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Kinetic Study of Waste Wood and Its Carbonization

[+] Author Affiliations
Hoque Md. Mozammel, Masahiro Ota

Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. IJPGC2002-26030, pp. 635-641; 7 pages
  • 2002 International Joint Power Generation Conference
  • 2002 International Joint Power Generation Conference
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, June 24–26, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Power Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3617-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3601-0
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This study deals with the conversion of waste wood into solid fuel charcoal. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses techniques are used to investigate the kinetics of thermochemical conversion of waste wood. The thermal degradation characteristics and the kinetic parameters (order of reaction, activation energy and pre-exponential factor) are determined at different heating rates using TG/DTA curves. The decomposition of the components could be modeled by an Arrhenius kinetic expression. The kinetic parameters are determined from the thermogravimetric data by a least square technique. The order of reaction and activation of energy vary from 0.41 to 0.52 and 10.86 to 15.10 kJ/mole respectively. Finally attempts are taken to produce charcoal from the waste wood and the charcoals are characterized in respect of yield, electrical conductivity, ESCA (electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis), XRD (x-ray diffraction) and ignition characteristics.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Wood products



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