1986-07-01

A Two-Dimensional Numerical Study of the Flow Inside the Combustion Chamber of a Motored Rotary Engine 860615

A numerical study was performed to investigate the unsteady, multidimensional flow inside the combustion chambers of an idealized, two-dimensional, rotary engine under motored conditions. The numerical study was based on the time- dependent, two-dimensional, density-weighted, ensemble-averaged conservation equations of mass, species, momentum, and total energy valid for two-component ideal gas mixtures. The ensemble-averaged conservation equations were closed by a K-ϵ model of turbulence. This K-ϵ model of turbulence was modified to account for some of the effects of compressibility, streamline curvature, low Reynolds number, and preferential stress dissipation. Numerical solutions to the conservation equations were obtained by the highly efficient implicit-factored method of Beam and Warming. The grid system needed to obtain solutions was generated by an algebraic grid generation technique based on transfinite interpolation, Results of the numerical study are presented in graphical form illustrating the flow patterns during intake, compression, gaseous fuel injection, expansion, and exhaust.

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