The Comparison of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oils With Respect to Petroleum Derived Fuels and the Effects of Transient Plasma Ignition in a Compression-Ignition Engine
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis presents the results of an experimental study of the combustion characteristics of algae and camelina derived biofuels as well as the effects of Transient Plasma Ignition in a Compression-Ignition Engine. Testing was conducted for Hydrotreated Renewable Diesel, algae, and benchmarked against F-76 and Diesel 2 fuels as well as Hydrotreated Renewable Jet, camelina, benchmarked against JP-5 across a matrix of constant engine speeds and engine loads in a Detroit Diesel 3-53 legacy engine. A heat release rate analysis and a cycle analysis were performed at each matrix point. The algae and camelina fuels averaged 1.4 Crank Angle Degrees earlier ignition, 2 Crank Angle Degrees longer burn duration, 2.25 atmospheres decrease in Peak Pressure, 1.4 Crank Angle Degrees delay in Angle of Peak Pressure, 0.5 increase in Indicated Mean Effective Pressure, and 6 decrease in Break Specific Fuel Consumption than their petroleum counterpart. A comparison between Diesel 2 at idle was performed between Transient Plasma Ignition Assisted Compression-Ignition and conventional Compression-Ignition. Transient Plasma Ignition averaged a Crank Angle Degree earlier start of combustion, faster pressure rise, but lower Peak Pressures than Compression-Ignition. However, due to failure of the plasma electrode it was not ascertained if this phenomenon is repeatable.
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