During the summer of 2013 Allison West and Deb Farrell will be continuing the biodiesel research effort at Larsen Motorsports Research Center as well as in the laboratory. Allison West is a freshman at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering and also has an impressive electrical and robotics background. Deb Farrell, who also attends Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, is a junior and studying Aviation Maintenance Science with a BS in Aerospace Safety.
Their goal is to produce the perfect mix of B100 Biofuel and Jet-A Aircraft fuel to create B20, a 20% blend of Biofuel and 80% blend of Jet-A. The B20 will propel a dragster, along with its General Electric J-85 or Pratt&Whitney J-60 jet engine, down a quarter mile track to compare the operational differences between pure Jet A and the Biofuel mixture (B20) in a jet dragster.
A fresh 40 gallon batch of B100 will be produced during the month of June 2013 for mixing and testing in either of the above engines, however, track time won't be necessary for future fuel testing. The two young ladies are nearly finished with a test cell that is currently housing a Pratt&Whitney J-60 engine. Once complete, the test cell will be a crucial asset for fuel flow regulation (tuning) of any given J-60 or J-85 engine at Larsen Motorsports Research Center.
By the end of the summer, Allison and Deb would like to perfect the process of making B100 and to also analyze the data collected for maximum efficiency of the B20 fuel in a jet dragster.