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Modelling and Simulation of Transesterification Reaction in a Batch Reactor
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Modelling and Simulation of Transesterification Reaction in a Batch Reactor


A. S. Yusuff1, M. C. Ekwonu, I. Ajala, A. A. Adeyi and T. T. Awofolaju

1, 2, 3, 4. Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Afe Babalola University.
5. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Afe Babalola University.


Corresponding author :

A.S Yusuff
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering,
Afe Babalola University,
Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.

Received: January 2, 2014,   Accepted: January 14, 2014,   Published: January 16, 2014.


Abstract:

A dynamic model for the transesterification reaction in a batch reactor was developed for the triglyceride, methanol, intermediates and products (alkyl ester and glycerol) concentrations. The model took into account of mass transfer and kinetic on the reaction process. In this present study, the effect of methanol to triglyceride molar ratio on conversion of triglyceride was investigated at fixed temperature and catalyst concentration. The model consists of system of ordinary differential equations, and the differential equations representing the rates of disappearance and production of species involved were solved using the fourth-order Runge-Kutta method. Simulated results obtained herein agree exceedingly well with the general observations in the literature.


Citation:

A.S Yusuff (2013) Modelling and Simulation of Transesterification Reaction in a Batch Reactor. J. of Bioprocessing and Chemical Engineering. V1I1. DOI: 10.15297/JBCE.V1I1.02


Copyright:

© 2013 A.S Yusuff, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


      
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