Feasibility Study of a Novel Combustion Cycle Involving Oxygen and Water 2009-01-2808
A novel combustion cycle which operates in 2-stroke operation and utilizes a novel exhaust valve timing and lift strategy is proposed to potentially replace the existing Otto and Diesel cycles. Air is replaced with oxygen to maximize the combustion efficiency and to enable broader range of fuels to be used. Water is injected into the combustion chamber to enhance the combustion heat absorption, gas expansion and to function as an energy carrier. Engine secondary heat that will otherwise be wasted to the environment is recovered and reused by the engine. Engine theoretical efficiency and out emissions are predicted to be improved.