Preparation of Active Absorbent for Flue Gas Desulfurization From Coal Bottom Ash: Effect of Absorbent Preparation Variables

  • Chang Chin Li, Lee Keat Teong, Subhash Bhatia and Abdul Rahman Mohamed School of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Engineering Campus,14300 Nibong Tebal, S. P. S., P. Pinang, Malaysia.

Abstract

An active absorbent for flue gas desulfurization was prepared from coal bottom ash, calcium oxide (CaO) and calcium sulfate by hydro-thermal process. The absorbent was examined for its micro-structural properties. The experiments conducted were based on Design Of Experiments (DOE) according to 23 factorial design. The effect of various absorbent preparation variables such as ratio of CaO to bottom ash (A), hydration temperature (B) and hydration period (C) towards the BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller) specific surface area of the absorbent were studied. At a CaO to bottom ash ratio = 2, hydration temperature = 200 ?C and hydration period = 10 hrs, absorbent with a surface area of 90.1 m2/g was obtained. Based on the analysis of the factorial design, it was concluded that factor A and C as well as the interaction of factors ABC and BC are the significant factors that effect the BET surface area of the absorbent. A linear mathematical model that describes the relation between the independent variables and interaction between variables towards the BET specific surface area of the absorbent was also developed. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed that the model was significant at 1% level.

Key Words: Absorbent, Bottom Ash, Design Of Experiments, Desulfurization, Surface Area.

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Abdul Rahman Mohamed, C. C. L. (1). Preparation of Active Absorbent for Flue Gas Desulfurization From Coal Bottom Ash: Effect of Absorbent Preparation Variables. IIUM Engineering Journal, 2(1). https://doi.org/10.31436/iiumej.v2i1.340
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