Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

David W. Melton


There are several ways to produce energy today, one of the oldest is the gasification of biomass. This process uses a fire to heat the material until it starts to produce gasses that are used as fuel. There are several types of biomass that can be used, many of which have large pieces with low bulk densities. By pelletizing the biomass bulk density increases and allows the opportunity to add in other biomass materials.

There are standards for condensing large pieces of biomass to smaller pelletized materials. Pellet Fuels Institute has set minimum standards for pellets used in the different industries. These standards outline the chemical and physical characteristics of the pellets.

The purpose of this study is to determine what mixture of resources, wood products and corn stover, does the durability of the pellet start to degrade and not meet the minimum standard. Samples mixtures were used to test the durability at predefined intervals to test the durability.