Click on “Download PDF” for the PDF version or on the title for the HTML version.

If you are not an ASABE member or if your employer has not arranged for access to the full-text, Click here for options.

Protocol for Assessing Particle Shape of Comminuted Biomass

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2011 Louisville, Kentucky, August 7-10, 2011  1111086.(doi:10.13031/2013.37415)
Authors:   James H Dooley, David N Lanning, Galen K Broderick
Keywords:   Biomass, forest, bioenergy, quality, standards

Particle shape is increasingly important as a quality parameter for comminuted biomass. Shape affects flowability, pretreatment, rate of conversion, and performance of materials handling systems. This protocol applies to materials that have been subjected to commutation processes including but not limited to chunking, chipping, grinding or milling. Our objective is to enable a uniform terminology and method for characterizing particle shape of chipped, ground, or otherwise comminuted woody biomass. The protocol was specifically developed for chipped and ground woody biomass and may be applicable to other lignocellulosic raw materials and feedstocks. Results are presented for analysis of chipped and shredded forest derived woody biomass.

(Download PDF)    (Export to EndNotes)