2013 Volume 53 Issue 6 Pages 995-1001
Three-dimensional mathematical model describing simultaneous combustion, fluid flow, heat and mass transfer were established in coupled combustion and coking chambers of a coke oven. Since coupling numerical simulation was time-consuming and hard to get convergence, two kinds of decoupling methods were proposed and performed to simplify the simulation and improve the calculation efficiency. The parallel decoupling method separates the coupled transport phenomena into two independent processes existing in combustion and coking chambers, respectively, with necessary heat flux boundary condition. While the serial decoupling method is, first calculating the steady heat transfer with combustion and fluid flow in combustion chamber, and then using the obtained results as inputs to simulate the unsteady heat transfer from combustion chamber to coking chamber via the inter-wall. As far as the temperature evolution in coking chamber was concerned, these two decoupling numerical methods could supply alternative and efficient ways for numerical simulation of transport phenomena in coupled chambers of a coke oven. It is expected that this work is helpful for decoupling simulations of other similar complicated thermal transport processes in coupled geometry.