The results of tests performed on a slow-speed, two-stroke single-cylinder diesel engine show that thermal efficiency is approximately the same when fired with coal/water slurry fuels and diesel oil and that exhaust pollutant emissions, most notably NOx, are lower with the coal/water slurry fuels. Engine wear, particularly at the piston ring/cylinder liner interface, is considerably greater than that which occurs with liquid fuels. However, it is concluded that by means of technological advances regarding piston ring/cylinder liner materials, new designs, and new concepts in lubrication, a reliable and economical coal/water slurry-fired slow-speed engine can be developed.

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