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Influence of particle size and moisture content on tendency to bridge in biofuels made from willow shoots

Mattsson JE, Kofman PD


Different systems for harvesting and storage of wood fuel from willow shoots give fuels with different particle size distribution, particle shape and moisture content. These factors influence the tendency for wood fuel particles to form a stable bridge over openings, which prevents the feeding of the fuel. The influence of cutting and storage method on the tendency to bridge was studied for chips and chunks made from 3 to 5 year old willow shoots harvested in January and December. Shoots were cut with four different machines to produce five fuel assortments with nominal particle length from 28 to 200 mm, and stored outdoors, in-central Jutland, Denmark, in 160 m(3) loose volume piles. Some piles were uncovered, some covered with plastic and two were sealed in an airtight silage plastic film enclosure. The bridging tendency was measured at the end of May and September by determination of how wide a "bridge" of fuel over a slot opening could be before it collapsed. With a 500 mm thick layer of fuel above the slot opening, the bridge width varied between 58 mm for the small chips and 977 mm for the large chunks. Most of the variation was due to two fuel properties, the proportion of particles longer than 100 mm and the moisture content of the fuel. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved


Wood fuel; Salix; Storage; Handling characteristics; Arching; Bridging

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Biomass and Bioenergy
2003, Volym: 24, nummer: 6, sidor: 429-435

      SLU författare

    • Mattsson, Jan Erik

      • Institutionen för landskaps- och trädgårdsteknik, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet

    UKÄ forskningsämne

    Renewable Bioenergy Research

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