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Old 03-04-2009, 10:57 AM
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Hi Keith. I would like to know what happen if in mixing the fuel components for my RCVs I use Ethanol Alcohol insted of Methanol. I would appreciate your opinion or experiences to this topic. Tks. Rogelio Amezcua.
Old 03-04-2009, 01:48 PM
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Here in Brazil we have automobiles than run with pure ethanol.
Because of that many people have tryed to use ethanol on glow engines.
The reports I`ve got tell me that the engines run while the plug is energized.
Once you disconnect the battery it dies.
OS is making an ethanol glow engine (as far as I know it is marketed only in Japan).
The secret is in the glow plug. It should be a special one.
Old 03-04-2009, 08:15 PM
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Arruda: Thanks for the information . Rogelio
Old 03-05-2009, 06:54 AM
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Hi

The previous contributor is completely correct. A conventional glow plug works by the catalytic action of methanol on the hot platinum coil during the inlet and compression strokes. The hot platinum coil causes methanol and oxygen to combine, creating heat which heats the coil further causing more reaction and hence the process is self propogating.
Now I'm not sure but I think that conventional glow plugs wont have a catalytic effect on ethanol, so the engine will just stop once the battery is disconnected. If a special plug is availble we would be very interested to hear about it

Many thanks


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