"This is a well known fact that the resources of mineral oils are depleting
day-by-day, and the cost of exploration of the remaining reserves is bound to escalate.
Moreover, the burning of fossil fuels increases the level of carbon-dioxide in the
atmosphere causing the `Green House' effect. In this context, a viable and sustainable
alternative fuel is necessary to cater to a large fleet of automobiles across the world.
The advent of biodiesel has come to the rescue in such a warranting situtation.
Efforts are being made to streamline the systems to produce biodiesels at economically
viable rates and apply them in running the diesel engines in lieu of petro-diesel. And the
present study is an attempt in this direction. It seeks to exploit non-edible oil plants,
especially Jatropha, mahua and palm, to replace diesel oil usage in the coventional diesel
engines. Providing transesterification procedure for all the three non-edible oils, it
deals with the heat release rate caculations based on the pressure data collected in the
combustion chamber. It also extends discussion on the instrumentation and experimentation,
as well as the results of the findings."