The experimental & simulation investigation of engine performance characteristics of conventional diesel and waste plastic fuel

Murad, Abdullah (2019) The experimental & simulation investigation of engine performance characteristics of conventional diesel and waste plastic fuel. [USQ Project]

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Excessive consumption of fossil fuels has not only resulted in the rapid depletion of their resources, but also aggravated the environmental pollution. Renewable and eco-friendly resources are required for the sustainability of life on this planet. The plastics, in different shapes and forms, are becoming the most needed materials for daily life activities. They are versatile in their applications because they can be shaped in any form for a desired application. However, their excessive use is causing environmental pollution because they are mostly non-biodegradable and pose toxicity on decomposition. Considering this, researchers are trying to develop processes for recycling plastic waste or convert it in valuable products (e.g. fuel). Waste plastic fuel/oil, can be produced from different sources (synthetic or natural), and is a promising carbon neutral alternative for transport fuels. Different types of waste plastic i.e. low density and high density polyethylenes, polypropylenes and mixed plastics can be thermally converted into oil via pyrolysis process. At present, different methods are being used to investigate the characteristics of produced oil such as effect of reaction time, yield, density and specific gravity. In this study, regular petroleum diesel and waste plastic fuels were tested on a 4-stroke, air-cooled diesel engine Yanmar L48N. The results of regular diesel were obtained from the experimental setup and they were compared with the numerical results obtained using waste plastic fuel. Due to time constraints, the waste plastic fuel studies were only limited to simulation analysis. These numerical results were obtained through modelling simulation of a four-stroke diesel test engine in ANSYS 19.2 software.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Al-lwayzy, Saddam Hussain
Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2021 23:12
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2023 22:57

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