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On Maximizing Argon Engines' Performance via Subzero Intake Temperatures in HCCI Mode at High Compression Ratios

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology-Ali Elkhazraji, Abdulrahman Mohammed, Sufyan Jan, Jean-Baptiste Masurier, Robert Dibble, Bengt Johansson
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1133
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
The improvement of the indicated thermal efficiency of an argon power cycle (replacing nitrogen with argon in the combustion reaction) is investigated in a CFR engine at high compression ratios in homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) mode. The study combines the two effects that can increase the thermodynamic efficiency as predicted by the ideal Otto cycle: high specific heat ratio (provided by argon), and high compression ratios. However, since argon has relatively low heat capacity (at constant volume), it results in high in-cylinder temperatures, which in turn, leads to the occurrence of knock. Knock limits the feasible range of compression ratios and further increasing the compression ratio can cause serious damage to the engine due to the high pressure rise rate caused by advancing the combustion phasing. The technique proposed in this study in order to avoid intense knock of an argon cycle at high compression ratios is to cool the intake charge to subzero temperatures which leads to lower in-cylinder temperatures and hence, less possibility of having knock. The main variable in this study…
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Isobaric Combustion at a Low Compression Ratio

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology-Aibolat Dyuisenakhmetov, Harsh Goyal, Moez Ben Houidi, Rafig Babayev, Bengt Johansson
Saudi Aramco-Jihad Badra
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0797
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
In a previous study, it was shown that isobaric combustion cycle, achieved by multiple injection strategy, is more favorable than conventional diesel cycle for the double compression expansion engine (DCEE) concept. In spite of lower effective expansion ratio, the indicated efficiencies of isobaric cycles were approximately equal to those of a conventional diesel cycle. Isobaric cycles had lower heat transfer losses and higher exhaust losses which are advantageous for DCEE since additional exhaust energy can be converted into useful work in the expander. In this study, the performance of low-pressure isobaric combustion (IsoL) and high-pressure isobaric combustion (IsoH) in terms of gross indicated efficiency, energy flow distribution and engine-out emissions is compared to the conventional diesel combustion (CDC) but at a relatively lower compression ratio of 11.5. The experiments are conducted in a Volvo D13C500 single-cylinder heavy-duty engine using standard EU diesel fuel. The current study consists of two sets of experiments. In the first set, the effect of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) is studied at different combustion modes using the same air-fuel ratio obtained…
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Effects of Geometry on Passive Pre-Chamber Combustion Characteristics

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology-Mickael Silva, Sangeeth Sanal, Ponnya Hlaing, Bengt Johansson, Hong G. Im
Saudi Aramco-Emre Cenker
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0821
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Towards a fundamental understanding of the ignition characteristics of pre-chamber (PC) combustion engines, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations were conducted using CONVERGE. To assist the initial design of the KAUST pre-chamber engine experiments, the primary focus of the present study was to assess the impact of design parameters such as throat diameter, nozzle diameter, and nozzle length. The well-stirred reactor combustion model coupled with a methane oxidation mechanism reduced from GRI 3.0 was used. A homogeneous charge of methane and air with λ = 1.3 on both the PC and main chamber (MC) was assumed. The geometrical parameters were shown to affect the pre-chamber combustion characteristics, such as pressure build-up, radical formation, and heat release as well as the composition of the jets penetrating and igniting the main chamber charge. In addition, the backflow of species pushed inside the pre-chamber due to the flow reversal (FR) event was analyzed. It was found that the narrow throat type of pre-chamber is strongly influenced by the throat diameter, but weakly influence by nozzle length. A flow reversal…
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Effect of Pre-Chamber Enrichment on Lean Burn Pre-Chamber Spark Ignition Combustion Concept with a Narrow-Throat Geometry

