Vegetable Oil Conditioning for Combustion

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9132T-08-C-0031
Agency Tracking Number:
A08A-030-0151
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
RESODYN CORP.
130 North Main Street, Suite 600, Butte, MT, 59701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
836287680
Principal Investigator:
Fangxiao Yang
Principal Investigator
(406) 497-5241
fxyang@resodyn.com
Business Contact:
Lawrence Farrar
President
(406) 497-5252
lcfarrar@resodyn.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF UTAH
Gary Christensen
Office of Sponsored Projects
1471 East Federal Way
Salt Lake City, UT, 84102
(801) 587-8074
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The development of a straight vegetable oil (SVO) blending technology for combustion in boilers and in diesel engines is proposed. The overall objective of the proposal is to address the problems associated with using SVO as fuel; such as high viscosity, poor low temperature flow behavior, fuel inject and combustion chamber carbon deposition and engine power loss due to long term use. Vegetable oil conditioned to improve engine performance and to reduce exhaust emissions. Mathematical models will be established for predicting and calculating the viscosity, cloud point and heat of combustion of blended fuels. Diesel engine tests will be performed to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed technology and correctness of the calculations. The project will be designed to identify fuel properties, e.g., viscosity, volatility, heat of combustion, density, etc., that must be modified to meet ASTM fuel performance specifications. Provided basic feasibility is demonstrated in Phase I, the Phase II strategy is to extend research to in large-scale and long-term diesel engine testing. The formulated fuel testing will also be extended to boilers, generators and other diesel based combustion devices and machineries.

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