The project investigates the effects of peanut FAME on diesel engine combustion and thermal efficiency. The cold flow properties and viscosity were tested and were found that the cloud point (CP) and pour point (PP) of peanut FAME were 17°C and 8°C respectively, and was able to achieve CP of 0°C when blended 20:80 (wt%) with diesel No. 2 (P20). The dynamic viscosity of peanut FAME was 4.2cP (P100) and 2.85cP at 54°C (P20), both fuels are within the ASTM standard for biodiesel. The lower heating value (LHV) of peanut FAME was 37.10MJ/kg (P100) and 41.3MJ/kg (P20) compared to 41.7MJ/kg for diesel No.2 (D100), which supports the usage of peanut FAME in compression ignition engines. At residence time of 5ms from start of injection, P50 has shown positive combustion characteristics with ignition delay of 1.072ms at 2600rpm, 4.78 bmep (100% load). The P50 heat release displayed similar development compared with diesel No. 2, where premixed phase combined with diffusion combustion and reaching a maximum of 20.0J/CAD, which was higher than 17.5J/CAD for D100. Convection flux for both D100 and P50 had values of 1.4MW/m2. The total heat flux, calculated by Annand model, produced maximum values of 2.1MW/m2 for D100 compared with 2.3MW/m2 for the P50. The mechanical efficiency was only a 4% loss when observing the transition from D100 to P50. These findings support peanut FAME as a viable option when blended and used with diesel engines in order to meet the standards set forth by the RSF-2 and EISA allowing the U.S. to decrease foreign energy dependency and benefiting society through a cleaner burning fuel than is currently in use.

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