the polymer chemistry of biodiesel

This project was an investigation into the molecular building blocks of a renewable energy feedstock and acknowledgment of Rudolf Diesel's technical contributions in harnessing that energy. A diesel vehicle was purchased and retrofitted to accommodate the use of waste cooking oil. Processing equipment was fabricated and employed to produce viable fuel from waste cooking oil. Four monumental sculptures, based on Rudolf Diesel's personage and his mother, were constructed of stainless steel, aluminum, and polymer. The intention of the sculpture is to reference the relationship that technology, chemistry, energy, and polymers have, as well as the benefit of studying this relationship to achieve a higher sensitivity in the implementation of manufacturing processes. A secondary component to this work is the illustration that trans-fatty acids are feasible and renewable feedstocks for polymeric production and compression ignition engine fuels.










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