Performance and emission analysis of an internal combustion engine with hydroxy gas assist
This research paper, published in Materials Today, combines theoretical and practical experimentations in the field of efficiency of combustion engines, with the purpose of reducing emissions, improving fuel economy, and reducing operating expenses. The claims made in the paper include significant improvement, due to hydroxy gas assist, in the thermal efficiency of the engine supplemented with reduced fuel consumption. Further, a tangible reduction in the emission of CO, CO2, and unburnt HC was noted.
Highlights of the research of hydroxy gas assist
- HHO gas was produced by the electrolytic reaction of water and added alongside fuel.
- HHO significantly reduced emissions of CO, CO2 emissions and unburnt HC.
- Vehicle mileage improved by 33% due to the addition of HHO.
- HHO decreased specific fuel consumption by 26% and improved efficiency by 42%.
- No major modifications in the engine are required to accommodate HHO system.
The present study aims at evaluating the performance characteristics of a petrol engine augmented with an HHO generator. The HHO gas was generated by the electrolysis reaction of water. The catalyst used for the reaction was KOH. The HHO gas was allowed to enter the carburettor along with the air–fuel mixture and its effect on the mileage, specific fuel consumption, thermal efficiency and emissions of the engine were investigated. The results revealed significant improvement in the thermal efficiency of the engine supplemented with reduced fuel consumption. Further, a tangible reduction in the emission of CO, CO2, and unburnt HC was noted.
Relevance to ANTISMOG
This research is relevant to ANTISMOG, because ANTISMOG is an open-source process to reliably measure and reduce air pollution from combustion engines.
Air pollution from combustion engines is a significant cause of human diseases, suffering, and premature deaths. While the transition in Mobility and Energy sectors towards low-emission technologies is on-going, ANTISMOG offers a practical, transparent and replicable process, build entirely with solutions available today.
Some of ANTISMOG’s products that help reduce air pollution from combustion engines are B-1 and C-600 hydrogen premix devices. The hydrogen-based technology can be applied to most combustion engines in operation today, as a one-off treatment or as a permanent retrofit installation.
ANTISMOG’s process is a simple, open-source workflow, designed to reliably measure and reduce the exhaust emissions.
- Determine baseline emissions;
- Remove carbon deposits from the internals of the engine and the exhaust with hydrogen;
- Permanent or preventive fuel enhancement with hydrogen;
- Quantify the effect of the treatment and modifications;