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Development of a Novel Machine Learning Methodology for the Generation of a Gasoline Surrogate Laminar Flame Speed Database under Water Injection Engine Conditions

SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants

NAIS S.r.l., Italy-Claudio Forte
University of Bologna, Italy-Leonardo Pulga, Gian Marco Bianchi, Matteo Ricci, Giulio Cazzoli
  • Journal Article
  • 04-13-01-0001
Published 2019-11-19 by SAE International in United States
The water injection is one of the technologies assessed in the development of new internal combustion engines fulfilling new emission regulation and policy on Auxiliary Emission Strategy assessment. Besides all the positive aspects about the reduction of mixture temperature at top dead center and exhaust gases temperature at turbine inlet, it is well known that the water vapor acts as a mixture diluter, thus diminishing the reactants burning rate. A common methodology employed for the Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes Computational Fluid Dynamics (RANS CFD) simulation of the reciprocating internal combustion engines’ turbulent combustion relies on the flamelet approach, which requires knowledge of the Laminar Flame Speed (LFS) and thickness. Typically, these properties are calculated by means of correlation laws, but they do not keep into account the presence of water mass fraction. A more precise methodology for the definition of both the LFS and thickness is thus required. The interrogation of a previously computed look-up table of such properties during run time seems to be a suitable and more accurate method than using correlations. In order to…
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Evaluation of Water and EGR Effects on Combustion Characteristics of GDI Engines Using a Chemical Kinetics Approach

NAIS-Claudio Forte
University of Bologna-Giulio Cazzoli, Gian Marco Bianchi, Stefania Falfari, Matteo Ricci
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-24-0019
Published 2019-09-09 by SAE International in United States
The modern spark ignition engines, due to the introduced strategies for limiting the consumption without reducing the power, are sensitive to both the detonation and the increase of the inlet turbine temperature. In order to reduce the risk of detonation, the use of dilution with the products of combustion (EGR) is an established practice that has recently improved with the use of water vapor obtained via direct or indirect injection.The application and optimization of these strategies cannot ignore the knowledge of physical quantities characterizing the combustion such as the laminar flame speed and the ignition delay, both are intrinsic property of the fuel and are function of the mixture composition (mixture fraction and dilution) and of its thermodynamic conditions.The experimental measurements of the laminar flame speed and the ignition delay available in literature, rarely report the effects of dilution by EGR or water vapor. To overcome the limitations of the experimentation is possible to predict the value of the ignition delay using numerical models based on chemical kinetics theory. The increased performance of computing systems…
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Numerical Aspects Affecting Heat Transfer in ICE Applications and Definition of a Temperature Wall Function Accounting for the Boundary Layer Compressibility

SAE International Journal of Engines

DIN-University of Bologna, Italy-Leonardo Pulga, Gian Marco Bianchi, Stefania Falfari
Nais s.r.l., Italy-Claudio Forte
  • Journal Article
  • 03-12-05-0034
Published 2019-08-22 by SAE International in United States
The heat transfer phenomena in Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs) are one of the main research topics that need to be addressed to enhance the performance in terms of power, efficiency, emissions and reliability. The present study is focused on the evaluation of the in-cylinder heat fluxes through the use of Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) simulations, with a wall function approach. In particular, the aim of this work is to present a new fully non-isothermal wall function obtained from the one-dimensional (1-D) energy balance equation for turbulent flows in the boundary layers, specifying all the steps and assumptions which have carried to the final fully compressible formulation. The new proposed wall function has been validated against experimental data of the General Motors (GM) Pancake Engine, representative of low Brake Mean Effective Pressure (bmep) operating point, comparing the results with other existing wall functions. With the objective of a mesh independency analysis, the wall functions considered have been tested with three different grids, varying the height of the first layer. Globally, it has been found that the…
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Water Injection Applicability to Gasoline Engines: Thermodynamic Analysis

NAIS srl-Claudio Forte
University of Bologna-Stefania Falfari, Gian Marco Bianchi, Giulio Cazzoli, Matteo Ricci
Published 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
The vehicle WLTP and RDE homologation test cycles are pushing the engine technology toward the implementation of different solutions aimed to the exhaust gases emission reduction. The tightening of the policy on the Auxiliary Emission Strategy (A.E.S.), including those for the engine component protection, faces the Spark Ignited (S.I.) engines with the need to replace the fuel enrichment as a means to cool down both unburnt mixture and exhaust gases to accomplish with the inlet temperature turbine (TiT) limit. Among the whole technology solutions conceived to make SI engine operating at lambda 1.0 on the whole operation map, the water injection is one of the valuable candidates. Despite the fact that the water injection has been exploited in the past, the renewed interest in it requires a deep investigation in order to outcome its potential as well as its limits. Many experimental campaigns have been performed while only few researches have deeply investigated the effect of the water injection on the air-fuel mixture under engine operating conditions. Since the experiments perform like a black box…
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