Castor oil biodiesel for diesel engine

Almutairi, Fahad M. H. M. H. (2018) Castor oil biodiesel for diesel engine. [USQ Project]


Biodiesels are promising alternatives for the mineral diesel fuel since they are obtained from renewable domestic resources such as vegetable oils and animal fats, they are biodegradable, and their usage will result in the reduction in the harmful exhaust emissions such as nitrogen oxides. Furthermore, biodiesels have higher flash points which make them safer in comparison with conventional hydrocarbon-based fuels for handling and storage.

Vegetable oils are the primary source for producing biodiesel. Among the various vegetable oils investigated for this purpose, Castor oil has distinctive characteristics. First and foremost, Castor oil is a non-edible oil; therefore, its usage as a source for producing biodiesel will not cause an increase in the food prices. Furthermore, this plant endures diverse climate conditions and grows wildly in sub-tropical and tropical climates. Therefore, the plantation of Castor oil does not incur considerable costs. However, the raw Castor oil is not suitable to be used as fuel in internal combustion engines due to its high viscosity, which can be resolved by transesterification of raw Castor oil or diluting it by blending with fossil diesel.

Based on the advantages mentioned above for the Castor oil, the current project is concerned with the experimental investigation of the effect of combustion characteristics of the different blend ratios of the Castor oil and petrodiesel in the diesel engine. In the current report, after a short introduction, the findings of the literature review conducted for this research are briefly presented. Thereafter, the methodology to be followed for conducting the research is described.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Al-lwayzy, Saddam Hussen
Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2022 05:24
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2023 04:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: biodiesel; castor oil; diesel engine

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