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Transition from HCCI to PPC: Investigation of the Effect of Different Injection Timing on Ignition and Combustion Characteristics in an Optical PPC Engine

Lund University-Miao Zhang, Saeed Derafshzan, Leilei Xu, Xue-Song Bai, Mattias Richter, Marcus Lundgren
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0559
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
The partially premixed combustion (PPC) concept is regarded as an intermediate process between the thoroughly mixed Homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) combustion and compression ignition (CI) combustion. It’s a combination of auto-ignition mode, a fuel-rich premixed combustion mode, and a diffusion combustion mode. The concept has both high efficiency and low soot emission due to low heat losses and less stratified fuel and air mixtures compared to conventional diesel CI. The mechanisms behind the combustion process are not yet very well known. This work focuses on the efficiency and the in-cylinder process in terms of fuel distribution and the initial phase of the combustion. More specifically, double injection strategies are compared with single injection strategies to achieve different levels of stratification, ranging from HCCI to PPC like combustion as well as poor (43%) to good (49%) of gross indicated efficiency. The experiments were performed in an optical heavy-duty CI engine.To analyze how the efficiency was affected in a transition from HCCI to PPC, the natural luminosity (N.L.) was captured with high-speed video (HSV). To complement…
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Impact of Multiple Injection Strategies on Efficiency and Combustion Characteristics in an Optical PPC Engine

Lund University-Miao Zhang, Leilei Xu, Saeed Derafshzan, Xue-Song Bai, Mattias Richter, Marcus Lundgren
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1131
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Partially premixed combustion (PPC) is a promising way to achieve high thermal efficiency and low emissions, especially by using multiple injection strategies. The mechanisms behind PPC efficiency are still to be explained and explored. In this paper, multiple injections have been used to affect the gross indicated efficiency in an optical PPC engine modified from a Volvo MD13 heavy-duty diesel engine. The aim is both to improve and impair the gross indicated efficiency to understand the differences. The combustion natural luminosity is captured by a high-speed camera, and the distribution of fuel, oxygen, and temperature during the combustion process has been further explored by CFD simulation. The results show that with the right combination of the pilot, main, and post injection the gross indicated efficiency can be improved. Using a post injection in a triple-injection case show to have less effect on the combustion phasing than pilot injection in a double-injection case, while it can significantly affect combustion efficiency. The later of the double-injection cases tested (c30/16), has less heat transfer losses since the high-temperature…
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Large Eddy Simulation of an Ignition Front in a Heavy Duty Partially Premixed Combustion Engine

Lund University-Christian Ibron, Hesameddin Fatehi, Mehdi Jangi, Xue-Song Bai
Published 2019-09-09 by SAE International in United States
In partially premixed combustion engines high octane number fuels are injected into the cylinder during the late part of the compression cycle, giving the fuel and oxidizer enough time to mix into a desirable stratified mixture. If ignited by auto-ignition such a gas composition can react in a combustion mode dominated by ignition wave propagation. 3D-CFD modeling of such a combustion mode is challenging as the rate of fuel consumption can be dependent on both mixing history and turbulence acting on the reaction wave. This paper presents a large eddy simulation (LES) study of the effects of stratification in scalar concentration (enthalpy and reactant mass fraction) due to large scale turbulence on the propagation of reaction waves in PPC combustion engines. The studied case is a closed cycle simulation of a single cylinder of a Scania D13 engine running PRF81 (81% iso-octane and 19% n-heptane). Two injection timings are investigated; start of injection at -17 CAD aTDC and -30 CAD aTDC. One-equation transported turbulence sub-grid closure is used for the unresolved momentum and scalar fluxes…
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Numerical Investigation of Methanol Ignition Sequence in an Optical PPC Engine with Multiple Injection Strategies

