Dixon, Anthony G.
The rise of biodiesel production has its downside in producing an abundance of glycerol as a by-product. The project examines the feasibility of converting glycerol to glycerol acetate, a much more valuable product, through transactelyzation of glycerol. The project utilized COMSOL Multiphysics to simulate the process on Amberlyst -15 catalyst and in fixed bed reactor. The model evaluated all physical phenomena that may happen in industrial-scale process. The simulation allowed proposing design recommendation for the fixed bed reactor. The result shows that fixed bed reactor is feasible for processing transactelyzation of glycerol.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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