How does biodiesel fuel burn? Revealing the chemical processes of methyl ester decomposition and oxidation [ 2010 - 2012 ]

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Researchers Dr AJ Trevitt

Brief description It is increasingly likely that a major proportion of the next-generation transport fuels will be derived from biological sources. Biodiesel is already an attractive prospect due to measured reductions in carbon monoxide and fine-particle emission along with its potential as a carbon-neutral fuel source. Impeding the rapid deployment of biodiesel-based engines is our limited understanding of the combustion processes at the molecular level. The purpose of this study is to reveal the underlying chemical processes of biodiesel-droplet burning using laser techniques, synchrotron radiation and mass spectrometry. The ensuing results will flow into modelling studies of biodiesel combustion systems and find practical application by guiding engine design.

Funding Amount $210,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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