[Gasification] Design Parameters based on Superficial Velocity
mark at ludlow.com
Tue Aug 22 12:19:22 CDT 2006
The environment that it takes place in will be a combination of gases being
admitted to the chamber from external sources (on-purpose or unavoidably) as
well as from gases that are generated by pyrolysis or distillation of the
wood. In no cases will there by a vacuum during operation, although if a
condensing apparatus is part of the system it is possible to operate at a
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> bounces at listserv.repp.org] On Behalf Of Steve Carroll
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> Subject: Re: [Gasification] Design Parameters based on Superficial
> Thanks for those replies. So I guess that at least
> with a fuel like wood that it would pyrolysize in any
> number of environments, each giving off a different
> mixture of products. So I could pyrolysize wood in a
> vacuum, in air, in CO2, or whatever else I wanted to.
> Interesting information, probably even more
> interesting to someone with a chemistry background.
> There is a company in my town that holds a patent for
> a gasifier whose end product is acetylene. I don't
> remember if they added the additional material in the
> pyrolysis stage or in the gasification stage.
> > There are indications that once started, pyrolysis
> > is autothermic for
> > *bone dry wood*. I have set up very well insulated
> > systems to test
> > this, but haven't accomplished it yet. However, the
> > energy required for
> > pyrolytic gasification of Denver dry (8% moisture)
> > wood is probably < 5%
> > of the heat of combustion (21 MJ/kg; 8500 Btu/lb).
> > But of course BDW doesn't occur in nature. We are
> > planning to measure
> > the minimum air required for flaming pyrolysis as a
> > function of moisture
> > content, but don't hole your breath....
> Autothermic pyrolysis? I haven't found a good
> definition for that term yet but it sounds impossible.
> Maybe someone would enlighten me.
> My original question in context:
> Volume of primary air: Kind of a side question here
> but; does the volume of air control how much fuel can
> be pyrolysized or can pyrolysis take place in a
> complete vacuum? Same question for gasification.
> The gist of the question was about how much control
> can I excersize over the entire process just by
> modulating the flow of primary air. I would imagine
> that the range would be limited by your throat size
> due to the change in SV. Has anyone designed anything
> with a modulating throat?
> BTW Tom, how did you change the velocity in that TLUD
> sv test?
> Holding My Breath,
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