Event Title

Hydrogen as an Alternative Fuel

Location

CSU 203

Start Date

18-4-2016 10:00 AM

End Date

18-4-2016 11:00 AM

Student's Major

Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Student's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Mentor's Name

Bruce Jones

Mentor's Department

Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Mentor's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Description

The hydrogen molecule is the most abundant element on the planet. With evermore interest in relinquishing our need for fossil fuels, this abundance is one of the primary reasons that hydrogen is a front runner in the alternative fuel race. To gather information on Hydrogen conversions in an internal combustion engine, multiple SAE journal entries, websites, and leaders in the industry were studied to point out some of the challenges that would be faced. Through the SAE journals, positive results were found on hydrogen conversions. The emissions were practically eliminated. In order to achieve that, the engine parameters going from gasoline to hydrogen had to be drastically changed. To test the hydrogen conversion effects, an Arctic Cat Prowler was converted to run on Hydrogen fuel. This four wheel drive utility vehicle was first tested in its stock state while running on gasoline. The emissions, max speed, acceleration, and max power were recorded to keep a history and compare to the hydrogen data. Once converted, the same tests were performed while the vehicle was run on hydrogen.

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Hydrogen as an Alternative Fuel

CSU 203

The hydrogen molecule is the most abundant element on the planet. With evermore interest in relinquishing our need for fossil fuels, this abundance is one of the primary reasons that hydrogen is a front runner in the alternative fuel race. To gather information on Hydrogen conversions in an internal combustion engine, multiple SAE journal entries, websites, and leaders in the industry were studied to point out some of the challenges that would be faced. Through the SAE journals, positive results were found on hydrogen conversions. The emissions were practically eliminated. In order to achieve that, the engine parameters going from gasoline to hydrogen had to be drastically changed. To test the hydrogen conversion effects, an Arctic Cat Prowler was converted to run on Hydrogen fuel. This four wheel drive utility vehicle was first tested in its stock state while running on gasoline. The emissions, max speed, acceleration, and max power were recorded to keep a history and compare to the hydrogen data. Once converted, the same tests were performed while the vehicle was run on hydrogen.

Recommended Citation

Starks, Samuel and Trevor Krueger. "Hydrogen as an Alternative Fuel." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 18, 2016.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2016/oral-session-03/1