Considerations in the Design of an Inexpensive Hydrogen-Fueled Engine 881630

Present research efforts are pursuing the development of complex fuel delivery systems in an effort to successfully incorporate existing combustion chambers and coolant systems designed for hydrocarbon fuels into a hydrogen-fueled engine design. This paper presents the hypothesis that fundamental redesign of the combustion chamber shape and coolant passages can solve the hydrogen engine design problems more economically than redesign of the fuel delivery system. The differences in knock with hydrogen fuel and with hydrocarbon fuel are discussed. It is concluded that the combustion chamber shapes designed to reduce knock with hydrocarbon fuel actually promote knock with hydrogen fuel.


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