Scrap aluminum as fuel
Author(s)Miller, Shannon(Shannon E.)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Douglas P. Hart.
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The new development of a low cost, low risk aluminum fuel production method has extended the viable use cases of aluminum as a fuel. Scrap aluminum has the potential to provide fuel in disaster relief zones when infrastructure is ruined and scrap metal is abundant. Additionally, converting scrap aluminum to fuel can provide an alternate option to traditional recycling methods. The following paper presents various methods used to process and treat scrap aluminum and the resulting efficacy of these methods. Four different fuel production methods are presented. Parameters such as method of reforming scrap aluminum, percent mass eutectic in fuel, eutectic coating time, and pretreatment of aluminum cans are varied. The various methods achieved a wide range of efficiencies with the best being 57%.
Thesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2019Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (page 32).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology