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Author(s): M. Juma | Z. Koreňová | J. Markoš | J. Annus | Ľ. Jelemenský

Journal: Petroleum and Coal
ISSN 1337-7027

Volume: 48;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 15;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: pyrolysis | combustion | waste tire | scrape rubber

In this paper a literature review of both pyrolysis and combustion processes of scrap tires is presented. The work reports, the characteristics of materials, methods, effect of various process parameters, kinetic modelling applied to the pyrolysis and combustion of tires, characteristics of the products and emissions. From the published works results that scrap tire rubber consists of about 60 wt.% volatile organics, 30 wt.% fixed carbon and 10 wt.% ash. Elemental analysis shows that tire rubber contains approximately 80 wt.% of C, 7 wt. of H, 0.4 wt.% of N, 1.5 wt.% of S, 3 wt.% of O and 8 wt.% of ash. Thermogravimetry analysis reveals that the pyrolysis of tire rubber at atmospheric pressure starts at a temperature around 250oC and finishes at a temperature of about 550oC. Generally, more than one degradation temperature region during rubber pyrolysis is recorded. In general, by pyrolysing waste tire three fractions are obtained: solid residue (around 40 wt.%), liquid fraction (around 50 wt.%) and gas fraction (around 10 wt.%). The influence of the process conditions on the amount and characteristics of individual fractions was studied by the authors only partially. The general trend is an increase in yields of liquid and gas fractions as the temperature increases. From the works devoted to tire pyrolysis, which are focussed on the generation of liquid fuel results that derived liquids are a complex mixture of organic compounds containing a lot of aromatics. This liquid can be separated into light and higher fractions. The main components of pyrolysis gases reported by various authors are as: H2, H2S, CO, CO2, CH4, C2H4, C3H6 and other light hydrocarbons. The solid residue contains carbon black, and inorganic matter. The results of kinetic modelling of scrap tire pyrolysis and combustion show large differences in the values of kinetic parameters obtained by different authors. As main pollutants from the combustion of waste tires are reported: SO2, NOx, CO and PAHs.
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