UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Demonstrating Clean Burning Future Fuels at a Public Engagement Event

Eveleigh, A; Hellier, P; Karcher, V; Talibi, M; (2017) Demonstrating Clean Burning Future Fuels at a Public Engagement Event. Journal of Chemical Education 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00554. (In press). Green open access

[thumbnail of acs.jchemed.7b00554.pdf]
Preview
Text
acs.jchemed.7b00554.pdf - Published version

Download (5MB) | Preview

Abstract

Sustainable future fuels are likely to be produced by a wide range of processes, and there exists the opportunity to engineer these fuels so that they burn more efficiently and produce fewer harmful emissions. Such potential is especially important within the context of reducing the emissions of both greenhouse gases (GHG) and toxic pollutants that adversely impact air quality and human health. To illustrate how fuel design on a molecular level may be exploited to reduce these emissions, the combustion and emission properties of three potential future fuels, geraniol, diethyl carbonate, and a biodiesel (soy methyl ester), were evaluated along with a fossil diesel. The fuels were assessed using “smoke point” tests and a Stirling engine. The purpose of the demonstration was to highlight to a general audience several burning characteristics of some possible future fuels, and thus the potential for the development of clean burning “designer” fuels. During the 15 min demonstration, significant differences in the combustion properties of the different fuels were shown. For example, the conventional fossil diesel fuel produced a significant amount of soot in flame tests, whereas diethyl carbonate, which is a potential second-generation biofuel, produced visibly lower amounts of soot.

Type: Article
Title: Demonstrating Clean Burning Future Fuels at a Public Engagement Event
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00554
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00554
Language: English
Additional information: ACS AuthorChoice - This is an open access article published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) License (http://pubs.acs.org/page/policy/authorchoice_ccby_termsofuse.html), which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the author and source are cited.
Keywords: Chemical Engineering; Demonstrations; Fatty Acids; General Public; Green Chemistry; Public Understanding/Outreach
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10044278
Downloads since deposit
55Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item