This work evaluates the thermal and kinetic
behaviour of corn biodiesel obtained by the methanol and ethanol routes. As
to the TG curves, in air three thermal decomposition steps are for the methanol
biodiesel and two steps are for the ethanol biodiesel. These steps are related
to the evaporization and/or combustion of the methyl and ethyl esters, respectively.
The corn oil presented four thermal decomposition steps in air, and only one
step in nitrogen. These steps were attributed to the evaporization and/or
decomposition of triglycerides. The TG and DTA profiles of the biodiesel approach
the mineral diesel oil ones.