ABRADE is an Excel-based model that calculates the recession of the leading edge of a knife blade due to abrasion by hard inorganic particles entrained in biomass feedstock.
The software-based model was created by UChicago Argonne, LLC, Operator of Argonne National Laboratory (“Argonne”). Argonne, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Laboratory, is operated under contract no. DE-AC02-06CH11357. The research effort that led to development of the software at Argonne was supported by the Bioenergy Technologies Office of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy of the U.S. Department of Energy.
It uses a quality-by-design (QbD) approach to model the effects of feedstock properties, knife blade properties, and process parameters to predict knife blade recession. It can be used to predict the effect of critical material attributes and operating conditions on knife blade wear. We welcome any constructive input to help improve the users experience and make the model more useful to stakeholders. We welcome feedback on applications to real-life operations — comparisons of worn blades to predicted lifetimes.
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