When you simplify drying equipment there only seem to be a few methods things you can do.
1) Settling - Let it sit in a drum a few days with a screen cover.
2) Increasing Surface Area - Often spraying back into the drum or pumping onto the side of the tank.
3) Heating the biodiesel - Basically boiling out the biodiesel without mixing the biodiesel.
4) Heating the bio w/mixing - Mixing can be anything from bubbling, to spraying, to pumping etc.
5) Heating the air over the biodiesel -
6) Heating both the air and the bio -
What methods do you use? How long does it take to dry? What is your batch size? What is your average relative humidity? Have you tried any other drying methods?
2 x60lts of bio in hdpe tanks-airstone bubbler in each with a fan blowing onto top surface-seems to dry ok in 24 hrs-humidity can vary widely-may have to add some heat as we head for colder weather
I heat the bd, throw in a bubbler, and blow air DOWN onto the surface. Works really well for me.
This message has been edited. Last edited by: Raften,
2001 Dodge 3500 CTD running B100
Self appointed Minister Of Propaganda, Order Of The Semi Sealed Steel Drum Reactor
Currently washing and drying with a "Death Trap" heater.
Settling, bubbling air from the bottom, and a fan blowing air across the surface.
Thanks for the responses so far!
One of the problems I've run into has been the effects of humidity on drying. A method that works in Los Angeles or Phoenix may not work nearly as well in Atlanta or Memphis. So I'm also looking to rank these methods, and any others you have as to how fast they dry.
Bubbling both stirs the biodiesel and increases it's surface area. A good wave action on the surface can double the surface area. It's probably the cheapest way to provide both and one reason why bubbling alone has worked for some.
1. settling 24-48 hrs after washing
2. heat while circulating, spraying back into drying tank
The fuel looks clear in about 30 minutes, but I remove heat and continue to circulate for up to 2 hrs. I definitely do not even attempt to dry fuel if it's raining, or on 90% humidity days.
All the best,
"Talk is cheap because supply usually exceeds demand."
Heat Bio and use bubbler. Heat not needed, but even a little extra seriously speeds up the drying rate..
Water content tested with Sandy Brie test kit.
1000 litre batches, take heat up to +_ 65*c, exhaust fan on top of tank, spray heavily against side of tank while agitating the bio, walk away, dry in an hour, if it's cold and wet outside, we allow 1 1/2 hours.
I'm deep into the third revision of an article on drying biodiesel. It should be done soon. Would anyone like to donate pictures of their biodiesel drying setup?
couple of pics if of any use to you
bio_drying_003.jpg (41 Kb, 50 downloads)
And the other one
bio_drying_002.jpg (46 Kb, 52 downloads)
Nice job Rick!
Thank you for not including a pic of Raftens "Death Trap"
Simple schematic for a pump and heater control with a high limit
Sensor for the biodiesel/glycerin layer
The tank is purpose made bio cone tank-but only MDPE not HDPE but seems ok-much better than the 2 smaller tanks I used to use,manufacturers link below.
Yes I bubble and fan blow-but going to add some heat now its getting colder.
All the best with your book
|Powered by Social Strata|