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Transesterification of palm oil using tungstated zirconia

Nadzirah, Yahya (2010) Transesterification of palm oil using tungstated zirconia. Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering , Universiti Malaysia Pahang .


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The transesterification of unrefined oil using heterogeneous solid acid catalyst is one of the methods of producing biodiesel. Biodiesel is a non- petroleum based fuel thus it has advantages such as non- toxic, biodegradable and environmental friendly. The usage of Tungstated Zirconia will eliminate the drawbacks of using homogeneous catalyst such as corrosiveness, production of waste, and etc. The present studies aimed to determine the conversion of methyl ester produced and the optimum operating condition for the transesterification process. The research study is done in a batch reactor system. The catalyst is activated to 800oC for it to functions at the best state. Optimum operating condition is at 95oC with molar ratio of alcohol to oil is 9:1 and 20 wt% of oleic acid in oil. The highest conversion of methyl ester from this optimum operating condition is 93.14%.

Item Type: Undergraduates Project Papers
Additional Information: Project paper (Bachelor of Chemical Engineering) -- Universiti Malaysia Pahang - 2010
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biodiesel fuels Catalysis
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering
Depositing User: Shamsor Masra Othman
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2013 02:33
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2015 07:59
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