1979-02-01

The Effects of Varying Combustion Rate in Spark Ignited Engines 790387

It has been shown by calculation that, for given engine operating conditions, there should be an optimum rate of combustion for minimum Nox emissions from spark ignited engines. This paper gives experimental results from a single cylinder engine which confirm the theory, and show that, for a particular engine, the normal combustion rate needed reducing at zero EGR and increasing at high EGR rates, in opposition to its natural tendency to decrease. The effect on economy was a small loss at zero EGR, but an appreciable improvement at high EGR.
Cyclic variation and octane requirement studies are also included.

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