Faculty Advisor

Deskins, N Aaron

Faculty Advisor

Timko, Michael T.

Abstract

Hydrothermal liquefaction of pine wood was studied in a batch setting to understand the effects of particle size on bio-oil yield and compound distribution. Experiments were conducted at a temperature of 300ºC and approximately 1500 psig. Using analytical techniques, liquid and solid products’ compounds were determined. Suitable computational theories were identified for quickly approximating key reactions for hydrothermal liquefaction of wood. Particle size was found to have a negligible effect on product yield and compound distribution within the parameters studied.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2014

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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