The Multi alcohols continuous unit for biodiesel production: Design and automation

  • R. Pessoa-e-Silva
  • L. Moura-Andrade
  • F.A. Silva-Mota
  • W.F. Alencar-Borges
Keywords: unidad continua, biodiesel, automatización industrial, estrategias de control.


In this paper, the evaluation and implementation of a control grid for a continuous biodiesel production plant was carried out using a layout that allows the use of ethyl alcohol (C2H5OH) and methyl alcohol (CH3OH), and a capacity of 100 L/h. First, the production system was divided into 8 subsystems, in order to identify and detail all the sub-processes that happen in the plant during the production of biodiesel. Then, it was developed careful studies of the systems and identification of the processing steps that demand a greater need for automation, using applied control strategies according to the specific need of each one, such as: feedback, on-off, ratio and proportion, split rang, and cascade. Thus, utilizing PFD (Process Flow Diagram) and P&ID (Piping and Instrumentation Diagram), it was possible to obtain a control loop capable of integrating the entire plant, aiming at greater stability of all process variables, which in turn result in a better functioning of the plant, as well as a final product capable of meeting the most varied quality standards, from different raw materials.


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How to Cite
Pessoa-e-Silva, R., Moura-Andrade, L., Silva-Mota, F., & Alencar-Borges, W. (2020). The Multi alcohols continuous unit for biodiesel production: Design and automation. Revista Mexicana De Ingeniería Química, 20(1), 493-508.
Simulation and control