Presentation Title

Biodiesel Acid Water Washing

Major

Environmental Engineering

Anticipated Graduation Year

2023

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

Water washing is a technique that is used to separate the dispersed contaminants (such as, potassium salt, glycerin, and methanol) in biodiesel. During the process water is sprayed onto the biodiesel, polarity of water separates contaminants from biodiesel. The contaminants are denser than the biodiesel so after separation, the contaminants sink leaving a purified biodiesel. Some biodiesel can be lost during this process. The goal of this project is to add an acidic solution to the wash water before it is sprayed on the biodiesel.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Zach Waickman, Biodiesel Lab Manager, Institute of Environmental Sustainability; Dr. Gail Baura, Director of Engineering Science, Engineering Department

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Biodiesel Acid Water Washing

Water washing is a technique that is used to separate the dispersed contaminants (such as, potassium salt, glycerin, and methanol) in biodiesel. During the process water is sprayed onto the biodiesel, polarity of water separates contaminants from biodiesel. The contaminants are denser than the biodiesel so after separation, the contaminants sink leaving a purified biodiesel. Some biodiesel can be lost during this process. The goal of this project is to add an acidic solution to the wash water before it is sprayed on the biodiesel.