### Prediction of Biomass Ash Melting Behaviour - Correlation Between the Data Obtained from Thermodynamic Equilibrium Calculations and Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (STA)

N. Evic, T. Brunner & I. Obernberger
The objectives of the present study were to: (a) develop an appropriate estimation method for assessing the characteristic ash melting temperatures of different biomass fuels by means of thermodynamic equilibrium calculations (TEC) based on ash analysis data, (b) estimate the correlation between the results obtained from TEC and the experimentally received data for the melting temperatures using a TGA/DSC-method (thermogravimetric analysis/differential scanning calorimetry) and, (c) evaluate the applicability of the TEC and DSC methods as...