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Numerical models for thermochemical degradation of thermally thick woody biomass, and their application in domestic wood heating appliances and grate furnaces

Abstract

This paper reviews the current state-of-the-art of numerical models used for thermochemical degradation and combustion of thermally thick woody biomass particles. The focus is on the theory of drying, devolatilization and char conversion with respect to their implementation in numerical simulation tools. An introduction to wood chemistry, as well as the physical characteristics of wood, is also given in order to facilitate the discussion of simplifying assumptions in current models. Current research on single, densified or non-compressed, wood particle modeling is presented, and modeling approaches are compared. The different modeling approaches are categorized by the dimensionality of the model (1D, 2D or 3D), and the one-dimensional models are separated into mesh-based and interface-based models. Additionally, the applicability of the models for wood stoves is discussed, and an overview of the existing literature on numerical simulations of small-scale wood stoves and domestic boilers is given. Furthermore, current bed modeling approaches in large-scale grate furnaces are presented and compared against single particle models.

Category

Academic literature review

Client

  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 243752
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 267957

Language

English

Author(s)

Affiliation

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • SINTEF Energy Research / Termisk energi

Year

2017

Published in

Progress in Energy and Combustion Science

ISSN

0360-1285

Volume

63

Page(s)

204 - 252

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