Co-gasification of biomass with coal and oil sands coke in a drop tube furnace

  • Author / Creator
    Gao, Chen
  • Chars were obtained from individual fuels and blends with different blend ratios of coal, coke and biomass in Drop Tube Furnace at different temperatures. Based on TGA experimental data, it was shown that the effect of the blending ratio of biomass to other fuels on the reactivity of the co-pyrolyzed chars is more pronounced on the chars prepared at lower temperature, due to the presence of synergetic effects originating from the interaction of the two fuels.

    SEM images showed differences in shapes and particle size of char particles from biomass and coal/coke. These also show the agglomeration of coal and coke chars with biomass char particles at high temperatures. The agglomeration may be the reason for the non-additive behavior of the blends. BET analysis showed increase in the surface area with an increasing temperature for biomass and coal, but the trend for coke was inversely related to the temperature.

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    Fall 2010
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    Master of Science
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