Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 134, Issue 3, pp 2329–2338 | Cite as

Critical analysis of non-isothermal kinetics of poultry litter pyrolysis

  • Janaína Junges
  • Gabriela Carvalho Collazzo
  • Daniele Perondi
  • Adalberto Ayjara Dornelles Filho
  • Suelem Daiane Ferreira
  • Aline Dettmer
  • Eduardo Osório
  • Marcelo GodinhoEmail author


Poultry litter is a waste from poultry industry that has been used for bioenergy generation and has high potential as feedstock for thermochemical processes, as pyrolysis. Kinetic parameters of poultry litter pyrolysis are paramount for techno-economic analysis of commercial scale processes. Scientific community has shown concern about the suitable application of different methods (model-free/model-fitting) for the determination of kinetic parameters. The application of an unsuitable method may lead to unreliable kinetic parameters. In this study, the performance of model-free methods for the determination of the kinetic parameters of poultry litter pyrolysis was evaluated. The characterization was performed through thermogravimetric analysis. Were applied the methods of Kissinger–Akahira–Sunose, Flynn–Wall–Ozawa and Vyazovkin. The model-free methods were not adequate to describe the kinetics of poultry litter pyrolysis throughout the whole reaction. Therefore, a model-based (five pseudo-components model) method was applied to obtain the kinetic parameters of poultry litter pyrolysis. Such model provided an adequate fit to the experimental data.


Poultry litter wastes Kinetics Pseudo-component Protein 



The authors would like to acknowledge the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq No 161524/2015-0) and Higher Education Personnel Improvement Coordination (CAPES), for providing the scholarships, and the owner of the laying farm, for enabling the sampling procedure.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janaína Junges
    • 1
  • Gabriela Carvalho Collazzo
    • 2
  • Daniele Perondi
    • 1
  • Adalberto Ayjara Dornelles Filho
    • 3
  • Suelem Daiane Ferreira
    • 1
  • Aline Dettmer
    • 4
  • Eduardo Osório
    • 1
  • Marcelo Godinho
    • 5
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  1. 1.Postgraduate Program in Mining Engineering, Metallurgical and MaterialsFederal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)Porto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringFederal University of Santa MariaSanta MariaBrazil
  3. 3.Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE)Porto AlegreBrazil
  4. 4.Chemical Engineering DepartmentUniversity of Passo Fundo (UPF)São José, Passo FundoBrazil
  5. 5.Postgraduate Program in Engineering Processes and TechnologiesUniversity of Caxias do Sul (UCS)Caxias do SulBrazil

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