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Practical Biodiesel

Abstract During the biodiesel practical in the labaratorium we used the following materials: an erlenmeyer, a spatula, a funnel, a heater, a graduated cylinder, a reflux condenser, a beaker, a lab lift, a round bottem flask and a stirring bullet. All these materials were placed in a fume hood. The most appropiate testresult that we could get from this experiment, is a biodiesel with a flashpoint above 130 °C and a cloud point as low as possible. We would recommend the production of biodiesel in this form, because it is a very easy, convenient and eco friendly way to produce fuel. Introduction The main goal of this practical was to find out how hard it is to make biodiesel out of soja oil and if the biodiesel we produced is convenient for usage. The production site was a fume hood in a labatory at the university. Methods We took a couple of research steps to produce the biodiesel. At first we made the pre-practical exercises to get familiar with te process of making biodiesel. The second thing we did was reading the laboratory manual in which we learned how to cope with the instruments in the laboratory. After this we got the read the instructions on the paper we got so we knew what to do. The first thing that stood on this paper was to get an oil, we got 200 ml of sojaoil en we began with production. First we determined the weight of our oil, this was 0,1688 kg. Secondly, we started heating the oil to 80°C, and set the stirring speed on 600 RPM. Thirdly, we added the catalyst which contained a NaOMe solution, and we let it react for 30 minutes. After this we transfered the entire mixture in a separatory funnel. Two layers appeared, the product…...

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