Event Title

Hydrogen Investigation

Location

CSU 204

Start Date

21-4-2014 1:05 PM

End Date

21-4-2014 2:05 PM

Student's Major

Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Student's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Mentor's Name

Bruce Jones

Mentor's Email Address

bruce.jones@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Mentor's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Description

There is a problem today in national parks regarding energy sources and waste. The first part of the problem is campers use fuels that contain carbon which is harmful to the environment when combusted or burned. The second part is that the infrastructure regarding propane and gasoline promotes waste and harm to the environment. By using hydrogen, a clean burning fuel, it will reduce the negative impact on the environment while promoting the reuse of fuel canisters. The methodology is experimenting to see how a small engine runs on different types of fuels including gasoline, propane, and hydrogen. The testing being done is observing the engine under normal operating conditions, from no load to full rated load. To ensure that the hypothesis of a clean burning hydrogen engine is accurate the engine will undergo tailpipe emissions testing for each of the three fuels individually. At the moment the research is ongoing and it has uncovered facts worthy of reporting. Having successfully converted the engine’s fuel delivery system to flow LPG, the next step is to manipulate the existing hardware to deliver pure hydrogen. At that point extensive emissions testing will be conducted to compare the three fuels. Currently a conclusion can be made about the delivery of hydrogen and resulting emissions reductions. Hydrogen is a carbon free fuel but CO, CO2, and HC emissions are still present due to oil consumption. Reductions of >98% in CO, CO2, and HC can be expected leading to a zero emissions engine.

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Hydrogen Investigation

CSU 204

There is a problem today in national parks regarding energy sources and waste. The first part of the problem is campers use fuels that contain carbon which is harmful to the environment when combusted or burned. The second part is that the infrastructure regarding propane and gasoline promotes waste and harm to the environment. By using hydrogen, a clean burning fuel, it will reduce the negative impact on the environment while promoting the reuse of fuel canisters. The methodology is experimenting to see how a small engine runs on different types of fuels including gasoline, propane, and hydrogen. The testing being done is observing the engine under normal operating conditions, from no load to full rated load. To ensure that the hypothesis of a clean burning hydrogen engine is accurate the engine will undergo tailpipe emissions testing for each of the three fuels individually. At the moment the research is ongoing and it has uncovered facts worthy of reporting. Having successfully converted the engine’s fuel delivery system to flow LPG, the next step is to manipulate the existing hardware to deliver pure hydrogen. At that point extensive emissions testing will be conducted to compare the three fuels. Currently a conclusion can be made about the delivery of hydrogen and resulting emissions reductions. Hydrogen is a carbon free fuel but CO, CO2, and HC emissions are still present due to oil consumption. Reductions of >98% in CO, CO2, and HC can be expected leading to a zero emissions engine.

Recommended Citation

LeNeave, Cortney; Jeffrey Allen; and Andrew Dunlay. "Hydrogen Investigation." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 21, 2014.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2014/oral_session_07/3