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Separation of particulate from flue gas of fossil fuel combustion and gasification

United States Patent

*** EXPIRED ***
August 5, 1997
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The gas from combustion or gasification of fossil fuel contains flyash and other particulate. The flyash is separated from the gas in a plurality of standleg moving granular-bed filter modules. Each module includes a dipleg through which the bed media flows into the standleg. The bed media forms a first filter bed having an upper mass having a first frusto-conical surface in a frusto-conical member at the entrance to the standleg and a lower mass having a second frusto-conical surface of substantially greater area than the first surface after it passes through the standleg. A second filter media bed may be formed above the first filter media bed. The gas is fed tangentially into the module above the first surface. The flyash is captured on the first frusto-conical surface and within the bed mass. The processed gas flows out through the second frusto-conical surface and then through the second filter bed, if present. The bed media is cleaned of the captured flyash and recirculated to the moving granular bed filter. Alternatively, the bed media may be composed of the ash from the combustion which is pelletized to form agglomerates. The ash flows through the bed only once; it is not recycled.
Yang; Wen-Ching (Murrysville, PA), Newby; Richard A. (Pittsburgh, PA), Lippert; Thomas E. (Murrysville, PA)
Westinghouse Electric Corporation (Pittsburgh, PA)
08/ 356,982
December 15, 1994
REFERENCE TO GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Development for this invention was supported in part by U.S. Department of Energy contract DE-AC21-91MC27259. Accordingly, the United States government may have certain rights in the invention.