Project

CFD modelling of biomass slow pyrolysis in screw reactors for theproduction of biochar and charcoal.

Duration
01 September 2013 → 31 August 2017
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Promotor
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Condensed matter physics and nanophysics
  • Social sciences
    • Product development
  • Engineering and technology
    • Power electronics
    • Energy generation, conversion and storage engineering
    • Manufacturing engineering
    • Other mechanical and manufacturing engineering
Keywords
pyrolysis biochar CFD torrefaction biomass population balance model model
 
Project description

Slow pyrolysis is a biomass conversion process in which biomass is converted into char with the aim of improcing its solid fuel properties, of to serve in new applications such as biochar (soil amendment). in this project, a CFD reactor model will be developed to simulate these slow pyrolysis processes, as carried out in a screw reactor. Amultistage approach is followed in which, first a single particle pyrolysis model is developed. next, the single particle model is integrated into a population balance model, which will be coupled to the CFD model of the reactor demain.