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Investigations in the Application of Butanol as a Diesel Fuel

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  2008 Providence, Rhode Island, June 29 – July 2, 2008  084911.(doi:10.13031/2013.25094)
Authors:   Jonathon P McCrady, Matthew J Wilhelmi, Alan C Hansen, Chia-Fon F Lee
Keywords:   Butanol, diesel, alternative fuel, physical properties

Several fuels offer the potential to displace demand for petroleum or replace petroleum fuels altogether. Some of these fuels are criticized for various reasons and hold back the fuel as a viable alternative. Butanol can be produced from biomass in a similar manner as ethanol and has potential to be used as a diesel fuel. This paper explores some properties of butanol to compare with ethanol, a soybean biodiesel, and diesel to determine the viability of butanol as a diesel fuel.

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