Project Director

Jones, Frank

Department Examiner

Thomas, Tricia; Ennis, Bryan

Department

Dept. of Civil and Chemical Engineering

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

In this study, stable single phase feedstocks for biodiesel production were successfully determined. The addition of free fatty acids, which are considered waste, to the soy bean oil and methanol processing feed as a co-solvent, produces a stable single phase. The single phase feedstock significantly increases initial global rates and supplements the oil with further biodiesel production. A stable single phase feedstock and increased reaction rates are desirable due to the use of continuous heterogeneous biodiesel production in microreactors currently being developed by this research group. Further design improvements to the microreactor design have been determined. Such improvements include the introduction of ordered lattice structures. Once implemented on the next generation of microreactors, the new designs and the single phase feedstocks will result in a significantly improved continuous heterogeneous catalysis process for biodiesel production with processing times of seconds.

Acknowledgments

TN-SCORE (Tennessee EPSCoR), Volkswagen, UTC Engineering

Degree

B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.

Date

5-2014

Subject

Biodiesel fuels; Biomass energy

Keyword

Microreactors; Biodiesel; Free-fatty acids; Heterogeneous; Single phase feedstock

Discipline

Catalysis and Reaction Engineering | Chemical Engineering

Document Type

Theses

Extent

v, 52 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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