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Voltage-Enhanced Processing of Biomass and Biochar

By
Gerardo Diaz
Gerardo Diaz
University of California, Merced, California, USA
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ISBN:
9781119739739
No. of Pages:
180
Publisher:
ASME-Wiley
Publication date:
2022

Thermal plasma torches are energy-intensive devices that operate at temperatures unreachable by conventional combustion or partial oxidation processes. Plasma gasification reactors for biomass are relatively easy to control, since electric power can be varied quickly tomaintain conditions of the biomass conversion process. On the other hand, the physics involved in these systems are quite complex, involving the coupling of fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, as well as Maxwell’s equations. In addition, the physicochemical transformations of the biomass in the reactor affect the operation of the torch, with all these happening at time scales that cover a wide range of...

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