Bio-oils were produced within a fast pyrolysis microreactor at 400°C from Pinus taeda (Loblolly pine) with varying residence times. This study has considered six residence times, evaluating the products of the reaction between 10 s and 120 s. The collected bio-oils and solids were analyzed for their calorific values and yields. Heating rates greater than 100°C/s were achieved, allowing for isothermal conditions throughout the majority of the reaction despite short residence times. The predictive capabilities of thermogravimetric analysis derived Arrhenius coefficients are evaluated and a new two component degradation model is empirically derived, showing a much improved representation of the fast pyrolysis process.

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