Computational analysis of the properties of biodiesel blended with diesel fuel

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To better understand the processes that happen during biodiesel combustion, there is a need to have accurate knowledge of the biodiesel properties. This paper looks at the viscosity, density and surface tension of diesel fuel, soybean biodiesel, rapeseed biodiesel, and their blends. The computed blends were then placed into an atomization model to look at the effects of property differences in fuel atomization. The results of the property analysis showed that all three properties for the biodiesel had higher values than the reference diesel fuel. Most notably, the viscosity was in upwards of 90% higher. These higher property values led to significant differences in the Sauter Mean Diameter. The lower level blends will not exhibit any noticeable effects, only the higher level blends. The higher Sauter Mean Diameters would indicate delays in combustion and less NOx formation, but other relevant research says otherwise. More research on other biodiesel properties needs to completed to find the cause of greater NOx emissions from biodiesel fuels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2007
Event2007 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Technical Papers - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2007Jun 20 2007


Conference2007 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Technical Papers
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN


  • Atomization
  • Biodiesel
  • Density
  • Sauter mean diameter
  • Surface tension
  • Viscosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Engineering


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