Parameters Affecting RDF-Based Pellet Quality

Marcin Jewiarz , Krzysztof Mudryk , Marek Wróbel , Jarosław Frączek , Krzysztof Dziedzic


Increasing production of waste has compelled the development of modern technologies for waste management. Certain fractions of municipal solid wastes are not suitable for recycling and must be utilised in other ways. Materials such as refuse-derived fuel (RDF) fractions are used as fuel in cement or CHP (combined heat and power) plants. The low bulk density leads to many problems pertaining to transportation and storage. In the case of biomass, these problems cause reduction in pelletisation. This paper therefore presents a comprehensive study on RDF pellet production, which is divided into three major areas. The first describes laboratory-scale tests and provides information on key factors that affect pellet quality (e.g., density and durability). Based on this, the second part presents a design of modified RDF dies to form RDF pellets, which are then tested via a semi-professional line test. The results show that RDF fraction can be compacted to form pellets using conventional devices. Given that temperature plays a key role, a special die must be used, and this ensures that the produced pellets exhibit high durability and bulk density, similar to biomass pellets.
Author Marcin Jewiarz (FoPaPE / DoMEaA)
Marcin Jewiarz,,
- Department of Mechanical Engineering and Agrophysics
, Krzysztof Mudryk (FoPaPE / DoMEaA)
Krzysztof Mudryk,,
- Department of Mechanical Engineering and Agrophysics
, Marek Wróbel (FoPaPE / DoMEaA)
Marek Wróbel,,
- Department of Mechanical Engineering and Agrophysics
, Jarosław Frączek (FoPaPE / DoMEaA)
Jarosław Frączek,,
- Department of Mechanical Engineering and Agrophysics
, Krzysztof Dziedzic - Beskid Zywiec Sp. z o.o.
Krzysztof Dziedzic,,
Journal seriesEnergies, [ENERGIES], ISSN 1996-1073, (N/A 140 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.8
Article number910
Keywords in Englishrefuse-derived fuel; refuse-derived fuel (RDF); pellets; durability; density; die; design
ASJC Classification1700 General Computer Science
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); author's original; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); after publication
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FinansowanieThis study was founded as part of grant “EkoRDF—an innovative manufacturing technology of alternative fuel from municipal waste for power and heating plants—a key component of the Polish waste management system” financed by the Polish Centre for Research and Development (GEKON programme), which was undertaken at the University of Agriculture in Kraków. Grant no GEKON2/05/268002/17/2015.
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