1991-11-01

A 400HP Truck Engine Operating on Natural Gas 912476

A 14 litre turbo charged intercooled diesel engine has been re-engineered to operate as a spark ignition engine fuelled with natural gas. The design targets were for an efficient engine with low emissions using the lean burn capability of natural gas but without sacrificing power output. The resulting ultra lean burn spark ignition engine achieves diesel engine thermal efficiency, with a much reduced NOx emissions though higher NMHC emissions. The engine changes included revised compression ratio, and combustion chamber shape, inlet system modifications to increase turbulence during combustion, i.e., a “smart burn” system, and a new engine management strategy using a “drive by wire” computer control of fuel and throttle and spark timing.
The engine has begun duty in an articulated truck in a short haul parts delivery operation, and monitoring of the in service performance has begun.

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