CFD Simulation of Biomass Thermochemical Conversion: Model Development, Practical Application and Experimental Validation


Biomass thermochemical conversion, such as pyrolysis, gasification, combustion, etc., has attracted more and more attention and interest from both scientific and industrial communities because of the increased burden from energy security and environmental concern. Through biomass thermochemical conversion, either high energy-density biofuel or direct heat can be obtained from raw biomass, which can supplement traditional fossil fuels significantly. However, the actual processes occurred during biomass thermochemical conversion are rather complex, largely hindering the development of advanced technologies for better utilization of bioenergy. In the last decades, with the rapid increase of computational capacity, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has played an increased role in almost all areas of scientific investigations and industrial applications, including biomass thermochemical conversion. Nowadays, CFD has widely been viewed as an indispensable complement to the traditional experimental approach in the studies of biomass thermochemical conversion. Therefore, the aim of this special issue is to provide world-renown researchers a high-level platform to report their most up-to-date progress on CFD simulation of biomass thermochemical conversion and shed light on the cutting-edge directions for future developments. Model developments, engineering applications, and experimental validations from individual particle scale to integrated process scale are the primary scopes of this special issue. In the following, key findings of each published paper in this special issue will be briefly introduced.


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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Center for Research in Energy and Environment (CREE)

Second Research Center/Lab

Center for High Performance Computing Research

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0960-1481; 1879-0682

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Publication Date

01 Mar 2020