Miscibility of methanol in mineral diesel and stability of methanol–diesel blends are the main obstacles faced in the utilization of methanol in compression ignition engines. In this experimental study, combustion, performance, emissions, and particulate characteristics of a single-cylinder engine fueled with MD10 (10% v/v methanol blended with 90% v/v mineral diesel) and MD15 (15% v/v methanol blended with 85% v/v mineral diesel) are compared with baseline mineral diesel using a fuel additive (1-dodecanol). The results indicated that methanol blending with mineral diesel resulted in superior combustion, performance, and emission characteristics compared with baseline mineral diesel. MD15 emitted lesser number of particulates and NOx emissions compared with MD10 and mineral diesel. This investigation demonstrated that methanol–diesel blends stabilized using suitable additives can resolve several issues of diesel engines, improve their thermal efficiency, and reduce NOx and particulate emissions simultaneously.
Adaptation of Methanol–Dodecanol–Diesel Blend in Diesel Genset Engine
Contributed by the Internal Combustion Engine Division of ASME for publication in the Journal of Energy Resources Technology. Manuscript received January 1, 2019; final manuscript received April 1, 2019; published online April 22, 2019. Assoc. Editor: Hameed Metghalchi.
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Agarwal, A. K., Sharma, N., Singh, A. P., Kumar, V., Satsangi, D. P., and Patel, C. (April 22, 2019). "Adaptation of Methanol–Dodecanol–Diesel Blend in Diesel Genset Engine." ASME. J. Energy Resour. Technol. October 2019; 141(10): 102203. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4043390
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