STUDIES OF METHANOL AS A FUEL FOR AUTOMOBILE ENGINES IN JAPAN

Studies have been made in Japan for several years to gain a better understanding of alternative fuels for a new engine. Investigators have obtained favourable results by injecting methanol into the cylinder. Others are investigating the possibility of applying methanol to diesel engines. It is hoped that new advances will be made public in the near future. Various methods can be envisaged for applying methanol as an automotive fuel in the form of: (1) pure methanol; (2) methanol-water mixture, and (3) methanol-petroleum product mixture (petrol, diesel oil). The use of methanol and especially methanol-water mixtures leads to interesting and promising methods of obtaining cleaner exhaust emissions. Application of methanol entails no technical problems, only economic and resource ones. Further investigations should however be made to gain insight into the optimum combustion method and the optimum method of vehicle starting. /TRRL/

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    Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences

    Grev Turegaton 14, P.O. Box 5073
    S-102 42 Stockholm 5,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • Hirao, O
    • Jo, S H
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Accession Number: 00164301
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report 195 Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1978 12:00AM