Syngas production from microwave-assisted air gasification of biomass: Part 1 model development

Cunfeng Ke, Yaning Zhang, Yanan Gao, Yaoyu Pan, Bingxi Li, Yunpu Wang, R. R Ruan

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In this study, a CFD model was developed to simulate syngas production from microwave-assisted air gasification of biomass. The energy source term under microwave irradiation was coupled in the model to describe the effect of microwave power and the gasification model was established by Euler-Euler method in commercial software Ansys Fluent. Both gas and solid phases were treated as continuous phases, and they have independent governing equations. The two-fluid model was used to describe the two-phase flow and interaction, and the standard k-ε model was used to close the governing equations. The heterogeneous reaction rate between gas and solid and the homogeneous reaction rate between gases were calculated by the finite rate/eddy dissipation model. The fast and transient control characteristics of microwave heating were loaded into the gasification reaction model through UDF compiling function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)772-778
Number of pages7
JournalRenewable Energy
StatePublished - Sep 2019

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Funding Information:
This study was supported in part by grants from China Scholarship Council (No. 201506125122 ), Scientific Research Starting Foundation for the Postdoctors at Heilongjiang Province ( AUGA4120000518 ), Key Research and Development Program of Jiangxi Province (No. 20171BBF60023 ), Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) through the processes of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), and University of Minnesota Center for Biorefining. The financial supports from Postgraduate Education Reform Project of Jiangsu Province ( SJCX18_0897 ), the Foundation of National & Local Joint Engineering Research Center for Deep Utilization Technology of Rock-salt Resource, Huaiyin Institute of Technology ( SF201807 ) are also acknowledged.

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© 2019 Elsevier Ltd


  • Biomass air gasification
  • Microwave irradiation
  • Model development
  • Syngas production


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