The effect of triacetin as a fuel additive to waste cooking biodiesel on engine performance and exhaust emissions

A. Zare, M.N. Nabi, T.A. Bodisco, F.M. Hossain, M.M. Rahman, Z.D. Ristovski, Richard J. Brown

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    This study investigates the effect of oxygenated fuels on engine performance and exhaust emission under a custom cycle using a fully instrumented 6-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with a common rail injection system. A range of oxygenated fuels based on waste cooking biodiesel with triacetin as an oxygenated additive were studied. The oxygen ratio was used instead of the equivalence ratio, or air to fuel ratio, to better explain the phenomena observed during combustion. It was found that the increased oxygen ratio was associated with an increase in the friction mean effective pressure, brake specific fuel consumption, CO, HC and PN. On the other hand, mechanical efficiency, brake thermal efficiency, CO2, NOx and PM decreased with oxygen ratio. Increasing the oxygen content of the fuel was associated with a decrease in indicated power, brake power, indicated mean effective pressure, brake mean effective pressure, friction power, blow-by, CO2, CO (at higher loads), HC, PM and PN. On the other hand, the brake specific fuel consumption, brake thermal efficiency and NOx increased by using the oxygenated fuels. Also, by increasing the oxygen content, the accumulation mode count median diameter moved toward the smaller particle sizes. In addition to the oxygen content of fuel, the other physical and chemical properties of the fuels were used to interpret the behavior of the engine.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)640-649
    Number of pages10
    Early online date11 Jun 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2016


    • Oxygen
    • Oxygen ratio
    • Blow-by
    • Driving cycle
    • Friction


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