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COLLECTING AND BURNING The steam ejector based NCG systems have

NONCONDENSIBLE GASES been so successful and reliable that the
Cluster Rule requires all Kraft mills to have
NCG systems and to operate them at 99
Tom Burgess P
Eng uptime
Senior Manager
Environmental Technology COMPOSITION OF NCG
Georgia Pacific Corporation
133 Peachtree St N
E NCG can be broken down into four separate
Atlanta Georgia 30303 categories depending upon composition
These are Concentrated NCG low volume
INTRODUCTION high concentration LVHC Dilute NCG
high volume low concentration HVLC
Kraft pulp mills are normally characterized by chip bin gases and stripper off gases SOG
a distinct foul odor This odor is caused by
sulfur compounds referred to as TRS Total Table I shows a typical analysis for
Reduced Sulfur that are generated in pulp concentrated NCG These gases come from
digesters when wood is cooked with Kraft blow heat recovery systems turpentine
liquor TRS can also be generated in direct recovery systems continuous digester flash
contact evaporators in recovery boilers and steam condensers evaporator vacuum
in lime kilns The TRS gases involved are systems and hotwells The actual

hydrogen sulfide H methyl mercaptan composition will vary widely from system to
CH dimethyl sulfide CF6SCH and system and from time to time within the
dimethyl disulfide CH same system

TRS gases that are emitted from digesters It should be noted that in concentrated NCG
evaporators turpentine systems strippers the TRS gases make up only about 50 of
brown stock washers and liquor storage the volume The largest component of NCG
tanks are referred to as Noncondensible is air which has been depleted of 50 or
Gases NCG more of its oxygen Although some air
enters the system by dissolving in white and
Attempts to collect and bum NCG were first black liquors and then stripping back out of
tried in the late 1950
s The initial systems them most air enters through leaks in the
collected the gases in pipelines using fans system The oxygen is depleted by reacting
as motivators to move the gases These with reducing agents such as Na in the
systems usually diluted the gases with air to liquors that it contacts The data shown in
bring the TRS concentrations below their Table I are for a tight system
lower explosive limits This was not always
successful especially with concentrated PROPERTIES OF NCG

gases coming from digesters and

evaporators and many early systems Corrosivity
experienced fires or explosions
NCG especially concentrated NCG are
highly corrosive to carbon steel These
In the early 1970
s a system was developed
in Sweden that kept the NCG undiluted and gases are normally saturated with water
that used steam ejectors as motivators This vapor such that condensation occurs in the
system has virtually eliminated explosions in collection system Some of the TRS gases
NCG systems and is now the accepted especially H and CH are acidic and
method for handling NCG will absorb in the condensate formed The

combination of this acidic condensate along Explosivity
with the oxygen present in the NCG can be
very corrosive to carbon steel Therefore TRS methanol and turpentine are flammable
carbon steel should be avoided in NCG in the presence of sufficient oxygen and if
collection systems contained in a pipeline or vessel can be
explosive Table II shows the combustion
Other components of NCG especially properties of the main components of NCG
turpentine and methanol are very strong The Lower Explosive Limit LEL is the lowest
solvents and can dissolve or soften plastics concentration of gas by percent volume
or resin in Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic that when mixed with air will burn At lower
FRP piping Therefore plastics or FRP concentration there is insufficient gas to
should also be avoided in NCG collection sustain combustion Similarly the Upper
systems Further FRP should be avoided Explosive Limit UEL is the highest
because of potential failure during a fire concentration of gas that when mixed with
started by NCG ignition air will burn At higher concentrations there
is insufficient oxygen to sustain combustion
Stainless steel of the 300 series typically 304
or 316 has proven to be corrosion resistant Unfortunately the terms LEL and UEL only
to NCG and is the preferred material of explain the situation in theoretical terms In
construction for NCG systems reality TRS gases as emitted are mixed
with air that has most of its oxygen depleted
Toxicity such that the gases are not explosive Figure
I illustrates this situation It is based on some
NCG are highly toxic and are responsible for test data and the assumption that mixed TRS
deaths and injuries in the pulp and paper gases which also contain other combustibles
industry The toxicity of hydrogen sulfide is such as McOH and turpentine are
well known At 20 ppm it causes irritation of flammable over the range of 2 to 50 for
the eyes and respiratory tract Thirty minutes all combustibles The exact shape of this
of exposure at 500 ppm causes severe curve has not been determined and will vary
sickness Exposure at 1000 ppm for 30 depending on the TRS components present
minutes is fatal The other components of
NCG are similarly toxic TRS concentration Point A on Figure I is the pure air case with
in concentrated NCG is 100
000 ppm or 21 oxygen 0 combustible Point B is the
pure combustible case with 100
combustible and 0 oxygen The two points
Because these gases are toxic great care C and D on Line AB represent the LEL and
must be taken in the design and construction UEL respectively
of systems to handle these gases Gas
leaks especially in enclosed areas must be The shaded area under CD represents the
avoided Adequate venting must also be range of mixtures that are explosive Point E
provided such that when there is an upset represents a typical concentrated NCG
condition causing the gases to vent the mixture which is well outside the explosive
gases are released in a safe area and in a range However as air is added the mixture
safe manner Vent stacks should be as high moves along Line AE towards Point A At
as possible and clear of any buildings some point if enough air is added the gases
platforms and ladders where personnel may will enter the explosive range
travel and well clear of any ventilation air
intakes In the past attempts were made to reduce
concentrated NCG below the explosive limit

