HYDROGEN ENGINE PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS. FIRST ANNUAL REPORT

Many problems associated with the design and development of hydrogen-air breathing internal combustion engines for automotive applications have been identified by various domestic and foreign researchers. This project addresses the problems identified in the literature, seeks to evaluate potential solutions to these problems, and will obtain and document a design data-base convering the performance, operational and emissions characteristics essential for making rational decisions regarding the selection and design of prototype hydrogen-fueled, airbreathing engines suitable for manufacture for general automotive use. Information is included on the operation, safety, emission, and cost characteristics of hydrogen engines, the selection of a test engine and testing facilities, and experimental results. Baseline data for throttled and unthrottled, carburetted, hydrogen engine configurations with and without exhaust gas recirculation and water injection are presented. In addition to basic data gathering concerning performance and emissions, the test program conducted was formulated to address in detail the two major problems that must be overcome if hydrogen-fueled engines are to become viable: flashback and comparatively high NO/sub x/ emissions at high loads. In addition, the results of other hydrogen engine investigators were adjusted, using accepted methods, in order to make comparisons with the results of the present study. The comparisons revealed no major conflicts. In fact, with a few exceptions, there was found to be very good agreement between the results of the various studies. (ERA citation 04:030776)

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Miami, Coral Gables

    Coral Gables, FL  United States  33124

    Hawthorne Research and Testing, Incorporated

    Coral Gables, FL  United States 

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Adt, RRJ
    • Swain, M R
    • Pappas, J M
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

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  • Pagination: 318 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00198715
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: EC-77-C-03-1212
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1980 12:00AM