This work presents an analysis of a diesel power generator converted to operate in Otto cycle using ethanol as fuel. This conversion was done without changing the compression ratio of 17:1, with the build-up of adequate control for intake air mass flow rate, fuel injection, and ignition timing when operating with ethanol. The new conversion approach allows for simplicity of reversion to the original configuration. In Diesel cycle, the engine was fuelled with diesel oil containing 7% biodiesel injected directly into the combustion chamber. The in-cylinder pressure, emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOX), unburned hydrocarbons (THC), as well as fuel conversion efficiency, when operating with pure hydrous ethanol, were evaluated. The results showed no significant changes on THC emissions in Otto cycle configuration, in comparison with engine operation in Diesel cycle configuration. The emissions of CO2, CO, and NOX were increased when operating in Otto cycle with ethanol.
- Combustion engines
- Power generation