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Methyl Ester of Silkworm Oil- Preparation/Transesterification, Properties and Analysis

Kirubandanan S, A. A. Arivalagar, V. Nadanakumar, N. Alagumurthi, G. Bhargavi, S. Renganathan


The consumption of energy is being increased steadily, which in turn affects the environment and leads to depletion of fossil fuels. In the present work, the focus is to utilize the biological waste to produce biodiesel and in this connection, a detailed analysis of silk worm waste as a feed stock has been done on the production of biodiesel as an alternate fuel. The desilked dead silkworm, which is thrown away as waste is considered as a potential source to produce silkworm oil (SWO). Methyl ester of SWO called Biodiesel was produced using silkworm oil by transesterification process. The properties of the oil were investigated, and qualitative analytical techniques such H1 NMR and GC-MS were also done to characterize the Silkworm oil Biodiesel (SWOBD). Biodiesel rom desilked silkworm can be substituted at right blends with the diesel as an alternative fuel.

Keywords: Silkworm oil, Methyl esters, Transesterification and Properties

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