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Numerical simulation of cutting tool and biomass interactions during preprocessing

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

Citation:  Paper number  131620770,  2013 Kansas City, Missouri, July 21 - July 24, 2013. (doi: @2013
Authors:   Bo Liu, A. Bulent Koc
Keywords:   Biomass FEM preprocessingultrasound cutting switchgrass.

Abstract. The objective of this paper was to study and simulate the switchgrass stems and cutting tool interactions during a particle size reduction process. Finite element analysis method was used to model the structure of a switchgrass stems and cutting tools. An ultrasound-assisted blade was designed and its modal analysis was conducted. Transverse-direction isotropic finite element model simulation was used to analyze the mechanical behavior of a switchgrass plant under shearing forces. The proposed method has a potential to provide an accurate method of improving the performance of cutting/grinding tools in biomass processing. The finite element model developed in this study can be extended for the simulation of other biomass materials and plants.

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