An experimental research on woodchip drying using a screw conveyor dryer


FUEL, vol.215, pp.468-473, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 215
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.fuel.2017.11.098
  • Journal Name: FUEL
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.468-473
  • Keywords: Screw conveyor dryer, Woodchip drying, Continuous drying, ENERGY-PRODUCTION, BIOMASS, PELLETS
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


Drying of woodchip in particleboard manufacturing, combustion, gasification and pyrolysis is important. It is crucial to dry wood before these processes in order to perform a smooth operation, derive high quality products and increase process efficiency. In this study, drying characteristics of woodchips with 0-2 mm and 2-5 mm particle sizes used in particle board manufacturing were determined under various drying air flow rates (10 m(3)/h and 20 m(3)/h), flow conditions (co-current and counter-current) and screw rotation speed (10 rpm and 20 rpm). It was managed to reduce the moisture content of the woodchips to 12,6% (wt%, wet basis) using co-current flow conditions, 10 rpm screw rotation speed, 20 m(3)/h air flow rate with both of the particle sizes.