Kettering University has developed a cleaner and quieter snowmobile using technologies and innovative methods which can be applied to existing snowmobile designs with a minimal increase in cost. Specifically, a commercially available snowmobile using a two cylinder, four-stroke engine has been modified to run on high-blend ethanol (E-85) fuel. Further, a new exhaust system which features a catalytic converter and mufflers to minimize engine noise and exhaust emissions was developed. A number of additional improvements have been made to the track to reduce friction and diminish noise. This paper provides details of the snowmobile development to make best use of E-85, documenting the results of these efforts on performance and emissions.
- Advanced Energy Systems Division and Solar Energy Division
Demonstrating the Use of High-Blend Ethanol (E85) in Snowmobiles
Davis, GW. "Demonstrating the Use of High-Blend Ethanol (E85) in Snowmobiles." Proceedings of the ASME 2008 2nd International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the Heat Transfer, Fluids Engineering, and 3rd Energy Nanotechnology Conferences. ASME 2008 2nd International Conference on Energy Sustainability, Volume 1. Jacksonville, Florida, USA. August 10–14, 2008. pp. 445-452. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ES2008-54189
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