Non-isothermal pyrolysis of the mixtures of waste automobile lubricating oil and polystyrene in a stirred batch reactor

Seung Soo Kim, Jinsoo Kim, Jong Ki Jeon, Young Kwon Park, Chan Jin Park

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Abstract

Kinetic tests on pyrolysis of the mixture of waste automobile lubricating oil (WALO) and polystyrene (PS) were carried out with a thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) technique at a heating rate of 0.5 °C/min, 1.0 °C/min and 2.0 °C/min in a stirred batch reactor. WALO and PS were mainly decomposed 400-455 °C and 370-410 °C, respectively. The mixture of WALO and PS, however, was decomposed between 355 °C and 470 °C, and decomposition proceeded in two broad steps. The apparent activation energies for the pyrolysis of WALO/PS mixture were in the range of 176 kJ mol-1-369 kJ mol-1 at various conversions of 1-100%. The effect of heating rate on the product distribution was studied. The carbon number distribution of the produced oil shifted slightly to light hydrocarbons with a decrease in heating rate. The selectivity of hydrocarbons corresponding to the styrene monomer was high for the pyrolysis of the WALO/PS mixture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-247
Number of pages7
JournalRenewable Energy
Volume54
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Carbon number distribution
  • Polystyrene
  • Pyrolysis
  • Stirred batch reactor
  • Waste automobile lubricating oil

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