Soybean Oil, No Longer Just for Cooking
Several derivatives of soybean oil are currently manufactured and sold on the open market. Of these, the use of methylsoyate as a direct fuel substitute in diesel engines has been thoroughly researched and practically applied. The use of this product as a fuel gave rise to the idea of using a similar substitution in ANFO blasting agent. The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council has sponsored a three-year research program. The project is funded for the purpose of opening up of new markets for Missouri soybean products. Successful preliminary testing has been completed using raw soy oil, methylsoyate, and fully refined salad oil at UMR with detonation velocities and energies similar to ANFO. Work is currently being concentrated on the less processed oils to minimize production costs. As oil prices rise and resources are depleted, soybean products should become competitive with fuel oil. It is hoped that the technology is ready for commercial production in advance of this scenario. Some advantages of soybean oils include: we don't have to rely on foreign sources, it's a renewable resource, and environmentally sound. Unlike traditional fuels, soybean oil does not evaporate, it's cleaner and acts as an anti-caking agent.
B. Weeks et al., "Soybean Oil, No Longer Just for Cooking," Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE), Jan 1997.
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