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Optimization of polyol ester production by transesterification of Jatropha-based methyl ester with trimethylolpropane using Taguchi design of experiment

Kamil, Ruzaimah N. M. and Yusup, Suzana and Rashid, Umer (2011) Optimization of polyol ester production by transesterification of Jatropha-based methyl ester with trimethylolpropane using Taguchi design of experiment. Fuel, 90 (6). pp. 2343-2345. ISSN 0016-2361 (In Press)

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Abstract

Polyol ester production from transesterification of Jatropha oil methyl ester (JOME) and trimethylolpropane (TMP) was investigated. The effects of temperature, pressure, ratio of JOME:TMP and catalyst amount were studied in optimization experiment, using Taguchi L9 experimental layout. The parameters explored were found to have a significant impact on the reaction. The order of importance of the variables was found to be pressure, temperature, JOME:TMP molar ratio and catalyst. The optimum reaction conditions were identified to be 483 K, 25 kPa; 1.0% w/w catalyst and JOME:TMP molar ratio of 4:1. At this optimum condition the JOME conversion obtained was 91.5%. Confirmation experiments were performed to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach after the optimum levels of process parameters were determined.

Item Type:Article
Impact Factor:3.179
Subjects:T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Departments / MOR / COE:Mission Oriented Research > Green Technology
ID Code:5437
Deposited By: Assoc Prof Dr Suzana Yusup
Deposited On:13 Apr 2011 07:35
Last Modified:19 Jan 2017 08:22

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