|Title||Photothermal characterization of biodiesel and petroleum diesel fuels - A review and perspective|
|Author||Shen, J; Michaelian, K H; Gieleciak, R; Baesso, M L; Astrath, N G C; Malacarne, L C|
|Source||Journal of Applied Physics vol. 128, issue 19, 0029235, 2020., https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0029235 Open Access|
|Alt Series||Natural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20200607|
|Publisher||American Institute of Physics Inc.|
|Media||paper; on-line; digital|
|File format||pdf; html|
|Subjects||Science and Technology; fossil fuels; chromatography; diesel fuels; Gasoline; Quality control|
|Illustrations||diagrams; graphs; tables|
|Released||2020 11 18|
|Abstract||Alternative fuels hold considerable promise as substitutes for petroleum diesel fuel. As such, biodiesel is a promising renewable fuel that has been developed and tested by a number of research groups.
Quality control of this transportation fuel is of great significance to its commercialization. Conventional chromatographic and spectroscopic analytical methods are most commonly used for biodiesel characterization, in some cases yielding information
detail beyond that needed for the determination of biodiesel quality. By contrast, less common methods, such as photothermal techniques, are well suited to characterize a wide range of transportation fuels. The complexities of photothermal and
chemical analytical techniques are roughly similar, as are the costs. Photothermal methods are based on spectroscopic and thermophysical properties of the sample, an advantage with respect to ordinary chromatography and spectroscopy techniques.
Furthermore, some photothermal techniques can be adapted for remote signal detection, which can be used for in situ analysis in fuel production for inline biodiesel quality inspection and control. Therefore, an overview and outlook of the
photothermal characterization is of considerable interest. In this paper, the applications of photothermal techniques in the characterization of biodiesel, petroleum diesel fuels, and their blends are reviewed. The review includes thermophysical
properties and correlations for fuels, determination of blend levels, and biodiesel stability investigations. After the review, discussion and perspective are presented for future improvement of photothermal characterization and industrial
|Summary||(Plain Language Summary, not published)|
This article discusses the use of alternative fuels, particularly biodiesel, as a replacement for traditional petroleum diesel. Biodiesel is seen as a
renewable and eco-friendly option, but it's essential to maintain its quality for it to become a widely used commercial fuel.
Scientists usually use common techniques like chromatography and spectroscopy to analyze biodiesel. However, these
methods sometimes provide more information than necessary for assessing biodiesel quality. Photothermal techniques, which are less commonly used, can effectively analyze various transportation fuels, including biodiesel.
use the sample's spectroscopic and thermophysical properties, making them advantageous over traditional methods. Some of these techniques can even be adapted for remote detection, allowing for in-line analysis during fuel production. This is crucial
for ensuring biodiesel quality as it's being produced.
The article reviews how photothermal techniques can be applied to biodiesel, petroleum diesel fuels, and their mixtures. It covers various aspects, such as fuel properties, blend levels, and
biodiesel stability. The information provided in this article is important for improving biodiesel production and maintaining its quality. It's a step towards making renewable fuels more widely available and eco-friendly.