Considerations in the design of an inexpensive hydrogen-fueled engine

Michael R. Swain, Matthew N. Swain, Robert R. Adt

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

6 Scopus citations


Present research efforts are pursuing the development of complex fuel delivery systems in an effort to successfully incorporate existing combustion chambers and coolant systems designed for hydrocarbon fuels into a hydrogen-fueled engine design. This paper presents the hypothesis that fundamental redesign of the combustion chamber shape and coolant passages can solve the hydrogen engine design problems more economically than redesign of the fuel delivery system. The differences in knock with hydrogen fuel and with hydrocarbon fuel are discussed. It is concluded that the combustion chamber shapes designed to reduce knock with hydrocarbon fuel actually promote knock with hydrogen fuel.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSAE Technical Papers
StatePublished - Dec 1 1988
EventInternational Fuels and Lubricants Meeting and Exposition - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Oct 10 1988Oct 13 1988


OtherInternational Fuels and Lubricants Meeting and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPortland, OR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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