Dispersion of Hydrogen or Methane Fuels Released into an Automobile Interior

  • J. M. Arvidson
  • J. Hord
  • D. B. Mann
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 21)


With increasing emphasis on air quality, clean-burning fuels such as hydrogen and methane make prime candidates for use in internal combustion engines [1–10]. In addition to reduced emissions, a cost savings may be realized in using gaseous fuels [9,10]. This economic advantage is primarily due to the increasing price of gasoline and the absence of a tax schedule on natural gas as a motor fuel. Taxation, scarcity of gaseous fuels, and concomitant increasing gas prices could eliminate the economic incentive [10] to convert gasoline-powered vehicles to gaseous fuel operation. Exhaust emissions are greatly reduced with hydrogen or methane fuels; hydrogen-fueled autos [11] already satisfy 1975–1976 Federal emission standards, while methane-fueled vehicles [10,12] apparently do not quite meet these rigid specifications.


Leakage Flow Explosion Hazard Passenger Compartment Leakage Flow Rate Methane Fuel 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Arvidson
    • 1
  • J. Hord
    • 1
  • D. B. Mann
    • 1
  1. 1.Cryogenics DivisionInstitute for Basic StandardsBoulderUSA

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