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Main Title Investigation of a Substitute Fuel to Control Automotive Air Pollution.
Author Fitc, R. E. ; Kilgor, J. D. ;
CORP Author Consolidated Engineering Technology Corp., Mountain View, Calif.
Year Published 1970
Report Number CETEC-FR-01800; PHS-CPA-22-69-70;
Stock Number PB-194 688
Additional Subjects ( Air pollution ; Exhaust gases) ; ( Spark ignition engines ; Air pollution) ; ( Automotive fuels ; Methyl alcohol) ; Aldehydes ; Nitrogen oxides ; Hydrocarbons ; Internal combustion engines ; Carburetors ; Combustion ; Compression ratio ; Automobile exhausts ; Air pollution control
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-194 688 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 06/23/1988
Collation 77p
A study was conducted to investigate the feasibility of using methanol as a substitute fuel for gasoline to reduce exhaust pollutants emitted from automotive engines. Work was performed in two phases encompassing both automotive and single cylinder laboratory engine tests. It was concluded that methanol displays significant potential as a pollution control substitute fuel for gasoline. In the automotive tests conducted with a slightly modified, non-optimized engine system, methanol was shown to be a satisfactory fuel from the standpoint of engine operation and to produce methanol emissions as low as 1900 PPM (317 PPM-hexane equivalent). Vehicle mileage was low (7 to 9 mpg) as expected. Suspected high aldehyde emissions were confirmed. It is believed that optimization of the fuel-air ratio, the mixture distribution to the cylinders, and heating of the fuel or fuel-air mixture, will result in improved performance and substantially reduced emissions of all pollutants, except NOx. Laboratory engine operation with blends of reform gases (CO + 2H2) and methanol was shown to be successful in improving engine performance (subject to engine knock limitations) and providing major reductions in methanol and formaldehyde emissions. If the reforming technique can be economically implemented in an automotive system, it is highly probable that emission levels can be achieved which are well below those possible with gasoline. (Author)