Aqueous Ethanol Ignition and Engine Studies, Phase I Grant uri icon



  • During the first year of this project, we will install and calibrate a higher capacity vaporizer in the Combustion Laboratory. The vaporizer will be used to expand the range of aqueous ethanol-oxygen mixtures that we can test. In our engine laboratory we will acquire data with our Cooperative Fuel Research (CFR) engine to understand the differences between blended and separate injection of aqueous fuels, design/prototype/fabricate and install piston heads suited for spray injection, and install a dilution tunnel/TEOM purchased from another grant. We will continue to make our laboratories available to other researchers and instructors in the Center for Clean Vehicle Technology. Outcomes of this work will include: 1) key information (light-off temperature, heat generation rate, and a simple catalytic surface heat generation model) needed for engineering timing models used to optimize igniter design; 2) design specifications and performance predictions for engine designs that are optimized for igniter systems; and 3) infrastructure improvements that enhance our competitiveness in state and federal funding programs.

date/time interval

  • January 1, 2010 - January 1, 2011