Reaction Engineering International is leading a team of university and industrial collaborators at the University of Utah, Clean Air Engineering, and Dynamite Digits to commercialize the application of the Uintah Computational Framework for commercial simulation of elevated and multipoint ground flares for improved prediction of combustion efficiency using large eddy simulation (LES).  The team is developing a web interface to allow non expert users to setup, simulate, and post process results of these high fidelity simulations run on commercially available high performance computing resources.  Funded by the Department of Energy.  Total Funding:  $1,300,000

Reaction Engineering International will design, prototype, and demonstrate a monitoring system for boiler condition management. The key objectives are to miniaturize the design; combine quantitative heat flux, deposition rate, relative surface temperature, and metal wastage measurements into a single sensor; and integrate monitoring output with a plant distributed control system (DCS). The project will culminate with a demonstration and characterization of corrosion, deposition, heat flux, and temperature at multiple locations within a full-scale pulverized coal-fired power plant. Cost—DOE Funding: $648,000 / Non-DOE Funding: $162,000 / Total Funding: $810,000

Reaction Engineering International will design, prototype, and demonstrate a miniaturized monitoring system, which can provide a real-time indication of tube surface conditions at key locations in a coal combustion boiler. The prototype system will be tested in pilot-scale combustion environments, and advanced profilometry techniques will validate accuracy of the resulting corrosion data. The project will culminate with a system-level demonstration of the miniaturized, self-regulating sensors at a full-scale pulverized-coal-fired plant. Cost—DOE Funding: $648,000 / Non-DOE Funding: $162,000 / Total Funding: $810,000

Reaction Engineering International, as part of a team lead by Southern Research Institute (Birmingham, AL) intends to develop a novel, cost-effective, radically engineered modular gasifier. This gasifier would have applications to 1–5-MW energy-conversion systems, such as combined heat and power (CHP). The pressurized oxygen-blown gasifier will use a simple, small-scale modular design and will produce negligible amounts of tar. The gasifier will also be highly flexible to optimize fuel throughput and thermal efficiency; manipulate coal conversion; and produce syngas of a desired composition. The project, if successful, may reduce the cost of coal conversion via an optimized, factory-built modular system to allow scale-up via modular expansion and deployment at remote sites. Cost—DOE: $1,699,965

Reaction Engineering International, as part of a team lead by the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT) will develop technologies to improve system performance and reduce costs of chemical looping combustion and CLOU by focusing on oxygen carrier management and reactor design and operation. Cost—DOE: $1,333,804

Reaction Engineering International lead a team including the University of Utah, Southeastern University (China), Praxair, Corrosion Management (United Kingdom) and the Electric Power Research Institute to design and construct a dry pulverized coal feeding and firing system for an entrained flow pressurized reactor and to determine how dry feeding affects overall performance of the system. Cost—DOE: $1,229,720 / Non DOE: $307,500 / Total Funding: $1,537,221 (Cost share: 20%)

Reaction Engineering International was tasked to create a simulation tool that couples geomechanical, reservoir, and fracture flow physics to allow the design of a flowback schedule to optimize fluid recovery and reduce water usage per unit of gas produced. This will result in less water usage per fracturing job, higher recovery rates of water from the well, higher initial production rates and higher ultimate recovery of the resource. This will allow the United States to continue to lead in natural gas production while lowering the amount of water used. Cost—DOE: $149,932