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Preprocessing Miscanthus sacchariflorus with Combination System of Cone Grinder and Air Classifier

  • LEE, Hyoung-Woo (College of Agriculture and Life Science, Chonnam National University) ;
  • EOM, Chang-Deuk (Division of Wood Industry, National Institute of Forest Science)
  • Received : 2021.04.26
  • Accepted : 2021.06.09
  • Published : 2021.07.25

Abstract

Considerable differences exist in the characteristics of size reduction and classification because of biomass species. Miscanthus sacchariflorus (M. sacchariflorus) Goedae-Uksae 1 is not used efficiently because of the imperfections of the processing technology for this biomass. Therefore, for the best use of specific biomass, improvement in the feedstock preparation of the biomass for processing, such as pellet manufacturing, is necessary. In this study, a laboratory-scale cone grinder and air classifier were designed and combined to investigate the performance of the combination system for M. sacchariflorus. The average equivalent spherical diameter of particles showed a close relationship with air velocity for air classification. The air velocity range to classify proper particles for pelletization was determined to be 6.0-6.8 m/s. The mass ratios of the collected particles to feed mass for four lengths of chopped M. sacchariflorus were 45.1%:46.1%, 39.1%:46.6%, and 44.1%:52.8% at the first, second, and third steps in simulating the multistep combination system, respectively.

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