Numerical Evaluation of the Performance of a Compression Ignition CNG Engine for Heavy Duty Trucks with an Optimum Speed Power Turbine
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carbon dioxide emissions. It is injected in gaseous form for a much cleaner combustion almost cancelling some of
the emissions of the Diesel and it permits a much better energy security within Australia. The paper discusses the
best options currently available to convert Diesel engine platforms to CNG, with particular emphasis to the use of
these CNG engines within Australia where the refuelling network is scarce. This option is determined in the dual fuel
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