Energy flow models for timber kilns and total lifecycle costs of timber drying

Summary

This project will build a simulation of a conventional kiln based on an existing solar kiln simulation in order to
1. Compare the economics and life-cycle impacts of conventional and solar kilns, which are significant kiln choices available to industrial users; and
2. Assess the economic impact of operating kilns in different ways (e.g. continuous heating or intermittent heating).

Supervisor(s)

Professor Timothy Langrish

Research Location

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Program Type

N/A

Synopsis

The prediction of stresses and strains in the timber, and how they develop as drying proceeds, is part of the existing solar kiln simulation and should be retained in any conventional kiln simulation, because these stresses and strains are important indications of timber quality.
Such a simulation of a kiln fits into the broader picture of developing a “virtual model” of a timber processing site or sawmill, which is necessary to assess the economic, social (including employment) and environmental impacts of the whole site.  Hence this project addresses technology support for decision support planning in economic, social and environmental terms.

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Keywords

timber drying, solar energy, lifecycle costs, timber quality, stress and strain

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 606

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