In September 1991, MTI went from concept to corporation. Since then, our clients from industry, academia, and government worldwide have challenged us with a plethora of fuel, ash deposits, slag, fly ash, and various other sample materials.
Since 1991, we have characterized more than 6000 samples and completed more than 1300 projects – and we’ve answered some interesting questions along the way, including:
- Is that dust on the oranges fly ash?
- Could I be forming gems in my scrubber?
- Why do I have slagmites and slagtites in my boiler?
- Why won’t my slag flow?
- Can I run the boiler with a furnace exit-gas temperature of 2400°F?
We have rappelled into gasifiers, climbed around in utility-scale boilers, and put sampling probes into boiler and duct work. We have examined materials from plugged cyclones, slagged walls, agglomerated beds, fouled convective passes, plugged air heaters, and plugged SCR catalysts. We have analyzed hung-up ash in hoppers, caked ash on ESP wires and fabric filters, and fine ash associated with opacity issues.
Our fuels analysis has run the gamut – all ranks of coal, a variety of waste materials, fuel oil and petroleum coke, biomass, and more. You sent it; we analyzed it. We have also assessed the potential impacts of firing and gasifying these feedstocks and examined the aftermath.
Over the years, we have refined our understanding of fuel-impurity effects on power-system performance through our forensic approach to fuel characterization. This has led to improved methods to assess potential fuel property impacts on energy conversion and air-pollution control systems. In addition, our research has influenced the design of new power plants.
Recently, we have enhanced our scanning electron microscopy system with an improved computer automation system. We have also added high-temperature equipment to examine ash sintering, ash fusing, slag flow, and slag corrosion.
We sincerely appreciate your support over the past 20 years, and we look forward to working with you in the future.
All our best,
Microbeam Technologies Staff