Application of CFD to model fast pyrolysis of biomass

K. Papadikis, S. Gu, Anthony V. Bridgwater, H. Gerhauser

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The article deals with the CFD modelling of fast pyrolysis of biomass in an Entrained Flow Reactor (EFR). The Lagrangian approach is adopted for the particle tracking, while the flow of the inert gas is treated with the standard Eulerian method for gases. The model includes the thermal degradation of biomass to char with simultaneous evolution of gases and tars from a discrete biomass particle. The chemical reactions are represented using a two-stage, semi-global model. The radial distribution of the pyrolysis products is predicted as well as their effect on the particle properties. The convective heat transfer to the surface of the particle is computed using the Ranz-Marshall correlation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-512
Number of pages9
JournalFuel Processing Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


  • CFD
  • fast pyrolysis
  • biomass
  • particle modeling
  • bioenergy
  • chemical engineering


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