About the event
Presented by: Kamal Kumar, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho
Renewable bio-derived fuels can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particulate matter, unburned hydrocarbons, and carbon monoxide when used in compression ignition engines. However, their effective utilization depends on thoroughly understanding their combustion properties. We will examine results on the low-temperature oxidation of canola and coconut-derived biodiesel in a motored engine. Additionally, key ignition markers will be examined for methyl decanoate, a biodiesel surrogate, and compared to model predictions. The utility of a rapid compression-expansion machine (RCEM) as an alternative to engine speciation experiments will also be discussed.
Kamal Kumar is an associate professor in the mechanical engineering department at the University of Idaho. He obtained his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 2007. His research interests include the oxidation kinetics of alternative fuels and renewable energy. He teaches thermal energy systems, renewable energy, senior laboratory, and vehicle design and testing courses. He is also the faculty advisor for the University of Idaho Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) Team.