Structural and Compositional Transformations of Biomass Chars during Fast Pyrolysis

Anna Trubetskaya, Markus Steibel, Hartmut Spliethoff, Søren Talbro Barsberg, Mogens Larsen Andresen, Peter Arendt Jensen, Anker Degn Jensen, Peter Glarborg

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In this work the physical and chemical transformations of biomass chars during fast pyrolysis, considered as a 2nd stage of combustion, has been investigated. Seven biomasses containing different amount of ash and organic components were reacted at up to 1673 K with high heating rates in a wire-mesh reactor and the resulting chars were retrieved. In order to obtain information on the structural and compositional transformations of the biomass chars, samples were subjected to elemental analysis, scanning electron microcopy with EDX and Raman spectrometry. The results show that there are significant changes in both the organic and inorganic constituents of the chars.Under high heating rates (> 100 K/s) char particles underwent different types of melting and pores of different size were developed in dependency on the temperature and biomass composition. The Si-rich rice husks char did not show any melting behavior up to 1673K. Samples with high lignin content tended to melt completely and developed micropores, while the samples with the high hemicellulose content softened and transformed into the separated molten carbon skeleton particle with the form similar to the virgin biomass particle and with inner and outer macropores. From the lab-scale experiments on the wire-mesh reactor, it was observed that the final temperature has more significant effect on the char yield than heating rate. The applied variation of holding time from 1 to 4 sec and a particle size fraction from 50 micron up to 1 mm showed that the char yield depends mainly on the biomass type.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2014
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventTCS 2014: Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products - Denver, United States
Duration: 2 Sep 20145 Sep 2014


ConferenceTCS 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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