Decision Support System for the Production of Miscanthus and Willow Briquettes

Sławomir Francik , Adrian Knapczyk , Artur Knapczyk , Renata Francik


The biomass is regarded as a part of renewable energy sources (RES), which can satisfy energy demands. Biomass obtained from plantations is characterized by low bulk density, which increases transport and storage costs. Briquetting is a technology that relies on pressing biomass with the aim of obtaining a denser product (briquettes). In the production of solid biofuels, the technological as well as material variables significantly influence the densification process, and as a result influence the end quality of briquette. This process progresses differently for different materials. Therefore, the optimal selection of process’ parameters is very difficult. It is necessary to use a decision support tool—decision support system (DSS). The purpose of the work was to develop a decision support system that would indicate the optimal parameters for conducting the process of producing Miscanthus and willow briquettes (pre-comminution, milling and briquetting), briquette parameters (durability and specific density) and total energy consumption based on process simulation. Artificial neural networks (ANNs) were used to describe the relationship between individual parameters of the briquette production process. DSS has the form of a web application and is opened from a web browser (it is possible to open it on various types of devices). The modular design allows the modification and expansion the application in the future.
Author Sławomir Francik (FoPaPE / DoMEaA)
Sławomir Francik,,
- Department of Mechanical Engineering and Agrophysics
, Adrian Knapczyk (FoPaPE / DoMEaA)
Adrian Knapczyk,,
- Department of Mechanical Engineering and Agrophysics
, Artur Knapczyk - Private Researcher
Artur Knapczyk,,
, Renata Francik - State Higher Vocational School in Nowy Sącz
Renata Francik,,
Journal seriesEnergies, [ENERGIES], ISSN 1996-1073, (N/A 140 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets1.15
Keywords in EnglishDecision support system; briquettes production; willow; Miscanthus; artificial neural network; multilayer perceptron
ASJC Classification1700 General Computer Science
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); author's original; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); after publication
Decision Support System for the Production of Miscanthus and Willow Briquettes of 22-04-2020
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Score (nominal)140
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.156; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 2.707 (2) - 2018=2.99 (5)
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FinansowanieArticle processing charges were financed from the subsidy of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for the Agricultural University of Hugo Kołł ˛ataj in Krakow for the year 2020
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