary the kiln speed, the fuel rate and the induced draft fan in any combination to maintain the proper burning zone temperature and maintain a constant back-end temperature for a given rate of feed. This technique is called; “Burning a kiln from the rear”. By doing so, you prevent the variations instead of reacting to them when they reached the burning zone. If you stabilize the kiln back-end temperature you will be able most of the time to overcome the burning zone temperature variations mainly by using the fuel input to the kiln and the ID fan speed.
In long wet and dry kilns, kiln speed variations should be avoided as much as possible in normal operation as it create variations in the material loading of the kiln and eventually could lead to the kiln into an upset.
If kiln speed variations is to be used, then they should be small (1 to 3 rph) keeping in mind that the material load of the kiln will be more or less +/- 2 hours later as it will reach the burning zone, (kiln retention time). However, speed variations must be used on pre-calciner kilns to control the burning zone temperature as the calcinations rate or the feed preparation is done by the fuel input on the pre-calciner burners.
The feed/speed ratio must remain constant all the time once the perfect loading of the kiln has been found. Speed/feed ratio should not be changed to control the kiln.
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Any change in the position of the dark feed must be viewed in the light of all of these influences. An orange-yellow color is normal. This point should be used at the main indicator for evaluation of the burning zone. The operator must be able to see the dark feed whenever he looks inside the kiln and he must regulate the operation of the kiln so as to achieve this. Page 49 of 98 . A slow shifting of the dark feed in either direction can usually be counteracted by a small change in the fuel input rate in order to keep the feed in its proper place. In normal operation. one will observe a sharp color change of the lowest part of the feed bed under the flame from dark to bright. the position of the dark feed remains stationary approximately one quarter of the distance into the flame. the feed loading of the kiln or if the feed to kiln is harder to burn.BURNING ZONE EVALUATION The burning zone condition can be estimated from the colors observed in the hottest part of the flame. If the dark feed move further under the flame (towards the front of the kiln) the burning zone is cooling down. The position of the dark feed can feed can move because of changes in the flame shape. When looking into burning zone. This point in burning zone is of great importance to the operator as it is the earliest indication when the burning zone tends to warm up or to cool down. If the dark feed shifts in the direction of the kiln rear the burning zone is warming up.
the fuel rate and the ID fan speed for the last 2 hours. Then the burning zone should be considered as set point for this kiln feed. the value of the following sensors should be taken as references set point for future operation and are: Back-end temperature Gas chain temperature Material chain temperature Kiln amps Burning zone temperature NOx value And these values need to be correlated to the main controllers on the kiln which are: The feed rate to the kiln (and the type of clinker produced) The kiln speed The ID fan speed The fuel rate to kiln Page 50 of 98 . STABLE KILN TEMPERATURE PROFILE When there is no movement (up or down) of the dark feed. and the back-end temperature has remained stable than.If it become necessary to counteract the condition in which the feed has slipped too far under the flame than the kiln speed should be varied to restore the dark feed position to the proper location. TARGET SET POINT AND OPERATION REFERENCES Whenever the operator has achieved a perfect and stable temperature profile on the kiln system. and no changes were made on the kiln speed. When the burning zone as reached this condition than the related back-end temperature. The kiln temperature profile should be considerately satisfactory and the kiln system stable. and gas chain temperature should be considered as set point also for this kiln feed.
as the feed rate should remain constant. fuel rate and burning zone control.Causing changes in heat input in kiln . Also a copy page of the kiln operation should be taken. ID fan speed Fuel rate Feed rate . the ID fan speed and the fuel rate are the usual causes for changes in back-end temperature. Of these.Change in kiln exit draft (oxygen level) . he has to consider the reaction that will take place in all regions of the kiln. BACK END TEMPERATURE CONTROL Back End Temperature is controlled principally by 3 factors.The oxygen level References and set point for operation need to be established on each type of clinker produced and this. As a matter of fact. NOx signal.From feed variations in feed ratio. at the maximum feed rate on each kiln system. whenever the operator makes an adjustment in any one of the main control variables. which governs the combustion and the fuel efficiency Page 51 of 98 . kiln speed. the operator has all the tools to make an optimized kiln operation. and kiln amps level which has the dominant influence on the clinker quality The Back-End Temperature or the gas chain temperature which are the principal controls on the operation stability The Percentage of Oxygen in the exit gas. With all these references. or dust return rate to kiln Back End Temperature control goes hand in hand with oxygen. THE THREE BASIC VARIABLES Variable Conditions in the kiln are indicated by: The Burning Zone Temperature or dark load position.
In most conditions. except for the emergencies or upset conditions.4% to 2.0% THE THREE BASIC CONTROLS Fuel flow to the burner Change in the kiln speed Change in the speed of the ID fan The operator needs to use one or all of its three controllers to keep these variables inside their limits. Examples of Values which have been established: target Burning Zone Temperature Back-End Temperature Oxygen Percentage 2800oF (1550oC) 1450oF (800oC) 1.2% range +/. clinker type and other factors.0. Page 52 of 98 .50oF (+/. These ranges has to be established where these variables can safely be permitted to fluctuate without upsetting the kiln operation.20oC) +/.20oF (+/. it is necessary to establish target ranges for the three variables.8% limits 2750oF to 2850oF (1500oC to 1600oC) 1430oF to 1470oF (780oC to 820oC) 0. The operator must be alert and correct any out of range conditions as soon as it reaches the limits of tolerance. the operator will find that these three variables can be maintained within reasonable limits by means of adjustments of one or more of the 3 basic controls. This information will be supplied by the past experience and depend on the raw mix composition. TARGET RANGES FOR THE THREE VARIABLES Ranges for the Three Variables For the kiln operation.50oC) +/.
c) increase ID fan speed d) increase fuel rate a) reduce kiln speed b) reduce fuel rate c) reduce ID fan speed a) reduce kiln speed b) reduce fuel rate c) reduce ID fan speed When BZT is drastically low. This chart should be used by the operators to understand the logic of good kiln operation procedures where the Back-End Temperature. but care must be exercised to avoid overreacting as this could lead the kiln to an upset. a) reduce kiln speed When BZT is slightly low. the Burning Zone Temperature and Oxygen level were all taken in consideration in order to make a logic correction to an out of range variable. a) reduce kiln speed b) reduce fuel rate When BZT is slightly low. b) increase ID fan speed c) increase fuel rate When BZT is drastically low and Ox is in lower part of range. below or above the allowable range.Correction should be made promptly. there are 27 possible conditions that will be encountered by the operator. These are shown graphically in the following figure. PERAY) Because any of these variables can be within. a) reduce kiln speed b) reduce fuel rate c) reduce ID fan speed Page 53 of 98 Reasons 1 BZT low Ox low BET low a) to increase BZT and BET b) to move Ox percentage into range c) to raise BET and Ox d) to raise BZT and Ox into range a) to raise BZT b) to raise Ox percentage into range c) to maintain BET a) to raise BZT b) to increase Ox c) to reduce BET a) to raise both BZT and BET b) to raise BET and Ox c) to raise BZT 2 BZT low Ox low BET OK BZT low Ox low BET high BZT low Ox OK BET low 3 4 5 BZT low Ox OK BET OK a) to raise BZT b) to raise Ox c) to maintain BET . THE 27 CONDITIONS (KURT E. Note that a case number has been assigned to each condition as an aid to identification. Case Condition Action to be taken When BZT is drastically low.
