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Volume 292, 201923rd International Conference on Circuits, Systems, Communications and Computers (CSCC 2019)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Circuits and Systems|
|Published online||24 September 2019|
Mathematical modeling of transesterification process kinetics of triglycerides catalyzed by TMAH
Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Faculty of Applied Informatics, Nad Stranemi 4511, 760 05 Zlin, Czech Republic
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Biodiesel is a renewable fuel mainly produced by methylation of triglycerides of vegetable oils or animal fats. The production processes nowadays are particularly based on the utilization of inorganic alkali catalysts. However, it has been proved that an organic alkali – tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) – can also be used as a very efficient transesterification catalyst. The work presented herein is focused on mathematical modeling of the kinetics of TMAH-catalyzed transesterification of triglycerides at different reaction conditions, specifically at varying reaction temperature with the aim to understand the reaction mechanism and identify the key variables for optimization of the production process. The main kinetic parameters were calculated based on the mathematical- statistical processing of experimental kinetic data. The reaction rate constants for individual consecutive and reversible reactions and the corresponding activation energies were calculated.
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