Journal of
Petroleum and Gas Engineering

  • Abbreviation: J. Petroleum Gas Eng.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2677
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPGE
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 93

Full Length Research Paper

Experimental study on the effects of kerosene-doped gasoline on gasoline-powered engine performance characteristics

O. Obodeh* and N. C. Akhere
Mechanical Engineering Department, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria
Email: [email protected]

  • Article Number - 93F81572816
  • Vol.1(2), pp. 37-40, June 2010
  •  Published: 30 June 2010

Abstract

 

This investigation was carried out to study the engine-out emissions from a four-stroke, four-cylinder, water-cooled spark ignition (SI) engine with kerosene blended gasoline with different proportions of kerosene ranging from 0 - 50% by volume in step of 10%. Gaseous exhaust emissions were measured with the aid of pocket gas TM-portable gas analyzer. The experimental results showed that the engine-out emissions increase with increase concentration of kerosene in the blend. The analyses gave increase ranging from 21.7 - 53% for carbon monoxide (CO), 23.4 - 57.1% for unburnt hydrocarbon (HC) and 2.4 - 8.2% for particulate matter (PM). The experiment also showed increase in specific fuel consumption (SFC) for all load conditions ranging form 34 - 36%. Measures needed to reduce fuel adulteration were suggested. The measures encompass effective monitoring mechanism and enforcement of heavy penalty on sale of adulterated fuels.

 

Key words: Kerosene-gasoline blend, gasoline engine, engine-out emissions.

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