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology-Ponnya Hlaing, Manuel Echeverri Marquez, Eshan Singh, Fahad Almatrafi, Moez Ben Houidi, Bengt Johansson
Saudi Aramco-Emre Cenker
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0825
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Pre-chamber spark ignition (PCSI) combustion is an emerging lean-burn combustion mode capable of extending the lean operation limit of an engine. The favorable characteristic of short combustion duration at the lean condition of PCSI results in high efficiencies compared to conventional spark ignition combustion. Since the engine operation is typically lean, PCSI can significantly reduce engine-out NOx emissions while maintaining short combustion durations. In this study, experiments were conducted on a heavy-duty engine at lean conditions at mid to low load. Two major studies were performed. In the first study, the total fuel energy input to the engine was fixed while the intake pressure was varied, resulting in varying the global excess air ratio. In the second study, the intake pressure was fixed while the amount of fuel was changed to alter the global excess air ratio. At each global excess air ratio, the fuel injection to the pre-chamber was varied parametrically to assess the effect of pre-chamber enrichment on engine operating characteristics. Multi-chamber heat release analysis was performed to present the pre-chamber and main…
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Optical Diagnostics of Isooctane and n-Heptane Isobaric Combustion

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology-Abdullah S. Al Ramadan, Gustav Nyrenstedt, Moez Ben Houidi, Bengt Johansson
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1126
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Isobaric combustion has demonstrated a great potential to reach high thermodynamic efficiency in the advanced Double Compression Expansion Engine (DCEE) concept. It appears as one of few viable choices for applications with high-pressure combustion. At these conditions, releasing heat at a constant pressure minimizes the peak in-cylinder pressure and, hence, mitigates excessive mechanical stress on the engine. This study focuses on the effect of fuels on the multiple-injection isobaric combustion. A single-cylinder heavy-duty engine was utilized to test and compare the isobaric combustion with pure isooctane and n-heptane fuels. The engine was equipped with an optical piston to allow a bottom-view of the combustion chamber. The interactions of multiple injections and the combustion behavior were studied using high-speed acquisition of chemiluminescence. The examined isobaric cases have a peak pressure of 70 bar. For cases with high soot luminosity, a short band-pass filter was used to avoid image saturation. Fuels with short ignition delay time such as n-heptane are usually used for isobaric applications as they offer good controllability of injections. However, the study herein demonstrates…
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Isobaric Combustion for High Efficiency in an Optical Diesel Engine

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology-Gustav Nyrenstedt, Abdullah Al Ramadan, Qinglong Tang, Moez Ben Houidi, Bengt Johansson
Saudi Aramco-Jihad Badra, Emre Cenker
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0301
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Isobaric combustion has been proven a promising strategy for high efficiency as well as low nitrogen oxides emissions, particularly in heavy-duty Diesel engines. Previous single-cylinder research engine experiments have, however, shown high soot levels when operating isobaric combustion. The combustion itself and the emissions formation with this combustion mode are not well understood due to the complexity of multiple injections strategy. Therefore, experiments with an equivalent heavy-duty Diesel optical engine were performed in this study. Three different cases were compared, an isochoric heat release case and two isobaric heat release cases. One of the isobaric cases was boosted to reach the maximum in-cylinder pressure of the isochoric one. The second isobaric case kept the same boost levels as the isochoric case. Results showed that in the isobaric cases, liquid fuel was injected into burning gases. This resulted in shorter ignition delays and thus a poor mixing level. The lack of fuel/air mixing was clearly the main contributor to the high soot emissions observed in isobaric combustion. The lower heat losses of the isobaric strategy were…
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A Numerical Study on the Ignition of Lean CH4/Air Mixture by a Pre-Chamber-Initiated Turbulent Jet

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology-Sangeeth Sanal, Mickael Silva, Ponnya Hlaing, Bengt Johansson, Hong G. Im
Saudi Aramco-Emre Cenker
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0820
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
To provide insights into the fundamental characteristics of pre-chamber combustion engines, the ignition of lean premixed CH4/air due to hot gas jets initiated by a passive narrow throated pre-chamber in a heavy-duty engine was studied computationally. A twelve-hole pre-chamber geometry was investigated using CONVERGETM software. The numerical model was validated against the experimental results. To elucidate the main-chamber ignition mechanism, the spark plug location and spark timing were varied, resulting in different pressure gradient during turbulent jet formation. Different ignition mechanisms were observed for turbulent jet ignition of lean premixed CH4/air, based on the geometry effect. Ignition behavior was classified into the flame and jet ignition depending on the significant presence of hot active radicals. The jet ignition, mainly due to hot product gases was found to be advanced by the addition of a small concentration of radicals. In turbulent conditions, the ignition behavior falls between the flame and jet ignition, depending on the pressure gradient and geometry of the pre-chamber. An ignition Damkohler number is identified and used to characterize different ignition behavior. The…
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Validation of Computational Models for Isobaric Combustion Engines

