Experimental investigation of the tractor engine performance using diesohol fuel

Shadidi, Behdad and Yusaf, Talal and Alizadeh, Hossein Haji Agha and Ghobadian, Barat (2014) Experimental investigation of the tractor engine performance using diesohol fuel. Applied Energy, 114. pp. 874-879. ISSN 0306-2619


Diesohol fuel is a mixture of diesel and bioethanol fuels in which the ratio of bioethanol is less than 15%. In this research work, performance of a tractor engine (Massey Ferguson 399) using diesohol fuel was investigated. In these circumstances, the concentration of UHC and CO2 emissions in the exhaust pipe were measured and analyzed. The engine was run at several speeds (1600-2000 rpm). The obtained results reveal that, when using diesohol fuels, the power and torque of the MF-399 tractor engine are increased by 3.17-8.50% and 1.75-10.28% respectively when compared to diesel fuel. This is due to a relatively more complete combustion of ethanol because of its high oxygen content. The fuel consumption and specific fuel consumption are also increased by 7.32-15.81% and 4.37-7.44% respectively due to low calorific value of ethanol compared to diesel fuel. The analysis showed that when diesohol is used, the rate of UHC is decreased but CO2 emission is increased. In brief, by using diesohol fuels, especially E6 blend in comparison to diesel fuel, engine performance and emissions are improved without any changes in engine structure for diesohol application.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Published online 30 Jun 2013.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2013 01:56
Last Modified: 12 May 2015 01:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: bioethanol; diesel engine; diesohol; engine performance; tractor engine
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091305 Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090608 Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells)
09 Engineering > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090201 Automotive Combustion and Fuel Engineering (incl. Alternative/Renewable Fuels)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8503 Preparation and Production of Energy Sources > 850309 Production of Biofuels (Biomass)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.06.011
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23692

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