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Study Data from University of Western Australia Provide New Insights into Chemical Engineering

February 12, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- Research findings on Chemical Engineering are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting out of Crawley, Australia, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "A comprehensive particle scale model for pyrolysis of biomass has been developed by coupling the reaction mechanisms and transport phenomena. The model, which also accounts for the combined effect of various parameters such as particle shrinkage and drying, was validated using available experimental data from the literature."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Western Australia, "The validated model was then used to study the effect of operating temperature and biomass particle size, both of which strongly influenced the rate of biomass conversion. For example, for particle sizes less than 1 mm, a uniform temperature throughout the particle was predicted, thus leading to higher conversion rates in comparison to those in the larger particles. On the other hand, any increase in moisture content led to considerable decrease in the rate of biomass conversion."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "For the operating conditions considered in this study, the volumetric particle shrinkage also increased the decomposition of biomass to end products."

For more information on this research see: A phenomenological model of the mechanisms of lignocellulosic biomass pyrolysis processes. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 2014;60():231-241. Computers & Chemical Engineering can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Computers & Chemical Engineering -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A. Sharma, University of Western Australia, Center Energy, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia. Additional authors for this research include V. Pareek, S.B. Wang, Z.Z. Zhang, H. Yang and D.K. Zhang.

Keywords for this news article include: Crawley, Chemical Engineering, Australia and New Zealand

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Source: Journal of Engineering

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