Aircraft can get higher and greener from doped fuels

Research Excellence | Strategy 10: Research Culture
Theme: Innovation
A droplet of fuel mixed with nanomaterials is ignited during an experiment in UBCO’s Combustion for Propulsion and Power Lab.

A team of researchers at UBC Okanagan are working on an exciting project that aims to develop cleaner jet fuel making use of graphene nano-materials. The research involves examining the combustion characteristics of microscopic graphene oxide inside fuel.

The researchers were able to evaluate the doped fuel’s combustion rate using ultrafast and enhanced cameras as well as microscopy examination. They discovered that adding graphene oxide nanoparticles to ethanol increased the burn rate by roughly 8%. According to the experts, this increase in combustion can help aircraft lower their carbon impact while simultaneously making planes more powerful.

The project, led by doctoral students Sepehr Mosadegh and Ahmad Ghaffarkhah along with Assistant Professors Dr. Sina Kheirkhah and Dr. Mohammad Arjmand, is a collaboration between the Combustion for Propulsion and Power Laboratory (CPPL) and the Nanomaterials and Polymer Nanocomposites Laboratory at the School of Engineering.

Read the full story at the UBC Okanagan News website.

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