Effects of particle size on the fast pyrolysis of oil mallee woody biomass

Jun Shen, Xiao Shan Wang, Manuel Garcia-Perez, Daniel Mourant, Martin John Rhodes, Chun-Zhu Li

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This study aims to investigate the effects of biomass particle size (0.18a??5.6 mm) on the yield and composition of bio-oil from the pyrolysis of Australian oil mallee woody biomass in a fluidised-bed reactor at 500 C. The yield of bio-oil decreased as the average biomass particle size was increased from 0.3 to about 1.5 mm. Further increases in biomass particle size did not result in any further decreases in the bio-oil yield. These results are mainly due to the impact of particle size in the production of ligninderived compounds. Possible inter-particle interactions between bio-oil vapour and char particles or homogeneous reactions in vapour phases were not responsible for the decreases in the bio-oil yield. The bio-oil samples were characterised with thermogravimetric analysis, UV-fluorescence spectroscopy, Karla??Fischer titration as well as precipitation in cold water. It was found that the yields of light bio-oil fractions increased and those of heavy bio-oil fractions decreased with increasing biomass particle size. The formation of pyrolytic water at low temperatures (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1810 - 1817
Number of pages8
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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