Binary Blends of Biodiesel from Macauba (Acroomia aculeata) Kernel Oil with Other Biodiesels

segunda-feira, abril 23, 2018

Authors: Willian L. G. da Silva,a Acacia A. Salomão,a Patricia T. de Souza,a,b Marina Ansolinb and Matthieu Tubino


Macauba is a palm tree which provides large amount of oil. Particularly its oil from the kernel presents excellent stability to oxidation as it is mainly constituted by saturated organic chains. This stability is inherited by the biodiesel prepared with this oil. Paradoxically, contrarily to the expectation as it is mainly constituted by saturated esters, the biodiesel prepared from the macauba kernel oil presents low cold filter plugging point (CFPP). This can be understood on the basis of the high level of content of saturated esters with relatively short carbon chain.
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Considering these two properties of the biodiesel prepared from the macauba kernel oil, i.e., excellent oxidation stability and low CFPP, it was studied if such characteristics could be transferred to blends constituted by it and another vegetable oil. Blends with biodiesels from soy, corn, macauba pulp and fry oil were studied and it was observed that, indeed, partial transference occurs, meaning that the inconvenient characteristics of such biodiesels were favorably ameliorated, allowing the use, as fuels, of the biodiesels prepared from other oils which original properties do not attaint the quality specified by the regulatory agencies.

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