Assessment of the viability of vegetable oil based fuels

Thomas, I, Porter, N and Lappas, P 2014, 'Assessment of the viability of vegetable oil based fuels', in Prof. Dr. Jörg Wellnitz, Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Subic, Ramona Trufin, M.A. (ed.) Proceedings of the 5th International Conference ICSAT 2013, Ingolstadt, Germany, 25-27 September 2013, pp. 15-25.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Assessment of the viability of vegetable oil based fuels
Author(s) Thomas, I
Porter, N
Lappas, P
Year 2014
Conference name 5th International Conference ICSAT 2013
Conference location Ingolstadt, Germany
Conference dates 25-27 September 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 5th International Conference ICSAT 2013
Editor(s) Prof. Dr. Jörg Wellnitz, Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Subic, Ramona Trufin, M.A.
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Cham, Switzerland
Start page 15
End page 25
Total pages 11
Abstract This paper provides results of extensive trials using a 50/50 blend of unheated vegetable oil and diesel fuel in an unmodified vehicle on roads in Victoria, Australia. The work was inspired by the success of an on-road trial using 100 % waste vegetable oil in 2004 and positive indications in the literature. As well as being a sustainable alternative fuel, vegetable oil has the added safety advantage of having a much higher flash point than any other. Constant routes were used analogous in-part, to using prescribed drive cycles. Results were logged and bar-charts comparing fuel consumption for various fuel blends are presented. There was no clearly discernible difference (within the uncertainty of the measured data) in fuel consumption between the 50/50 blend and diesel fuel.
Subjects Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells)
Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-3-319-01884-3_2,
Copyright notice © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
ISBN 9783319018836
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