Biodiesel production, characterization, and performance: A hands-on project for first-year students

Stephanie Farrell, Eduardo Cavanagh

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Biodiesel fuel production and use has been used as the focal point of a semester-long, project-based introductory engineering course at Rowan University. Students worked in teams to conduct a series of laboratory investigations through which they explored the engineering aspects of biodiesel production and purification, properties characterization, quality control and performance testing. The experiments were designed to be cost-effective and transferrable. The laboratory experiments were conducted within the How People Learn framework. An assessment instrument was used as a pre- and post-evaluation method to assess learning outcomes. Students' gained significantly in learning outcomes areas related to the application of mathematics, science and engineering principles; designing and conducting experiments; analyzing and interpreting experimental data, and solving engineering problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e21-e31
JournalEducation for Chemical Engineers
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Education


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