a) reduce kiln speed b) reduce ID fan speed When BZT is slightly low. d) reduce ID fan speed When BZT is drastically low. c) increase fuel rate When BZT is drastically low. d) increase fuel rate When BZT is drastically low. a) reduce kiln speed b) reduce ID fan speed c) increase fuel rate When BZT is slightly low. Page 54 of 98 d) to raise BZT a) to raise BZT b) to raise Ox c) to lower BET 6 BZT low Ox OK BET high d) to reduce BET and raise BZT a) to raise both BZT and BET b) to maintain BET c) to raise BZT and lower Ox & BET. c) increase fuel rate When BZT is drastically low. BET should be rising also. a) reduce kiln speed b) reduce fuel rate c) reduce ID fan speed When BZT is slightly low and Ox in higher part of range. If Ox is still available after this move. d) reduce ID fan speed a) increase ID fan speed b) increase fuel rate a) decrease fuel rate slightly a) reduce fuel rate b) reduce ID fan speed a) increase ID fan speed b) increase fuel rate None.When BZT is slightly low and Ox is in higher part of range. increase fuel also c) to raise BZT and lower Ox a) to raise BZT b) to lower BET and Ox c) to raise BZT and lower Ox d) to raise BZT and reduce BET & Ox a) to raise BET and Ox b) to maintain BZT a) to raise Ox a) to increase Ox b) to lower BET and maintain BZT a) to raise BET b) to maintain BZT 7 BZT low Ox high BET low 8 BZT low Ox high BET OK 9 BZT low Ox high BET high BZT OK Ox low BET low BZT OK Ox low BET OK BZT OK Ox low BET high BZT OK Ox OK BET low BZT OK Ox OK BET OK BZT OK Ox OK 10 11 12 13 14 15 . however do not get overconfident When Ox is in upper part of range. if not keep increasing fuel rate and ID fan speed a) to raise BZT b) to maintain BET. a) reduce kiln speed b) reduce ID fan speed When BZT is slightly low.
b) reduce fuel rate c) reduce ID fan speed a) increase ID fan speed b) increase fuel rate a) reduce ID fan speed slightly a) reduce ID fan speed slightly b) reduce fuel rate slightly When BZT is drastically high. a) increase kiln speed b) decrease fuel rate c) increase ID fan speed When BZT is slightly high. a) increase kiln speed b) reduce fuel rate When BZT is slightly high. a) increase kiln speed b) decrease fuel rate c) increase ID fan speed When BZT is slightly high. BET and increase Ox a) to avoid overheating b) to raise BET c) to lower BZT d) to raise BET and lower BZT (see note A) a) to avoid overheating b) to lower BZT c) to maintain BET d) to lower BZT (see note A) a) to avoid overheating & lower BET 16 17 18 BZT OK Ox high BET low BZT OK Ox high BET OK BZT OK Ox high BET high BZT high Ox low BET low 19 20 BZT high Ox low BET OK 21 BZT high Ox low BET high 22 BZT high Ox OK BET low 23 BZT high Ox OK BET OK BZT high Ox OK 24 . d) increase ID fan speed When BZT is drastically high. a) increase kiln speed b) increase ID fan speed c) reduce fuel rate When BZT is slightly high. d) increase ID fan speed When BZT is drastically high.BET high a) reduce ID fan speed When Ox is in lower part of range. a) increase kiln speed Page 55 of 98 a) to reduce BET b) to raise Ox c) to lower BET and maintain BZT a) to raise BET b) to maintain BZT and reduce Ox a) to lower Ox a) to lower BET and Ox b) to maintain BZT a) to avoid overheating BZT b) to raise BET and Ox c) – do – d) to lower BZT and raise BET & Ox a) to avoid overheating b) to lower BZT c) to increase Ox and maintain BET d) to lower BZT and raise Ox a) to lower BET and avoid overheating b) to lower BZT and increase Ox c) to lower BZT. a) increase kiln speed b) increase ID fan speed c) reduce fuel rate When BZT is slightly high. c) decrease fuel rate When BZT is drastically high. d) reduce fuel rate When BZT is drastically high. e) increase ID fan speed When BZT is drastically high.
the operator must determine how much the kiln speed can be slowed down depending on the magnitude of the push. c) increase ID fan speed When BZT is drastically high. a) increase kiln speed b) decrease fuel rate When BZT is slightly high. a) increase kiln speed b) increase ID fan speed When BZT is slightly high. KILN UPSET CONDITIONS – SLOW DOWN Kiln cannot operate in a stable condition at all times and it will eventually get colder. d) reduce fuel rate When BZT is drastically high. or if he needs to reduce the kiln speed. Sometimes heavy rush of feed might end up too far under the flame (halfway under the flame). Assuming that it is impossible to maintain the same kiln speed. back-end temperature. c) decrease fuel rate d) decrease ID fan speed b) to lower BZT c) to lower both BZT and BET (see note A) a) to avoid overheating b) to increase BET and lower BZT c) to raise BET & lower BZT (note A) a) to avoid overheating b) to maintain BET c) to reduce BZT d) to lower BZT (see note A) a) to lower BZT and BET b) – do – c) to lower BZT d) to lower BET (see note A) NOTE A: If the % O2 increased during this adjustment.BET high 25 BZT high Ox high BET low 26 BZT high Ox high BET low 27 BZT high Ox high BET high b) decrease fuel rate When BZT is slightly high. Operator must then decide if he will be able to control the heavy feed load only by increasing the fuel flow. movement of the feed rush. disregard it until temperatures are brought under control. a) increase kiln speed b) increase ID fan speed c) decrease fuel rate When BZT is slightly high. Page 56 of 98 . and conditions in the cooler. c) decrease fuel rate When BZT is drastically high. The determinant factors to be considered are the oxygen level.
inlet temperature of gravel bed collection system and secondary air temperature.e. the kiln speed reduction should be greater than required. even if it means that the kiln must be stopped and rotated on ¼ turn or the auxiliary drive.Only experience can tell the operator how much the kiln has to be slowed down. Evaluate the cooler conditions. Never allow the raw. Cut down the fuel flow to maintain the oxygen level above 0.5% and to keep back-end temperature inside the limit range. Try to keep the back-end temperature within acceptable limits variation (i. 75 to 100oF). As the kiln is on slow speed. When O2 level increases. the operator must. In that case. In those cases the following rules apply all the time.3 rph if the burning zone is still dark and very dusty. Page 57 of 98 . As soon as the kiln has been slowed down. increase the kiln speed slowly i. Often. grate speed. When in doubt. the burning zone is warming up. As soon as the oxygen level start to increase. grate temperature. Try to keep the same values on the fuel flow and ID fan speed in order to observe the O2 variations.e. unburned feed to enter into the cooler. This will help to overcome the problem faster. +/. it is necessary to determine when the speed can be increased back again. the oxygen level is the main factor to look at. the cooler will have to be switched on manual mode to protect it to become overheated as often regulation of cooler are made for small variations only.
