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Asian Journal of Scientific Research
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 2 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 1-27
DOI: 10.3923/ajsr.2009.1.27
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Advances in Modeling and Simulation of Biomass Pyrolysis

N. Prakash and T. Karunanithi

The various aspects of modeling and simulation work carried out so far in biomass pyrolysis since 1946 have been extensively reviewed in the present study. Biomass pyrolysis, one of the few non conventional energy routes, is highly promising and capable of handling the current energy crisis successfully for the present and in the near future. Pyrolysis as a stand alone or as the core of biomass gasification process is complex in nature, the understanding and knowledge of this multifaceted phenomenon can heavily influence the efficiency and effectiveness of the whole gasification process. Even though, the modeling of biomass pyrolysis process was initiated during 1940’s gradual changes, improvements and alternates have been carried out throughout these years. All these years, various modeling approaches were adopted, different kinetic schemes were proposed, diverse numerical schemes were followed and range of parameters were implemented, all these have developed a baffling picture over the subject. The complexity of the process, as such the large number of components involved in the intermediates and end products; the dependency of the process over numerous parameters namely the temperature, space and time dependent physical, thermodynamic and transport properties, the particle shape, size, shrinkage factors and moisture content all these justify even today the necessity and requirement of research for further improvement and enrichment in the modeling and simulation fronts of this process. This study sums up the work carried out in literature on modeling and simulation of wood pyrolysis and suggests new research directions and approaches necessarily to be made up in future.
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How to cite this article:

N. Prakash and T. Karunanithi, 2009. Advances in Modeling and Simulation of Biomass Pyrolysis. Asian Journal of Scientific Research, 2: 1-27.

DOI: 10.3923/ajsr.2009.1.27






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