Fuel Pellets from a Mixture of Rice Husk and Wood Particles

Porferio O. Bajo Jr, Menandro N. Acda

Abstract


The physical and mechanical properties were studied for fuel pellets made from a mixture of rice husk and Gmelina arborea wood particles. Pellet density, compressive strength, and abrasion resistance were used to evaluate pellet quality at various densification pressures and proportions of rice husk to wood particles. Pellet density and compressive strength increased from 850 to 1070 kg/m3 and 0.61 to 1.2 MPa, respectively, when densification pressure increased from 80 to 120 MPa. The abrasion resistance for all pellet samples in this study was < 2.0%. Proximate analyses of the fuel pellets showed that volatile matter, fixed carbon, and heating value were relatively high and increased with a higher proportion of wood particles. Ash levels were also high (1.3 to 17.8%), which could cause problems with emission and deposition during thermal conversion. In general, except for the ash content, the physical and mechanical properties of pellets made from rice husk and G. arborea wood particles in this study were within the acceptable limits to be used as fuel pellets for industrial heat applications.

Keywords


Pellets; Rice husk; Gmelina arborea; Biomass; Agricultural residue

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