A one-dimensional single particle model is utilised to investigate the effects of radiation temperature, moisture content, particle size and biomass physical properties on the heating rate in biomass particles during pyrolysis. The model divides the particle into four layers – drying, pyrolysis, char and ash layer – corresponding to the four main stages of biomass thermal conversion. The average of the time derivative of the pyrolysis layer centre temperature weighted by the pyrolysis rate is introduced as an appropriate indicator for the heating rate in the particle during pyrolysis. The influencing parameters on the heating rate are summarised in the Biot number and the thermal time constant, to make the investigation of their effects easier. The heating rate is inversely proportional to the thermal time constant. The effect of a variation of the Biot number on the heating rate is negligible in comparison to the thermal time constant. Therefore, the thermal time constant can be sufficiently used to specify the heating rate regimes during pyrolysis. It is found that for thermal time constants of more than 50 s, pyrolysis takes place in a low heating rate regime, i.e. less than 50 K/min. Additionally, the heating rate during pyrolysis of various biomass types under a wide range of thermal conversion conditions has been examined, in order to classify the heating rate regime of pyrolysis in state-of-the-are combustion/gasification plants. The pyrolysis of wood dust and wood pellets is found to happen always in high heating rate regimes. Therefore, the kinetic parameters obtained by conventional TGA systems (typically with heating rates lower than 50 K/min) are not applicable for them. On the contrary, the pyrolysis of wood logs always happens in low heating rate regimes, which indicates that kinetic parameters obtained by conventional TGA systems can be applied. However, pyrolysis of wood chips can undergo low or high heating rate regimes depending on their particle size. Concerning the moisture content, it can be stated that it does not strongly influence the heating rate regime of certain biomass particles.
Fields of Expertise
- Sustainable Systems