In our previous research (Liu et al., J Anal Appl Pyrol 63:303–325, 2002), the pseudo bi-component separated-stage model (PBSM) was suggested for the kinetic analysis on the decomposition of lignocellulosic materials in air at relatively lower heating rates. As a continuing work, this paper is intended to investigate the applicability of PBSM at different heating rates by experimental analyses. Decomposition of oil tea wood has been studied by means of non-isothermal thermogravimetric analysis in air atmosphere at 10–25 K min−1 heating rates. A two-step parallel reaction kinetic model is used to optimize the kinetic parameters of these materials in air. Meanwhile, an improved PBSM is developed to describe the thermal degradation process of oil tea wood. Furthermore, a comparison between the kinetic results of parallel model and PBSM reveals realistic applicability of PBSM. It is concluded that the PBSM has relatively high accuracy for the first decomposition step in the lower temperature range, while fails to predict the thermal decomposition behavior in the char oxidative process which occurs in the higher temperature range.
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