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Energies 2016, 9(4), 284;

Impact of Biodiesel Blends and Di-Ethyl-Ether on the Cold Starting Performance of a Compression Ignition Engine

Department Automobiles and Transport, University of Pitesti, 1, Tg. din Vale street, Pitești 110040, Romania
Le Cnam Paris, Laboratoire de génie des procédés pour l’environnement l’énergie et la santé, 292 rue St. Martin, Paris 75003, France
Renault Technologie Roumanie, 2, Bd. Pipera, Voluntari, Ilfov 077190, Romania
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Academic Editor: Thomas E. Amidon
Received: 8 March 2016 / Revised: 3 April 2016 / Accepted: 6 April 2016 / Published: 18 April 2016
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The use of biodiesel fuel in compression ignition engines has the potential to reduce CO2, which can lead to a reduction in global warming and environmental hazards. Biodiesel is an attractive fuel, as it is made from renewable resources. Many studies have been conducted to assess the impact of biodiesel use on engine performances. Most of them were carried out in positive temperature conditions. A major drawback associated with the use of biodiesel, however, is its poor cold flow properties, which have a direct influence on the cold starting performance of the engine. Since diesel engine behavior at negative temperatures is an important quality criterion of the engine’s operation, one goal of this paper is to assess the starting performance at −20 °C of a common automotive compression ignition engine, fueled with different blends of fossil diesel fuel and biodiesel. Results showed that increasing the biodiesel blend ratio generated a great deterioration in engine startability. Another goal of this study was to determine the biodiesel blend ratio limit at which the engine would not start at −20 °C and, subsequently, to investigate the impact of Di-Ethyl-Ether (DEE) injection into the intake duct on the engine’s startability, which was found to be recovered. View Full-Text
Keywords: diesel fuel; biofuel; di-ethyl-ether; cold start; in-cylinder pressure diesel fuel; biofuel; di-ethyl-ether; cold start; in-cylinder pressure

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Clenci, A.; Niculescu, R.; Danlos, A.; Iorga-Simăn, V.; Trică, A. Impact of Biodiesel Blends and Di-Ethyl-Ether on the Cold Starting Performance of a Compression Ignition Engine. Energies 2016, 9, 284.

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