Fuel Properties and Kinetics

Research output: NRELPresentation


The Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (CoOptima) program is focused on a two-pronged approach to develop new, lower net-carbon fuels and advanced engine technologies in tandem. This effort brings nine national labs and several university and industry partners together to simultaneously identify new fuel candidates and to further engine technology development in the light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle sectors with a focus on fuel economy and emission reduction. The fuel properties and kinetics project is aimed at achieving a better understanding of fuel property kinetics and how they impact engine performance such that more efficient and lower emitting engines can be made a reality. Several promising biofuel candidates were identified through tiered screening approaches and were evaluated utilizing unique bench-scale measurement techniques. Kinetic models were developed to describe autoignition and soot pre-cursor formation mechanisms to identify the most promising candidates that advanced various combustion strategies.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages40
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2021 DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting, 21-25 June 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5400-81387


  • flow reactor
  • kinetics
  • phi-sensitivity
  • RON


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