Reducing the viscosity of Jojoba Methyl Ester diesel fuel and effects on diesel engine performance and roughness

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Abstract

An experimental investigation has been carried out to test two approaches to reduce the viscosity of the Jojoba Methyl Ester (JME) diesel fuel. The first approach is the heating of the fuel to two temperatures of 50 and 70 °C as compared to the base ambient temperature and to diesel fuel too. The second approach is adding one chemical which is considered by its own as alternative and renewable fuel which is Diethyl Ether (DEE). The viscosity has been reduced by both methods to close to diesel values. The performance of a diesel engine using those fuels has been tested in a variable compression research engine Ricardo E6 with the engine speed constant at 1200 rpm. The measured parameters included the exhaust gas temperature, the ignition delay period, the maximum pressure rise rate, maximum pressure, and indicated mean effective pressure and maximum heat release rate. The engine performance is presented and the effects of both approaches are scrutinized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1781-1788
Number of pages8
JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
Volume50
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

Keywords

  • Diesel engine
  • Jojoba Methyl Ester (JME)
  • Performance
  • Viscosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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