Prof Otoikhian Kevin Shegun and W. Aisabor1, Y. Lukman2, A.J. Otaru3, A.E. Anakhu4   (Published 2016)

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Due to the increasing yearn to go environment friendly, keen interest has been placed on biofuels, this leads to further
studies and research in biofuels. A search for suitable vegetable/plant oil that can work just as fossil fuels and be ecofriendly
was made. Hence, the study of this work investigates the production of biodiesel from non-edible Hevea
brasiliensis oil. The process was catalysed by two-step acid base transesterification. Reaction parameters, such as
reaction temperature and time were studied. The yield conversion of biodiesel was found to be 50.2% under the
optimum conditions of 1.0 wt % NaOH and 6:1 methanol: oil molar ratio at 60°C for a reaction time of 75 min. The
kinetic study was carried out at various temperatures. The conversion of triglycerides into methyl esters obeys the
pseudo first-order mechanism. The reaction-rate constants and activation energies were determined. The physical
and chemical characteristics of H. brasiliensis and biodiesel were determined and compared with standard value.

Item Type: Journal article(non-copyrighted)
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Keywords: Biofuels, Non-edible, Methyl esters, Kinetic, Fossil fuel, First-order, Transesterification
Department: Chemical Engineering
Field of Study: Engineering- Chemical
Uploaded By: Agbodekhe Barnabas Philip
Date Added: 08 Sep 2019 5:27pm
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2019
Journal URL: https://www.edouniversity.edu.ng/oer/journal/optimisation_and_kinetics_of_rubber_seed_oil_biodiesel_production

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