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Biodiesel reactor optimization using combined CFD-Taguchi method

Adeyemi, Nabeel A. and Mohiuddin, A. K. M. and Jameel, Ahmed Tariq (2010) Biodiesel reactor optimization using combined CFD-Taguchi method. In: International Postgraduate Conference on Engineering (IPCE 2010), 16-17 October, 2010, Perlis, Malaysia.

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Abstract

Biodiesel is currently produced from food and non food oil sources through transesterification. The process is significantly constrained by reaction kinetics and mass transfer. In the present article, the transesterification of waste cooking oil (WCO) at different reaction parameters is carried out to investigate the effect of reactor configuration on yield. The Taguchi design, with temperature, impeller speed and bottom distance as process variables at 3 levels, is used to plan, analyze and optimize the process. Optimum yield was predicted for 60°C, 600 rpm and 25mm temperature. Statistical analysis reveals the impeller distance as most significant of the variables to affect yield and a 2D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of the mixing correlated an impeller bottom clearance of 25mm to the highest yield.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3628/1406 (Proceedings of the International Postgraduate Conference on Engineering (IPCE 2010), ISBN: 9789675760037))
Uncontrolled Keywords: Taguchi method, CFD method, WSO transesterification
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TP Chemical technology > TP315 Fuel
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. A K M Mohiuddin
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2011 12:58
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2011 08:33
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/1406

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