An attempt is made to show, on the basis of current knowledge, that there is a strong economic incentive for a coal-fueled diesel engine industry, as well as good technical prospects for the development of reliable, efficient, and cost-effective coal-fueled diesel engines. The successful use of diesel fuel will require several major changes in engine design. The major changes involved will entail higher risk and a less evolutionary pattern of development, a situation in which government support will be beneficial in developing the necessary scientific understanding and technological base. The historical background to this work is briefly reviewed, and the coal-water slurry diesel engine conceptual uncooled powerhead designs are described. Coal-water slurry fuel promises to be inexpensive, safe to handle, and could make use of a large part of the existing fuel transportation and storage infrastructure. The superheated fuel injection system, and the turbulence and combustion rate are discussed. The potential use of coal-fueled engines for railroad and marine transportation applications appears to be economically feasible. This could lead to significant oil and cost reductions for these industries. If co-generation applications were also fully developed, there would be a substantial shift in the total U.S. energy requirements.

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    University of California, Irvine

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    4000 Anteater Instruction and Research Building
    Irvine, CA  United States  92697
  • Authors:
    • Robben, F
  • Publication Date: 1984-2

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  • Accession Number: 00390462
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 961
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1984 12:00AM