Coupling of a distributed activation energy model with particle simulation for entrained flow pyrolysis of biomass

Kawnish Kirtania, Sankar Bhattacharya

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This study evaluated the applicability of the distributed activation energy model (DAEM) while incorporated in a particle model designed for entrained flow pyrolysis of biomass. For that purpose, two types of biomass (spruce sawdust and coconut shell) were pyrolyzed in a thermogravimetric analyzer to obtain the intrinsic kinetic parameters. These kinetic parameters were then incorporated in the particle model. For comparison, entrained flow pyrolysis of those samples was also conducted at different temperatures (1073 and 1273 K) by varying particle size (150?250 ?m and 500?600 ?m). The modeling results were also compared with the literature data. The prediction using DAEM kinetics was improved when pyrolysis heat of reaction was included in the model. Based on the findings, a method was proposed to use the intrinsic kinetic parameters for particle simulation to determine the conversion profile of biomass pyrolysis under laminar entrained flow condition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131 - 138
Number of pages8
JournalFuel Processing Technology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015

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