Reducing the viscosity of diesel fuel with electrorehological effect

Enpeng Du, H. Tang, K. Huang, R. Tao

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Abstract

Improving engine efficiency and reducing pollutant emissions are extremely important. Here we report our finding, using electrorheology to reduce the viscosity of diesel fuel. Diesel is made of many different molecules, 75% small molecules and 25% large molecules. In addition, it contains other nanoscale particles, such as sulfur. Therefore, diesel can be regarded as a liquid suspension. Under a strong electric field, the large molecules aggregate into small clusters, yielding a lower viscosity. This viscosity reduction leads to finer mist in fuel atomization, improving the combustion and engine efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationElectro-Rheological Fluids and Magneto-Rheological Suspensions - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Pages53-59
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9814340227, 9789814340229
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Event12th International Conference on Electrorheological Fluids and Magnetorheological Suspensions, ERMR 2010 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Aug 16 2010Aug 20 2010

Publication series

NameElectro-Rheological Fluids and Magneto-Rheological Suspensions - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference

Other

Other12th International Conference on Electrorheological Fluids and Magnetorheological Suspensions, ERMR 2010
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period8/16/108/20/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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    Du, E., Tang, H., Huang, K., & Tao, R. (2011). Reducing the viscosity of diesel fuel with electrorehological effect. In Electro-Rheological Fluids and Magneto-Rheological Suspensions - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference (pp. 53-59). (Electro-Rheological Fluids and Magneto-Rheological Suspensions - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference). World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814340236_0007