Simulation of olive pits pyrolysis in a rotary kiln plant

Enzo Benanti, Cesare Freda, Vincenzo Lorefice, Giacobbe Braccio, Vinod Kumar Sharma

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This work deals with the simulation of an olive pits fed rotary kiln pyrolysis plant installed in Southern Italy. The pyrolysis process was simulated by commercial software CHEMCAD. The main component of the plant, the pyrolyzer, was modelled by a plug flow reactor in accordance to the kinetic laws. Products distribution and the temperature profile was calculated along reactor's axis. Simulation results have been found to fit well the experimental data of pyrolysis. Moreover, sensitivity analyses were executed to investigate the effect of biomass moisture on the pyrolysis process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145 - 158
Number of pages14
JournalThermal Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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