Faculty Advisor

Timko, Michael T.

Abstract

In the global effort to reduce fossil fuel reliance, green ethylene is being produced through vapor phase catalytic dehydration of bio-ethanol. This project studied the benefits of ethanol dehydration with zeolite ZSM-5 in the liquid phase. Process variables manipulated were phase, feed flowrate ratio, and volume-hourly space velocity. Through gas chromatography, it was determined that liquid phase dehydration had comparable ethanol conversion and superior ethylene production on a per gram of catalyst basis. Further investigation of process variables is recommended.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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