Birmingham University-Mehdi Jangi
Lund University-Mateusz Pucilowski, Hesameddin Fatehi, Sara Lonn, Alexios Matamis, Oivind Andersson, Mattias Richter, Xue-Song Bai
Published 2019-09-09 by SAE International in United States
Methanol is a genuine candidate on the alternative fuel market for internal combustion engines, especially within the heavy-duty transportation sector. Partially premixed combustion (PPC) engine concept, known for its high efficiency and low emission rates, can be promoted further with methanol fuel due to its unique thermo-physical properties. The low stoichiometric air to fuel ratio allows to utilize late injection timings, which reduces the wall-wetting effects, and thus can lead to less unburned hydrocarbons. Moreover, combustion of methanol as an alcohol fuel, is free from soot emissions, which allows to extend the operation range of the engine. However, due to the high latent heat of vaporization, the ignition event requires a high inlet temperature to achieve ignition event. In this paper LES simulations together with experimental measurements on an heavy-duty optical engine are used to study methanol PPC engine. After a successful calibration of the pressure trace in terms of required intake temperature and combustion model, the optical natural luminosity data is used to validate prediction of ignition kernel and vapor penetration length. Moreover, it…
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Effect of Injection Timing on the Ignition and Mode of Combustion in a HD PPC Engine Running Low Load

Lund University-Christian Ibron, Mehdi Jangi, Sara Lonn, Alexios Matamis, Oivind Andersson, Martin Tuner, Mattias Richter, Xue-Song Bai
Published 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
This work aims to study the effect of fuel inhomogeneity on the ignition process and subsequent combustion in a compression ignition Partially Premixed Combustion (PPC) engine using a primary reference fuel (PRF) in low load conditions. Five cases with injection timings ranging from the start of injection (SOI) at -70 crank angle degrees (CAD) to -17 CAD have been studied numerically and experimentally in a heavy duty (HD) piston bowl geometry. Intake temperature is adjusted to keep the combustion phasing constant. Three dimensional numerical simulations are performed in a closed cycle sector domain using the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) formulation with k-ϵ turbulence closure and direct coupling of finite rate chemistry. The results are compared with engine experiments. The predicted trends in required intake temperature and auto-ignition location for a constant combustion phasing are consistent with experiments. The simulations show that the auto-ignition is critically dependent on both fuel and temperature stratification. The ignition occurs in fuel-lean regions but the mixing of the fuel with the cylinder gas and the cylinder gas temperature stratification (prior…
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Comparison of Kinetic Mechanisms for Numerical Simulation of Methanol Combustion in DICI Heavy-Duty Engine

Lund University-Mateusz Pucilowski, Shijie Xu, Changle Li, Martin Tuner, Xue-Song Bai, Alexander A. Konnov
Northwestern Polytechnical University-Rui Li, Fei Qin
Published 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
The combustion process in a homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) engine is mainly governed by ignition wave propagation. The in-cylinder pressure, heat release rate, and the emission characteristics are thus largely driven by the chemical kinetics of the fuel. As a result, CFD simulation of such combustion process is very sensitive to the employed reaction mechanism, which model the real chemical kinetics of the fuel. In order to perform engine simulation with a range of operating conditions and cylinder-piston geometry for the design and optimization purpose, it is essential to have a chemical kinetic mechanism that is both accurate and computational inexpensive. In this paper, we report on the evaluation of several chemical kinetic mechanisms for methanol combustion, including large mechanisms and skeletal/reduced mechanisms. These mechanisms are evaluated in terms of homogeneous ignition delay time, laminar flame speed, and multi-phase simulations of HCCI heavy-duty engine. The results are compared with experimental data and evaluated in terms of the accuracy and computational cost. It was found that scattering of ignition delay time predicted from different chemical…
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Effects of In-Cylinder Flow Simplifications on Turbulent Mixing at Varying Injection Timings in a Piston Bowl PPC Engine

