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Energies 2018, 11(1), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11010033

The Lubricity of Ternary Fuel Mixture Blends as a Way to Assess Diesel Engine Durability

School of Engineering and Technology, Central Queensland University, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
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Received: 1 October 2017 / Revised: 13 December 2017 / Accepted: 18 December 2017 / Published: 24 December 2017
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The study deals with the lubrication characteristics of ternary fuel mixture blends to assess diesel engine durability by using better performing fuels, namely Mandarin Crambe and Paraffin (ManCr_Pa) and Avocado Bush nut and Paraffin (AvBn_Pa). Tribological parameters of friction coefficient, wear, and lubrication stability were measured to assess the impact of these fuels on engine durability. The tests were conducted on a four-ball tribotester using the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) D4172 standard; friction coefficient and wear scar diameter for the fuels were measured. The wear scar surface morphology of the ball metals was evaluated by a high-performance scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive X-ray SEM/EDX analysis. The corrosive behaviour of the fuels was also assessed by evaluating images from the SEM/EDX tests. Finally, the engine durability, reliability, and longevity were also evaluated based on the measured tribological parameters. View Full-Text
Keywords: biodiesel; lubrication properties; tribological characteristics; friction coefficient; SEM/EDX analysis biodiesel; lubrication properties; tribological characteristics; friction coefficient; SEM/EDX analysis
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Azad, A.K.; Rasul, M.G.; Sharma, S.C.; Khan, M.M.K. The Lubricity of Ternary Fuel Mixture Blends as a Way to Assess Diesel Engine Durability. Energies 2018, 11, 33.

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