Rice Bran Oil Biodiesel as an Alternative in Single Cylinder CI Engine with DI Ethyl Ether Blends
Jasanpreet Singha1, Narinder Kumarb2, S. K. Mahlac3

1Er. Jasanpreet Singha, PG Student, Rayat & Bahra Institute of Engineering and Bio-Technology, Sahauran, Punjab,India.
2Er. Narinder Kumarb, Assistant Professor, Rayat & Bahra Institute of Engineering and Bio-Technology, Sahauran, Punjab, India.
3Dr. S. K. Mahlac, Associate Professor, Mechanical engineering department, Thapar University, Patiala, India

Manuscript received on October 11, 2013. | Revised Manuscript received on October 15, 2013. | Manuscript published on October 25, 2013. | PP: 31-34 | Volume-1, Issue-12, October 2013. | Retrieval Number: L05191011213/2013©BEIESP

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Abstract: The increased attention on alternative fuels in the recent years was mainly driven by increasing oil prices, strong emission norms and the concern on clean environment. The biodiesel has emerged as a potential substitute for diesel fuel on account of its renewable source and lesser emissions. An experimental investigation has been carried out to analyze the performance and emission characteristics of a compression ignition engine fuelled with rice bran oil and its blends (5%, 10% and 15%) with di ethyl ether at different load conditions. The results of the experimental investigation show that the RBO-DEE blend can be used efficiently in diesel engine without much change in the engine hardware. In performance characteristics the thermal efficiency increases by 11.6% at 10% DEE addition in the RBO at full load conditions and brake power also increases as oxygen addition improves the combustion process. In exhaust emission characteristics the unburnt hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions decreases with the increase in DEE percentage in the blend. A significant reduction in smoke emissions can be seen with RBO-DEE blend investigated.
Keywords: Biodiesel, Rice Bran Oil, Transesterification, Di Ethyl Ether, Performance, Emissions.