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Size, shape, and density changes of biomass particles during rapid devolatilization
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
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2017 (English)In: Fuel, ISSN 0016-2361, E-ISSN 1873-7153, Vol. 206, p. 342-351Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Particle properties such as size, shape and density play significant roles on particle flow and flame propagationin pulverized fuel combustion and gasification. A drop tube furnace allows for experiments athigh heating rates similar to those found in large-scale appliances, and was used in this study to carryout experiments on pulverized biomass devolatilization, i.e. detailing the first stage of fuel conversion.The objective of this study was to develop a particle conversion model based on optical informationon particle size and shape transformation. Pine stem wood and wheat straw were milled and sieved tothree narrow size ranges, rapidly heated in a drop tube setup, and solid residues were characterized usingoptical methods. Different shape descriptors were evaluated and a shape descriptor based on particleperimeter was found to give significant information for accurate estimation of particle volume. The opticalconversion model developed was proven useful and showed good agreement with conversion measuredusing a reference method based on chemical analysis of non-volatilized ash forming elements.The particle conversion model presented can be implemented as a non-intrusive method for in-situ monitoringof particle conversion, provided density data has been calibrated.

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2017. Vol. 206, p. 342-351
Keywords [en]
PIV, DTR, Pyrolysis, Biomass conversion
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Other Chemical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-136564DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2017.06.009ISI: 000405805800035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-136564DiVA, id: diva2:1112128
Available from: 2017-06-19 Created: 2017-06-19 Last updated: 2018-10-02Bibliographically approved
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1. Entrained flow studies on biomass fuel powder conversion and ash formation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Entrained flow studies on biomass fuel powder conversion and ash formation
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Partikelomvandling och askbildning i pulverflammor
Abstract [en]

Reducing the global dependence on fossil fuels is of paramount importance in tackling the environmental challenges we face, not only tomorrow, but already today. Biomass offers a renewable supply of CO2-neutral raw material that can be converted into many different forms of fuels and valuable chemicals, making it a prime candidate for the technologies of tomorrow. However, the heterogeneous nature and distinctly different elemental composition of biomass compared to traditional fossil sources present new challenges to be solved. When it comes to thermochemical technologies, key issues concern fuel conversion efficiency, ash formation, ash/fuel interactions and ash/reactor material interactions.

The objective of the present thesis was to provide new knowledge and insights into thermochemical fuel conversion, in particular its application in entrained flow technologies. A laboratory-scale reactor was constructed, evaluated and was used to study several aspects of high-temperature entrained flow biomass fuel conversion. Pulverized fuel particles from different biomass sources were used, and their physical and chemical interactions with the surrounding atmosphere, the concurrent ash element release, ash formation, and phase interactions were also studied in detail. In addition to the entrained flow reactor designed and constructed for this purpose, the main method for data collection was in situ optical studies of converting particles, either while entrained in the flow or when impacting upon surfaces. Elemental composition analysis of collected samples and gas analysis were also performed, allowing for a deeper understanding of ash element fractionation and interactions and thus explaining the observed properties of the resulting deposits or slag.

The degree of conversion of fuels with very low ash content, such as stem wood, was well described and modeled by a novel method using optical data, offering a non-intrusive and non-destructive alternative to traditional techniques. Coupling computational fluid dynamics with optical data allowed for improved experimental data interpretation and provided improved accuracy for fuel particle residence time estimations, which is an important parameter when studying fast chemical reactions such as those taking place in reactors for entrained flow conditions. The results from studies on ash formation gave new insights into the feasibility of using dry-mixed K-rich additives for improving slag properties during gasification of Ca-rich and Si-rich fuels. Interpretations of the experimental results were supported by thermodynamic equilibrium calculations, and the conclusions highlight both possibilities and challenges in gasification with high fuel flexibility while at the same time producing a flowing slag. Applications and future implications are discussed, and new topics of interest are presented.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå University, 2018. p. 63
Keywords
Thermochemical biomass conversion, particle image velocimetry, gasification, entrained flow reactor, ash transformation, equilibrium calculations, slag formation
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Inorganic Chemistry Chemical Engineering Energy Engineering
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152332 (URN)978-91-7601-937-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-10-26, N430, Naturvetarhuset, Umeå, 10:00 (English)
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Bio4EnergySwedish Research CouncilSwedish Energy Agency
Available from: 2018-10-05 Created: 2018-10-02 Last updated: 2018-10-18Bibliographically approved

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