How Hythane with 25% Hydrogen can Affect the Combustion in a 6-Cylinder Natural-gas Engine 2010-01-1466
Using alternative fuels like Natural Gas (NG) has shown good potentials on heavy duty engines. Heavy duty NG engines can be operated either lean or stoichiometric diluted with EGR. Extending Dilution limit has been identified as a beneficial strategy for increasing efficiency and decreasing emissions. However dilution limit is limited in these types of engines because of the lower burnings rate of NG. One way to extend the dilution limit of a NG engine is to run the engine on Hythane (natural gas + some percentage hydrogen). Previously effects of Hythane with 10% hydrogen by volume in a stoichiometric heavy duty NG engine were studied and no significant changes in terms of efficiency and emissions were observed.
This paper presents results from measurements made on a heavy duty 6-cylinder NG engine. The engine is operated with NG and Hythane with 25% hydrogen by volume and the effects of these fuels on the engine performance are studied. Different experiments were designed and performed to investigate the parameters like knocking margin, dilution limit, lean limit, different efficiencies, emissions and maximum load of the engine. The experiments were performed successfully and the results showed modest improvement in lean, and dilution limit. Slightly changes in emissions and knocking margins are also observed.