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PERFORMANCE, EMISSION AND COMBUSTION CHARACTERISTICS OF A METHYL ESTER SUNFLOWER OILEUCALYPTUS OIL IN A SINGLE CYLINDER AIR COOLED AND DIRECT INJECTION DIESEL ENGINE

Keywords: diesel engine , sunflower oil , eucalyptus oil , combustion , emission , performance , blend , heat release.

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Biomass derived fuels are preferred as alternative fuels for IC engine due to its abundant availability and renewable nature. In the present work the performance, emission and combustion characteristics of a single cylinder constant speed , direct injection diesel engine using methyl ester of sun flower oil – eucalyptus oil blend as an alternative fuel were studied and the results are compared with thestandard diesel fuel operation. Result indicated that 50% reduction in smoke, 34% reduction in HC emission and a 37.5% reduction in CO emission for the MeS50Eu50 blend with 2.8 % increase in NOx emission at full load. Brake thermal efficiency was increased 2.7 % for eS50Eu50 blend.

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