Methanol recovery during transesterification of palm oil in a TiO2/Al2O3 membrane reactor: Experimental study and neural network modeling

Baroutian, Saeid and Aroua, Mohamed Kheireddine and Abdul Raman, Abdul Aziz and Sulaiman, Nik Meriam Nik (2010) Methanol recovery during transesterification of palm oil in a TiO2/Al2O3 membrane reactor: Experimental study and neural network modeling. Separation and Purification Technology, 76 (1). pp. 58-63. ISSN 1383-5866

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Abstract

High quality palm oil biodiesel can be produced by combination of alkali transesterification and separation processes in a TiO2/Al2O3 membrane reactor. Due to the small molecular size, methanol molecules are able to pass through the membrane along with the products. Since methanol is one of the process reactants it is necessary to be recovered. Methanol recovery by means of continuous distillation was employed and the influences of different operational parameters including heating temperature permeate flow rate and reactants ratio were investigated. The results indicate that these parameters have significant effects on the rate of methanol recovery. To simulate the rate of methanol recovery an artificial neural network based approached was employed. The experimental data obtained in this work were used to train and validate the created neural network. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Sep. Purif. Technol. ISI Document Delivery No.: 716UV Times Cited: 1 Cited Reference Count: 19 Baroutian, Saeid Aroua, Mohamed K. Raman, Abdul Aziz A. Sulaiman, Nik Meriam N. Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation ; Malaysia and University of Malaya 13-02-03-3019, PS-103-2008B, PS-108-2009B The authors thank Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia and University of Malaya for their financial supports under the Science fund (fund number: 13-02-03-3019) and PPP funds (PS-103-2008B and PS-108-2009B). ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV AMSTERDAM
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biodiesel; Methanol; Membrane; Palm oil
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Mr. Mohammed Salim Abd Rahman
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2013 02:16
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2019 08:21
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/4455

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