Comparing the lubricity of biofuels obtained from pyrolysis and alcoholysis of soybean oil and their blends with petroleum diesel

Paulo A.Z. Suarez, Bryan R. Moser, Brajendra K. Sharma, Sevim Z. Erhan

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Abstract

A diesel-like fuel, pyrodiesel (PD), was synthesized by a pyrolysis method using soybean oil as starting material. Some physical properties of the material were studied, both neat and in blends with high-sulfur (HSD) and low-sulfur (LSD) diesel fuels, and compared with blends of biodiesel (BD) in fossil fuels. It was observed using different methods that the lubricity of biobased fuels obtained after the transesterification or pyrolysis of soybean oil is superior to LSD and HSD and also that the lubricity of diesel fuels are enhanced when either BD or PD are added. Based on the results reported herein, PD is a viable alternative to BD for use in compression-ignition engines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1143-1147
Number of pages5
JournalFuel
Volume88
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Biobased fuels
  • Lubricity
  • Pyrolysis
  • Transesterification
  • Viscosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Organic Chemistry

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