Process Simulation of Biodiesel Production from Soybean Oil with Aspen HYSYS: A Comparative Study of two different processes
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1Chemical Engineering Dept., Tafresh University
2Biomedical Engineering Department, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University
Biodiesel is one of the most promising green fuels at present which can be easily obtained from various vegetable oils/animal fats and even waste cooking oils. In recent years, researchers have investigated a lot about biodiesel production processes. In order to produce biodiesel in an industrial scale and optimize the process, it’s needed firstly to simulate the production process to obtain information consistent with real data. In this respect, the vegetable oil fatty acid components (as a feedstock) were defined in detail. Afterward, two different processes suggested in the literature for biodiesel production, were compared in terms of resource consumption and biodiesel yield.