Investigation of Co-Gasification Characteristics of Biomass and Coal in Fluidized Bed Gasifiers
Thesis DisciplineChemical Engineering
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameDoctor of Philosopy
This thesis presents research on the co-gasification characteristic of biomass and coal, and mathematical modelling of the co-gasification process in two main parts: i) experimental investigation and mathematical modelling of reaction kinetics of steam gasification of single char particles of pure coal, pure biomass, and blended coal and biomass; and ii) Experimental investigation and mathematical modelling of gasification characteristics of biomass, coal and their blends in pilot scale gasifiers. From the char reactivity study, the instinct difference in gasification characteristics of the two chars has been explained and reactivity of blended char can be predicted. In the pilot scale gasifier study, effects of blending ratio in feedstock and operating conditions on co-gasification of biomass and coal were investigated.