Predicting the effects of bagasse depithing operations on boiler combustion performance

Mann, Anthony & O'Hara, Ian M. (2012) Predicting the effects of bagasse depithing operations on boiler combustion performance. In Bruce, Robin C (Ed.) Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists 2012, Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Ltd / Scribe Consulting, Cairns, Qld.


The sugar industry is pursuing diversification options using bagasse as a feedstock. Depithing, the removal of the smaller bagasse particles, is an integral part of the manufacturing processes for bagasse by-products such as pulp and paper. There are possible environmental and economic benefits associated with incorporating depithing operations into a sugar factory. However there have only been limited investigations into the effects of depithing operations on a sugar factory boiler station. This paper describes a modelling investigation, using the lumped parameter boiler design tool BOILER and the CFD code FURNACE, to predict the effects of pith, depithed bagasse and mixed bagasse/pith firing on the efficiency, fuel consumption and combustion performance of a typical sugar factory boiler.

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ID Code: 56557
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: bagasse, boiler, combustion, CFD, depithing
ISSN: 0726-0222
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
Deposited On: 22 Jan 2013 04:09
Last Modified: 12 May 2013 23:05

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