Lund University-Christian Ibron, Mehdi Jangi, Xue-Song Bai
Published 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
In computational fluid dynamic simulations of partially premixed combustion engines it is common to find simplifications of the in cylinder flow conditions in order to save computational cost. One common simplification is to start the simulation at the moment of intake valve closing with an assumed initial flow condition, rather than making a full scavenging simulation. Another common simplification is the periodic sector assumption, limiting all sector cuts of the full cylinder to be identical periodic copies of each other. This work studies how such flow simplifications affect the spray injection and in turn the fuel/air mixing at different injection timings. Focus is put on the stratification of fuel concentration and gas temperature due to interaction of the spray, turbulence and piston geometry. The investigated engine setup consists of a light duty engine with a piston bowl and a five-hole injector. The simulations are performed under non-reacting conditions and utilize the large eddy simulation turbulence model. Both full cylinder mesh and sector mesh simulations are carried out to evaluate the effects of (a) turbulent vs…
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Effect of Piston Geometry on Stratification Formation in the Transition from HCCI to PPC

Lund University-Changle Li, Xue-Song Bai, Per Tunestal, Martin Tuner
Lund University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University-Leilei Xu
Published 2018-09-10 by SAE International in United States
Partially premixed combustion (PPC) is an advanced combustion strategy that has been proposed to provide higher efficiency and lower emissions than conventional compression ignition, as well as greater controllability than homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI). Stratification of the fuel-air mixture is the key to achieving these benefits. The injection strategy, injector-piston geometry design and fuel properties are factors commonly manipulated to adjust the stratification level. In the authors’ previous research, the effects of injection strategy and fuel properties on the stratification formation process were investigated. The results revealed that, for a direct-injection compression ignition engine, by sweeping the injection timing from −180° aTDC (after top dead center) to −20° aTDC, the sweep could be divided into three different regimes: an HCCI regime, a Transition regime and a PPC regime, based on the changing of mixture stratification conditions. When running in the Transition regime, the engine’s efficiency and emissions were poor. Hence, it is optimal to minimize the length of the Transition regime. At the same time, it would be very beneficial to expand the PPC…
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Heat Loss Analysis for Various Piston Geometries in a Heavy-Duty Methanol PPC Engine

Lund University-Mateusz Pucilowski, Mehdi Jangi, Sam Shamun, Martin Tuner, Xue-Song Bai
Published 2018-09-10 by SAE International in United States
Partially premixed combustion (PPC) in internal combustion engine as a low temperature combustion strategy has shown great potential to achieve high thermodynamic efficiency. Methanol due to its unique properties is considered as a preferable PPC engine fuel. The injection timing to achieve methanol PPC conditions should be set very close to TDC, allowing to utilize spray-bowl interaction to further improve combustion process in terms of emissions and heat losses. In this study CFD simulations are performed to investigate spray-bowl interaction for a number of different piston designs and its impact on the heat transfer and the overall piston performance. The validation case is based on a single cylinder heavy-duty Scania D13 engine with a compression ratio 15. The operation point is set to low load 5.42 IMEPg bar with SOI -3 aTDC. After satisfactory agreement with experiments in terms of combustion phasing, in-cylinder pressure and heat release rate, the effect of piston bowl geometry is investigated by performing several CFD simulations with modified piston bowl geometry while keeping the compression ratio, CA50 and injection conditions…
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A Numerical Study on the Sensitivity of Soot and NOx Formation to the Operating Conditions in Heavy Duty Engines

Lund University-Hesameddin Fatehi, Eric Wingren, Oivind Andersson, Xue-Song Bai
Politecnico di Milano-Tommaso Lucchini, Gianluca D'Errico
Published 2018-04-03 by SAE International in United States
In this paper, computation fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations are employed to describe the effect of flow parameters on the formation of soot and NOx in a heavy duty engine under low load and high load. The complexity of diesel combustion, specially when soot, NOx and other emissions are of interest, requires using a detailed chemical mechanism to have a correct estimation of temperature and species distribution. In this work, Multiple Representative Interactive Flamelets (MRIF) method is employed to describe the chemical reactions, ignition, flame propagation and emissions in the engine. A phenomenological model for soot formation, including soot nucleation, coagulation and oxidation with O2 and OH is incorporated into the flamelet combustion model. Different strategies for modelling NOx are chosen to take into account the longer time scale for NOx formation. The numerical results are compared with experimental data to show the validity of the model for the cases under study. A good agreement is achieved between the model results and the pressure and heat release rate from the experiment. For soot and NOx, the…
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