Simulation and Optimisation of Wheat Straw Autohydrolysis to Fermentable Sugars for Bio-ethanol Production

D.K. Sidiras
In this work, the autohydrolysis of wheat straw undertaken in a batch reactor system is presented. This kind of hydrolysis is auto-catalyzed by acids produced from the wheat straw itself during the process. The experimental data and reaction kinetic analysis indicate that this is a potential mechanism for cellulose and hemicelluloses hydrolysis, due to a rapid hydrolysis intermediate reaction without using any acid in the case that the reaction ending temperature is adequately high. It...