Fast pyrolysis of chestnut cupulae: yields and characterization of the bio-oil

Kar T., KELEŞ S.

ENERGY EXPLORATION & EXPLOITATION, vol.31, no.6, pp.847-858, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1260/0144-5987.31.6.847
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.847-858
  • Keywords: Biomass, chestnut cupulae, pyrolysis, bio-oils, BIOMASS PYROLYSIS, FUELS, GAS
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Chestnut cupulae pyrolysis experiments were conducted in a fixed-bed reactor in an attempt to determine the effects of pyrolysis temperature, particle size and sweeping gas (N-2) flow rate on the product yields. The maximum bio-oil yield of 52.50 wt% was obtained from chestnut cupulae in N-2 atmosphere at a pyrolysis temperature of 600 degrees C, sweeping gas-flow rate of 100 cm(3). min(-1) and particle size of D-p <= 250 mm. The pyrolysis oils were collected in a cold trap maintained liquid nitrogen and characterized by elemental analysis, FTIR, H-1-NMR and GC. Chromatographic and spectroscopic studies on bio-oil have shown that chestnut cupulae can be used as a fuel and chemical feedstock.