The utilization of solid fuels as alternatives to liquid fuels for future transportation engines is reviewed. Alternative liquid fuels will not be addressed nor will petroleum/solid fuel blends except for the case of diesel engines. With respect to diesel engines, coal/oil mixtures will be addressed because of the high interest in this specific application as a result of the large number of diesel engines currently in transportation use. Final assessments refer to solid fuels only for diesel engines. The technical assessments of solid fuels utilization for transportation engines is summarized: solid fuel combustion in transportation engines is in a non-developed state; highway transportation is not amenable to solid fuels utilization due to severe environmental, packaging, control, and disposal problems; diesel and open-cycle gas turbines do not appear worthy of further development, although coal/oil mixtures for slow speed diesels may offer some promise as a transition technology; closed-cycle gas turbines show some promise for solid fuels utilization for limited applications as does the Stirling engine for use of cleaner solid fuels; Rankine cycle engines show good potential for limited applications, such as for locomotives and ships; and any development program will require large resources and sophisticated equipment in order to advance the state-of-the-art.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Mueller Associates, Incorporated

    1900 Sulphur Spring Road
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21227
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 76 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00323472
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Energy Research Abstracts
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOE/CS/56051-T2
  • Contract Numbers: AC05-79CS56051
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM