Though coal utilization varies in different parts of the world, the fuel is, and will remain, an integral part of the global energy mix, primarily for power generation. In the United States, coal-fired thermal generation represents almost half of total electricity production. Due to its broad availability and low cost, coal is an important source of energy for many other countries around the globe.
While there are environmental concerns about the emissions produced by this fossil fuel — reflected in more-stringent legislative standards — coal producers and utility companies are continually working to use advanced pollution control devices to address these issues. Organizations are also designing new ways to transform coal into diversified products, such as synthesis gas, and to develop a new generation of power plants.
For many years, engineers and designers in the coal industry have relied on software and related simulation technologies from ANSYS to make production systems and processes both cleaner and safer. ANSYS tools has been used to model and improve the entire coal supply chain, from mining to combustion systems and power generation processes. With the ability to simultaneously consider many aspects of coal production and processing — including heat transfer and exchange, combustion, chemical reaction, and turbulence — ANSYS tools support the complexity in this industry.
Software from ANSYS is helping to reduce emissions and develop clean coal technologies. The suite supports a large number of coal-related applications:
- Mining equipment design
- Development of mine ventilation and safety systems
- Coal devolatilization/combustion modeling
- Design of combustion equipment such as burners and furnaces
- Power plant equipment design
- Analysis of pollution (NOx, SOx, mercury) and control systems
- Slagging model development
- Engineering for SCR and SNCR
- SO2 scrubber development
- Design of ammonia injection grids
- Testing and analysis of preheaters
- Design of separation and particulate removal devices