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dc.contributor.advisorDepcik, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorPickett, Derek
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-05T16:50:24Z
dc.date.available2014-02-05T16:50:24Z
dc.date.issued2013-12-31
dc.date.submitted2013
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/ku:13194
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/12990
dc.description.abstractDue to an increased interest in sustainable energy, biodiesel has become much more widely used in the last several years. Glycerin, one major waste component in biodiesel production, can be converted into a hydrogen rich synthesis gas to be used in an engine generator to recover energy from the biodiesel production process. This thesis contains information detailing the production, testing, and analysis of a unique synthesis generator rig at the University of Kansas. Chapter 2 gives a complete background of all major components, as well as how they are operated. In addition to component descriptions, methods for operating the system on pure propane, reformed propane, reformed glycerin along with the methodology of data acquisition is described. This chapter will serve as a complete operating manual for future students to continue research on the project. Chapter 3 details the literature review that was completed to better understand fuel reforming of propane and glycerin. This chapter also describes the numerical model produced to estimate the species produced during reformation activities. The model was applied to propane reformation in a proof of concept and calibration test before moving to glycerin reformation and its subsequent combustion. Chapter 4 first describes the efforts to apply the numerical model to glycerin using the calibration tools from propane reformation. It then discusses catalytic material preparation and glycerin reformation tests. Gas chromatography analysis of the reformer effluent was completed to compare to theoretical values from the numerical model. Finally, combustion of reformed glycerin was completed for power generation. Tests were completed to compare emissions from syngas combustion and propane combustion.
dc.format.extent114 pages
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
dc.rightsThis item is protected by copyright and unless otherwise specified the copyright of this thesis/dissertation is held by the author.
dc.subjectMechanical engineering
dc.subjectGenerator
dc.subjectGlycerin
dc.subjectHydrogen
dc.subjectPropane
dc.subjectReformation
dc.subjectSyngas
dc.titleDesign and Operation of the Synthesis Gas Generator System for Reformed Propane and Glycerin Combustion
dc.typeThesis
dc.contributor.cmtememberYimer, Bedru
dc.contributor.cmtememberPeltier, Edward
dc.contributor.cmtememberWilliams, Susan
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineMechanical Engineering
dc.thesis.degreeLevelM.F.A.
kusw.oastatusna
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