When full production has been reached (i.e.7 Operation Normal Slowdown slowdown . Restart increase the kiln speed after reception of material from slowdown is over. and ID fan speed accordingly. when rotation speed is at 24 revs. A slowdown made in time and at proper speed will requires about 20 minutes before to restart to increase the kiln speed again (as O2 start to go back up). Stop increasing kiln speed approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours after initial slow speed in order to overcome any upset in the material load of the kiln created by the speed variation.e.Observe the reaction of the O2 level if it keeps on raising. If so. and then it must be cut down slowly following the normal operating procedures to get the load at the end of the flame again. 85 revs) the fuel flow must be kept one step higher than normal for at least 2 more hours. O2 level Page 58 of 98 O2 1. set fuel flow for 27 revs). 2 revs at every 20 minutes).5% 0. Keep fuel flow always one step ahead of normal operation level. (i. O2 level acc. increase kiln speed by 3 rph at every 10 minutes. Slowdown Example: revs 86 66 36 t/h 93 72 40 Fuel flow 102 m3/h 85 m3/h 50 m3/h ID fan speed 530 rpm acc.7 0. Kiln speed increase should be reduced around 80 revs as we are getting near full production (i. the kiln should be back in full production about 4 hours after the slowdown was made.e. and keep on increasing as long as the oxygen level does not drop. Usually.
look for dark load Oxygen level and trend Back-end temperature and trend Kiln amps and trend NOx signal and trend Kiln speed Kiln feed indicator Secondary air temperature and trend Clinker load on grate in cooler Cooler fans under grate pressure Kiln draft and hood pressure Gravel bed filter or DC temperature Water spray and precipitator Then an evaluation of the kiln and burning zone state need to be done in order to compare actual settings with the target value and limit ranges established before. cooling down or stable. PLAN OF ACTION Page 59 of 98 .NORMAL OPERATING PROCEDURES ON SHIFT Take Over of Shift by Operators Check: Visual inspection of burning zone. Wait at least 30 minutes before changing any values. unless there is an emergency condition in order to evaluate if the kiln is warming up.
Page 60 of 98 . OXYGEN LEVEL IN AUTOMATIC MODE When the perfect temperature profile balance has been reached. we can eventually set the oxygen level on automatic (looped to the ID fan speed). then the 27 conditions procedures should be done again to maintain the kiln back-end and the burning zone temperature on set point and the kiln temperature profile stable. This will allow the gas flow in the kiln to be constant and will help to maintain the kiln system stability. Repeat the operation until you get. Whenever the dark load. the kiln amps and the kiln back-end temperature are back inside their target range. The dark load at the right position The kiln amps inside its target range The kiln gas temperature and back-end temperature inside their target range If burning zone is cold (not drastically cold) The same approach is to be done but in reverse This procedure should be done on each shift in order to get the best kiln condition and the best heat consumption possible at all times.If the burning zone is hot (not drastically hot) and the kiln is stable Decrease fuel flow by 3% Then decrease ID fan speed to keep the same O2 level Wait approximately 20 min (retention time of the burning zone) to see the reaction of your move Then repeat the same procedure again or stay there if dark load is moving in position or if the kiln amps are dropping.
no more moves on the fuel rate. So the oxygen level control should be set on automatic whenever the temperature profile in kiln is satisfactory. and ID fan damper for best flame possible 11) If flame goes out. KILN START-UP AND SHUTDOWN PROCEDURES KILN PREHEAT Light-Up Flame Example (gas) 1) Call the gas company to tell them that you are going to light up 2) Open one side of precipitator (inlet and outlet damper) 3) Start dust handling system on the side of precipitator in use with dust going to the ground (to avoid plugging the circuit with moist material) 4) Start up ID fan at minimum speed (damper closed) 5) Open ID fan damper at 10%. primary and secondary gas pressure. Use a rag in front of kiln door to evaluate suction in the kiln and adjust damper to obtain proper suction 6) Start primary air fan with damper closed 7) Install torch under burner pipe 8) Set natural gas to obtain approximately 13 m3/min (450 ft3/min) 9) Slowly open manual valve on gas line 10) Adjust primary air damper. Every time this is not so or the kiln is slightly upset.Theoretically speaking. the oxygen should remain in manual and used to establish a good temperature profile inside the kiln. feed rate and kiln speed need to be done and the kiln should remain in balance until an upset on the material load or a mix change creates an upset again. as we reach this situation. make sure to purge the air inside the kiln before any attempt to try lighting up again Page 61 of 98 .
increase the precipitator inlet temperature to reach 300oC or 575oF Make ¼ turn every 30 minutes during this period Page 62 of 98 . A minimum of 8 to 12 hours is necessary The reference temperature during this period should be the kiln feed end temperature The target temperature should be approximately 300oC or 575oF at the precipitator inlet Start kiln rotation (1/4 turn) 2 hours after flame on After make ¼ turn every 30 minutes until the end of pre-heat period If New Castable was Installed: Pre-heat period could take as long as 36 hours depending on the location and the quality of the castable installed and could be divided in three periods as follows: First Period: For 12 hours with gas flow of 13 m3/min or 450 ft3/min Do not exceed 170oC or 340oF at the filter inlet during this period Two hours after the flame on. make ¼ turn every 30 minutes during the balance of this period Second Period For 12 hours.12) Don’t turn the kiln for the first 2 hours 13) Start nose ring fan one hour after the flame on PRE-HEAT or Drying of the Refractory Lining General Information: The pre-heat period last around 12 hours. increase the precipitator inlet temperature so it could reach 230oC or 450oF Make ¼ turn every 30 minutes during this period Third Period: For 12 hours.
The cooler system is usually down. Burning zone should be pink in color. leaving only the nose ring fan and the primary air fan running During this period. it is most important to keep the greasing system on the kiln drive running As soon as the kiln is running continuously. Complete kiln: Repaired burning zone: 35oC or 100oF per hour increase 50oC or 125oF per hour increase Kiln rotation during heating: 1) ¼ turn every 10 minutes for 2 hours 2) Continuous turn on auxiliary drive for 2 hours 3) Rotation at 0.5 or 30 revs for 1 hour 4) Rotation at 0.HEATING (To reach temperature ready to put feed on) General Information: The reference temperature is the gas chain inlet temperature The target temperature should be approximately 40oC or 105oF lower than the normal operation temperature The rate of increase of the temperature should be approximately 50oC or 125oF per hour The temperature increase per hour should be done according to the following: Length of refractory installed. start cooling fans on the burning zone Expansion of the Kiln and Tire Page 63 of 98 .7 or 42 revs until 15 minutes before feed on 5) Rotation at 1.0 or 60 revs 15 minutes before putting feed on Oxygen level during this period should be kept between 7 to 10% in order to increase the back end temperature to avoid the burning zone to get overheated.
make dry run on all equipment Page 64 of 98 . the more care has to be taken to get it running FEED ON KILN General Information: Feed rate is approximately 50% of normal feed rate Feed rate increase of about 5 tons every hour Kiln speed should be maintained at 1.2 hours) In order to promote good coating formation in the burning zone. stabilize the kiln at 1. take the kiln up to optimum operation level with normal operation procedures KILN START-UP PROCEDURES (AFTER BRICK JOB) Preparations: 72 hours before light-up.1 rpm or 66 revs at about 70 tph for 24 hours After this period.0 rpm or 60 revs until the material reaches the burning zone (to get material in burning zone quick) Target for chain inlet temperature. call the gas company to tell them the date and the hour of the light-up 4 hours before light-up.Heating rate in large diameter kiln (>14’) should not be higher than 50oC or 125oF per hour to allow both tire and shell to expand at proper rate Clearance between tire and shell should be monitored during start-up The larger the diameter of the kiln. 800oC (1472oF) or 40oC (100oF) below normal operation temperature Set ID fan speed to maintain about 3% the oxygen level Start high voltage on precipitator Start remaining items on cooler system (all cooler fans with dampers set as required) Maintain those settings until the start-up reactions occurs (push should take +/.
