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Waste plastics as fuel additives: Study of solubility in biodiesel and performance of plastic-biodiesel-diesel blends in a diesel engine

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posted on 18.11.2022, 00:10 authored by Md Hazrat AliMd Hazrat Ali
This study investigated the suitability of using waste plastics as an additive in biodiesel through assessing the performance, emissions and combustion characterises of a diesel engine. Firstly, the waste plastics were dissolved into different biodiesels. Then, the dissolved solution was mixed with standard diesel to make diesel-biodiesel-plastic blends. These plastic blends were then tested in a 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, diesel engine. These analyses indicated that waste plastics can potentially be used as fuel additives along with the diesel-biodiesel blends in diesel engines. There exists little research in this field, so the comprehensive study reported in this thesis is important and significant. The novelty of this work lies in identifying the biodegradable solvents that can properly dissolve waste plastics and demonstrate the beneficial effects of plastics in reducing harmful gas emissions and improving engine performance.

History

Location

Central Queensland University

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

No

Supervisor

Professor Mohammad Rasul ; Professor Masud Khan ; Associate Professor Nanjappa Ashwath

Thesis Type

Doctoral Thesis

Thesis Format

Traditional