Finite Element Modeling of Biomass Hopper Flow

Finite Element Modeling of Biomass Hopper Flow


This presentation was given by Forest Concepts’ collaborator Pennsylvania State University and lead by Hojae Yi.

Biomass flowability is the result of interactions between physical properties of bulk biomass and handling equipment. An appropriate biomass flowability model should be able to account for the material properties and equipment characteristics in tandem. Therefore, the computational modeling is a critical tool of predicting the biomass flowability.

The cubical triaxial tester (“CTT”) has been used in conducting fundamental triaxial tests whose results are used in determining continuum biomass flow models. 

Please also see Design of a Biomass Scale Cubical Triaxial Tester and Biomass Flow Mechanical Properties Characterization.

About the Presentation 

Yi, H., V. Puri, C. J. Lanning and J. Dooley (2020). Prepared for presentation at the 2020 ASABE Annual International Meeting, July 12-15, 2020.

This work is supported by the Department of Energy under grant DE-EE0008254 and partially supported by USDA NIFA Agricultural Experiment Station project PEN-4601.

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