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Technical note: Evaluation of a crucible furnace retort for laboratory torrefactions of wood chipsAuthor(s): Thomas L. Eberhardt; Karen G. Reed
Source: Wood and Fiber Science
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Southern Research Station
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Biomass Pre-Processing by Torrefaction Improves Biofuel Consistency
DescriptionTorrefaction is a thermal process that improves biomass performance as a fuel by property enhancements such as decreased moisture uptake and increased carbon density. Most studies to date have used very small amounts of finely ground biomass. This study reports the testing of a crucible furnace retort that was fabricated to produce intermediate quantities of torrefied material and to allow processing of wood chips. Yields ranging from 51 to 96% were impacted to a greater extent by differences in temperature than time of treatment. Although temperature-control issues (gradients, slow heating) were experienced with the crucible furnace retort, this equipment proved to be useful for its intended purpose.
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CitationEberhardt, Thomas L.; Reed, Karen G. 2014. Technical note: Evaluation of a crucible furnace retort for laboratory torrefactions of wood chips. Wood and Fiber Science. The Society of Wood Science and Technology 4 p.
KeywordsBiofuels, biomass, moisture, particle size, pyrolysis, thermal degradation.
- Simulating real compartment fire conditions in a furnace
- Yield and Production Properties of Wood chips and Particles Torrefied in a Crucible Furnace Retort
- Using a wood stove to heat greenhouses
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