Combustion of jojoba-oil/diesel blends in a small scale furnace

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Abstract

This experimental study investigates the combustion and pollutants emissions from a small scale furnace burning diesel fuel blended with raw jojoba oil. Jojoba oil to diesel proportions in the blends (on mass basis) ranging from 0 to 35% are considered for total blended fuel flow rate of about 8 kg/h. Higher fuel supply rates of about 10 kg/h were needed in order to allow for reaching higher jojoba share in the blends up to about 60%. This allows for securing sufficient amount of the higher volatility component (diesel) whose combustion would support the vaporization and subsequent ignition and combustion of the heavier jojoba oil. The presence of jojoba in the blends leads to a clear reduction in NOx and hydrocarbon (HC) emissions but it showed less impact on CO levels. Due to its high viscosity, jojoba in the blends impacts spray formation hence seems to have an indirect detrimental effect on CO emissions. Moreover, jojoba oil in the blends adversely impact thermal radiation to furnace walls due to less sooting tendency of the flame when jojoba is present. To some extent, this is also attributed to the way jojoba influences spray processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-688
Number of pages11
JournalRenewable energy
Volume131
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

Keywords

  • Biofuels
  • CO
  • Diesel blends
  • NOx
  • Pollutants emissions
  • Raw jojoba oil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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