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Bimodal and multimodal plant biomass particle mixtures

United States Patent

July 9, 2013
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An industrial feedstock of plant biomass particles having fibers aligned in a grain, wherein the particles are individually characterized by a length dimension (L) aligned substantially parallel to the grain, a width dimension (W) normal to L and aligned cross grain, and a height dimension (H) normal to W and L, wherein the L.times.H dimensions define a pair of substantially parallel side surfaces characterized by substantially intact longitudinally arrayed fibers, the W.times.H dimensions define a pair of substantially parallel end surfaces characterized by crosscut fibers and end checking between fibers, and the L.times.W dimensions define a pair of substantially parallel top and bottom surfaces, and wherein the particles in the feedstock are collectively characterized by having a bimodal or multimodal size distribution.
Dooley; James H. (Federal Way, WA), Lanning; David N. (Federal Way, WA)
Forest Concepts, LLC (Auburn, WA)
13/ 594,312
August 24, 2012
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS This invention was made with government support by the Small Business Innovation Research program of the U.S. Department of Energy, Contract SC0002291. The United States government has certain rights in the invention.