1996-08-01

An Experimental and Numerical Study of Combustion Chamber Design for Lean-Burn Natural Gas Engines 961672

In this paper a study of the squish-generated charge motion in the combustion chamber of a natural gas engine is reported. A combination of both numerical simulations and actual engine tests was used to correlate the turbulence level at the spark plug location with performance and cylinder pressure data for three different chamber configurations. The higher-turbulence combustion chamber showed an average 1.5% reduction in brake specific fuel consumption in comparison with the lower turbulence level combustion chambers. The emission levels from the high-turbulence case were, however, generally higher than those from the lower-turbulence combustion chambers.

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