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Reference Number EP/F027281/1
Title Nanofuels as Future Energy Vectors
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Transport) 95%;
OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH(Energy system analysis) 5%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 80%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr D Wen
No email address given
Engineering and Materials Science
Queen Mary, University of London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2007
End Date 31 March 2009
Duration 18 months
Total Grant Value £179,443
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Energy; Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region London
Programme Energy Research Capacity
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr D Wen , Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary, University of London (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Professor C Lawn , Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary, University of London (0.001%)
Professor RJ Crookes , Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary, University of London (0.001%)
Professor T Alexander , Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary, University of London (0.001%)
Professor ZX (Zheng Xiao ) Guo , Chemistry, University College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Shell Global Solutions UK (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract This project proposes a novel concept of using nanofuels, pure metal nanoparticles (dry-fuel) or suspensions of nanoparticles in a liquid fuel (wet-fuel), as a future energy vector. The concept comprises three elements: production, utilization and regeneration of nanofuels. The utilization of thermal energy upon combustion of nanofuels is identified as the key element for the feasibility study. This project will use reciprocating internal combustion engines (ICEs) as a model system to assessthe combustion process of nanofuels. Three identified potential nanofuels, silicon, aluminium and iron, in the form of wet-fuels and dry-fuels will be injected and combusted in two ICEs, and the engine performance including in-cylinder pressure, temperature and work output will be characterised. Key features of the experimental assessment including nanofuel formulation and injection, ignition and combustion of nanofuels, oxide particle capture and regeneration, and engine emission, wear and lubrication will be investigated. Our preliminary investigations indicate that the project is a visionary and innovative but risky application, worthy of EPSRC funding
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