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Gao, Y., Yu, B., Xin, S., Mi, T., Chen, Y., Yuan, Q., Yang, L., and Li, P. (2016). "Use of extreme vertices method for analysis of how proportional composition affects component interactions and product distribution during hydrothermal treatment," BioRes. 11(2), 4899-4920.

Abstract

The interaction among three biomass components (hemicellulose, cellulose, and lignin) in an autoclave was studied based on the extreme vertices of a constrained region that had a significant effect on the distribution and characteristics of the products. The mathematical model of the three components was established according to the yield distribution. Based on the model, the biomass components and the hydrothermal characteristics of biomass were predicted. Subsequently, the contents of the main biomass components were analyzed, thus eliminating the complicated testing process and providing a convenient and reliable calculation tool for determining the three biomass components. The gaseous products showed that products from cellulose hydrolysis promoted hemicellulose hydrolysis and generated large amounts of CO2. The lignin content, as well as the low cellulose and hemicellulose contents, inhibited the acids and ketones in light oil. In addition, the interaction among cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin inhibited the production of acids in heavy oil and promoted phenolic synthesis. A series of hydrolysis product reactions such as polymerization and condensation were increased to produce a char at a high degree of aromatization by the interaction among the three components.
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