Investigations in the application of butanol as a diesel fuel

Jonathon McCrady, Matthew Wilhelmi, Alan Hansen, Chia Fon Lee

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Abstract

Several fuels offer the potential to displace demand for petroleum or replace petroleum fuels altogether. Some of these fuels are criticized for various reasons and hold back the fuel as a viable alternative. Butanol can be produced from biomass in a similar manner as ethanol and has potential to be used as a diesel fuel. This paper explores some properties of butanol to compare with ethanol, a soybean biodiesel, and diesel to determine the viability of butanol as a diesel fuel. Through analysis of the fuel properties, butanol can be seen as a reasonable alternative to ethanol as a blending agent with diesel fuel and biodiesel. Blending butanol with these fuels will provide better fuel economy than using ethanol as the blending agent while enhancing the atomization characteristics of the fuel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2008, ASABE 2008
PublisherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Pages6722-6733
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781605605364
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
EventAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2008 - Providence, RI, United States
Duration: Jun 29 2008Jul 2 2008

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2008, ASABE 2008
Volume11

Other

OtherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2008
CountryUnited States
CityProvidence, RI
Period6/29/087/2/08

Keywords

  • Alternative fuel
  • Butanol
  • Diesel
  • Physical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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