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Abstract Chemical and thermal analyses were carried out on degummed and filtered (5 m) rapeseed oil (referred to as SRO, i.e., semirefined rapeseed oil) to determine its suitability as a diesel fuel extender. The upper rate for inclusion of SRO with diesel fuel is 25%. This fuel blend had a phosphorus level of 2.5 ppm, which was comparable to rape methyl esters (1.0 ppm phosphorus). Thermogravimetric analyses were used to estimate the cetane ratings of the fuels. A 25% SRO/diesel blend had an estimated cetane index of 32.4 compared to 38.1 for diesel fuel only. Differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analyses were used to compare the volatility ranges of the fuels. SRO needed higher temperatures for volatilization (i.e., 70260C for diesel fuel vs. 280520C for SRO). This indicated poorer cold-starting performance of SRO compared with diesel fuel. SRO fuel is a low-sulfur, high-oxygen fuel giving SRO a more favorable emissions profile than pure diesel fuel.

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  • Copyright: Hauerl Chong (Derric62) (35)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-07-04
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-07-10 14:08
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