Friday, August 07, 2009

Diesel & Gasoline Working Together?

The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine pictured has a thermal efficiency of 50% (the best in the world). There is new research going on in the University of Wisconsin, Madison that got 53% thermal efficiency out of a Cat Diesel Engine.

I just read the article about this new technology mixing gasoline and diesel into a diesel engine. This system increases the thermal efficiency by 20% but reduces the temperature in the combustion chamber by 40% creating less unburned fuel out the tail pipe.

The mix would be computer controlled and since there would be less energy loss through heat transfer, improved combustion would cause an increase in power with less emissions.

The computer age has allowed scientists and researchers to stretch the resources we have right now to the limit in a very efficient way. Without computer programming, monitoring, and adjusting operating parameters this new technical solution for decreasing vehicle emissions would not be possible.
I hope you found this Mechanic Information interesting...

1 comment :

Jim Beal said...

I'm glad you saw our report on the diesel/gas mix in Rolf Reitz lab. I'm a fan of your blog.