Faculty Advisor

Dixon, Anthony G.

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

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Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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