Crude glycerol, a by-product of esterification of fatty acids in biodiesel manufacturing, is of low market value and is environmentally and financially burdensome for the biodiesel industry. Direct combustion is a simple and effective method to utilise crude glycerol for heat and/or power generation. This research systematically investigated the basic ignition and combustion characteristics of crude glycerol via experimentation and kinetic modelling, focusing on the effect of impurities including methanol, soap, residual biodiesel, and water. This work led to new and significant findings about crude glycerol combustion, laying a sound basis for future development of glycerol combustion technologies and applications.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||19 Jul 2018|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2018|