The Influence of Crevices on Hydrocarbon Emissions from a Diesel-Methane Dual Fuel Engine 2013-01-0848
Emissions of unburned methane are the Achilles heel of premixed gas engines whether they are spark ignited or diesel pilot ignited. If the engine is operated lean, lower temperatures prevail in the combustion chamber and several of the mechanisms behind the hydrocarbon emissions are aggravated. This paper presents an experimental investigation of the contribution from combustion chamber crevices and quenching to the total hydrocarbon emissions from a diesel-methane dual fuel engine at different operating conditions and air excess ratios.
It is shown that the sensitivity to a change in topland crevice volume is greater at lean conditions than at stoichiometry. More than 70% of hydrocarbon emissions at air excess ratios relevant to operation of lean burn engines can be attributed to crevices.