Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2013, 61, 813-817
Published online 2013-05-23

Determination of impurities in biofuels with use of particle size analyzer

Michal Valach1, Jan Mareček2, Zuzana Hlaváčová1, Petr Trávníček2, Josef Glos3

1Department of Physics, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Tr. A. Hlinku 2, 949 76 Nitra, Slovak Republic
2Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Engineering, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
3Department of Combat and Special Vehicles, University of Defence, Kounicova 65, 662 10 Brno, Czech Republic

One of the qualitative parameter of biofuel is purity. Measurement of purity of biofuels is very important. The reason is that the number and size of particles influence an engine life. However number and size of various particles have influence on the hydrodynamics and rheologic properties. In the first part of the paper is introduced the description of tested fuels, the method of measuring of number particles and size particles with use particle size analyzer Laser-Net Fines-C (LNF-C). In the second part of this paper results of measurements are stated. The results are compared and evaluated. Two kinds of fuels was tested – biofuels and traditional fuels. Pure rapeseed methyl ester and various mixtures of traditional diesels and rapeseed methyl ester represented Biofuels. Bioethanol was the next tested biofuels. Traditional diesels were the second group of tested fuels.


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