Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2018, Volume: 11, Issue: 28, Pages: 1-7
Amandeep Yadav* and Navdeep Sharma Dugala
*Author for correspondence
Department of Automobile Engineering, Chandigarh University, Gharuan - 140413, Punjab, India; [email protected]
Background: In present day scenario, energy sector of developing world is depending upon fossil fuels. To reduce this dependency on fossil fuels, new alternative sources of energy must be developed. Opting for biodiesels can be an effective approach to replace these fossil fuels. Methods: Mahua oil is used to produce the methyl ester of Mahua (Mahua biodiesel) through transestrification process. These experiments were performed for the production of Mahua biodiesel from Mahua seed oil with methanol and catalyst of KOH. Findings: The Mahua biodiesel fuel properties are compared to the requirements of American (ASTM) standards for biodiesels. Also to improve the cold flow properties of Mahua biodiesel, it was mixed with the blends of Ethanol. Improvements: Blend of 20% Ethanol with Mahua biodiesel shows better pour point and cloud point than other samples.
Keywords: Cloud Point, Ethanol, Madhuca Biodiesel, Methanol, Pour Point,Transestrification
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