Date of Completion

Spring 5-8-2011

Thesis Advisor(s)

Richard Parnas

Honors Major

Chemical Engineering


Chemical Engineering | Engineering


The goal of this work is to establish a phase separation model for a biodiesel system, for the purpose of modeling a continuous flow multiphase biodiesel reactor. The Cahn-Hilliard theory is applied for a ternary system of two immiscible components and a third partially miscible component. The results of this work shows that phase field theory can be applied in phase modeling of a biodiesel system, and further investigations are required to develop a comprehensive biodiesel reactor model.