Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Street, Jason Tyler

Committee Member

Burch, Reuben F.

Other Advisors or Committee Members

Smith, Brian

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Industrial Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering


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.