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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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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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Thermal Efficiency Comparison of Different Injector Constellations in a CI Engine

King Abdullah Univ. of Science & Tech.-Gustav Nyrenstedt, Hao Shi, Bengt Johansson
New Ace Inst Co Ltd-Kazumasa Watanabe, Kenji Enya, Noboru Uchida
Published 2019-09-09 by SAE International in United States
More stringent emission regulations call for high-efficiency engines in the heavy-duty vehicle sector. Towards this goal, reduced heat losses, as well as increased work output, are needed. In this study, a multiple injector concept to control the combustion as well as reduce the hot boundary zones is proposed. Earlier studies have proven that multiple injectors experience lower heat losses and higher efficiency. However, a comprehensive investigation of the causes for experimental heat loss was not performed in depth. Experiments in a heavy-duty CI engine equipped with three injectors were thus performed. Engine configurations of single, dual and triple injectors were compared for a single-injection case as well as a multi-injection (Sabathe-cycle) case. Heat losses, efficiency and the emission levels were quantified and investigated. Optical experiments were performed to investigate the temperature field as well as flame behavior. This led to further understanding of the heat loss drivers. Experimental data was coupled with the double compression expansion engine concept for waste heat recovery, utilizing the energy from reduced heat losses. Notable findings included an efficiency increase…
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Novel Geometry Reaching High Efficiency for Multiple Injector Concepts

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology-Gustav Nyrenstedt, Hong Im, Bengt Johansson
Volvo Global Truck Tech Powertrain Eng-Arne Andersson
Published 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
Heat losses are known to decrease the efficiency of CI engines largely. Here, multiple injectors have been suggested to shrink these losses through reduction of spray wall impingement. Studies on multiple injectors have proven the concept’s heat transfer reduction but also highlighted the difficulty of using a standard piston bowl. This study proposes a two-injector concept combined with a flat bowl to reduce heat losses further. To change the spray pattern, the two injectors are injecting in a swirling motion while placed at the rim of the bowl. Four injection timings have been investigated using Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes simulations. This computational method quantified the amount of heat loss reduction possible. A conventional single injector concept is compared to two injector concepts with a standard and flat bowl. A Double Compression Expansion Engine (DCEE) concept, based on a modified Volvo D13 single-cylinder engine, was the base for all simulations. The DCEE can re-use the residual exhaust energy for a second expansion meaning increased importance of reduced heat losses. Heat release effects were discarded in the evaluation as…
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CFD Study of Heat Transfer Reduction Using Multiple Injectors in a DCEE Concept

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology-Gustav Nyrenstedt, Tariq Alturkestani, Hong Im, Bengt Johansson
Published 2019-01-15 by SAE International in United States
Earlier studies on efficiency improvement in CI engines have suggested that heat transfer losses contribute largely to the total energy losses. Fuel impingement on the cylinder walls is typically associated with high heat transfer. This study proposes a two-injector concept to reduce heat losses and thereby improve efficiency. The two injectors are placed at the rim of the bowl to change the spray pattern. Computational simulations based on the Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes approach have been performed for four different fuel injection timings in order to quantify the reduction in heat losses for the proposed concept. Two-injector concepts were compared to reference cases using only one centrally mounted injector. All simulations were performed in a double compression expansion engine (DCEE) concept using the Volvo D13 single-cylinder engine. In the DCEE, a large portion of the exhaust energy is re-used in the second expansion, thus increasing the thermodynamic efficiency. To isolate the heat losses associated with the changed spray pattern of the two-injector concept, effects of the heat release are excluded during the analysis. Results showed that the…
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Auto-Ignition of Iso-Stoichiometric Blends of Gasoline-Ethanol-Methanol (GEM) in SI, HCCI and CI Combustion Modes

Eindhoven University of Technology-Jeroen Feijs
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology-Muhammad Waqas, Nimal Naser, Mani Sarathy, Gustav Nyrenstedt, Bengt Johansson
Published 2017-03-28 by SAE International in United States
Gasoline-ethanol-methanol (GEM) blends, with constant stoichiometric air-to-fuel ratio (iso-stoichiometric blending rule) and equivalent to binary gasoline-ethanol blends (E2, E5, E10 and E15 in % vol.), were defined to investigate the effect of methanol and combined mixtures of ethanol and methanol when blended with three FACE (Fuels for Advanced Combustion Engines) Gasolines, I, J and A corresponding to RON 70.2, 73.8 and 83.9, respectively, and their corresponding Primary Reference Fuels (PRFs). A Cooperative Fuel Research (CFR) engine was used under Spark Ignition and Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignited modes. An ignition quality tester was utilized in the Compression Ignition mode. One of the promising properties of GEM blends, which are derived using the iso-stoichiometric blending rule, is that they maintain a constant octane number, which has led to the introduction of methanol as a drop-in fuel to supplement bio-derived ethanol. A constant RON/HCCI fuel number/derived Research octane number property was observed in all three combustion modes for high RON fuels, but for low RON fuels, the iso-stoichiometric blending rule for constant octane number did not appear to…
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