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Relationship Investigation Between Energy Consumption and Parameters in Size Reduction and Pelleting Processes of Biofuel Manufacturing

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Zeyi Sun, Lin Li

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Donghai Wang, Meng Zhang

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Paper No. MSEC2014-4010, pp. V001T05A007; 9 pages
doi:10.1115/MSEC2014-4010
From:
  • ASME 2014 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the JSME 2014 International Conference on Materials and Processing and the 42nd North American Manufacturing Research Conference
  • Volume 1: Materials; Micro and Nano Technologies; Properties, Applications and Systems; Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Detroit, Michigan, USA, June 9–13, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4580-6
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME

abstract

Biofuel is considered a sustainable substitute for traditional liquid transportation fuels. The wide adoption of biofuel can effectively reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and secure the energy supply of the U.S. One major concern of the wide adoption of biofuel is the energy consumption during biofuel manufacturing processes, which plays a critical role in successful substitution. In this paper, we focused on the investigations of the relationships between the energy consumption and process parameters of the processes on size reduction and ultrasonic vibration-assisted pelleting. The methodology of design of experiments was used to analyze the experimental results of energy consumptions with different process parameter settings of the two processes. Critical parameters that significantly influence the energy consumption were identified. The optimal configurations of the process parameters were recommended.

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