New Manuscript Published in Chemical Engineering Journal

A manuscript entitled “Investigating biomass composition and size effects on fast pyrolysis using global sensitivity analysis and CFD simulations” has been published in Chemical Engineering Journal (

The manuscript outlines result of the collaborative research conducted by NETL, ORNL and NREL that was funded by DOE Bioenergy technologies Office (BETO).  In this work, a biomass pyrolysis kinetic model with 32 heterogenous reactions and 59 species was implemented in MFiX suite of software.  The reaction model was validated against two experimental pyrolysis data sets that provided detailed data describing chemical component yields.  The reaction scheme was then used to build a surrogate model and assess the sensitivity of pyrolysis yields, such as bio-char, bio-oil and bio-gas to feedstock compositions. 

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