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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$98,851.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15P7T-11-C-H280
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A11A-023-0506
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11a-T023
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
3100 Fresh Way SW, Huntsville, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
124289294
Principal Investigator:
Roberto Salvo
Principal Engineer
(256) 713-1220
Roberto.DiSalvo@StreamlineAutomatio
Business Contact:
Alton Reich
Lead Engineer
(256) 713-1220
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
Abstract
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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