The young students and professors who are doing research work in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology made a discovery on natural vegetable oils. They said that these oils are having the capacity to be a substitute for motor oil mixtures generally used as lubricants for two-stroke engines.
They succeeded on developing and examining the various methods to make cost-effective bio-fuels derived from different origins. They remained busy on conducting research projects previous year in their campus.
The research in bio-fuels and bio-lubricants will limit the consumption of foreign oil in the near future. The research work is being conducted by undergraduate students. They are making use of high-level developed chemical instrumentation and engine testing on a power measuring tool – dynamometer.
Matt Colchin and Doug Hale is a senior mechanical engineer from Decatur, Ind. and Indianapolis accompanied with Liz Malolawho (second year graduate) chemical engineer from Rochester, Ind. and Collins from Claremont (California) are working on this project. These are the young people but the significance of project demands the expert persons from mechanical, chemical and chemistry field.
This research team is already well-known for developing different types of two-cycle engine oils derived from bio-origins. These oils were proved to having highly good lubricating properties as compared to the synthetic oils available in the market and being commercially used. Now this team is moving towards the development of bio-fuels; which are having origin of canola oil, animal fat and waste frying oils. They are also looking into the results and effects of these bio-fuels sources in power production in an automobile engine. This analysis is being made by extensive engine tests.
The team of Rose-Hulman is working on the use of butanol in addition to ethanol use. Butanol can derived from corn grains. Butanol is having more energy than ethanol. Butanol has same properties as gasoline has which is widely being used and available at the gas station.
In the second phase of this project they are working on the manufacturing of biodiesel from different origins and examining their properties. They are trying to produce bio-diesel without generating waste by-products. Glycerin is the by-product released by the current method. This waste is discarded in a landfill. Collins said that this is an era which would revolutionize the automotive industry.