damper closed Open ID fan damper at 10% Start primary air fan. primary and secondary gas and ID fan to get the best flame One hour after.Check burner pipe and its installation Center the burner pipe. or adjust 1” down and 1” towards the load (make marks outside the kiln for the burner pipe position reference) Check fuel on auxiliary drive Take locks off on kiln equipment sets Take off wood shims on kiln rollers Pre-heat: Start kiln section on CRT Open one side of precipitator (outlet and inlet damper) Start the dust handling on the side of the precipitator in service. damper closed Install a torch under burner pipe Set natural gas in control room at 13 m3/min or 450 ft3/min Open manual gas on gas line Open supervisory cock valve near burner pipe Adjust primary air. A minimum of 8 to 10 hours is necessary. The temperature at the inlet of the precipitator must reach 300oC or 575oF. start nose ring fan and make no kiln rotation for the first 2 hours The pre-heating period should last around 12 hours. with the dust on ground to avoid plugging the circuit Start-up ID fan at 125 rpm or minimum speed. Special pre-heating after castable has been installed near the burning zone First Period: For 12 hours with gas flow of 13 m3/min or 450 ft3/min No kiln rotation for the first 2 hours Kiln rotation at ¼ turn every 30 minutes after 2 hours Try not exceed 170oC or 340oF at the filter inlet during this period Page 65 of 98 .
so you could follow the temperature increase Increase progressively fuel and draft (open second precipitator chamber when required) The burning zone should be kept in place and should be pink when the feed will be put on During that heating period.Second Period For 12 hours. the oxygen should be between 7 and 10% Start the water spray to keep the back end temperature at 350oC or 660oF Around 750oC or 1400oF. increase the back-end temperature to reach 300oC or 575oF Make ¼ turn every 30 minutes during this period HEATING-UP The reference temperature is the chain gas temperature The rate of increase of the temperature should be approximately 50oC or 125oF per hour The target temperature should be approximately 40oC or 100oF lower than normal operation temperature Draw a curve on chain inlet temperature chart. start feed Page 66 of 98 . start kiln feed for 10 minutes for testing Check if any clinker on cooler grate and when necessary start the clinker evacuation system Start shell fan when kiln is turning on continuously Start cooler fan #1 and #2 at minimum 30 minutes before kiln feed When you reach 800oC or 1475oF at chain inlet temperature (T according to plant normal operation temperature minus 40oC or 100oF). increase the back-end temperature so it could reach 230oC or 450oF Make ¼ turn every 30 minutes during this period Third Period: For 12 hours.
1 rpm or 66 revs/hr at about 70 tph feed rate for 2 hours to promote good coating conditions in burning zone When increasing kiln feed.FEED ON Start: Kiln feed at 45 tons/hr Kiln speed at 1.5 rpm or 30 revs/hr for 1 hour Page 67 of 98 . Kiln feed at 5 tons per hour Fuel rate and ID fan speed accordingly (maintain fuel rate 1 step ahead of normal operation) Start fan #3. adjust the pressure and fan flow on cooler fans Check closely the clinker evacuating system When there is a good load in the cooler put the cooler on regulation Kiln turns during heating: ¼ turn every 10 minutes for 2 hours Continuous turn on auxiliary drive for 2 hours Turn at 0.0 rpm or 60 revs Increase. #4 and #5 (damper closed) 15 minutes after feed is on Start gravel bed filter or its equivalent Put tension on kiln precipitator 15 minutes after kiln feed is on Stabilize the kiln at 1.
Chain Gas Temperature 750 to 930oF 930 to 1110oF 1110 to 1300oF 1300 to 1562oF Then start the.7 rpm or 43 revs/hr until 15 minutes before putting feed on Turn at 1. Kiln at 60 revs Feed at 63 tph Fuel at 88 m3/min or 3108 ft3/min ID fan speed at 350 rpm and to maintain O2 near 4% Start burning zone cooling fans Rotation ¼ turn every 20 minutes ¼ turn every 15 minutes ¼ turn every 10 minutes ¼ turn every 5 minutes Fuel Rate 44 m3/h or 1553 ft3/min 50 m3/h or 1766 ft3/min 57 m3/h or 2013 ft3/min 63 m3/h or 2225 ft3/min Page 68 of 98 .Turn at 0. Kiln rotation varied according to gas temperature as follows: If.0 rpm or 60 revs/hr 15 minutes before feed on EXAMPLE OF HOW TO START KILN IF PRE-HEAT IS REQUIRED (Load in kiln) If pre-heat is required (Function of burning zone and gas chain temperature) Open dampers on precipitator (both side) Fuel rate at 44 m3/min or 1554 ft3/min ID fan speed at 25 rpm (minimum speed) ID fan damper position according to O2 level (5% maximum) Maintain these settings until temperature reach on gas chain temperature at 850oC or 1562oF (normal kiln operation temperature).
warm-up period should be around 4 hours. Grates. increase according to normal procedures but keep 1 step ahead on fuel and ID fan settings for 2 hours after you reach normal production level (retention time of material in burning zone). After material reception. Chain Gas Temperature 1435oF 1475oF 1508oF 1545oF 1580oF* Adjust draft and fuel as required. The primary air fan is on with normal setting. Start-up could be as follows: If.5 to 2 hours. Rotation 60 revs 66 revs 72 revs 75 revs 78 revs Rotation 65 tons/hr 70 tons/hr 76 tons/hr 79 tons/hr 82 tons/hr Fuel Rate 3110 ft3/min 3425 ft3/min 3745 ft3/min 3885 ft3/min 4025 ft3/min *1580oF being the normal operation temperature Page 69 of 98 . the nose ring fan is on. For a shutdown between 5 to 12 hours. EXAMPLE OF HOW TO RESTART IF NO PRE-HEAT IS REQUIRED Start-up speed is related to the gas chain temperature of the kiln and burning zone aspect. During this period. The cooler fans #1 and #2 on cooler are running. clinker circuit and gravel bed filter are running. warm-up period should be around 1. Guidelines: For a shutdown less than 5 hours.Wait at this setting to receive the material and then increase slowly like normal procedures but always maintain on fuel and ID fan speed settings one step ahead.
i.e. maximum rate is 100oC or 212oF For larger kiln.e. KILN SHUTDOWN (General Information) There are many reasons why kiln must be shutdown periodically and in most cases. an operator should be fully trained in what to do and what to do if such situation occurs. So clearly.This procedure is to be developed in order to restart a kiln faster and having less perturbation in the material load of the kiln (long dry and wet kilns). The Stacks Registers: Must be kept shut for a sufficient period of time Cooling schedule should provide gradual cooling of the burning zone refractory at a maximum temperature rate of 100oC (212oF) per hour For smaller kiln. maximum rate is 75oC or 167oF The ID fan. There is often not enough time available in such situation to weigh or discuss the merits of a shutdown because a few minutes of delay could lead to major equipment damage. diameter > 13’. Written standard procedures to cover these situations should be at the disposal of the operators to allow them to review those procedures periodically. slow cooling of the refractory must be ensured. diameter < 13’. i. Should be shutdown immediately as soon as fire is cut off Page 70 of 98 . the operator must decide when an immediate unscheduled shutdown of the kiln system is required. COOLING PROCEDURES In case of a shutdown.
