Browse Publications Technical Papers 1999-01-3602
1999-10-25

Development of an LPG DI Diesel Engine Using Cetane Number Enhancing Additives 1999-01-3602

A feasibility study of an LPG DI diesel engine has been carried out to study the effectiveness of two selected cetane enhancing additives: Di-tertiary-butyl peroxide (DTBP) and 2-Ethylhexyl nitrate (EHN). When more than either 5 wt% DTBP or 3.5 wt% 2EHN was added to the base fuel (100 % butane), stable engine operation over a wide range of engine loads was possible (BMEPs of 0.03 to 0.60 MPa). The thermal efficiency of LPG fueled operation was found to be comparable to diesel fuel operation at DTBP levels over 5 wt%. Exhaust emissions measurements showed that NOx and smoke levels can be significantly reduced using the LPG+DTBP fuel blend compared to a light diesel fuel at the same experimental conditions. Correlations were derived for the measured ignition delay, BMEP, and either DTBP concentration or cetane number.
When propane was added to a butane base fuel, the ignition delay became longer. A simple thermodynamic model, using the detailed reaction mechanism of butane and DTBP, was developed to calculate the ignition delay as a function of overall equivalence ratio (or BMEP).

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