Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Street, Jason Tyler

Committee Member

Burch, Reuben F.

Other Advisors or Committee Members

Smith, Brian

Date of Degree

12-10-2021

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only

Major

Industrial Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

James Worth Bagley College of Engineering

Department

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Abstract

Wood pellet production has become an advancing industry for the sake of reducing greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere especially, in European Union countries. Researchers and industry executives seek new methods and materials to improve the pelletization process. Rice hulls or husks has the potential to aid in wood pelletization as they possess high calorific values. This study focuses on using rice hull derived bio-oil from pyrolysis, which will also decrease ash content, as an additive to aid in the wood pelletization process. Using two groups of rice hull derived bio-oil as an additive in wood pelletization: Group 1 uses heavy bio-oil at 0.2 and 0.5% concentration plus a control group, and Group 2 uses bio-oil with light keys added from distillation process at 0.2% and 0.5% concentration plus a control group, we hope to increase durability and calorific value in wood pellets while producing at a lower cost.

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