Browse Publications Technical Papers 2007-24-0126
2007-09-16

Experimental evaluation of cottonseed oil-diesel blends as automotive fuels via vehicle and engine measurements 2007-24-0126

Vegetable oils blended with diesel fuel are recognised as biofuels by the European legislation and their application is an interesting option for increasing the market share of biofuels. This paper presents results from a detailed study conducted on a Euro 3 compliant diesel passenger car and a high injection pressure test bench engine using 10% Cottonseed oil- 90% Diesel blends as fuel. The tests included fuel consumption and emissions measurements. Aim of the experimental analysis was to accurately evaluate the effect of biofuel application on a common rail engine. The measurement protocol included measurements of regulated emissions, fuel consumption and in-cylinder pressure at various operation modes. Results from the bench engine measurements are in line with those retrieved from the vehicle and indicate that the fuel tested presents good characteristics and that under certain conditions it can be applied as automotive fuel in a broader scale.

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