Characterization of solid char produced from pyrolysis of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste, high volatile coal and their blends

Diyar Tokmurzin, Botagoz Kuspangaliyeva, Berik Aimbetov, Bexultan Abylkhani, Vassilis Inglezakis, Edward J. Anthony, Yerbol Sarbassov

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In this study, the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (Org-MSW) was blended with high-volatile coal (HVC) in proportions of 25/75%, 50/50%, 75/25% by weight. Pyrolysis of these mixtures was then investigated in a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) and a horizontal tube furnace under a nitrogen environment. The mass loss rate of samples, differential thermogravimetry (DTG) curves and kinetic analysis of the samples were compared for both blended and non-blended samples. Higher gas yields were seen with increasing pyrolysis temperature for both samples. In addition, the kinetic analysis indicated that the apparent activation energy values of org-MSW samples varied from 535 to 5284 kJ/kmol (over the temperature range of 100–887 °C), while the values for HVC were 247–962 kJ/kmol. The activation energy for HVC varied with temperature and the highest value of 2036 kJ/kmol was found in the temperature range of 336–490 °C. Comparable results were obtained between the TGA and fixed bed tests on the residual char fraction. The findings of this work will be very important in developing a co-firing technology for solid waste residuals and coal for energy production.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116562
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2020



  • Char characterization
  • High volatile coal
  • Organic waste
  • Pyrolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Pollution
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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