by diluting by a factor of 20 to 1 with air As a bearing failure or by sparks created by
result the mixture ended up at Point F which foreign material hitting the impeller
is outside the explosive range However if
the system was under designed or if an Another potential cause of fire is welding
upset occurred which reduced this dilution Welding torches have ignited many NCG
ratio the gases would end up in the fires Lines and vessels containing NCG
explosive range At this point if an ignition should be clearly labeled so that they are not
source were present such as a spark from a accidentally touched by welding flames or
fan then an explosion would occur arcs If welding is necessary all lines or
vessels thought to contain NCG should be
Another characteristic of flammable gases is thoroughly purged and then checked for
flame propagation speed This is a measure combustibles before welding is permitted
of how fast the flame will travel through the Care must also be taken to ensure that
pipeline or vessel once a fire is started See welding sparks are not drawn in through
Table II The flame propagation speed for vacuum relief devices

sulfur gases is relatively slow However the
flame propagation speed for turpentine is As TRS is known to adsorb onto and then
extremely fast The value reported in Table II desorb from metal walls welding should be
for turpentine is currently being disputed by done immediately after purging and testing
some experts in the field who claim the for combustibles

speed is much slower Regardless
explosions caused by TRS are usually minor Static electricity can also provide a spark to
with minimum damage while explosions ignite NCG All lines and vessels containing
caused by turpentine can be catastrophic NCG must be properly grounded Otherwise
a static charge may build up eventually
It should be noted that the flame propagation leading to a spark or static discharge
speeds listed in Table II are based on pure Several explosions have been traced to this
compounds in pure air mechanism

It should also be noted that while NCG Turpentine can provide a second mechanism
systems are designed to handle the flame for static discharge If sufficient turpentine
propagation speed of TRS it is not practical vapor enters an NCG system such as during
to design against the flame propagation loss of water flow to a turpentine condenser
speed of turpentine For this reason it is then some of that turpentine will condense in
very important to minimize the amount of the piping along with the water vapor also
turpentine entering the NCG system present As water and turpentine are
immiscible they will decant in the pipeline
At this point if the interface between the two
IGNITION SOURCES immiscible liquids is subjected to a shear
force the friction between the two liquids can
Before an explosion can occur three things generate a static spark which will ignite the
must be present The first two namely a turpentine Such a shear force can occur if
combustible material TRS and sufficient these liquids enter a fan or if they cascade
oxygen have already been discussed The from a horizontal pipe run down a vertical
final item is an ignition source Fans have pipe run As before several explosions have
traditionally provided an ignition source for been credited to this mechanism
NCG system fires This could be from static
sparks hot spots on the casing if rubbed by
the impeller by a hot impeller shaft due to a
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CONCENTRATED NCG LOW VOLUME reason it is necessary to eliminate all
HIGH CONCENTRATION SYSTEMS possible ignition sources during the design
and operation of the system Hence steam
Concentrated NCG come from two types of ejectors rather than fans should be used to
sources continuous and batch Continuous motivate the gases Since the vacuum that
sources are continuous digesters turpentine an ejector pulls varies inversely with gas flow
recovery systemsmultiple effect it is possible to pull a high vacuum under low
evaporators and foul condensate storage flow conditions In that case a vacuum
tanks Batch sources are blow steam breaker could open allowing air into the
condensers for batch digesters system To overcome this problem a
pressure controller is used on the ejector
The volumes of gases to be collected vary suction

