posted on Feb, 19 2008 @ 10:04 AM
reply to post by pstrron
Perhaps possible, but I doubt it is practical.
I drive a truck for a libing, so this is one subject I am familiar with to a large extent. The diesel engine has the advantages it has (long running
times, reliability, high torgue) due to the simple fact that diesel fuel is a very sow-burning mixture. Instead of using a spark to ignite a
highly-explosive mixture such as gasoline, the pressure from compression alone serves to ignite the fuel.
Pumping even a small amount of gasoline into a diesel engine will cause an explosion that will destroy the engine. It is simply not made for that hig
of an explosion. So to try and introduce hydroxide into it would make for an even worse situation.
My feelings on alternate fuels for diesels is that here is an area where organic fuel is very acceptable. Unlike the traditional gasoline engine,
which has trouble burning the alcohol in 'gasohol' (now renamed as 'ethanol') efficiently, diesels were originally designed to run on peanut oil.
Willie Nelson now has a bio-diesel refinery and operates a truck stop at Carl's Corners TX where he pushes the benefits of his 'Bio-Willie' fuel.
Other truck stops across the nation are offering the fuel mixture, with Love's Truck Stops apparently leading the way. Drivers are reporting better
fuel efficiency and increased power from the mixture compared to pure diesel.
The drawbacks? The fuel systems tend to collect impurities over time, and bio-diesel has a detergent property to it; it tends to break all that
sediment loose. That in turn tends to clog the fuel system for a few thousand miles of operation after starting on bio-diesel. As far as I know, this
is the only problem. No problems with engine longevity have been reported. So I think this may well be the best concept overall for diesels.
As for hydroxide, doesn't it take as much energy to split the water molecule as is produced when it re-combines? I hadn't heard much about a new
method of electrolysis; did I miss something?