An engineering study of the technical problems expected with the large-scale introduction of hydrogen (H2) as a fuel has been initiated. Information was gathered and evaluated regarding H2 generation, transportation and utilization as an engine fuel. H2 generation by coal gasification, electrolysis and thermochemical processes using nuclear heat sources was investigated. Although 'embrittlement' by H2 might weaken the pipeline itself, the principal problem expected in this mode of transmission appears to lie with existing compressors. A novel 'regenerative', compressor is discussed in this regard. Fundamental relationships between fuel properties and reciprocating engine performance parameters are established and form a rational basis for evaluating H2 (vs. gasoline) as a fuel. An extensive review of published results revealed that H2 was capable of highly efficient, low polluting operation of such engines when fuel-lean mixtures were used. (Modified author abstract)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Stevens Institute of Technology

    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Hoboken, NJ  United States 

    Office of Naval Research

    Department of the Navy, 800 North Quincy Street
    Arlington, VA  United States  22217

    Advanced Research Projects Agency

    3701 North Fairfax Drive
    Arlington, VA  United States  22203-1714
  • Authors:
    • McAlevy III, R F
    • Cole, R B
    • Hollenberg, J W
    • Kurylko, L
    • Magee, R S
  • Publication Date: 1974-8-31

Media Info

  • Pagination: 238 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00081178
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ME-RT-74011 Tech. Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: N00014-67A0202-0046, ARPA Order-2615
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1975 12:00AM