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Performance and Emissions of a Micro-Turbine Fueled With JP8-Canola Biodiesel Mixtures

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Zafer Dülger, Müslüm Arıcı, Hasan Karabay, Halil İbrahim Saraç, Burak Gökalp

Kocaeli University, İzmit, Kocaeli, Turkey

Samet Aslan, Coşku Catori, Nur Polat, İzzet Murat Akşit

TUSAŞ Engine Industries, Inc., Eskişehir, Turkey

Paper No. GT2014-27340, pp. V01BT24A024; 8 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2014: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 1B: Marine; Microturbines, Turbochargers and Small Turbomachines; Steam Turbines
  • Düsseldorf, Germany, June 16–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4558-5
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


In this study, a micro gas turbine was operated with JP8 and canola biodiesel blends. The blends tested were JP8, 40% of biodiesel, 60% of biodiesel, and 80% of biodiesel by volume. The turbine was run at 3 speeds, 60.000, 80.000 and 105.000 rpm. Engine power generation and emissions performance were determined. The results reveal that as biodiesel content in the fuel mixture increased, the fuel flow rate increased to maintain the constant speed operation and equivalence ratio reduced. It was shown that TJ35 engine can operate with biodiesel blends in JP8 without sacrificing thrust. In fact, 80% biodiesel blend increased the thrust at 105.000 rpm by 2% compared to JP8. Exhaust gas temperatures slightly reduced with increasing biodiesel content. Higher biodiesel blends resulted in higher CO2, CO and CxHy emissions while O2 emissions reduced. This study demonstrates that a micro gas turbine engine could be operated successfully with JP8-canola biodiesel blends, which means the engine could be utilized in distributed and remote off-grid locations for power generation by burning renewable biodiesel fuels.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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