Committee Chair

Jones, Frank

Committee Member

Ennis, Bryan J.; Thomas, Tricia A.

Department

Dept. of Engineering

College

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

Research has been conducted regarding a single phase feedstock solution to produce biodiesel. Biodiesel production usually uses a two-phase feedstock which causes several issues. The two different feed stocks have been compared using several methods. The single phase feedstock, consisting of soybean oil, free fatty acid, and methanol in a 1:1:1 volume ratio has proven to be successful in all areas of study with the heterogeneous catalyst nickel oxide. Microreactors are being used to improve the efficiency of the production of biodiesel. The smaller scale makes it possible to produce biodiesel in seconds compared to what industrial biodiesel production requires hours to accomplish. There are improvements than can be made to the next generation of microreactors to increase the efficiency.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

3-2015

Subject

Biodiesel fuels -- Synthesis

Keyword

Biodiesel; microreactor; heterogeneous catalysis; co-solvent

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

xiii, 83 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

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

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