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Ammonia and Gasoline Fuel Blends for Internal Combustion Engines

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Shehan Omantha Haputhanthri, Timothy Taylor Maxwell

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

John Fleming

Electrogen Hydrofuels LLC, Lubbock, TX

Chad Austin

Ford Motor Company, Allen Park, MI

Paper No. ES2014-6538, pp. V002T04A012; 8 pages
  • ASME 2014 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Volume 2: Economic, Environmental, and Policy Aspects of Alternate Energy; Fuels and Infrastructure, Biofuels and Energy Storage; High Performance Buildings; Solar Buildings, Including Solar Climate Control/Heating/Cooling; Sustainable Cities and Communities, Including Transportation; Thermofluid Analysis of Energy Systems, Including Exergy and Thermoeconomics
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, June 30–July 2, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4587-5
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Ammonia, when blended with hydro carbon fuels, can be used as a composite fuel to power existing IC engines. Such blends, similar to ethanol and gasoline fuel blends, can be used to commercialize ammonia as an alternative fuel. Feasibility of developing ammonia gasoline liquid fuel blends and the use of ethanol as an emulsifier to enhance the solubility of ammonia in gasoline were studied using a small thermostated vapor liquid equilibrium (VLE) high pressure cell in this research. A larger VLE cell was used to develop identified fuel blends in sufficient quantities for engine dynamo-meter tests. A engine dynamometer equipped with a 2.4L gasoline engine was used to benchmark performance of ammonia fuel blends against standard fuels. Solubility test results proved that ethanol free gasoline is capable of dissolving 4.5% of ammonia on volume basis (23 g/l on mass basis) at 50 psi [344.7 kPa] pressure and 286.65 K temperature in liquid phase. Solubility levels are increased with the use of ethanol. Gasoline with 30% ethanol can retain 18% of ammonia in the liquid phase by volume basis (105 g/l by mass basis) at the same pressure and temperature. Dynamometer results show the ability of new composite fuel blends to produce the same amount of torque and power in the lower rpm limits. At higher rpm levels ammonia rich fuels result in an increased torque and power. Thus it can be concluded that hydrogen energy can be stored as ammonia-gasoline fuel blends and recovered back successfully without any strenuous modification to the existing infrastructure and end user equipment or behavior.

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