• Advances in CFR® compression ignition engine technology expands fuel testing capabilities.

Analytical Instrumentation

Advances in CFR® compression ignition engine technology expands fuel testing capabilities.

Aug 09 2021

CFR Engines Inc. continues to enhance and expand the CFR F5 cetane engine’s capabilities for current and future needs. A developmental version of the F5 engine with an electronic fuel injection (EFI) system has shown promising results, demonstrating the capability to improve the precision of the cetane rating method by a factor of two. The EFI system also makes it possible to expand the cetane number range that can be reliably measured by the CFR F5 engine in accordance with ASTM® D613. Currently the published D613 precision covers diesel fuels in the range of 40-56 CN. Ongoing work at CFR aims to increase the useful range of the F5 to rate diesel fuels across a broader range of less than 20 CN to greater than 80 CN.

In addition to traditional diesel fuels, CFR’s EFI development work has also shown promising results on alternative/renewable diesel fuels such as gas to liquid (GTL) and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). These alternate diesel fuels typically have higher cetane number than traditional diesel fuels, in the range of 75-80 CN and higher. With these higher cetane fuels, the test results have historically not been as precise and consistent as expected from the CFR F5 engine. With the CFR designed EFI system, the F5 engine has achieved test results indicating the cetane number rating precision can be not only improved, but also deliver more uniform precision while rating alternative diesel fuels anywhere in the range of 40-85 CN.

For more information about advances with CFR’s F5 engine, visit our website.

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