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The Application of Coconut-oil Methyl Ester for Diesel Engine
Published October 30, 2007 by Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan in Japan
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The coconut-oil methyl ester is made from coconut oil and methanol, and both cold start performance and ignition characteristics of coconut-oil methyl ester are experimentally investigated by using a diesel engine. In experiments, diesel fuel and coconut-oil methyl ester are used and the blended ratio of coconut-oil methyl ester to diesel fuel is changed. The test is conducted at full load and 3000 rpm. The diesel engine can be run stably with any mixing ratio of coconut-oil methyl ester, however the power is slightly reduced with increasing the mixing ratio of coconut-oil methyl ester. In the cold start condition, when the mixing ratio of coconut-oil methyl ester increases, the combustion chamber wall temperature rises early and the ignition timing is improved. Therefore, the coconut-oil methyl ester has superior compression ignition characteristics and reduces exhaust gas emissions, so that the coconut-oil methyl ester is good alternative fuel for diesel engines.
CitationSOMA, Y., NAKAJIMA, M., YOSHIDA, K., SHOJI, H. et al., "The Application of Coconut-oil Methyl Ester for Diesel Engine," SAE Technical Paper 2007-32-0065, 2007.
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