Modeling of wet flue gas desulfurization process for utilization of low-grade limestone

Jonghun Lim, Yeongryeol Choi, Geonyeol Kim, Hojun Song, Junghwan Kim

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This study focuses on the simulation of wet flue gas desulfurization process for improving the production of gypsum by the utilization of low-grade limestone. At present, high-grade limestone with a CaCO3 content of 94% is used for producing merchantable gypsum. In modeling process, a lot of reactions are considered to develop model. First, the limestone dissolution is simulated by RSTOIC model. Second, SOx absorption and crystallization is used by RCSTR model. Finally the gypsum is separated by using SEPERATORS model. Modeling steps make it easy to reflect further side reactions and physical disturbances. In optimization condition, constraints are set to 93% purity of gypsum, 94% desulfurization efficiency, and total use of limestone at 3710 kg/hr. Under these constraints, the mass flow of low-grade limestone was maximized. As a result, the maximum blending quantity of low-grade limestone for 2,100 kg of high-grade limestone that satisfies constraints is about 1,610 kg.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-748
Number of pages6
JournalKorean Chemical Engineering Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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  • General Chemical Engineering


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