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Revista de Ciencia y Tecnología

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Rev. cienc. tecnol.  no.32 Posadas dic. 2019



Análisis físicoquímico de biodiesel obtenido por mezclas de aceite de castor y aceite de freír

Physico-chemical analysis of biodiesel obtained from blends of virgin castor oil and waste frying oil


Daniela H. P. Guimarães1*, Lucas R. Aguirre1, Bruna C. M. Gonçalves2, Maria T. M. G. Rosa3,wallyson R. Santos1

1- Lorena Engineering School (EEL-USP) Estrada Municipal do Campinho, s/n, Lorena - SP - 12.602-810. Fone / Fax: +55 (12) 3159-5327;

2- University Center Teresa D’Ávila (UniFATEA);

3- Mackenzie Presbyterian University (CCT-Mackenzie)

* E-mail:


La producción de combustibles renovables ha tenido un gran impulso en los últimos años. Una alternativa es la producción de aceites vegetales con la capacidad de reemplazar todo o parte del diesel derivado del petróleo. El objetivo de este trabajo fue producir biodiesel a partir de mezclas de aceite de ricino virgen (VCO) y aceite de fritura (WFO) a partir de ruta etílica y catálisis alcalina y estudiar las propiedades físicas y químicas de los mismos. El biodiesel se obtuvo a partir de 5 diferentes materias primas: VCO (B1), WFO (B2) y tres mezclas diferentes (B3: 50% VCO; B4: 25% VCO; B5: 75% VCO). Las materias primas fueron evaluadas por el nivel de acidez, ácidos grasos libres, índice de saponificación y densidad. Para el biodiesel se determinó el índice de yodo, cetano, glicerina, ausencia de triglicéridos y reología. De acuerdo con los resultados, todas las muestras se encontraron dentro del estándar especificado para índice de yodo y densidad, pero el biodiesel de B1 presentó viscosidad y número de cetano no permitidos en la legislación. A pesar de que los resultados de B4 y B5 se ubicaron dentro de la legislación para biodiesel, B4 sería una mejor alternativa debido a una mayor cantidad de WFO.

Palabras clave: Biodiesel; Oleaginosas; Ricino; Transesterificación; Aceite de cocina usado.


Renewable fuels production got a big boost in recent years. One alternative is the production of vegetable oils with the ability to replace all or partly the diesel fuel derived from oil. The objective of this work was to produce biodiesel from blends of virgin castor oil (VCO) and waste frying oil (WFO) from ethylic route and alkaline catalysis as well as to study the physical and chemical properties. Biodiesel was obtained from 5 different raw materials: VCO (B1), WFO (B2) and three different blends (B3: 50%vco+50%WFO; B4:25%vco+75%WFO; B5:75%vco+25%WFO). The raw materials were evaluated by acidity level, free fatty acids, saponification Índex and density. For the biodiesel, the índex of iodine, cetane, glycerin, absence of triglycerides and rheology was determined. According to the results, all samples were within the specified standard for iodine Índex and density, but B1 biodiesel showed viscosity and cetane number not allowed in the legislation. Despite the fact thatB4 and B5 results were within the legislation for biodiesel, B4 would be a better alternative due to higher quantity of WFO.

Keywords: Biodiesel; Oilseeds; Castor beans; Transesterification, Waste cooking oil.



Throughout the 20th century, petroleum refning products became the main form of energy generation and the main basis for the development of the chemical industry, generating a global dependence on this fossil fuel, making several countries susceptible to variations in the price of oil in the international market. However, the oil crisis, in the 70’s and 80’s, has given rise to several studies concerning the pyrolysis of triglycerides. With the risk of depletion

of some energy sources, especially fossil energy with no prospects of renewal, there is a motivation for the development of technologies that allow the use of renewable energy sources [1].

The burning of fossil fuels with the consequent release of greenhouse gases has intensifed as society becomes more and more dependent on oil derivatives. This fuel, in addition to provoking innumerable and well-known envi-ronmental problems, is a fnite resource, whose extraction process is becoming gradually more complex. This fuel belongs to the category of non-biodegradable fuels. Moreo-ver, pollutants, such as CO2, are released into the atmosphere during their burn, besides the possibility of sulfur oxides emission. Once the planet cannot assimilate all CO2 released in the long term, the accumulation of this and other gases cause the greenhouse efect increasing [2-5].

Biodiesel is a vegetable oils and fats derived fuel, commonly obtained by transesterification using a catalyst agent. It is classifed as a renewable and biodegradable fuel, with low emission of polluting compounds into the atmosphere. Therefore, biodiesel has been seen as the fuel of the future. Indeed, biodiesel totally or partially replaces petroleum diesel fuel in stationary diesel engines (gene-rators of electricity, heat, etc.) or within the automotive industry (trucks, tractors, vans, cars, etc.) and can be used pure or mixed with diesel in diferent proportions [6-8].

