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Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering and Applied Sciences (JETEAS)


Article Title: Effects of Blending on the Properties of Biodiesel Fuels
by E. I. Bello and F. Otu

Most vegetable oils are too viscous for direct use as diesel engine fuel hence they are transesterified to biodiesel to modify their properties. Transesterification involves transformation of the molecular structure hence change in the properties. The objective of this paper is to quantify the changes in selected properties after tranesterification and blending with diesel fuel using cashew, rubber and egunsi seed oils as case studies. The oils were transesterified and the properties measured following the ASTM protocols. The results obtained shows that properties such as flash points, acid and iodine values reduced while others like cetane number increased with blending. Blending can hence be used to modify the properties of biodiesels.
Keywords: Keywords: biodiesel, diesel, transesterification, blending, fatty acid profile, properties.
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ISSN: 2141-7016

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Prof. Gui Yun Tian
Professor of Sensor Technologies
School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
University of Newcastle
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