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Preliminary investigation of biodiesel reactor optimization using combine CFD-Taguchi method

Mohiuddin, A. K. M. and Adeyemi, Nabeel A. (2011) Preliminary investigation of biodiesel reactor optimization using combine CFD-Taguchi method. In: Alternative energy. IIUM Press, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 179-187. ISBN 9789674181581

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Abstract

Biodiesel is currently produced from food and non food oil sources. The process is significantly constrained by reaction kinetics and mass transfer. In the present article, preliminary investigation of the effect of reactor configuration on yield is carried out using waste cooking oil (WCO) at different reaction parameter. 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 25 mm temperature. Statistical analysis reveals the impeller distance as most significant of the variables to affect yield and a 20 computational fluid dynamics (CFO) simulation of the mixing correlated an impeller bottom clearance of 25mm to the highest yield.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: 3628/20082
Uncontrolled Keywords: biodiesel reactor, CFD-Taguchi method
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology > TP315 Fuel
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Engineering
Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. A K M Mohiuddin
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2012 16:01
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2012 16:02
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/20082

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