Dual Fuel Use of JP-8 and Hydrogen for Improved Compression Ignition Engine Performance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-11-C-H280
Agency Tracking Number: A11A-023-0506
Amount: $98,851.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11a-T023
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
3100 Fresh Way SW, Huntsville, AL, -
DUNS: 124289294
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roberto Salvo
 Principal Engineer
 (256) 713-1220
Business Contact
 Alton Reich
Title: Lead Engineer
Phone: (256) 713-1220
Email: Alton.Reich@StreamlineAutomation.bi
Research Institution
 University of Alabama
 Cynthia Hope
 Office for Sponsored Programs
Box 870104
Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487-
 (205) 348-5152
 Nonprofit college or university
With the advent of more efficient hydrogen reforming systems, a practical hydrogen source has lead to investigations on the operating characteristics of diesel (JP-8) engines with a hydrogen/syngas additive. Several sources have reported that higher thermal efficiencies and lower pollution occur when hydrogen is added to the fuel stream. The objective of this proposal is to experimentally quantify the advantages of using (reformed) hydrogen to supplement JP-8 in modern CI engines. The results of this project will be used to determine what fuel-hydrogen ratios are most advantageous for engine performance and pollution mitigation. Based on the results of engine performance testing, the integration with available JP-8 reformer hardware will be evaluated.The objective of this project is to determine the effect on engine performance of introducing hydrogen/syngas into a compression ignition engine and develop a means to integrate the in-situ hydrogen/syngas production into a comprehensive system. Specific technical objectives include the experimental determination of the effects of mixing hydrogen and/or syngas with JP-8 on combustion thermal efficiency and emissions, and assessment of system level impacts such as performance, size, weight, safety, scaling and cost.

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