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Gale Banks Question and Answer

Hi everyone,

Welcome to our First ever question and answer with Diesel Engineer Gale Banks!

This question thread will be open till the 22nd of November. Upon the close of the thread Gale will be logging onto the site and will only be answering select questions. So make sure you are asking some good questions!

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What are you plans for NHRDA 2014 and your future in the diesel industry?

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What is the reason the speed of diesel combustion is so much slower than gasoline, it is obvious to me that if we could speed up diesel engines, move the torque curve further up the rpm range, we would generate much more power. Is it as simple as flame front propagation speed or is there something else I am missing; possibly being forced to inject the fuel later in the compression stroke? I know the move to CRD injection moved the peak torque up ~500rpm but is that the limit of combustion speed?

Also what are the intake air temperatures vs. ambient of you intake system with NO scoop for the LB7?
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How much difference is there between running 50/50 Water/meth and running 100% water?
Will straight water do anything besides lower egts?

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Any plans for an affordable and reliable propane injection system for 2nd gen and later 24v engines?

with the cost of fuel these days and propane generally being a far cheaper fuel, the cost-vs-mpg benefits of injecting propane to increase fuel mileage in most cases offsets the costs of the injected propane saving the end user some money on fuel and in some cases documented on this forum users have had gains of up to 7mpg using propane injection and the savings in diesel fuel more than paid for the propane used + extra in pocket savings.


We have been seeing fewer and fewer offerings for propane injection leaving the market pretty much wide open.

Personally if I had a easy to install kit that ran itself either mechanically or electronically to inject just enough propane for a mileage gain but not enough to cause excess egts or engine knock that was affordable and featured a tank mount between the bed and the frame, or between the frame rails, I would love to run it!

if I could get my 15mpg rig into the 20mpg range I would be jumping up in down happy! but I'm not about to spend $1000 for a kit...if it isn't affordable then the kit will never pay for itself in savings. $500 I could swing, upwards of that no way...

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Water/Methanol injection? Tell me more.

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I agree. I would like to know the science behind water methanol injection. Why does it work? Does it have any long term issues? I know that automotive manufacturers have toyed with this in the past. If it is this good why are they not utilizing this technology?

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If you are planning on entering the market with a water meth injection system will it have 2 modes, similar to Snow Injection's MPG and TOW modes? Will there be a multi stage system that ramps up to keep EGTs below a user selectable level?

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