Modelling distillation of biomass liquefaction bio-crude using ASPEN

Ramirez, Jerome A., Humphris, Ashley, Davies, Alexander, Kosinkova, Jana, Brown, Richard J., & Rainey, Thomas J. (2016) Modelling distillation of biomass liquefaction bio-crude using ASPEN. In Chemeca 2016: Chemical Engineering - Regeneration, Recovery and Reinvention, 25-28 September 2016, Adelaide, S.A.


Distillation models using the components of bio-crudes produced from hydrothermal liquefaction of sugarcane bagasse and microalgae have been constructed with ASPEN Plus. The models illustrate the effect of varying reflux ratio, number of stages, and operating pressure on separation of the bio-crudes into light and heavy fractions. This work provides a starting point to commercialise use of liquefied biomass for fuels by demonstrating the ability to co-process bio-crude in existing oil refineries. This approach also initiates a more detailed analysis of the distillation process that leads to implementation on a larger scale.

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ID Code: 99699
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: distillation, biofuels, hydrothermal liquefaction, thermochemical liquefaction, process model, ASPEN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (090400) > Chemical Engineering Design (090403)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 06 Oct 2016 03:11
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2016 13:36

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