Regarding the economic importance of biodiesel pro-duction, it can cooperate with the economic development of several regions of the world, since biodiesel can be produced from any source of fatty acids, however not all of them make the process industrially feasible. The use of waste oils and fats (frying oil, refning lees, sewage grease, vegetable oils or animal fats), which are out of legislation standards and useless for another ends, is promisingsince it avoids improper disposal [9]. The recycling of waste oils and fats for biodiesel obtainingcan cooperate with the economic development of several regions of Brazil and other contries. Moreover, the consumption of biodiesel and its blends can reducepetrol dependence, as well as generate alternative jobs in less favorable geographic areas to other economic activities [10, 11].

Nowadays, issues associated with the environment have worsened significantly, in view of the disorderly increase in population and the subsequent generation of large amounts of recycling complex waste. At present, to ensure survival on the planet, every effort should be made in order to recycle most of the generated waste, including the oil used in frying. This material can be transformed in biodiesel by transesterification and reused as fuel. Considering that after successive re-use in frying the oil has its fatty acid composition and physico-chemical characteristics altered, therefore it becomes inadequate for food processing even when subjected to purification [12, 13].

In an attempt to contribute to the reduction of atmos-pheric pollution, the objective of this work was to produce biodiesel from blends of virgin castor oil (VCO) and waste frying oil (WFO) from ethylic route and alkaline catalysis as well as to study the physical and chemical properties.

Materials and Methodology Raw material to obtainingthe biodiesel

The biodiesel was obtained by the transesterification reaction, from virgin castor oil (VCO), waste frying oil (WFO), and blends of VCO and WFO in different pro-portions as: Bl (100% VCO), B2 (100% WFO), B3 (50% VCO+50% WFO), B4 (25%VCO+75% WFO) and B5 (75% VCO + 25% WFO). The WFO samples, provided by an event company (which prepares snacks by immersion in heated soybean oil), were filtered in two stages: (i). larger particles and food residues were removed by a steel wool pad attached to a nylon sieve; (ii) smaller particles were vacuum-fltered with Whatman flter paper n° 2. The resulting fltrate was vacuum-dried for 90 min at 100° C, according to Zhang et al. [14].

Transesterification reaction to obtaining the biodiesel from the blends

Transesterification was carried out in a magnetic sti-rrer with heating (Model 753A, FISATOM), where 100 mL of each blend was heated to 55°C.After that, 33 mL ethyl alcohol and 1 g KOH (catalyst) were added to the reactional mixture with stirring in order to keep system uniform temperature (55°C) and homogeneity for 80 minutes. After that, the mixturewas cooled down at room temperatureand distilled under reduced pressure in order to remove ethyl alcohol excess. The resulting ester/glycerin mixture was transferred to a separating funnel and kept standing for 24 h, yielding two phases: biodiesel (upper phase) and glycerin (lower phase). After glycerin removal, biodieselwas washed and heated at 100°C for 15 min for water and residual ethyl alcohol removal [15, 16].

The yield of each biodiesel sample was calculated according to equation (1):


Vdume of reactional mixture

Where the volumeof reactional mixture is the sum (oil blend + ethyl alcohol).

Physico-chemical parameters

The initial blend was characterized according to acidity levelby Potentiometric Titrationwith NaOH 0,1N (ASTM D664 - lia) [17], saponification index (ASTM D1387 -89) [18], density (through a glass densimeter Antón Paar, model DMA 35N) (ASTM D1298 - 12b) [19] and free fatty acid composition (A.O.A.C., 2004) [20]. The free fatty acid composition was obtained with a gas chromatograph (Varían CG3800), using CP-WAX58 capillary column equipped with llame ionization detector, according Machado & Druzian [21].

The resulting biodiesel was characterized with respect to the acidity level [17], iodine valué (ASTM D1959-97) [22], cetane number (ASTM D4737-10) [23], density(ASTM D1298 - 12b)[19] and glycerin by UV Spectroscopy [24]. The absence of triglycerides was verifed through protón nuclear magnetic resonance OH-NMR). The conversión rate was calculedas the percentage of oil transformed into biodiesel (ethyl esters), based on the data generated through Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR in the infraredregion), where the biodiesel samples were dissolved in chloroform and the spectra obtained in a Vanan spectrometer (Mercury - 300MHz).


Table 1: Blend composition used as raw material for biodiesel obtaining and physical and chemical parameters.


The rheological behavior of the biodiesel was analyzed in a rotating rheometer (Brookfeld, LV - DVII), with the samples at 40°C. The rheograms were adjusted Casson and Power Law (Ostwald-de-Waelle) models, and the rheological parameters obtained were: consisteney coeficient (K), n: behavior index (n), Casson yield stress (Kn„) and Casson viscosity (KA

Results and Discussion

The results presented in Table 1, regarding the composition in fatty acids (by chromatographic analysis), show diferences between the degree of unsaturation of the oils analyzed. That is, the blends with high VCO content (abo-ve 50%, that is, Bl, B3 and B5) presented as the majority unsaturated fatty acidthe oleic acid, presenting excellent quality characteristics; however, the blends containing the highest concentration of linoleic acid are those with frying oil in the highest proportions. These results are in agreement with those obtained by Silva [25], who analyzed the physical-chemical properties and profle of fatty acids in andiroba oil.