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology-Hammam H. Aljabri, Rafig Babayev, Xinlei Liu, Bengt Johansson, Hong G. Im
Saudi Aramco-Jihad Badra
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0806
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
The focus of this study is to aid the development of the isobaric combustion engine by investigating multiple injection strategies at moderately high pressures. A three-dimensional (3D) commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code, CONVERGE, was used to conduct simulations. The validation of the isobaric combustion case was carried out through the use of a single injector with multiple injections. The computational simulations were matched to the experimental data using methods outlined in this paper for different multiple injection cases. A sensitivity analysis to understand the effects of different modeling components on the quantitative prediction was carried out. First, the effects of the kinetic mechanisms were assessed by employing different chemical mechanisms, and the results showed no significant difference in the conditions under consideration. Next, different liquid fuel properties were examined, and it was found that the physical properties of the fuels have a notable effect in terms of evaporation and atomization, which lead to a variation in the considered numerical case. The effect of thermodynamics properties was also investigated by testing different equations of state…
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Optical Study on the Fuel Spray Characteristics of the Four-Consecutive-Injections Strategy Used in High-Pressure Isobaric Combustion

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology-Qinglong Tang, Ramgopal Sampath, Priybrat Sharma, Gustav Nyrenstedt, Abdullah Al Ramadan, Moez Ben Houidi, Bengt Johansson, Gaetano Magnotti
Saudi Aramco-Jihad Badra
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1129
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
High-pressure isobaric combustion used in the double compression expansion engine (DCEE) concept was proposed to obtain higher engine brake thermal efficiency than the conventional diesel engine. Experiments on the metal engines showed that four consecutive injections delivered by a single injector can achieve isobaric combustion. Improved understanding of the detailed fuel-air mixing with multiple consecutive injections is needed to optimize the isobaric combustion and reduce engine emissions. In this study, we explored the fuel spray characteristics of the four-consecutive-injections strategy using high-speed imaging with background illumination and fuel-tracer planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) imaging in a heavy-duty optical engine under non-reactive conditions. Toluene of 2% by volume was added to the n-heptane and served as the tracer. The fourth harmonic of a 10 Hz Nd:YAG laser was applied for the excitation of toluene. The PLIF image distortion caused by the side window curvature and the optical piston was mitigated using a correction lens and corrected with a grid mapping technique. The effects of hydraulic delay and injection dwell on the in-cylinder liquid-phase fuel penetration and vapor-phase…
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Fuel Flexibility Study of a Compression Ignition Engine at High Loads

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology-Abdullah S. AlRamadan, Moez Ben Houidi, Gustav Nyrenstedt, Bengt Johansson
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-2193
Published 2019-12-19 by SAE International in United States
Engine experiments were performed on a single-cylinder heavy-duty engine at relatively high loads to investigate the regions where the combustion characteristics are unchanged regardless of the fuel octane number. Primary Reference Fuels (PRFs) and three different commercial fuels with RON values ranging from 0 to 100 were tested in this study. A sweep of net indicated mean effective pressure (IMEPNet) of 5 to 20 bar, absolute intake pressure of 1.5 to 2.8 bar, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) of 0 to 40%, and fuel injection pressure of 700 to 1400 bar were performed to investigate the combustion characteristics, ignition delay time, combustion duration, efficiency, and emissions. At the highest load point (IMEPNet = 20 bar), all the fuels burn as in conventional diesel combustion. Despite the wide range of octane numbers, all fuels had similar ignition delay time, combustion duration, indicated efficiency, and emissions at 10 to 20 bar IMEPNet. It follows that CI mode is the only realistic option at high load and pressure points. All fuels showed similar combustion duration and emission levels behavior…
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