greatly from mill to mill and from time to time
within each mill Table III shows the Steam ejectors have other advantages It is
expected ranges of concentrated NCG flow possible to size the ejector and the piping
from various sources It is always best to downstream of the ejector such that the
design on actual test data If this is not steam flow to the ejector insures a line
available then conservative values should be velocity greater than the flame propagation
used Line sizes should be chosen to give a speed of TRS gases even under low NCG
low pressure drop 0 4 to 1 0 inches w
c per flow conditions It should be noted again that
100 ft of pipe at peak flow conditions If in it is impractical to design against the flame
doubt as to line size go larger propagation speed of turpentine However
steam is an inert gas and it is possible to
Collected NCG are typically at 14CFF 60C design the ejector such that the steam flow
or cooler If the gases are hotter than this will dilute the NCG to a point outside the
then consideration should be given to cooling explosive range Refer to Figure I If for
them before transporting them some reason the NCG coming to the ejector
is in the explosive range Point I the steam
The concentrated NCG Point E on Figure I flow will dilute the resulting steam NCG

are normally outside the explosive range due mixture to Point J which is outside the
to lack of oxygen Therefore the system explosive range
should be designed to prevent ingress of air
into the system This is done by sealing all For the reasons discussed above it is
parts of the system to make them airtight necessary to keep the steam in the system
However a sealed system can be exposed from condensing This requires that all
to high pressure or vacuum under upset steam lines and all NCG lines after the
conditions Most storage tanks or evaporator ejector be properly insulated to insure the
hotwells are not designed to withstand steam does not condense If a condenser or
pressure or vacuum Therefore they must be scrubber is used after the ejector and the
protected by both pressure and vacuum steam does condense then some other
relieving devices in order to prevent damage means of ensuring line velocity and dilution
to the vessel during upset conditions should be provided If not then the NCG will
bum back into the transport line whenever
Keeping the NCG outside the explosive the gases get into the explosive range
range will insure a safe system at most times
However during upset conditions especially Even if care is taken to keep the gases
during start
ups and shutdowns it is possible outside the explosive range and care is
for air to enter the system creating a taken to remove ignition sources there is still
potentially explosive mixture For this a remote possibility that a fire may occur To

protect against this flame arresters should diaphragm or invertedbell type These gas be used at several points throughout the holders were expensive to build and system in order to prevent the spread of a fire troublesome to maintain In modern NCG and to minimize pipeline and equipment systems gas holders are no longer required damage As a general rule flame arresters except in rare situations should be placed at each NCG source and at each incineration point To prevent Blow steam condensing systems should be damage from an explosion in the NCG line operated under positive pressure at all times line size rupture discs have been used on the to prevent ingress of air into the system If air NCG line Typically rupture discs have been gets into the accumulator and condensers it placed at approximately 100 ft 30m becomes part of the NCG to be collected intervals on extended NCG lines Care must The result is a very high NCG flow and a be used when placing the rupture discs to decrease in condenser efficiency at the start insure that the gases are vented in a safe of the blow invariably leading to venting of location if a disc ruptures However because steam and NCG See Figure III Pressure the rupture discs are subject to mechanical is maintained in the system by use of failure due to fatigue rather than explosions pressure control on the NCG discharge line some mills are removing them and some from the condensers or by pressure control new installations are built without rupture between the primary and secondary discs on the transport lines condensers Padding steam is also added to the accumulator blow tank or condensers The collection of NCG from continuous between blows to keep the pressure and sources is relatively straightforward See temperature up Figure II Care must be taken to insure that the vessels from which the gases are being It is essential that the blow steam condensing collected are airtight and properly sealed system be properly sized and operated If Each vessel should be protected by a this is not done very little NCG from the pressurevacuum breaker and by a flame batch digesters will be collected arrester Special attention must be given to overflow lines on these vessels Overflow Pressure relief is also required on the NCG lines must be sealed to insure that during an line This will prevent large quantities of upset condition pressure or vacuum is steam from entering the NCG system and relieved through the pressurevacuum overloading the ejector system if the blow breaker rather than through the overflow steam condensing system fails line Batch gases must be kept separate from The collection of NCG from batch digesters is continuous NCG sources until at least much more difficult due to the cyclical nature downstream of the ejectors If this is not of the gas flow Between blows there is done the pressure swing in the batch gas virtually no NCG flow At the start of a blow line will upset the smooth flow of the there is a momentary high flow As the blow continuous gases causing frequent venting progresses this flow drops off until it reaches of the continuous gases zero flow at the end of the blow In many cases there is another small peak flow at the Figure IV shows a concentrated NCG end of the blow when the digester blows transport system clean Another consideration in the design of NCG In the past these variations in flow were systems is the condensate formed in the smoothed out using a gas holder of either a lines The NCG are normally saturated with 5 2 4 .

