Clean Automotive Fuel. Engine Emissions Using Natural Gas, Hydrogen- enriched Natural Gas, and Gas Manufactured from Coal (Synthane).
Eccleston DB; Fleming RD
NTIS: PB 208 013 :13 pages
Natural gas and mixtures of natural gas and hydrogen were used as fuels in a laboratory engine to determine the relationship of emissions to air-fuel ratio and to establish practical lean limits for air-fuel ratio. Synthetic gas manufactured from coal (synthane) and natural gas were used as fuels in a vehicle to obtain comparative data on emissions and performance. Results showed that the lean limits for air-fuel ratio when using hydrogen-enriched natural gas were extended significantly beyond that of natural gas. Synthane produced exhaust that was significantly less reactive than exhaust from natural gas. With lean air-fuel ratios, the acceleration performance of a vehicle fueled with synthane was improved compared with its performance when fueled with natural gas.
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