Students conducting this research will be improving themselves with a unique experience. They will develop new skills and understanding. Their individual capabilities in chemistry, engineering and environmental science will be greatly enhanced. Multi/mixed alternative fuel combustion is very new. Students will be involved in ground-braking research with a platform that has never been made available for this type of research.
So very little is known about mix-fuel/multi-fuel/alternative-fuel combustion. Conventional engines and injectors are typically designed and engineered for single fuel operation. In fact, most internal combustion engines are very sensitive to mixed-fuel contamination and will not function under such conditions.
Our efforts provide new opportunities to improve American science education on a number of fronts. Experience tells us that early hands-on education can instill a lifelong love of science and of learning. We know, first-hand, that engaging experiences with scientists and engineers help to produce a population of students that excels in science and engineering.
The multi-mixed fuel test bed experiments will prepare students to succeed in further studies. Students and professors will gain new insights, knowledge and understanding of alternative fuel combustion science, CO2 emissions and poisonous nitrous-oxide gasses. This work will provide unique and sorely needed education that advances the state-of-the-art in the use of alternative fuels, maximizing fuel efficiency and minimizing harmful emissions.