water vapor and some water will condense removed from the NCG by a chemical in the lines Therefore it is necessary to reaction while the nonpolar gases slope the lines so that the condensate formed CH and CH are removed by does not build up Low point drains and physical absorption separators are also required The condensate formed is very foul The Cluster If hot white liquor is used for scrubbing the Rule requires that these condensates be absorption of H and CH is favored collected and treated However the NCG is heated up and must be sent to a gas cooler to reduce the gas The final consideration is vent lines From volume and reduce condensation in the line time to time it will be necessary to vent the If cooled white liquor is used the absorption gases to atmosphere All vent lines should of CH and CH is favored be made as high as possible and should However the heat exchanger used to cool release the gases straight up and away from the white liquor is often subject to severe buildings and platforms scaling Vent lines should not terminate in elbows or There are also specialized chemicals on the have caps on the discharge Water build up market that are designed to scavenge the in the vent line due to rainfall or condensate TRS from NCG These have proven very can be removed through sealed drain lines effective However their high cost excludes their use on a continuous basis but they The motivating steam ejectors should be as have been successfully used as a backup for close to the point of incineration as possible TRS reduction when incineration is not A separator or mist eliminator is used after available the ejector to remove any water droplets or condensate before the gases are injected Depending on the scrubbing media used into the incineration point The NCG then and the NCG streams scrubbed overall TRS goes through a final flame arrester and into removal efficiencies from as low as 40 to the kiln boiler or incinerator for destruction as high as 99 have been reported If the kiln boiler or incinerator is not available although overall TRS removal of about 70 for incineration the gases should be safely is typical vented upstream of the incineration point DILUTE NCG HIGH VOLUME LOW SCRUBBING NCG CONCENTRATION SYSTEMS Some mills have found it advantageous to Sources of dilute NCG are brownstock scrub the TRS from the NCG before the washer hoods and seal tanks knotter hoods gases are burned Scrubbing the TRS may liquor storage tanks brownstock storage be necessary to reduce SO emissions if the tanks slakers mud filters causticizers and NCG are burned in a boiler or an incinerator black liquor oxidizers In mills where NCG are burned in lime kilns the SO formed may contribute to ring As with concentrated NCG the total volume formation in the kiln Scrubbing the NCG of dilute NCG to be handled varies greatly may alleviate this problem Flows of between 10 000 to 30 000 fP per ton 300 to 900 m of pulp are typical Scrubbing is normally done in packed Brown stock washer hoods on vacuum drum columns or spray columns using either a washers are the largest single source of caustic solution or white liquor for scrubbing dilute NCG It is necessary to properly seal The polar sulfur gases H and CH are the washer hoods to the vats and to train 6 2 4 .

operators to always keep the inspection drained If a fan is used a moisture separator doors closed Suppliers are developing better should be installed upstream of the fan fitting hoods to keep the washer hood gases suction If an ejector is used a moisture to a minimum Design volumes are now separator should be installed on the ejector about 1000 cfm per drum discharge Recirculating seal tank vents back to the Many mills monitor the concentration of washer hoods in order to reduce volumes combustibles in the dilute NCG system to has been successfully done This reduces ensure that the gases are always well below the volume to be collected here by about half the LEL If the combustible concentration rises above 50 of the LEL during system Similarly air for air doctors should be taken upsets then the system is vented or from the hood thus recirculating this air and shutdown until the problem is corrected further reducing the volume A system for handling dilute NCG is depicted Pressure washers and diffusion washers in Figure V have much lower volumes of gas to handle CHIP BIN GAS SYSTEMS Large flat top storage tanks are another problem In most cases they were never The gases from continuous digester chip bins designed to take any pressure or vacuum steamers are really dilute NCG but When they are tied into a collection system because they can contain large amounts of they will be subjected to either a pressure or turpentine and TRS they should be treated a vacuum or both from time to time Safe before transported or added to a dilute NCG design here is a real challenge system Gases in this category are normally outside The Cluster Rule requires the NCG from chip the explosive range due to low concentration bins to be collected if flash steam is used for of TRS see point F on Fig 1 Dilute NCG steaming Collection is not required if fresh are usually mixed with air to further dilute steam is used for steaming them transported in a common pipe line and motivated with either a fan or a steam ejector Collection of chip bin NCG is illustrated in Figure VI Chips are steamed in the chip bin In instances where dilute NCG are hot and to remove air before they enter the steaming saturated with moisture coolers are used to vessel This steam can drive volatile reduce their volume and moisture before the compounds such as turpenes out of the fan or ejector Heaters can be used to raise chips This situation is aggravated when too the dilute NCG above the saturation much steam is used or if the steam breaks temperature and thus prevent condensation through the chips due to low chip bin level In in the transport lines any case large quantities of turpentine vapor may be present in chip bin gas One Kraft Under no circumstances should concentrated mill in the Southern United States that pulps NCG be added to dilute NCG especially a pine has reported recovering up to 2 lb of concentrated NCG stream that may contain turpentine per ton 1 kgtonne of pulp from considerable quantities of turpentine vapor chip bin gas As in the case of concentrated NCG Proper treatment of chip bin gas includes systems the pipelines for dilute NCG cooling condensing and scrubbing to remove systems should be properly sloped and as much turpentine as possible A typical 7 2 4 .

