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Sensors 2013, 13(4), 4258-4271; doi:10.3390/s130404258
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Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Multivariate Analysis for Identification of Different Vegetable Oils Used in Biodiesel Production

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Received: 30 January 2013; in revised form: 8 March 2013 / Accepted: 22 March 2013 / Published: 28 March 2013
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract: The main objective of this study was to use infrared spectroscopy to identify vegetable oils used as raw material for biodiesel production and apply multivariate analysis to the data. Six different vegetable oil sources—canola, cotton, corn, palm, sunflower and soybeans—were used to produce biodiesel batches. The spectra were acquired by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy using a universal attenuated total reflectance sensor (FTIR-UATR). For the multivariate analysis principal component analysis (PCA), hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA), interval principal component analysis (iPCA) and soft independent modeling of class analogy (SIMCA) were used. The results indicate that is possible to develop a methodology to identify vegetable oils used as raw material in the production of biodiesel by FTIR-UATR applying multivariate analysis. It was also observed that the iPCA found the best spectral range for separation of biodiesel batches using FTIR-UATR data, and with this result, the SIMCA method classified 100% of the soybean biodiesel samples.
Keywords: HCA; iPCA; SIMCA; UATR sensor; biodiesel; raw material; quality contro HCA; iPCA; SIMCA; UATR sensor; biodiesel; raw material; quality contro
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Mueller, D.; Ferrão, M.F.; Marder, L.; da Costa, A.B.; de Cássia de Souza Schneider, R. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Multivariate Analysis for Identification of Different Vegetable Oils Used in Biodiesel Production. Sensors 2013, 13, 4258-4271.

AMA Style

Mueller D, Ferrão MF, Marder L, da Costa AB, de Cássia de Souza Schneider R. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Multivariate Analysis for Identification of Different Vegetable Oils Used in Biodiesel Production. Sensors. 2013; 13(4):4258-4271.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Mueller, Daniela; Ferrão, Marco F.; Marder, Luciano; da Costa, Adilson B.; de Cássia de Souza Schneider, Rosana. 2013. "Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Multivariate Analysis for Identification of Different Vegetable Oils Used in Biodiesel Production." Sensors 13, no. 4: 4258-4271.



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