Eliaers, Philippe and Pati, Jnyana Ranjan and Dutta, Subhajit and Wilde, Juray De (2015) Modeling and simulation of biomass drying in vortex chambers. Chemical Engineering Science, 123. pp. 648-664.

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High-G fluidization in vortex chambers allows intensifying the drying of granular materials. The modeling, simulation and scale-up of vortex chamber based biomass dryers are addressed. Non-stationary experiments, batch for the biomass, are carried out to complement the data on continuous woody biomass drying in vortex chambers available in the literature. The drying models differ in the way they do or do not account for interfacial mass and heat transfer limitations, a non-uniform distribution of the moisture in the biomass particles and intra-particle diffusion limitations. Discrimination between the different proposed drying models and estimation of the model parameter(s) follows from simulations of both the continuous and batch experiments and regression. The retained biomass drying model is then used to study scale-up of the technology, focusing on continuous operation. Two major issues are addressed: (i) the product uniformity and (ii) the air consumption and utilization. Different vortex chamber configurations are simulated and analyzed: a single chamber or different chambers operated in parallel or in series (compartmented), allowing introducing a CSTR-in-series type behavior for the particles, combined with air feeding in parallel or in series over the different chambers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Biomass
Depositing User: Dr. Sarita Ghosh
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 10:32
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 10:32
URI: http://cmeri.csircentral.net/id/eprint/245

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