system will include a separator to remove Temperature of 1200 F 650C chip fines followed by an indirect Residence time of 0 5 sec coolercondenser followed by a packed Excess oxygen O content of 3 4 column scrubber using cold water At temperatures as low as 87 F 30C and It should be noted that the Cluster Rule atmospheric pressure the vapor pressure of requires a temperature of 1600 F 871 C the alpha pinene fraction of turpentine is high and a residence time of 0 75 seconds in enough to create an explosive mixture order to ensure destruction of other Therefore dilution air must be added to Hazardous Air Pollutants in the NCG ensure a safe mixture is being transported The use of cold water to recover turpentine These should be considered basic can cause the temperature of the conditions and if any of them are exceeded condensate going to the decanter to be too the others can be reduced That is if the low for good decanting In this case it may temperature is higher than 1200 F 6500 C be necessary to reheat the condensate then reducing retention time andor lowering before it goes to the decanter excess oxygen content will still provide good TRS destruction For example some new Once the chip bin gas has been cooled high efficiency kilns are capable of meeting scrubbed and diluted it can be treated as TRS emissions at excess oxygen content as any other dilute NCG stream low as 2 STRIPPER OFF SOG GAS SYSTEMS There are three places in a pulp mill where these conditions exist These are the lime In most cases the stripper off gas is removed kiln power boiler and recovery boiler A as a mixture of 50 methanol and 50 dedicated separate incinerator can also be water by weight at about 210F 990 C This used to bum NCG stream due to its high temperature and water content must be transported separately as a Lime Kiln concentrated NCG system see Figure VII The stripper typically runs under pressure so The lime kiln has traditionally been the first an ejector is not required for motivation It is choice for burning NCG It has the necessary to insulate and heat trace the gas advantage that most of the SQ formed is line in order to prevent condensation absorbed on the lime mud and returned to the liquor cycle It is necessary to steam purge the entire line to remove all air before any methanol rich In many mills the lime kilns are overloaded gas is introduced This is done by a steam and have low levels of excess O Figure VIII makeup line Steam is added on flow control shows the effect of excess Q levels on TRS by measuring the flow at the incineration end emissions from a lime kiln An overloaded of the line This ensures a minimum velocity kiln is not very effective at TRS destruction in the line during start up shutdown and low flow conditions Modem high efficiency kilns are designed to run at about 05 excess oxygen This is BURNING NCG normally not enough O to completely destroy TRS In order for NCG to be properly destroyed by combustion three conditions must be met One drawback of using the kiln for TRS These are destruction is that in some cases burning Cwr I .

NCG in the lime kiln has contributed to or used in the boiler This can reduce the Sq accelerated formation of kiln rings emitted from the burning of NCG The concentrated NCG are normally The concentrated NCG are introduced into introduced into the kiln through a separate boilers through separate nozzles similar to nozzle mounted on the kiln hood This those used in kilns In many cases existing nozzle must be cooled in order to prevent ports can be used for the nozzles In other preignition of the gases while still in the cases it is necessary to bend some water nozzle In addition during NCG system shut wall tubes in order to place the nozzles down with the kiln operating the cooling jacket prevents heat damage to the nozzle Often the NCG flow is split into two or more parallel lines before entering the boiler This Air steam and water have all been is done to balance the flow of NCG into the successfully used as cooling media NCG boiler However if this is done great care can also be injected through a dedicated port must be taken to ensure a balance of flow to in the main fuel burner of the kiln each nozzle in order to prevent flame backs due to low gas velocity on one side The NCG gases absorb light in the UV range and can give a false flame out signal if they The dilute NCG are normally introduced to pass in front of an UV flame the boilers as part of the primary air either detector Therefore the NCG nozzle should before or after the primary air fan Care must be placed well away from the flame be taken when adding or removing the dilute detectors NCG flow to the boiler in order to prevent upsets in air flow to the boiler The dilute NCG are not normally burned in the lime kiln due to their large volume If Recovery Boilers burned in the kiln they are used as primary air and introduced either on the suction or The recovery boiler is theoretically the best discharge of the D F fan However in place to destroy NCG as the sulfur gases most cases the volume of dilute NCG is are destroyed and recovered as Na in the larger than the kiln primary air flow and thus smelt the kiln cannot be used However due to the nature of the recovery Power Boilers boiler its importance in the recovery cycle and the potential for catastrophic explosion Boilers are becoming more popular as due to water entering the unit during incineration points for places to burn NCG as operation or explosive gas buildup during this point is relatively trouble free However shut down the recovery boiler is generally burning NCG in a boiler will increase the not recommended as a place to bum NCG boiler SO emission creating another environmental problem Further if the back The Black Liquor Recovery Boiler Advisory end of the boiler is too cold under about Committee BLRBAC has recently published 320F 160C then H acid precipitation Recommended Good Practice for the can occur and severe corrosion may result Thermal Oxidation of Waste Streams in a Black Liquor Recovery Boiler It is available Studies have shown that considerable on the BLRBAC Website www com blrbac amounts of SO are absorbed on the ash from coal or bark if either of these fuels are A few mills have tried burning concentrated NCG in recovery boilers and have been UM .

