Thermal and kinetic behaviors of biomass and plastic wastes in co-pyrolysis

Cepeliogullar O., PÜTÜN A. E.

ENERGY CONVERSION AND MANAGEMENT, vol.75, pp.263-270, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 75
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.enconman.2013.06.036
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.263-270
  • Keywords: Co-pyrolysis, Biomass, Plastic, TGA, Kinetics, DEGRADATION, POLYETHYLENE, PET
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, co-pyrolysis characteristics and kinetics of biomass-plastic blends were investigated. Cotton stalk, hazelnut shell, sunflower residue, and arid land plant Euphorbia rigida, were blended in definite ratio (1:1, w/w) with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Experiments were conducted with a heating rate of 10 degrees C min(-1) from room temperature to 800 degrees C in the presence of N-2 atmosphere with a flow rate of 100 cm(3) min(-1). After thermal decomposition in TGA, a kinetic analysis was performed to fit thermogravimetric data and a detailed discussion of co-pyrolysis mechanism was achieved. Experimental results demonstrated that the structural differences between biomass and plastics directly affect their thermal decomposition behaviors. Biomass pyrolysis generally based on three main steps while plastic material's pyrolysis mechanism resulted in two steps for PET and three steps for PVC. Also, the required activation energies needed to achieve the thermal degradation for plastic were found higher than the biomass materials. In addition, it can be concluded that the evaluation of plastic materials together with biomass created significant changes not only for the thermal behaviors but also for the kinetic behaviors. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.