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The use of coconut oil/diesel blends as a fuel for compression ignition engines (ODNRI Bulletin No. 31)

The use of coconut oil/diesel blends as a fuel for compression ignition engines (ODNRI Bulletin No. 31)

Jones, J.M., Breag, G.R., Hollingdale, A.C. and Robinson, A.P. (1990) The use of coconut oil/diesel blends as a fuel for compression ignition engines (ODNRI Bulletin No. 31). [Working Paper]

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Abstract

This bulletin describes experimental and evaluative work carried out by the Overseas Development Natural Resources Institute (ODNRI) to investigate fuelling of a standard compression ignition engine with blends of coconut oil and diesel. Initial studies were made of fuel-related properties for pure coconut oil and for a full range of blends with diesel. A major upgrading of the standard engine's fuel filtration system was necessary but thereafter it was found that a blend of 80% coconut oil in diesel, when heated to 45°C, provided a technically feasible substitute fuel. A limited duration engine trial was completed with this alternative arrangement to assess maintenance and operational requirements. On the basis of these results a preliminary economic evaluation was made of the potential for wider adoption of this type of substitute fuelling. Whilst this indicated that at prevailing prices of coconut oil relative to diesel this was unattractive, circumstances were identified in which this technology could have potential application.

Item Type: Working Paper
Additional Information: [1] ISBN 0 85954 266-1 [2] Acknowledgements: The authors gratefully acknowledge the important inputs to this Project by colleagues in ODNRI; notably Mr S. R. J. Robbin in preparation of the economic assessment, Mr T. W. Hammonds for supply of coconut oil, and Mr R. Krishnan and Mr P. Tempest for assistance in the preparation of experimental results. Also we are grateful to Mr A. Dell of Lister Petter Ltd for the technical advice provided on engine wear.
Uncontrolled Keywords: coconut oil, diesel blends, compression ignition engines, fuel, economic evaluation, substitute fuelling
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
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Last Modified: 07 Sep 2015 16:39
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11063

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