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Methanol recovery during transesterification of palm oil in a TiO2/Al2O3 membrane reactor: Experimental study and neural network modeling
Separation and Purification Technology (2010)
  • Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman, University of Malaya
Abstract
High quality palm oil biodiesel can be produced by combination of alkali transesterification and separation processes in a TiO2/Al 2O3 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. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords
  • Biodiesel,
  • Membrane,
  • Methanol,
  • Palm oil,
  • Artificial Neural Network,
  • Experimental data,
  • Experimental studies,
  • Heating temperatures,
  • High quality,
  • Membrane reactor,
  • Methanol molecules,
  • Molecular size,
  • Neural network modeling,
  • Operational parameters,
  • Permeate flow rates,
  • Reactants ratio,
  • Separation process,
  • TiO,
  • Bioreactors,
  • Computer system recovery,
  • Distillation,
  • Membranes,
  • Artificial,
  • Recovery Vegetable oils,
  • Neural networks
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman. "Methanol recovery during transesterification of palm oil in a TiO2/Al2O3 membrane reactor: Experimental study and neural network modeling" Separation and Purification Technology Vol. 76 Iss. 1 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/abdulaziz_abdulraman/34/