Alternative and low sulfur fuel options: Boundary lubrication performance and potential problems

Kimberly S. Wain, Joseph M. Perez, Elana Chapman, André L. Boehman

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Abstract

Studies of alternative fuels at Penn State include biodiesel, dimethyl ether (DME) and low sulfur diesel fuels. The fuel studies include bench tests, laboratory engine tests and vehicle tests. DME was evaluated in a campus shuttle bus operating on its regular campus route. A 25:75 vol% mixture of DME and diesel fuel was used. Laboratory engine tests of oxygenated fuels, including biodiesel, resulted in significant particulate reductions. However, some alternative fuels exhibit low lubricity. Bench tests comparing friction and wear characteristics of the fuels are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-319
Number of pages7
JournalTribology International
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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