Kiln Rotation for Short Maintenance Repair ¼ turn ¼ turn ¼ turn ¼ turn ¼ turn every 5 minutes every 10 minutes every 15 minutes every 30 minutes every 60 minutes 4 times 4 times 8 times 8 times until the end during 20 minutes during 40 minutes during 2 hours during 4 hours ---------------- Page 71 of 98 . The kiln back-end should be closed completely for at least 12 hours During short shutdown. as the feed bed and the refractory underneath it. take more time to cool down than the refractory wall exposed to the kiln gases.Should not be used for forced cooling at least for the first 12 hours after kiln shutdown This is an absolute must on long dry and wet process kilns equipped with internal heat exchangers such as chain The ID fan inlet damper should also be closed completely for at least 12 hours During short shutdown. The kiln back-end should be closed completely to avoid hot gases to escape from kiln Hood Pressure: Flow adjustments on the cooler fans have to be made to avoid the kiln hood to get on to high pressure The hood pressure set point should be set slightly on the positive side to prevent air from burning zone to escape through the cooler exhaust fan KILN ROTATION SCHEDULE The kiln must be rotated on a regular schedule to insure uniform cooling.
If it is Raining.5 hours Maintain continuous rotation at 0.0 rpm or 60 revs before shutdown (flame still on) Then: Maintain continuous rotation at 0. continuous rotation should be done on the auxiliary drive or at minimum speed on main drive. Shutdown for long periods also included purging of the following: Fuel firing system Feed system Dust system from precipitator or dust collector system Dust system of conditioning tower Clinker from cooler system BURNER PIPE AND HOOD PROTECTION The burner pipe must be protected as the hood and the kiln discharge area remains at high temperature for several hours after the fire has been cut off.5 rpm or 30 revs during 2.4 rpm or 24 revs during 1 hour Maintain continuous rotation at minimum speed on auxiliary drive for 1 hour Then: If it is raining. Continuous rotation should be done on the auxiliary drive or on main drive at minimum speed Kiln Rotation for Long Kiln Shutdown (brick lining repair) Before: Stabilize kiln rotation at 1.6 rpm or 36 revs during 30 minutes (flame is off) Maintain continuous rotation at 0. Page 72 of 98 .
Primary air fan and nose ring fan should be running at least 10 hours after the flame has been cut off. Others have to rely on primary air fan to provide necessary cooling of the burner.Some kilns are equipped with movable burner pipes to allow partial or full retraction of the burner. It could be very dangerous and could result directly in overheating conditions either at the back-end of the kiln. KILN SHUTDOWN PROCEDURES (FOR BRICK JOB OR RED SPOT) Time (. Therefore. the flame should be cut off.2 hours) Cut down kiln speed at 1. So called “chain and coal mill fires” have occurred as direct result of attempting to burn out a kiln.15 minutes) Cut off coal extraction from silo if required Time (. the burning zone.2 minutes) Cut off high voltage on precipitator Time (0 hour) Cut off feed and purge circuit completely Cut off fuel when system is purged Time (+ 2 minutes) Stop ID fan Reduce air flow under cooler Page 73 of 98 .5 minutes) Cut off feed extraction from homo silo Time (. As soon as the feed is cut off. EMPTYING THE FEED FROM THE KILN Emptying the feed from the kiln takes special skills and experience. burning out a kiln is far too risky and should never be attempted. or the cooler.0 rpm or 60 revs Time (.
#2 and #3 at 50% of normal air flow Reduce other fans according to gravel bed filter inlet temperature or Other de-dusting system Time (+ 10 minutes) Close main damper on precipitator. or equivalent equipment Adjust cooler fans to keep hood pressure slightly positive Stop water spray system or any water system at back-end Time (+ 6 minutes) Cut down kiln speed at 0.6 rpm or 36 revs Reduce primary air fan (1000 Pascals or 10 mbars) Put cooler system on manual mode Reduce grate speed at 4 strokes per minute Reduce fan #1.5 hour) Reduce kiln speed to 0. #2 and #3 to 25% of normal flow Reduce other fans according to gravel bed filter inlet temperature or other de-dusting system Time (+ 1. (line 1 & 2) or any equivalent equipment Keep the extraction of the dust system running Keep nose ring fan running Time (+ 15 minutes) Retract burner from kiln hood if possible if not keep primary air fan running for cooling Time (+ 30 minutes) Reduce kiln speed to 0.5 rpm or 30 revs Watch for unburned clinker and send it to proper location Time (+ 2 hours) Stop cooling fans under kiln shell Page 74 of 98 .Time (+ 4minutes) Close ID fan louvers slowly.55 rpm or 33 revs Pull water spray out of the kiln Time (+ 1 hour) Reduce cooler fans #1.
Readjust air flows under cooler If possible. stop last fan according to filter inlet temperature Time (+ 4 hours) Reduce kiln speed to 0.4 rpm or 24 revs Time (+ 5 hours) Stop rotation with main motor Start continuous rotation with the auxiliary drive Stop extraction of dust on the precipitator or dust collector system Time (+ 6 hours) Stop continuous rotation with the auxiliary drive Make ¼ turn every 15 minutes (attention to greasing system in the main kiln drive to be started in manual) Time (+ 8 hours) Make ¼ turn every 30 minutes Time (+ 10 hours) Time (+ 12 hours) Stop nose ring fan and primary air fan Make ¼ turn every hour Time (+ 15 hours) Stop cooler fans Stop gravel bed filter system if required Time (+ 16 hours) Open main damper on one side of the precipitator Start the ID fan a few seconds with damper closed every hour Time (+ 18 hours) Start ID fan a few seconds Open ID fan damper at 10% Time (+ 20 hours) Start ID fan a few seconds Open ID fan damper at 25% Open door on kiln hood Page 75 of 98 .
Page 76 of 98 . tertiary and to coal mill air is important for kiln efficiency and fuel saving.Time (+ 22 hours) Start ID fan a few seconds Open ID fan at 75% Time (+ 24 hours) Close ID fan completely Time (+ 26 hours) Start ID fan at minimum speed Open ID fan at 10% Time (+ 27 hours) Open ID fan at 30% Time (+ 28 hours) Open ID fan at 50% Time (+ 29 hours) Open ID fan at 75% Time (+ 30 hours) Open ID fan damper completely Stop kiln rotation completely Start to open kiln hood front door Make security on kiln system (lock procedures) Start to clean cooler system This shutdown procedure could also be used as an emergency shutdown on red spot. CLINKER COOLER SECTION COOLER FUNCTION a) The main function of the cooler is to recuperate the heat contained in the clinker coming from the kiln as heat recovery from secondary.
The alternate rows are movable and are connected to a wheel mounted frame which is moved back and forth on its tracks by a crank type drive that drives the grates their reciprocating motion. See figures 2 to 6. the operator must always) Decrease the kiln speed in order to reduce the clinker input to the cooler and control the heat input OPERATION OBJECTIVES Page 77 of 98 . COOLER CONTROLLERS In normal operation: The speed of the grate change the residence time of the clinker inside the cooler (to control the cooling rate of the clinker and to protect the grate to get overheated) The air flow distribution under each compartment to maintain good heat recuperation and good cooling of the clinker In case of emergency: (such as a badly overheated cooler condition. the cooler must be switched on manual. The grate line consists of many perforated grate plates arranged in overlapping rows. However under upset conditions. The clinker cooler is divided into two major areas. the cooler is running in auto to keep a constant under grate pressure and air flow under the second compartment in order to control the secondary air temperature.b) The cooler must also lower the temperature of the clinker before it leaves so it can be safely transported to the storage area c) The clinker breaker at the cooler outlet reduce the clinker size so it can be transported on the conveyor system COOLER OPERATION Cooling of the clinker material is accomplished by forcing ambient air upward through the material as it is being conveyed through the length of the cooler by reciprocating action of the grates. They are the over grate area where the clinker is cooled down and where the hot gases are handled and the under grate compartment where cooling air is blown into the system. which are separated by the grate line. In normal operation.
