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Characterization of biomass combustion at high temperatures based on an upgraded single particle model.

Li, Jun; Paul, Manosh C.; Younger, Paul L.; Watson, Ian; Hossain, Mamdud; Welch, Stephen


Jun Li

Manosh C. Paul

Paul L. Younger

Ian Watson

Stephen Welch


Biomass co-firing is becoming a promising solution to reduce CO2 emissions, due to its renewability and carbon neutrality. Biomass normally has high moisture and volatile contents, complicating its combustion behavior, which is significantly different from that of coal. A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) combustion model of a single biomass particle is employed to study high-temperature rapid biomass combustion. The two-competing-rate model and kinetics/diffusion model are used to model biomass devolatilization reaction and char burnout process, respectively, in which the apparent kinetics used for those two models were from high temperatures and high heating rates tests. The particle size changes during the devolatilization and char burnout are also considered. The mass loss properties and temperature profile during the biomass devolatilization and combustion processes are predicted; and the timescales of particle heating up, drying, devolatilization, and char burnout are compared and discussed. Finally, the results shed light on the effects of particle size on the combustion behavior of biomass particle.


LI, J., PAUL, M.C., YOUNGER, P.L., WATSON, I., HOSSAIN, M. and WELCH, S. 2015. Characterization of biomass combustion at high temperatures based on an upgraded single particle model. Applied energy [online], 156, pages 749-755. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 8, 2015
Online Publication Date Apr 23, 2015
Publication Date Oct 15, 2015
Deposit Date Sep 25, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 25, 2016
Journal Applied Energy
Print ISSN 0306-2619
Electronic ISSN 1872-9118
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 156
Pages 749-755
Keywords Biomass; Combustion; High temperature; Single particle model
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