Oxygen-Enriched Diesel Engine Experiments with a Low-Grade Fuel 932805
A test series was conducted on a six-cylinder diesel engine to study the impacts of controlled factors (i.e., oxygen content of the combustion air, water content of the fuel, fuel-flow rate, and fuel-injection timing) on engine performance and emissions using Taguchi techniques. Separate experiments were conducted using a commercial-grade No. 2-diesel and a lower-grade No. 6-diesel fuel. This paper reports the test results for No. 6 fuel. Oxygen enrichment improved the combustion process with the lower-grade fuel. There was no observable change in turbocharger performance due to oxygen enrichment.
The results showed significant reductions in smoke and particulate emissions, a small increase in thermal efficiency and a large increase in NOx emissions when oxygen-enriched air was used. The effect of water-emulsified fuel on NOx emissions was negligible. When the engine was operated with No. 6 fuel and normal air, the thermal efficiency was lower and the exhaust emissions in general were higher than with No. 2 fuel.