All blends present acidity valúes within the standards recommended by legislation, since all of them had an acidity level below than 3% [26]. The higher WFO acidity level can be explained by the break down and reléase of the triglycerides chains, considering that free fatty acids are produced by oxidation reactions that are intensifed during the frying process [27].

The higher saponification index can be explained by the fact that the blends are not refned, which saponification index ranges from 177 to 187 mg /e, for top quality



oils [28].


The density values of the blends corroborate with those found in the literature [29, 30]. Accordingto the Brazilian standards recommended [31], the density specification for use in engines lies between the 0.85-0.90 g/cm³ range. Valente et al [30] observed this density specification in blends with 70% biodiesel from waste cooking oil or from castor oil in diesel fuel Nº 2.

Regarding to the biodiesel yield, presented in Table 2, except for B1, yields higher than 50% of transesterification were observed (B4 > B2 > B5 > B3) and the lower reaction yield, observed in B1, can be attributed to the alkaline catalyst reaction with VCO free fatty acids, which resulted in soap.

As shown in Table 2,B1, B4 and B5 are in accordance with the legislation [32], which afrms that the maximum acidity level for biodiesel is 0.50 mgKOH/goil.All the sam-ples showed iodine index within the specifed standard in a maximum value of 120 gI2/goil[29, 30] and the density is within the specifed standard as well of 900 K/m [33].

A high amount of free glycerin was observed in the blends with high ricinoleic acid content (B1, B3 and B5). According with Vieira et al. [34], a reaction between the hydroxyl group of this fatty acid and the carboxyl group results dimers, which are detected as diglycerides, resulting in values that exceed the process expectation.

Respecting to cetane number, except forB1, the cetane number of biodiesel is in the allowed range (30-45).Accor-ding with Lôbo, Ferreira and Cruz [29], the cetane number increases with the length of the non-branched carbon chain. As showed in Table 1, Ricinoleic acid is the predominant fatty acid in VOC, therefore a low cetane number for B1 was expected.

There was no significant diference between the results for proton nuclear magnetic resonance for B1 and B5 conversion rate (Table 2). However, increased amounts of WFO in the blend led to lower conversion rates. The conversion was greater when B3 was used as raw material for biodiesel production. A possible explanation for this would be the fact that the NMR methodology was unable to separate and quantify the individual sterols [28], since the methodology consists of the identification of the molecules present, in the region of 4.05-4.35 ppm, during a     Acknowledgements transesterification reaction by 1H-NMR and certification by NMR 13C.That is, in the quartet generated by protons         The authors would like to thank Fapesp - Brazil (Pro-of ethoxy group (-OCH2CH3), the unfolding at lower che-     cess number 2014/27341-5) and the Lorena Enineering mical displacement (4.09) is the only resonance peak that     School (EEL/USP). does not overlap with any other mono-, di- or triglyceride.


Table 2: Volumetric yield of the transesterification reaction and biodiesel physico-chemical parameters.



Transterificatión Yield (%)

Aciditylevel (mgKOH/goil)

lodine índex (gl2/goil)






Conversión rate*



100% veo


0.27 ± 0.01

110.86 ± 2.32

0.95 ± 0.01

0.64 ± 0.01




100% WFO


0.56 ± 0.01

99.05 ± 0.98

0.92 ± 0.01

0.02 ± 0.01




50% VCO + 50% WFO


0.55 ± 0.02

77.99 ± 0.13

0.92 ± 0.01

0.28 ± 0.04




25% VCO + 75% WFO


0.48 ± 0.01

93.01 ± 4.81

0.92 ± 0,01

0.03 ± 0.03




75% VCO + 25% WFO


0.27 ± 0.01

76.30 ± 3.49

0.94 ± 0.09

0.33 ± 0.01



* obtained

from spectrum analysis



Table 3 shows that all biodiesel samples presented the rheological behavior of a Newtonian fuid, since the values for behavior index (n) and Casson yield stress (K0C) are close to 1 and 0, respectively and, thus, the rheogram can be represented by a straight line through the origin, as shown in Fig.1.For this case, the parameter K equals the absolute viscosity of the Newtonian model, directly related to the internal friction of the biodiesel, that is, to the resistance to the fow.

Table 3: Rheological parameters of different biodiesel formulations.


K: consistency coefficient, n: behavior index, r2: correlation coefficient, K0C:Casson yield stress.

Figure2: Rheogramsof biodiesel formulations.



The blend composed by25% VOC + 75% WFO (B4) showed up attractive with respect to oil reuse, cheapening the overall process and avoiding inappropriate waste disposal along with environmental pollution, besides all parameters are within the legislation.



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