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Keywords:

  • wood pellet;
  • storage;
  • pressure drop;
  • low airflow;
  • ventilation;
  • cooling;
  • drying

Abstract

The pressure drop versus low airflow from 0.000117 to 0.1 m/s was measured across a fixed bed of wood pellets. Wood pellets were on average 6.2 mm in diameter and 12 mm in length. The moisture content of wood pellets ranged from 2.8% to 8.1%. Four equations, Darcy, Shedd, Hukill and Ergun representing flow versus static pressure drop for bulk granules were fitted to the experimental data. At airflows below 0.01 m/s, the predicted pressure drops using all four equations deviated from experimental data. This deviation was the largest for the Darcy equation and the smallest for Ergun equation. © 2011 Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering