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To reduce biorefinery downtime, the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is developing fundamental understanding, tools, and strategies about construction materials to predict and address equipment wear.

Objectives

FCIC’s research objectives include:

  • Gaining a fundamental understanding of failure modes and wear mechanisms
  • Developing analytical tools/models to predict wear and establish material property specifications
  • Identifying and demonstrating mitigation strategies that meet specifications.

Approach

FCIC’s research approach involves:

  • Developing analytical tools/models to predict wear and establish material property specifications
  • Selecting and evaluating candidate mitigations based on modeling and lab-scale testing
  • Identifying top-performing mitigation for process demonstration unit validation
  • Sharing the fundamentals and mitigations with the biomass industry.

Outcomes

The expected outcomes from FCIC’s research include:

  • Fundamental understanding of equipment failure mechanisms
  • Validated models/tools to predict wear and degradation materials
  • Identification and demonstration of mitigation strategies.

Contact

For more information, contact the FCIC.

Other Consortium Research and Capabilities

Learn about all of FCIC’s research areas and capabilities.

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