Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.

Abstract

With the ever-increasing demand for energy and impending depletion of fossil fuels, it has become necessary to research sustainable sources of energy. Promising alternatives to conventional fossil fuels include algae biofuels, particularly algae biodiesel. In an effort to better understand the processing procedures associated with producing biodiesel, ASPEN Plus software was used to simulate a transesterification reaction and the following separation steps. Specifically, analyses were conducted by varying operating parameters to observe how they affect separation throughout the process.

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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