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A Study of a Lean Homogeneous Combustion Engine System with a Fuel Reformer Cylinder

Hokkaido University-Shuntaro Ishiguro, Gen Shibata, Hideyuki Ogawa, Yoshimitsu Kobashi, Yusuke Watanabe
YANMAR Co., Ltd.-Go Asai, Yuki Tokuoka, Thomas Bayer
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-2177
Published 2019-12-19 by SAE International in United States
The Dual-Fuel (DF) combustion is a promising technology for efficient, low NOx and low exhaust particulate matter (PM) engine operation. To achieve equivalent performance to a DF engine with only the use of conventional liquid fuel, this study proposes the implementation of an on-board fuel reformation process by piston compression. For concept verification, DF combustion tests with representative reformed gas components were conducted. Based on the results, the controllability of the reformed gas composition by variations in the operating conditions of the reformer cylinder were discussed.
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Chemical Reaction Processes of Fuel Reformation by Diesel Engine Piston Compression of Rich Homogeneous Air-Fuel Mixture

SAE International Journal of Engines

Hokkaido University-Yusuke Watanabe, Shuntaro Ishiguro, Gen Shibata, Hideyuki Ogawa, Yoshimitsu Kobashi
YANMAR Co., Ltd.-Go Asai
  • Journal Article
  • 2017-32-0120
Published 2017-11-15 by Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan in Japan
To extend the operational range of premixed diesel combustion, fuel reformation by piston induced compression of rich homogeneous air-fuel mixtures was conducted in this study. Reformed gas compositions and chemical processes were first simulated with the chemistry dynamics simulation, CHEMKIN Pro, by changing the intake oxygen content, intake air temperature, and compression ratio. A single cylinder diesel engine was utilized to verify the simulation results. With the simulation and experiments, the characteristics of the reformed gas with respect to the reformer cylinder operating condition were obtained. Further, the thermal decomposition and partial oxidation reaction mechanisms of the fuel in extremely low oxygen concentrations were obtained with the characteristics of the gas production at the various reaction temperatures.The main reformed products were hydrogen (H2), carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and ethylene (C2H4) and the results indicated that the reforming depends on the maximum temperature in the cylinder, however, the amount of reformed gas is lower than the values predicted by the CHEMKIN simulation.
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