Faculty Advisor

Clark, William M.

Abstract

This report presents the analysis of various methods for monitoring the reaction kinetics of Helianthus annuus transesterification to produce biodiesel, and proposes the use of reduction potential as a novel technique for reaction analysis. Multiple experimental trials have demonstrated the correlation of reduction potential to established kinetic models. These results support the potential application of this technique in both industry and education, providing an efficient and cost-effective method of determining biodiesel quality and reaction extent.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2012

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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