Investigation of Mechanical Properties of Torrefied Corncob and Rice Husk Briquettes: Modeling and Simulation

Segun E. Ibitoye*, Rasheedat Modupe Mahamood, Tien Chien Jen, Esther T. Akinlabi

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Energy security and a green environment have called for global concern in recent years. This is due to the increase in global population and unconscious human activities, which has led to the thickening of the infrared radiation layer, emission of greenhouse gases, and global warming. In this study, solid fuel briquette was manufactured from a blend of torrefied corncob and rice husk to mitigate the environmental problem associated with their disposal. Experimental, modeling, and simulation approaches were employed for the investigation. Feedstock samples were prepared and torrefied at 260 °C for 60 min, after which it was pulverized and screened into 1.7, 1, and 0.5 mm. Briquettes were produced at different blending ratios and compaction pressure, and gelatinized starch was used as a binding agent. The mechanical properties (compressive strength and shatter index) of the manufactured briquettes were investigated. Findings show that blending ratio and compaction pressure significantly influence the mechanical properties of the manufactured briquettes. Empirical models developed for 60, 80, and 100 kPa densification pressure were able to predict the trend of the mechanical properties of the manufactured briquettes. The models developed in this study found applications in future biomass briquettes production and product design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Material Science and Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Articles from ICMMPE 2021
EditorsSeyed Sattar Emamian, Mokhtar Awang, Jeeferie Abd Razak, Patrick J. Masset
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9789811933073
ISBN (Print)9789811933066
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Mechanical, Manufacturing and Plant Engineering, ICMMPE 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 29 Nov 202129 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364


Conference7th International Conference on Mechanical, Manufacturing and Plant Engineering, ICMMPE 2021
CityVirtual, Online

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