Never run the kiln with positive pressure as this result in troubled kiln operating conditions as: Fine clinker in nose ring resulting to wear of kiln seal Viewing in kiln is unpleasant and unsafe Could damage the optical equipment and the TV camera Formation of rings and “snowmen” in cooler inlet can be attributed to positive pressure Exception: One exception to this rule if ever very high temperature in cooler and if needed to introduce sufficient air in cooler. MAIN SENSORS Page 78 of 98 . cooler drive unit.To keep as much as possible: The clinker temperature at the cooler discharge as low as possible (high temperature could damage the clinker transport system) The secondary air temperature as stable and as high as possible to get the best recuperation from the clinker and improve the fuel efficiency of the kiln To keep the depth of the clinker bed near 15” water gage in order to get good heat recuperation from the clinker in cooler (according to fan capacity) To keep the hood pressure always slightly negative To set the cooler fans flow in such away to have enough capacity to get air through the clinker bed and to insure proper cooling of the grates and the clinker load inside the cooler Cooler settings should be such that bed grates. During kiln pushes. clinker crusher. lower the kiln speed in order to reduce fine clinker input in the cooler. cooler wall and clinker conveyors system cannot become overheated. RULE IN COOLER OPERATION A fundamental rule on grate cooler is to never permit raw feed or extremely fine clinker to enter the cooler as the cooler can become overheated and damage.
The Main Sensors to Control the Cooler Operations are: The fans flow for each compartment The under grate pressures under grate #1 and #2 The secondary air temperature The grate speed under grate #1 and #2 The clinker discharge temperature at the cooler outlet Also Secondary Sensors as: Grate temperature in #1 and #2 compartments TV camera showing the cooler interior Hood Draft Control by regulation the excess air inside the cooler by the cooler exhaust fan damper It maintains a constant pressure in front of the kiln A good hood pressure regulation is important for the burning zone stability Assuming other Factors Remain Constant: An increase in the ID fan speed will lower the hood pressure A decrease in the ID fan speed will increase the hood pressure Also increasing the amount of air in cooler results in higher hood pressure Under Grate Pressures and Air Flow Rates The under grate pressure is govern by the following factors: Depth of the clinker bed over the grate Average particle size of clinker in the cooler Amount of air flow into the cooler Should be at 15” water gage (under 2nd compartment) to get good heat recuperation Clinker Bed Depth The depth of the clinker bed is controlled by the speed of the cooler grate The faster the grate. the thinner becomes the bed and lower is the under grate pressure Page 79 of 98 .
PARTICLE SIZE OF CLINKER A critical factor in under grate reaction is the average particle size of the clinker in the cooler. The fan speed is constant so it is necessary to change the position of the damper to reduce or to increase the air moved by the fan. when the under grate pressure increase. Fan damper is normally open at 60% as necessary leeway is required to increase air flow. the airflow rate is increased to restore the normal flow through the bed and the clinker bed can become fluidized A fluidized clinker bed is highly undesirable and dangerous. bed depth and under grate pressure. Maximum air flow is when the fan damper reached about 88% open. A fine clinker bed impose more resistance against air flow. the clinker tend to remain stationary and tend to build on top of the grates and when sufficient weight has been acquired by the bed. it starts to move again So the clinker cannot be properly cooled down and could choke off the airflow through the bed OPERATION OF COOLER FANS The air volume for cooler fans is most commonly carried out by means of fan outlet damper. The air volume output is directly related to the under grate pressure. because the bed in such a state does not move along properly in the cooler On horizontal grate. Page 80 of 98 . it is possible to maintain a constant under grate pressure by regulating the grate speed It is usually done under the second compartment of the cooler because it is that location at the cooler inlet where the clinker bed is more stable and give an early and good under grate pressure signal for the automatic cooler control. the fan has to use more force to push the air through this kind of bed Then the under grate pressure increase when the clinker gets finer because the smaller particles impede the air flow through the bed Therefore.Because of the relation between the grate speed.
Formation of “snowmen” at the cooler inlet is the prime cause of this condition. less the velocity pressure in the fan discharge duct. The maximum operating under grate pressure needs to take into account the cooler fans capacity. (Figure 7) Whenever the under grate pressure exceed the limit of the fan. The fan manufacturers provide performance curve for each compartment fan. CLINKER AND AIR DISTRIBUTION For proper cooling. Fan Static Pressure Fan static pressure is the total pressure developed by the fan. Various devices as dead grate. it is essential that clinker is evenly spread over the width of the cooler so that the bed offers a uniform resistance of the air passage through its width. For proper air distribution and good cooler regulation.The fan must have sufficient capacity to provide necessary amount of air at maximum under grate pressure. the flow decreases and less cooling is taking place then the cooler could be damaged. Page 81 of 98 . no air should freely pass from one cooler compartment to another through leaks or other opening on the compartment walls. So air passes through bed where it is least needed and little air passes where it is needed most. spreaders or grate with their own air supply to spread the clinker rapidly over the width of the cooler inlet are used to fight “snowmen” formation. and the air flow is a function of this static pressure and the power applied to the fan. fan static pressure in a cooler system is equal to the under grate pressure. When clinker passes to one side of the cooler leaving a thinner bed on the other side. the air will naturally seek a passage through the bed where it offers the least resistance. Flow rate for each fan and under grate pressure set point need to be set on for a good cooler operation. For practical purposes.
High clinker temperature is caused by inadequate cooling of clinker in cooler. nose ring and refractory (Figure #1) Page 82 of 98 . no red clinker should be seen passing the third compartment. it will transfer the clinker to the emergency bin automatically and will stay there until the desired temperature will come back.The under grate pressure is usually set that the highest pressure is found in the first compartment. Anything exposed to such a flame is bound to receive heat from it. hood. COMBUSTION SECTION FLAME A flame is a stream of gases at extremely high temperature (around 3500oF or 1930oC) where the reactions of combustion of the fuel with secondary and primary air are taking place. and the lowest in the last compartment. Guideline: In cooler normal operation. If the clinker temperature is above 300oF (150oC). Emergency High Clinker Temperature Installed on the drag conveyor is this sensor to measure the clinker temperature at the cooler discharge. as long as it will not create problem in front of the kiln. Flame Evaluation Should always be evaluated during stable kiln condition Flame Length Could refer to the distance between the burner tip and the end of the flame which is a total flame length It could also refer to a distance between the point where ignition of the fuel start and where the reaction of fuel combustion ends It is desirable to operate a kiln with the flame as short as possible.
