The use of bio-fuels for CHP and transport applications presents significant challenges especially if the overall energy utilisation during its production is to be kept below that of fossil fuels. High fuel viscosity, water content and acidity present engine fuel handling and operational issues that are required to be overcome before the long term use of the fuels can be relied upon.

Birmingham City University is able to offer a collaborative team that can support base engine development and flex fuel design and evaluation services in preparation of the emergence of alternative bio-fuels, including:

  • Cylinder and port geometry design optimisation
  • Injection strategy optimisation (GDI, Port Injection, CI)
  • Valve timing optimisation
  • Manifold design
  • Emissions reduction

Underpinning these services would be both predictive and experimental resources, including induction/exhaust system modelling and computational fluid dynamics.