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Computer Simulation of the Mass and Energy Balance during Gasification of Sugarcane Bagasse
University of Fort Hare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4574-1713
University of Fort Hare.
University of Fort Hare.
University of Fort Hare.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Energy, E-ISSN 2314-615X, p. 1-9, article id 713054Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigated the mass and energy balance of the gasification of sugarcane bagasse using computer simulation. The key parameters and gasifier operating conditions were investigated in order to establish their impact on gas volume and conversion efficiency of the gasification process. The heating value of sugarcane bagasse was measured and found to be 17.8 MJ/kg which was used during calculation of the conversion efficiency of the gasification process. Fuel properties and gasifier design parameters were found to have an impact on conversion efficiency of the gasification process of sugarcane bagasse. The moisture content of sugarcane bagasse was varied by 1.14%, 15%, and 25%, respectively. Optimum conversion efficiency was achieved at low moisture content (1.14%) after computer simulation of the gasification process. The volume of carbon monoxide increased at low moisture content. It was also found that maximum conversion efficiency was achieved at reduced particle diameter (6 cm) and at reduced throat diameter (10 cm) and throat angle (25°), respectively, after these parameters were varied. Temperature of input air was also found to have an impact on the conversion efficiency of the gasification process as conversion efficiency increased slightly with increasing temperature of input air.

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Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2014. p. 1-9, article id 713054
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Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75160DOI: 10.1155/2014/713054OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-75160DiVA, id: diva2:1359200
Available from: 2019-10-08 Created: 2019-10-08 Last updated: 2019-10-11Bibliographically approved

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