Total combustion air temperature Secondary air temperature Primary air temperature Air in-leakage temperature 3. Quality and type of fuel used Gas: Fuel oil: Coal: 1830oC or 3325oF 1956oC or 3553oF 1927oC or 3500oF 2. or one inch down center line and one inch towards the material load The flame temperature is related to: 1. Oxygen level at kiln outlet 4.Flame Shape Could be long and “lazy” as heat is released over a relatively long distance (example A) Could be “snappy” as heat is released over a shorter distance (example C) Flame Direction The flame path is not a straight line The flame has a tendency of lift upward toward the top resulting in uneven entrance of secondary air. Brick and coating temperature in the burning zone Flame Target Ignition as quick as possible Highest flame temperature as possible Page 83 of 98 . or mechanical condition of the primary air pipe nozzle A good direction target for the flame could be 2A or 2B in Figure # 2.
Length as short as possible As constant as possible Primary air flow minimum to carry fuel in kiln All above combined in such a way for not making erosion and direct contact of the flame on the refractory Shell temperature scanner is a good indication of flame profile. Flame Adjustment Increase in primary air The speed will increase Temperature will increase The volume will become wider Increase in primary air temperature The plume will get shorter The flame will become shorter The flame will become wider Increase in secondary air temperature The flame temperature will increase The flame length will decrease The plume will decrease Increase on the oxygen level The flame length will increase The flame temperature will decrease The following factors serve to raise the flame temperature: Page 84 of 98 .
the primary air pipe position should not be changed unless a definite reason (such as to combat a ring formation or hot shell conditions) makes it desirable Page 85 of 98 . and air flow rates are at normal level. If any attempt were made to adjust the flame at such a time. thus making it possible to utilize more secondary air which is preheated to higher temperature Promoting rapid mixing of the air and fuel upon leaving the burner by improving the design of primary air pipe and burner Better atomization of the fuel oil by increasing the fuel oil temperature or employing a mechanical device in the burner nozzle to bring a better atomization By keeping hood pressure as close as possible from “0” in order to avoid air in-leaking in front of kiln Operating the kiln with neither a deficiency or excess of air by maintaining the oxygen content of not less than 0.Increasing the secondary air temperature Using less primary air. resulting in an erratic flame shape and direction. fuel pressures.0% Rules on Flames a) When the primary air pipe nozzle has accidentally been warped.7% and not more than 3. there will most likely be an undesirable flame once the kiln returns to normal operating conditions again f) It is better to make the desired adjustments in flame direction in several small steps instead of a large one in order that the operating stability of the kiln is not affected adversely g) Once the ideal flame direction has been obtained. Flame direction changes can be caused by unusual operating conditions. immediate steps should be taken to repair this condition b) A flame should never be allowed to impinge upon the coating or bare refractory for a prolong length of time c) A flame should never be allowed to strike too hard upon the feed bed d) Oil burners or gas burners should be centered well in the primary air pipe in order that an even envelopment of air around the fuel jet takes place e) Flame direction should be adjusted only when the kiln is in stable operating conditions and the temperatures.
a certain amount of primary air flow must be maintained until the temperature inside the kiln is low enough (approximately 600oF or 315oC) that the pipe cannot be damaged. the primary air pipe must be immediately removed from the burner hood. Oxygen and Heat Perfect combustion Combustion air = Neutral (stoichiometric) combustion air Deficiency of Air (Reducing Conditions) Incomplete combustion Heat released is low (4500 Btu vs.h) To protect the primary air pipe from possible damage during a shutdown. 14500 Btu per lb carbon) Unsafe operation (explosion in precipitator or anywhere in the system) Page 86 of 98 . Carbon Hydrogen Sulfur Oxygen Comes from Combustion Air Carbon + Oxygen = Carbon dioxide + heat Hydrogen + Oxygen = Water vapor + heat Sulfur + Oxygen = Sulfur dioxide + heat Proper Proportioning of Fuel. COMBUSTION What is combustion? Rapid combination of oxygen with fuel resulting into heat Fuels contains. Upon power failure when primary air fan stops.
0 to 1. but may not be sustained Minimum ignition temperature required for sustained ignition Page 87 of 98 . lower fuel economy Recommended back-end oxygen is 1.5% Combustion Air + Fuel = Combustion Gases Combustion Air = Primary Air + Secondary Air + Leakage Combustion Gases: Carbon monoxide (CO) with incomplete combustion Carbon dioxide (CO2) with complete combustion Water vapor (H2O) Sulfur dioxide (SO2) Nitrogen (N2) from air Excess oxygen (O2) Good Combustion Requirements: Proper proportioning of fuel and air Thorough mixing of fuel and air Initial and sustained ignition of the mixture Mixing of Fuel and Air Good mixing is important for mixture to be uniform throughout Every particle of fuel must be in contact with an air particle Solids must be pulverized to increase surface area for mass transfer Liquids must be atomized (breaking up into tiny particles) to speed up evaporation (resulting to vapors burn as gases) Process of starting combustion Can start at low temperatures.Excess of Air (Oxidizing Conditions) Complete combustion Flame temperature decreases with increasing air.
752 – 842oF 932 – 1112oF 1170oF 1472oF 392 – 572oF * can be considered ignition temperature of coal Theoretical Flame Temperature: Tf = LHV / (NCA + 1) S Where Tf = Maximum (theoretical) flame (in oC or oF) LHV = Fuel low heating value (in kg/kgf or Btu/lbf) NCA = Neutral combustion air (in kg/kgf or Btu/lbf) S = Specific heat of combustion gases (=/.1 13.770) 11. 500 – 600oC or.800oC or.700) NCA 9.29) Typical Fuel Data: Fuel Coal Oil Gas LHV Kg/kgf (Btu/lbf) 6500 (11.6 Theo.7 16. +/.700) 9870 (17. Max. Flame T o C (oF) 2460 (4460) 2480 (4500) 2400 (4350) Influences and Impact on Flame Temperature Impact of Oxygen content of Kiln Gases on Flame Temperature (Figure #3) Oxygen Flame To 1% 2465oC 5% 1965oC Page 88 of 98 .500 (20.0.(Ignition continues without any external source of heat) At this point: Heat from Reaction > Heat Lost to Surroundings Fixed carbon:* Volatile Matter: C & H (methane): Coke: Fuel oil: 400 – 450oC or. 632oC or. 200 – 300oC or.
air To Flame To 420oC (770oF) 2180oC (39560oF) 845oC (1553oF) 2445oC (4433oF) 1093oC (2000oF) 2610oC (4730oF) HEAT TRANSFER IN A ROTARY KILN Radiation (Flame Zone) Flame/Gas Flame/Gas by by Material Kiln shell Very important because heat transfer x (Tf4 – Tm4) Conduction Wall Chain/crosses to to Material Material Convection Gas Gas to to Material Wall BURNER PIPES AND NOZZLES What is required from a burner? A stable flame with proper geometry Versatility Safety Parameters Affecting the Flame Page 89 of 98 .Impact of Secondary Air Temperature on Flame Temperature Sec.
Fuel characteristics Primary air and secondary air The burner design Key Parameters of Burner Design Number of circuits Primary air Quantity Ejection velocities Minimum velocity Back pressure Specific impulse Diameter Number of Air Circuits (Figure 1 to 6) Single Circuit Control is minimal High velocity requires high fan pressure Results in more wear Two Circuits Swirl + high velocity transport air Additional control due to swirl High fan pressure. high wear rate Three Circuits Swirl + high velocity axial Low velocity transport air More versatile Primary Air Quantity Page 90 of 98 .
