For the biomass industry, the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is researching materials handling to enable continuous, steady, trouble-free, bulk flow transport to the reactor throat.
FCIC’s research approach involves conducting well-controlled particle and bulk flow experiments using industry-relevant biomass. For comprehensive sensitivity studies of engineering-scale flow performance, the research uses experimentally validated models:
- Discrete element
- Finite element
- Computational fluid dynamics.
The FCIC strives to develop tools for equipment designers and gap identification—knowledge and technology—for end users/operators. For the processing train, it also wants to identify a reliable working envelope of completely mixed activated sludges.
The development of physics-based modeling tools and supporting measurements will enable the design and operation of processing train equipment that do not rely on empiricism.
For more information, contact the FCIC.
Other Consortium Research and Capabilities
Learn about all of FCIC’s research areas and capabilities.