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Analysis of Pelletizing of Granulometric Separation Powder from Cork Industries

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Energy and Materials, Industrial Engineering School, University of Extremadura, Av. Elvas s/n, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
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Materials 2014, 7(9), 6686-6700;
Received: 25 July 2014 / Revised: 13 August 2014 / Accepted: 28 August 2014 / Published: 18 September 2014
Cork industries generate a considerable amount of solid waste during their processing. Its management implies a problem for companies that should reconsider its reuse for other purposes. In this work, an analysis of pelletizing of granulometric separation powder, which is one of the major wastes in cork industries and which presents suitable properties (as an raw material) for its thermal use, is studied. However, its characteristic heterogeneity, along with its low bulk density (which makes its storage and transportation difficult) are restrictive factors for its energy use. Therefore, its densified form is a real alternative in order to make the product uniform and guarantee its proper use in boiler systems. Thus, the cork pellets (from granulometric separation powder) in the study met, except for ash content specification, the specifications in standard European Norm EN-Plus (B) for its application as fuel for domestic use. View Full-Text
Keywords: cork; waste; pellets cork; waste; pellets
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Montero, I.; Miranda, T.; Sepúlveda, F.J.; Arranz, J.I.; Nogales, S. Analysis of Pelletizing of Granulometric Separation Powder from Cork Industries. Materials 2014, 7, 6686-6700.

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