700 – 1000 mmH2O for axial air 150 – 600 mmH2O for swirl air 600 – 1000 mmH2O for transport air (up to 1200 mmH2O for modified three-circuit burner) Page 91 of 98 . indirect firing is the ideal solution. Back Pressure Typical values for a three-circuit burner. Ejection Velocities Gaseous and liquid fuels (with atomizing fluid) Sonic range: Solid fuels Single circuit: Multiple circuits: 50–80 m/s (164–263 ft/s) 80–170 m/s (262–558 ft/s) for axial 50–90 m/s (164–295 ft/s) for swirl 20–50 m/s (65–164 ft/s) for transport 330 m/s (1083 ft/s) Minimum Velocities Required to prevent solid fuel accumulation. the pipe sizes can be determined.Natural gas: Liquids: Solid fuels: 0 to 7% of total combustion air 7 to 10% of total combustion air Firing system dependent 30 to 35% of total combustion air Mill exit air is 18 to 25% (moisture dependent) Air to burner can be controlled by diverting “Overflow” to kiln hood Direct firing system: Semi-direct firing: Indirect firing: 7 to 12% of total combustion air Theoretically. 20 m/s (66 ft/s) in transport line and in axial $ swirl annulus if these streams carry any fuel dust Knowing the minimum flow rates.
Where: FUELS IN THE CEMENT INDUSTRY Solid Fuels: Coal Coal tailings Petroleum coke (fluid. etc. delayed) Wood Tires Municipal waste. Liquid Fuels: Oil (bunker C) Liquid waste Page 92 of 98 . 4 to 8 N/Gcal/h Definition Sp.Specific Impulse Typically. impulse = Impulse (Newton) Heat input (Gcal/h) For Solid Fuel.c are atomizing fluid dependent * 5 figures of burners to be attached at the above information. Impulse = (abP – c) S P = pressure (bars) S = cross-section area (mm2) a.b. Impulse = air stream mass flow rate (kg/s) x tip velocity (m/s) For Gaseous and Liquid (pneumatically atomized) Fuels.
Low (or net) Heating Value Calculated from HHV by subtracting the latent heat of vaporization The difference between HHV and LLV depends upon the hydrogen content of the fuel. MJ/m3. Gaseous Fuels: Natural gas (95% methane) Landfill gases.92.070 (95%) 20. MJ/ton. liter) of fuel Measured in kcal/kg.000 23. ton.630 (97%) 8.000 9.300 Page 93 of 98 LHV Btu/lb (% of HHV) 11. lb. Btu/lb.000 14. LHV = HHV . kcal/liter Can be approximated from the fuel composition High Heating Value (HHV) vs.7 x % H2 (Btu/lb) Examples of HHV and LHV for Various Fuels Fuel Coal Coke Waste fuel Fuel oil Natural gas %H 5 4 10 10 25 HHV Btu/lb 12. etc.540 (96%) 13. m3. etc.680 (90%) . Low Heating Value (LHV) High (or gross) Heating Value Heat produced at constant volume by complete combustion of fuel. measured in the laboratory in an “oxygen bomb calorimeter”. combustion product condensed to liquid state. Heating Value Quantity of heat generated from 1 unit (kg.070 (90%) 18.Coal slurry.000 19.
Coal, oil, gas and in recent years, petroleum coke are the main fuels used in cement kilns.
Coals are judged on what is called an proximate analysis which tells the percentage moisture, volatile matter, fixed carbon, ash, sulfur, and heat value.
Coal is very complicated in structure, containing carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur in various stages of combinations.
With the application of heat, these substances from various combustible gases are classed as volatile matter. It is the first constituent of the coal to be liberated on heating.
The carbon that remains after the volatile matter is driven off is called fixed carbon.
Combustion is the chemical combination of oxygen with certain elements of the fuel to form compounds with the release of heat. See figure below.
Every combustible substance has what is called an ignition temperature.
This is the temperature to which it must be raised before chemical combinations with oxygen or combustion will take place.
These combinations liberate definite amounts of heat depending on the elements entering into the combinations.
The principal combustible elements in coal are carbon and hydrogen. Any sulfur present is also combustible, but is of minor importance from a heat standpoint.
The chief non-combustible elements in coal are silica, alumina and iron which form the ash.
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Bomb Calorimeter The heat value of coal can be determined by using the bomb calorimeter. A precise amount of dry coal is fired in an oxygen atmosphere in a sealed container which is immersed in a water bath. The change in temperature of the water is measured and knowing the specific heat of water (1.0 Btu/lbm*oF) the heat content of the coal is determined.
Volatile Matter (VM) Portion of solid fuel liberated as gases and vapors, when it is heated in the absence of air. (result from thermal decomposition) For good coal: For fluid coke: VM = 30 – 35% VM = 5 – 6%
Combustion start to be difficult when VM < 15%
Fixed Carbon (FC) Residue left after volatile matter is driven off. FC = 100 - (VM + Ash + Moisture) For bituminous coal: Coke: FC = 40 – 60% FC = 75 – 85%
Ash Residue remaining after the fuel has been burnt. Composed of compounds of silicon, aluminum, iron and calcium Also some traces of Mg, Na, K and Ti.
Proximate Analysis Determination of VM, FC, ash and moisture Used for quick, preliminary appraisal of solid fuel
Ultimate Analysis Quantitative determination of moisture, C, H, S, O and N
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DRYING, GRINDING AND FIRING SOLID FUELS
Ball Mill or Roller Mills are used. Air from cooler / air heater / pre-heater exit is used for drying.
The drying systems can be; (Figure # 1, 2, 3) Direct Semi-direct Indirect
Comparison of fuel drying system Direct Simple operation Relatively safe Primary air is high (30-35%) All moisture to kiln Result in high heat consumption Lowest capital cost Semi-direct Most difficult to operate Safer than indirect Primary air is low but all moisture to kiln Heat penalty is lower than direct Capital cost is in between direct and indirect Indirect Simple operation Safety is most important Primary air can be as low as desired (operation independent) Good heat consumption Highest capital cost
Liquid Fuels Essentially composed of C, H, and S Evaporation at 200-300oC or 572oF Atomization promotes evaporation Classified according to: Viscosity (measure of internal friction) Specific gravity
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Heating value Gaseous Fuels Natural gas most commonly used (95% methane) No preparation required for firing Minimum ignition temperature (+/.e. high tip velocity) to promote turbulence Comparison of the Three Major Fuels Coal Installation is expensive Can be stored in large storage capacity Radiant flame Ash can be used as a raw material Cheap Noisy and dirty Risk of explosion and fire Quality can vary (% H2O & Ash) Oil Installation is simple Storage capacity depends on refinery Radiant flame n/a Expensive Depend on refinery n/a Quality is constant Natural Gas Installation is simple No storage Non-radiant flame n/a Expensive Clean Flame control reacts Quality is constant COMBUSTION REACTIONS Combustibles Carbon Hydrogen Sulfur Reactions C + O2 = CO2 C + ½ O2 = CO 2H + ½ O2 = H2O S + O2 = SO2 Heat Released 14650 Btu/lb 4340 Btu/lb 62100 Btu/lb 4032 Btu/lb Page 97 of 98 .650oC or 1200oF) Very little primary air is required Injected at high pressure (i.
Page 98 of 98 . Length Mass Time Temperature All other quantities that need to be measured can be expressed in terms of above quantities.Non-Combustibles (Ash) It must be treated as a raw material in raw mix Silica (SiO2) Alumina (Al2O3) Iron (Fe2O3) BASIC PRINCIPLES SYSTEM OF UNITS The fundamental quantities to be measured are.
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