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Influence of fuel formulation on particulate formation in diesel engine combustion

The effect of fuel composition, and in particular of aromatic content, on the formation of particulates in diesel engine combustion was investigated. The work used a combination of engine test beds, exhaust monitoring, in-cylinder sampling, laser diagnostics for diffusion flame and combustion bomb studies, and chemical kinetic modelling. Detailed data was generated on the formation of aromatics and soot in diesel combustion. No evidence was found that fuel aromatic composition affects particulate emissions, suggesting that the emphasis in future work should shift from fuel formulation to engine design.

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Record Number: 22256 / Last updated on: 1999-05-08
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