Research Institute Reference Number: OA-2018-2-PhD
Project Summary: Biofuels such as alcohols and biodiesel from waste restaurant foods and agricultural residues have prospects as alternative source of energy for diesel engines in ensuring a low carbon environment. There is the need to investigate the impacts of their physical and chemical properties on engine performance experimentally and numerically.
Specific Requirements of the Project
The applicant is expected to have a B.Eng. with First Class or MEng/MSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Aeronautical/Automotive Engineering and Physics. It would be highly desirable for the applicant to have understanding of internal combustion engine, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and chemical kinetics.
Project Aims and Objectives
The aim of the research is to characterize different biofuels for diesel engine applications. The specific objectives (SO) are;
SO1. To carry out instrumentation on an existing engine test bench SO2. To measure and quantify engine parameters such as pressure data, heat release and specific fuel consumption. SO3. To quantify the impacts of fuel properties such as viscosity, surface tension, density, oxygen content of biofuel on spray, atomization, mixture formation and combustion characteristics. SO4. To carry out further investigations on combustion processes of biofuels using computational techniques. SO5. To share and disseminate knowledge acquired through journals, conference proceedings and open day programmes.