Differentiation of Waste Plastic Pyrolysis Fuels to Conventional Diesel Fuel

(1) Williamston High School, Williamston, Michigan

Plastic pollution and energy shortages are pressing issues in today’s world. Waste plastic pyrolysis attempts to solve these problems by eliminating waste from the environment while creating a viable alternative fuel to replace conventional fuels. This research examined whether waste plastic pyrolysis fuels are similar to conventional diesel and, thus, a plausible alternative fuel. We created three distinct waste plastic pyrolysis fuels: high-density polyethylene, polypropylene/low-density polyethylene, and a mixed fuel. Four tests isolated specific characteristics of each fuel: efficiency, calorific value, burn time, and relative density. Results showed that waste plastic pyrolysis fuels were not comparable in performance to conventional diesel: diesel had the longest burn time, the highest calorific value, and the highest efficiency of all fuels tested. These results suggest that conventional diesel is a superior fuel compared to waste plastic pyrolysis fuels.

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