successful in doing so With respect to dilute At least two mills are successfully using a NCG several mills are now doing this and Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer RTO to there is a trend to accepting this practice incinerate dilute NCG Incinerators Other Considerations It is now quite common to burn NCG in a Several other factors affect the choice of an dedicated incinerator The big advantage of incineration point for NCG These are the separate incinerator is that it takes the usually site specific The age size and gases out of a piece of operating equipment operating condition of the locations available and eliminates the complications associated are important As a general rule the higher with burning NCG in an operating unit in the the capacity of the location selected the mill Most incinerators use conventional better as the NCG will have less impact on fossil fuel burners although one mill has the operation of the larger equipment successfully used a flameless oxidizer The uptime of the equipment used to bum The major disadvantage of the incinerator is NCG is very important A boiler or kiln that is its high capital and operating cost At off line frequently or for long periods of time present few mills use an incinerator as a is a poor choice The Cluster Rule requires primary source of NCG incineration although an uptime of 99 for burning concentrated there appears to be a trend to do this NCG It is virtually impossible to do this Several use incinerators as a backup to the unless there are two points for NCG primary point of incineration Due to the SQ incineration emission in most cases the incinerator is followed by an SO scrubber adding further The relative locations of the NCG sources to the capital and operating costs and the point of incineration is also important as this affects the length and hence the cost Another byproduct of incineration is sulfuric of the pipe line required to carry the gases acid mist SAM which can give high opacity Generally shorter piping runs are advantageous Recently some mills have added package boilers to the incinerators to recover the heat A final factor to consider is human nature from incineration as low pressure steam Few operating superintendents are willing to accept the responsibility of handling and Stripper off gas due to its high McOH burning NCG gases content has a very high fuel value and can be used as a primary fuel for incinerators IMPACT reducing the incinerator operating cost by supplying most of the fuel requirement Installation and operation of NCG systems has an impact on the rest of the mill However SOG also contains ammonia operation The largest impact usually comes which can give high NOx emissions from from the digester blow heat recovery system incinerators It is necessary for the blow heat system to collect and condense all the blow steam In some cases if the incinerator combustion Consequently steam and methanol that was air flow is greater than the dilute NCG flow it previously vented are now recovered as hot is possible to bum the dilute NCG in the foul condensates The recovered heat must incinerator although this is not normally be reused or discarded done 10 2 4 .

