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dc.contributor.authorGhezelchi, M.
dc.contributor.authorGarcia-Perez, M.
dc.contributor.authorWu, Hongwei
dc.identifier.citationGhezelchi, M. and Garcia-Perez, M. and Wu, H. 2015. Bioslurry as a Fuel. 7: Spray Characteristics of Bio-Oil and Bioslurry via Impact and Twin-Fluid Atomizers. Energy and Fuels. 29 (12): pp. 8058-8065.

This study reports the spray characteristics of two fast pyrolysis bio-oils with different viscosities (0.0753 and 0.1522 Pa·s at 21 °C) and a set of bioslurry samples prepared from the bio-oils at various biochar loading levels (5, 10, 15, and 20 wt %). Two types of atomizers (impact atomizer and two-fluid atomizer) were used. Experiments for the impact atomizers of various sizes were carried out at injection pressures of 2.07–4.96 MPa and feeding rates of 108–490 mL/min. At a constant pressure, the Sauter mean diameter (SMD) of bio-oil and bioslurry increases as the flow number increases, while at a constant flow number, the SMD decreases rapidly with increasing pressure. The biochar loading level has a significant impact on the bioslurry atomization characteristics. An increase in biochar leading level results in a substantial increase in the spray SMD. Experiments using the twin-fluid atomizer (N2 as the atomization gas) were carried out at flow rates of 2–6 mL/min. A twin-fluid atomizer is more applicable at considerably lower liquid flow rates than an impact atomizer. The spray SMD of the twin-fluid atomizer is mainly influenced by the liquid viscosity, gas/liquid ratio (GLR), and biochar loading level. An increase in viscosity and biochar loading level leads to an increase in the spray SMD, while an increase in GLR leads to a reduction in the SMD. Correlations have also been developed to predict spray SMD of bio-oil and bioslurry using both atomizers.

dc.titleBioslurry as a Fuel. 7: Spray Characteristics of Bio-Oil and Bioslurry via Impact and Twin-Fluid Atomizers
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleEnergy and Fuels
curtin.departmentDepartment of Chemical Engineering
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