Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2010, Volume: 3, Issue: 7, Pages: 787-791
M. Pugazhvadivu1 and G. Sankaranarayanan2*
1 Dept. of Mechanical Engg., Pondicherry Engg. College, Puducherry-605014, India
2 Dept. of Mechanical Engg., Melmaruvathur Engg. College, Melmaruvathur-603319, India
In this work mahua oil was used as an alternative fuel for diesel engine. The properties of mahua oil were determined. The performance and emissions of a single cylinder, stationary diesel engine was evaluated using mahua oil and compared with standard diesel operation. Mahua oil was preheated to 130°C and the effect of preheating on the engine performance and emissions were determined. The heat release rate of mahua oil was enhanced with preheating. The engine performance improved and smoke, CO and HC emissions decreased while the engine was running with preheated mahua oil. A marginal increase in NOX emission was noted. It is concluded that Mahua oil preheated to 130°C can be used as diesel substitute under emergency situations.
Keywords: Mahua oil, preheating, engine performance, exhaust emissions.
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