Many mills are now using recovered blow Fortunately the technology exists to build heat to preevaporate black liquor while noncondensible gas systems that are safe others install cooling towers to get rid of it efficient and reliable Also the methanol collected can increase the B load to the effluent treatment system D O BIBLIOGRAPHY forcing mills to add aeration capacity or install foul condensate strippers 1 Burgess T L Kjerulf E B and Tenn I T TAPPI 67 9 92 1984 Capturing and burning the reduced sulfur gases in the kiln or scrubbing the Sq 2 Beckwith W F TAPPI 57 12 147 formed with white liquor will increase the 1974 liquor sulfidity and that may upset the mill sulfur balance necessitating a change in mill 3 Beckwith W F TAPPI 58 6 130 makeup chemicals away from saltcake and 1975 toward caustic soda or sodium carbonate 4 Manufacturing Chemists Association There is a new process available that will Chemical Safety Data Sheet 22 SD convert the TRS in NCG directly to sulfuric Methanol July 1970 acid which can be used to cut tall oil This will help the overall mill sulfur balance 5 Manufacturing Chemists Association Chemical Safety Data Sheet SD 36 It may be necessary to update and improve Hydrogen Sulfide February 1968 the operations of the turpentine recovery system and multiple effect evaporators in 6 Perry H R Chilton H C and order to make them compatible for NCG Kirkpatrick S D Perry s Chemical Engineers collection For instance the practice of Handbook Fourth Edition McGrawHill 1963 bleeding air into the evaporator vacuum system in order to control vacuum is not 7 Sax N I Dangerous Properties of acceptable with NCG collection Industrial Materials Fourth Edition Van Nostrand Reinhold 1975 Finally places where NCG are burned can no longer be looked upon as production 8 NCASI Report Special Technical devices only They must also be considered Session on Ring Formation in Lime Kilns pollution control devices It is not uncommon Burning Noncondensible Gases NCASI for a mill to run a kiln or a boiler strictly for the January 1989 purpose of burning NCG even when the production capacity is not needed 9 Burgess T L Chapter 3 Chemical Recovery in the Alkaline Pulping Processes CONCLUSION Second Edition TAPPI Press Atlanta GA 1991 In order to reduce odorous air pollution from Kraft pulp mills environmental regulations 10 Burgess L T and Young R require that noncondensible gases containing Proceedings of 1992 TAPPI Environmental reduced sulfur gases be collected and Conference Book 1 p 81 TAPPI Press incinerated These gases are very corrosive Atlanta GA 1992 highly toxic and if mixed with air potentially explosive Consequently great care must be 11 Someshwar A V and Jain K A taken in the design construction operation TAPPI 76 7 179 1993 and maintenance of these systems 11 2 4 .

12 Wright John M and Lund Grant Proceedings of 1994 TAPPI Environmental Conference Book 1 p 285 TAPPI Press Atlanta GA 1994 11 McIntyre Charles and Lin Ben Proceedings of 1994 TAPPI Environmental Conference Book 1 p 281 TAPPI Press Atlanta GA 1994 14 Trauffer E A Proceedings of 1994 TAPPI Environmental Conference Book 2 p 979 TAPPI Press Atlanta GA 1994 15 Rogers William H and Wilboum Robert Proceedings of 1996 TAPPI Environmental Conference Book 2 p 873 TAPPI Press Atlanta GA 1996 16 Maserejian Z Y et al Proceedings of 1995 TAPPI Environmental Conference Book 2 p 765 TAPPI Press Atlanta GA 1995 12 2 4 .

TABLE Concentrated NCG Typical Analysis Normal Operation Source TRS Vol 02 Vol Min Avg Max Min Avg Max 20 50 70 5 0 0 2 0 5 Batch Digester 12 60 80 0 1 0 3 0 10 Continuous Digester 1 0 0 2 10 0 4 0 12 0 20 Turpentine Batch 0 1 60 70 0 1 0 5 0 8 Evaporator Combined 10 50 65 0 2 0 3 0 6 Note The balance of the gas will be nitrogen TABLE II Combustion Properties of NCG in Air Explosive Limits Lower Upper Flame Speed Auto IgnitionTemp Volume Volume ft msec sec F C O 1 3 4 0 45 500 260 CH 9 3 8 21 8 0 1 55 CH 2 7 19 400 206 CH 1 1 0 8 572 300 Alpha pinene 8 0 0 6 500 154 487 253 Methanol 7 6 5 36 5 0 1 50 867 464 TABLE III Concentrated NCG Volumes Source lron Pulp Ft Tonne Pulp m 200 100 5 6 2 Batch Digester 300 150 7 9 3 Continuous Digester 80 40 2 0 1 Turpentine System Batch 200 50 2 5 3 1 Evaporators Note Volumes are actual at 140 O F and saturated with H 2 13 4 .

G M O r O t V O O co O A W O ti O cc L y A W q O 00 I O N O O r w a La O O L O N V L LLM 2 14 4 .

C3 U Cb Z O C mm O cm O U aD o m o U a Cl c OR E oU Uz U Nom Cc a U Z o m CD a o LL 4 15 .

Figure III NCG Collection Batch Gases Vent Pressure Control Padding TO Steam Primary Secondary Ejector Condenser Condenser Flame Arrester Accumulator Figure IV HCLV NCG Transport 4 Vent Batch Gas Pressure 6 Control a Bypass Control Ejector Flame Burning Nozzle Motive Steam Arrester in Kiln or Boiler Separator Ejector Drain Continuous Gas Q Pressure Control 2 16 4 .

