Design of methodology for wood chips moisture estimation determined for gasification
1 Technical university of Kosice, Faculty of Metallurgy, Department of Furnaces and Thermal Technology, Letná 9/A, 042 00 Košice, Slovakia
2 Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies of the Technical University of Košice with a seat in Prešov, Štúrova 31, 080 01 Prešov, Slovakia
a Corresponding author: email@example.com
Published online: 25 March 2014
The moisture content of the charged wood chips is a significant factor affecting the gasification process. The increased moisture content increases the demand on the energy consumption, which is needed to cover the heat consumption related to the water evaporation and adversely affects the wood gas quality and input fuel amount. Monitoring of the moisture content in wood chips is therefore the diagnostic tools suitable to evaluate the operational parameters of the whole gasification process. Present paper describes the design of the suitable methodology to measure and estimate the wood chips moisture content. The issues related to the moisture content estimation include preliminary the selection of the suitable methodology based on the assumed moisture content in the wood chips. Further factor which needs to be considered is the fact that the moisture content in wood chips is time dependent due to the changing parameters of the ambient air (as temperature, pressure and air humidity). Correctly estimated moisture content will enable to improve the wood chips gasification process.
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