Experiment 4

Experiment 4 - Dennis Uzar C103 Lab 2/6/11 Erick Pasciak...

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Dennis Uzar C103 Lab 2/6/11 Erick Pasciak Title: Synthesis and Characterization of Biodiesel Results and Discussion The main goal in Synthesis and Characterization of Biodiesel was to figure out how biodiesel is synthesized from various types of oil, if it is actually practical to use under normal operating conditions and how much heat is released from biodiesel compared to petroleum-based diesel fuel. To begin the experiment each group was given a different type of oil to create the biodiesel with and then had to prepare a solution of methanol and sodium hydroxide which was then added to the oil after it had been heated up to 50 degrees Celsius. The chemical reaction between the oil and methanol/sodium hydroxide mixture allowed the solution to be used as biodiesel. Once the mixture was thoroughly mixed it was put into a centrifuge which separated the biodiesel and glycerol from the mixture. Then the biodiesel was extracted from the centrifuge tubes and collected until 20ml was present. Using the newly collected biodiesel along with the
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course CHEM-C 103 taught by Professor Jillrobinson during the Spring '08 term at Indiana.

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Experiment 4 - Dennis Uzar C103 Lab 2/6/11 Erick Pasciak...

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