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Comparison of Propane and Methane Performance and Emissions in a Turbocharged Direct Injection Dual Fuel Engine

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C. M. Gibson, A. C. Polk, N. T. Shoemaker, K. K. Srinivasan, S. R. Krishnan

Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Paper No. ICEF2010-35128, pp. 203-213; 11 pages
  • ASME 2010 Internal Combustion Engine Division Fall Technical Conference
  • ASME 2010 Internal Combustion Engine Division Fall Technical Conference
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, September 12–15, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Internal Combustion Engine Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4944-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3882-2
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


With increasingly restrictive NOx and PM emissions standards, the recent discovery of new natural gas reserves, and the possibility of producing propane efficiently from biomass sources, dual fueling strategies have become more attractive. This paper presents experimental results from dual-fueling a four-cylinder turbocharged DI diesel engine with propane or methane (a natural gas surrogate) as the primary fuel and diesel as the ignition source. Experiments were performed with the stock ECU at a constant speed of 1800 rev/min, and a wide range of BMEPs (2.7 to 11.6 bar) and percent energy substitutions (PES) of C3 H8 and CH4 . Brake thermal efficiencies (BTE) and emissions (NOx , smoke, THC, CO, and CO2 ) were measured. Maximum PES levels of about 80–95 percent with CH4 and 40–92 percent with C3 H8 were achieved. Maximum PES was limited by poor combustion efficiencies and engine misfire at low loads for both C3 H8 and CH4 , and the onset of knock above 9 bar BMEP for C3 H8 . While dual fueling BTEs were lower than straight diesel BTEs at low loads, they approached diesel BTE values at high loads. With dual fueling, NOx and smoke reductions (from diesel values) were as high as 66–68 percent and 97 percent, respectively, but CO and THC emissions were significantly higher with increasing PES at all engine loads.

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Topics: Fuels , Engines , Methane , Emissions



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