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Forum: Renewable Energy 03-18-2017, 09:28 PM
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Posted By Excalibur
It might help to post those opinions here...

It might help to post those opinions here...
Forum: Renewable Energy 03-17-2017, 09:27 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
As I recall, there was good talk about these very...

As I recall, there was good talk about these very topics earlier in the forum. Researching there would be a good start.
Forum: Renewable Energy 03-10-2017, 06:21 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
I use upflow settling, aiming for 6 week...

I use upflow settling, aiming for 6 week duration. Then I polish with filters to 1.
Forum: Renewable Energy 03-05-2017, 07:26 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
Flame can't travel through small gaps. Something...

Flame can't travel through small gaps. Something simple would be lathe turnings /swarf inside a cannister. The system still needs to breathe so not too tightly packed.
Depending on the nature of the...
Forum: Renewable Energy 03-04-2017, 10:19 PM
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Posted By Excalibur
Cracking oil will make that nasty smell. Burning...

Cracking oil will make that nasty smell. Burning the off-gases is the usual solution. Use a flame trap.
Forum: Renewable Energy 02-11-2017, 03:36 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
My thoughts.. Sight glasses or sight tubes are...

My thoughts..
Sight glasses or sight tubes are the way to go. My diesel condenser tank has a simple clear tube with a ball valve on either end. By default and for safety the lower valve is always...
Forum: Renewable Energy 01-12-2017, 11:09 PM
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Posted By Excalibur
Yes, best wishes to one and all. My retort...

Yes, best wishes to one and all.

My retort probe is pictured on my Blog side-page titled:
Test equipment, sampling, additives, instrumentation #7
It screws into the top flange.

I goes down to...
Forum: Renewable Energy 01-11-2017, 02:45 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
Col Good on you for trying things. I hope...

Col
Good on you for trying things.
I hope the preheat/centrufuge experiment works well. I can see the motivation for wanting to reduce carbon buildup. That's horrible stuff and a real dirty job....
Forum: Renewable Energy 01-01-2017, 10:29 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
More thoughts.. Placement of the relief...

More thoughts..

Placement of the relief valve is something to consider. If placed on/near the retort vessel, the additional piping will behave as extra reflux capacity. Similarly if it runs off...
Forum: Renewable Energy 12-31-2016, 11:28 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
I never fitted a relief valves to any of my...

I never fitted a relief valves to any of my prototype but I did seriously consider the pros and cons.

I recall an incident where a relief valve was fitted on a plant cracking plastic. It may have...
Forum: Renewable Energy 12-16-2016, 07:41 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
Not that I've tried but yes, I'm convinced you...

Not that I've tried but yes, I'm convinced you could do this and without any catalyst. The method would be to reduce reflux chamber temperature thereby only allowing non-condensable gas to escape...
Forum: Renewable Energy 09-18-2016, 09:33 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
In the interests of safety, the question has to...

In the interests of safety, the question has to be asked..
If (for example) 304 stainless was used for the retort vessel, does the applied flame temperature have to be limited to 870C at the point...
Forum: Renewable Energy 09-11-2016, 10:08 PM
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Posted By Excalibur
Rozier, Good to know your retort held up for...

Rozier,
Good to know your retort held up for some 250+ firings. I'm guessing that the firewall was placed to reduce overheating of the vessel? I suppose you've made the firewall sacrificial?
With...
Forum: Renewable Energy 09-07-2016, 09:50 PM
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Posted By Excalibur
You need a heat resistant type. Grade 309 looks...

You need a heat resistant type.
Grade 309 looks like a good candidate. More study required though.
http://www.aksteel.com/pdf/markets_products/stainless/austenitic/309_309s_data_sheet.pdf
Hope...
Forum: Renewable Energy 08-16-2016, 11:53 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
Who's out there?? I'm in the planning stages...

Who's out there??

I'm in the planning stages of a new continuous feed retort/reactor. I want the new plant to be better automated. Basically I'll review everything I've learnt and devise a simple...
Forum: Renewable Energy 05-14-2016, 01:08 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
I would try reducing the burner heat when your...

I would try reducing the burner heat when your retort goes above 400C. If that works then it's likely the retort was becoming too lively, frothing up and overwhelming the reflux. Froth is not vapor....
Forum: Renewable Energy 05-13-2016, 09:25 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
The retort temperature is extraordinarily low....

The retort temperature is extraordinarily low. That's below the temperature at which cracking even begins, 350C.
The vessel sizes seem reasonable though important is the temperature each vessel can...
Forum: Renewable Energy 05-12-2016, 11:23 PM
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Posted By Excalibur
Is the 285C temperature recorded at the reflux...

Is the 285C temperature recorded at the reflux tower? If yes, then what is the simultaneous retort temperature?

How many KW is the burner? or liters per hour?
Forum: Renewable Energy 04-21-2016, 05:33 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
The burner switches according to retort...

The burner switches according to retort temperature. The burner does not switch off completely, it toggles between power mode and idle mode in response to settings of the controller. Both power mode...
Forum: Renewable Energy 04-15-2016, 10:44 PM
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Posted By Excalibur
I'm still here.. :beamup: Waiting for diesel...

I'm still here.. :beamup:
Waiting for diesel prices to go astronomical again. It's the calm before the storm.

Ha! I've always wanted to use this smilie
Forum: Renewable Energy 02-27-2016, 09:59 PM
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Posted By Excalibur
Diesel does not have a specific formula because...

Diesel does not have a specific formula because it is not a single compound. Instead, diesel is made of a mix of saturated hydrocarbons and aromatic hydrocarbons.
Diesel is about 75% saturated...
Forum: Renewable Energy 02-24-2016, 11:17 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
Sounds like refrigerant waste oil. I've had...

Sounds like refrigerant waste oil. I've had ammonia in oils in the past. I'd try venting it off before doing anything else. It has a boiling point of -33.34 C so should lift off at ambient...
Forum: Renewable Energy 02-24-2016, 01:53 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
Yep. Good work. Because the glass needs to...

Yep. Good work.

Because the glass needs to be removed from time to time for cleaning, one other thing I did was to fit short lengths of hose over the bolt shanks adjacent to the glass. This helped...
Forum: Renewable Energy 02-16-2016, 12:24 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
The way it's broken suggests it's not toughened...

The way it's broken suggests it's not toughened glass.

For Viton or silicone rubber o-rings I suggest a crush of the rubber to about 70% of the original thickness, so if a seal was 3.5mm, crush...
Forum: Renewable Energy 02-12-2016, 08:45 AM
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Posted By Excalibur
Could it be the glass is not borosilicate but...

Could it be the glass is not borosilicate but toughened or tempered glass? Has the glass crumbled into small granular chunks? Tempered glass is specifically made to break in the manner it does for...
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