Dissolving polystyrene in biodiesel to improve the power output
By May 5th, 2009Tuesday, May 5, 2009 5:46 on
The researchers Song-Charng Kong and Najeeb Kuzhiyil of Lowa State University, found a new way to boost the power output of biodiesel by dissolving polystyrene, commonly found in packing peanuts, plates and cups, in the fuel.
When this mixture of polystyrene and biodiesel was tested on a tractor engine, the researchers discovered that power output increased as polystyrene concentrations increased up to 5%. As the scientists explained, this phenomenon in terms of increased viscosity, which creates grater pressure inside the generator’s fuel injector that increases output and causes earlier fuel injection. The fuel doesn’t completely combust when it becomes too thick, decreasing power output.
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