Figure V LCHV System SEPARATOR to incineration dilution COOLER sources Figure VI Chip Bin System CHIP BIN SEPARATOR CONDENSER SCRUBBER to LCHV system EJECTOR to Turpentine Decanter 2 17 4 .

Figure VII Stripper Gas System vent REFLUX CONDENSER to SEPARATOR incineration flow FLAME ARRESTER control purge steam steam 2 18 4 .

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TYPES OF NCG SYSTEMS Low Volume High Concentration LVHC High Volume Low Concentration HVLC Chip Bin Gas Stripper Gas CONCENTRATED TRS SYSTEMS Low Volume High Concentration LVHC Systems 21 2 4 .

OTHER COMPONENTS OF NCG Turpentine Methanol Water Vapor Nitrogen Oxygen NONCONDENSIBLE GAS ANALYSIS TYPICAL DATA Avg Min Max TRS 47 30 70 6 4 10 H 02 3 0 20 44 14 78 N 22 2 4 .

NCG is CORROSIVE MATERIALS OF CONSTRUCTION Mild Steel Corrodes Quickly FRP Experience is Mixed 300 Series Stainless Steel Works Well 23 2 4 .

NCG is s4a I VENTS Make them 24 2 4 .

NCG is EXPLOSIVE 25 2 4 .

COMBUSTION PROPERTIES FLAME SPEED s m s ft H CH3SH 55 0 8 1 McOH 50 0 6 1 Alpha Pinene 150 490 COMBUSTION PROPERTIES LEL UEL H S 2 3 4 0 45 CH 9 3 8 21 McOH 7 6 5 36 Alpha Pinene 8 0 0 6 TRS 0 2 0 50 2 26 a .

EXPLOSIVE RANGE OF NCG Concentrated NCG 20 Explosive w Range 15 O 10 Normal Range 5 20 40 60 80 100 TRS REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRES FUEL OXYGEN IGNITION 27 2 4 .



CONCENTRATED NCG VOLUMES SOURCE Wton mtonne Batch Digester 100 200 5 6 2 Continuous Digester 150300 7 9 3 Turpentine System 80 40 2 0 1 Evaporator Hotwell 200 50 2 5 3 1 NCG EQUIPMENT FLAME ARRESTORS VACUUM RELIEF PRESSURE RUPTURE DISCS MIST ELIMINATOR STEAM EJECTORS INJECTION NOZZLES DIVERT VALVES CONTROL 30 2 4 .





CONTINUOUS NCG COLLECTION Vent To Ejector Pressure Flame Vacuum Arrester Device Sealed Overflow Source Loop Seal BLOW GAS COLLECTION Vent Primary Pressure Condenser Control Blow Steam To Ejectors Pad Secondary Condenser Steam Accumulator 35 2 4 .

BATCH DIGESTERS Blow Steam Condensers Must Work Properly NCG COLLECTION From Batch Vent C Flame Nozzle Arrester Steam Ejectors Kiln or Boiler Mist C Eliminator From Continuous Purge Steam 36 2 4 .


S LAW MURPHY If Anything Can Possibly Go Wrong Sooner Or Later It Will Go Wrong LEVELS OF PROTECTION 1 Keep Air Out 2 Eliminate Ignition Sources 3 Line Protection Flame Arresters Rupture Discs 38 2 4 .

SCRUBBING NCG Reduces S0 Emissions Reduces Kiln Rings Reduces TRS During Venting SCRUBBING NCG Alkaline Solution White Liquor Specialty Chemical 39 2 4 .


EQUIPMENT FOR BURNING NCG Lime Kiln Power Bark Boiler Recovery Boiler Incinerator LIME KILN Advantages Traditional Recovers S02 Disadvantages Inefficient Ring Formation 41 2 4 .

LIME KILN 4 TRS Emissions Z 3 W X X 2 O 0 1 0 10 20 30 40 50 TRS PPM POWER BOILERS Advantages Easiest Disadvantages Increased SO2 Corrosion 42 2 4 .

POWER BOILERS Ash from Coal and Bark Absorbs S0 RECOVERY BOILER Advantages Theoretically Best Recovers Sulfur Disadvantages Recovery Operators Do Not Like This Idea 43 2 4 .

INCINERATOR Advantages Least Risk Disadvantages ive Expen S0 Emission OTHER CONSIDERATIONS Bigger is better Uptime Distance Politics 44 2 4 .

CLUSTER RULE Requires 99 uptime Downtime also allowed for Startup Shutdown and Malfunction All vents must be monitored CONCLUSION Safe Reliable and Explosion Free NCG Systems are Possible 45 2 4 .