Using of Quasi-Two Zone Combustion Model to Predict the Performance of a Dual Fuel Engine 2000-01-2936
A quasi-two zone predictive model developed in the present work for the prediction of the combustion processes in dual fuel engines and some of their performance features. Methane is used as the main fuel while employing a small quantity of liquid fuel (pilot) injected through the conventional diesel fuel system. This model emphasizes the effects of chemical kinetics activity of the premixed gaseous fuel on the combustion performance, while the role of the pilot fuel in the ignition and heat release processes is considered. A detailed chemical kinetic scheme consists of 178 elementary reaction steps and 41chemical species is employed to describe the oxidation of the gaseous fuel from the start of compression to the end of expansion process. Depend on the results of the sensitivity analysis, the detailed chemical kinetic scheme was simplified to another scheme consists of 41 elementary reaction steps and 17 chemical species to reduce the time of computations. The associated formation and concentrations of exhaust emissions are correspondingly established. This combustion model is able to establish the development of the combustion process with time and the associated important operating parameters such as pressure, temperature, rates of energy release and composition. Predicted values for methane operation show good agreement with corresponding previous experimental values over a range of operating conditions mainly associated with high load operation.