Title

Finding the Ideal Biodiesel Blend

Author(s)

Osama Askar

School Name

Center for Advanced Technical Studies

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Biochemistry

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Oral Presentation Award

2nd Place

Abstract

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel source produced by the transesterification of Waste Vegetable Oil. This is a sustainable fuel and much cleaner than using petroleum diesel. The current problem which is preventing mass use of biodiesel is the fact that its viscosity increases at low temperatures, and it congeals. It also grows bacteria over time, compromising its fuel standards. These problems occur with using B100, pure biodiesel, however, there is not much research on how these problems affects the different blends of biodiesel and petroleum diesel, and to what extent they’re affected. My hypothesis is that Adding Biodiesel to conventional petroleum diesel fuel does not have a significant statistical change in how the fuel's viscosity is affected in cold temperature. Results to date show that the blend with the highest biodiesel content that did not have crystallized biodiesel at low temperatures was B50, while B75 and above would crystallize at -4oC and above.

Location

Owens 204

Start Date

4-16-2016 10:15 AM

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Apr 16th, 10:15 AM

Finding the Ideal Biodiesel Blend

Owens 204

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel source produced by the transesterification of Waste Vegetable Oil. This is a sustainable fuel and much cleaner than using petroleum diesel. The current problem which is preventing mass use of biodiesel is the fact that its viscosity increases at low temperatures, and it congeals. It also grows bacteria over time, compromising its fuel standards. These problems occur with using B100, pure biodiesel, however, there is not much research on how these problems affects the different blends of biodiesel and petroleum diesel, and to what extent they’re affected. My hypothesis is that Adding Biodiesel to conventional petroleum diesel fuel does not have a significant statistical change in how the fuel's viscosity is affected in cold temperature. Results to date show that the blend with the highest biodiesel content that did not have crystallized biodiesel at low temperatures was B50, while B75 and above would crystallize at -4oC and above.