In this work, the effect of SiC-, Ni-, and Cr-based coating on the performance of porous medium burner are evaluated. A dip-coating technique was used to coat SiC, Ni, and Cr powders on a pre-sintered porous Al2O3 substrate. The morphological properties of the sintered Al2O3 plain substrates and coating layer were observed using a light microscope and scanning electron microscopy. The combustion analyzer has been calibrated and used to measure the emissions during the experiment. Thermoelectric cells were used in the cogeneration system to generate electricity from the porous medium burner. The results show a significant improvement in the maximum surface flame temperature and combustion emissions over the plain substrate. The highest recorded surface flame temperature at flow rate of 0.25 L/min was 750 °C for SiC-coated, 741 °C for Cr-coated, 739 °C for Ni-coated and plain substrate registered a temperature of only 634 °C. An 18% increase in flame temperature was recorded for SiC-coated substrate when compared to the plain substrate. Moreover, the coated substrate reduced the emissions CO, COu and NOx. It was also found that; SiC-coated substrate reported the best overall power output when compared to the plain substrate.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Fuel Technology
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering