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Experimental and numerical analysis of a pre-chamber turbulent jet ignition combustion system

2019-08-15
2019-24-0018
The growing demand for more efficient and less polluting internal combustion engine has pushed the development of non-conventional ignition systems. One of the most promising techniques appears to be the so-called Pre-Chamber initiated Turbulent Jet Ignition Combustion system in which a jet of hot combusting gasses is employed to initiate the combustion in the main chamber. In the present study, the combustion process related to this ignition system has been experimentally investigated in an optically accessible single cylinder Spark-Ignition engine. The pre-chamber was composed of a gas injector and a miniaturized spark-plug, embedded in a small annular chamber connected to the cylinder through a 4 holes pipette. A small amount of methane is injected within the pre-chamber for initiating the combustion. The flame reaches the combustion chamber through the four narrow orifices and rapidly consumes a homogeneous mixture of port injected gasoline and air.
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Impact of cooled EGR on performance and emissions of a turbocharged Spark-Ignition engine under low-full load conditions

2019-08-15
2019-24-0021
The stringent worldwide exhaust emission legislations for CO2 and pollutants require significant efforts to increase both the combustion efficiency and the emission quality of internal combustion engines. With this aim, several solutions are continuously produced to improve the combustion efficiency of spark ignition engines. Among the various solutions, EGR represents a well-established technology to improve the gasoline engine performance and the nitrogen-oxides emissions. This work presents the results of an experimental investigation on the effects of the EGR technique on combustion evolution, knock tendency, performance and emissions of a small–size turbocharged PFI SI engine, equipped with an external cooled EGR system. Measurements are carried out at different engine speeds, on a wide range of loads and EGR levels. The standard engine calibration is applied at the reference test conditions.
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Combustion and Emission Characteristics of a Compression Ignition Engine Fuelled with Diesel-LPG Blends

2019-08-15
2019-24-0038
Alternative fuels have recently attracted considerable attention due to their potential role in improving ambient air quality and mitigating global warming. Recent research has applied a variety of alternative fuels in an attempt to satisfy these requirements. Clearly, the alternative fuels industry needs to build confidence from fuels that perform well without adding considerable cost to the consumer. Although not a renewable fuel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a low-cost alternative fuel that might meet these needs; albeit temporarily. LPG is well known as an alternative fuel for spark ignition (SI) engines and, more recently, LPG systems have also been introduced to compression ignition (CI) engines. In this framework, to investigate the practical application and potential of this concept, diesel was blended with LPG, in different ratios (20-35% w/w). For this purpose, a single-cylinder test rig was properly adapted and, a standard common rail fuel injection system was employed.
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Dynamic and Thermal Behavior of a GDI Spray Impacting on a Heated Foil by Time-resolved Thermography

2019-08-15
2019-24-0036
The regulations about pollutant emissions imposed by Community’s laws encourage the investigation on the optimization of the combustion in modern engines and in particular in those adopting the Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) configuration. It is known that the piston head and cylinder surface temperatures, coupled with the fuel injection pressure, strongly influence the interaction between droplets of injected fluid and the impinged wall. In the present study, the Infrared (IR) thermography is applied to investigate the thermal footprint of an iso-octane spray generated by a multi-hole GDI injector impinging on a heated thin foil. The experimental apparatus includes an invar foil (50 μm in thickness), clamped within a rigid frame heated at a fixed temperature (373 K) by Joule effect, and the GDI injector located 11 mm over the surface.
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High-speed imaging of a vaporizing GDI spray: a comparison between Schlieren, Shadowgraph, DBI and Scattering

2019-08-15
2019-24-0037
The evolution of the liquid and vapor phases of an iso-octane GDI spray was investigated in a constant volume vessel, under inert environment, using high-speed imaging techniques. The tests were performed in nitrogen, at temperatures and density varying between the operating conditions representative of late injection, flash boiling conditions and early injection in a GDI engine. Large scale parameters of the spray (penetration length, spray angle, projected area) were obtained by processing schlieren, shadowgraph, DBI and scattering images. The segmentation of spray images, for both the liquid and vapor phase, was carried out through a novel image processing method. The method bases upon an "optimal" filtering of spray images by means of variational methods, an original thresholding procedure based on the iterative application of the Otsu's method, and the highlighting of the schlieren/shadowgraph textures of the vapor phase through the main curvatures of the image surface.
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Back-pressure and fuel type effects on exhaust gas oxygen sensor readings for a single cylinder spark ignition engine running on gasoline and ethanol

2019-08-15
2019-24-0046
Application of more and more complex control strategies in spark ignition (SI) engine is required for ensuring high conversion efficiency and effective emissions reduction. Closed loop fuel injection is being implemented on an ever wider scale in small size SI units that generally feature single cylinder architecture. For such systems the reading from the exhaust gas oxygen sensor is essential for controlling air-fuel ratio and indirectly combustion. The present study looked at the influence of pressure oscillations on the values given by the sensor, for different equivalence ratio settings in wide open throttle conditions for an experimental SI unit. As expected, the readings were found to be influenced by pressure oscillations in the exhaust line during lean operation, while with rich fueling the effects were minimal. Fuel type was also found to be an important aspect.
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Chemical and Physical Characterization of Organic Particulate Matter from Last Generation Exhaust Aftertreatment System of Medium Duty Diesel Engine

2019-08-15
2019-24-0053
Particulate Matter from Euro 6 Medium Duty diesel engine was analyzed from engine-out, downstream of particulate filter (DPF), and up to the exit of a selective catalytic reactor (SCR) to characterize its chemical and physical nature. Particular attention was devoted to the analysis of particles down to 23 nm. An array of chemical, physical and spectroscopic techniques (Gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS), mobility analyzer, UV-visible absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy) was applied for characterizing the organic particulate matter (PM, constituted of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), heavy aromatic compounds, soot) in the exhaust. The engine was operated at “full-load” (100% of the total power, representing the best performance of the engine operation) condition, and at different engine speeds. Results showed that the DPF efficiency was greater than 96% in the reduction of the sub 23 nm particles across the speeds range.
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Imaging and vibro-acoustic diagnostic techniques comparison for a GDI fuel injector

2019-08-15
2019-24-0058
This work presents the results of an experimental investigation on a GDI injector, in order to analyze fuel injection process and atomization phenomenon, correlating imaging and vibro-acoustic diagnostic techniques. A single-hole, axially-disposed, 0.200 mm diameter GDI injector was used to spray commercial gasoline in a test chamber at room temperature and atmospheric backpressure. The explored injection pressures were ranged from 5.0 to 20.0 MPa. Cycle-resolved acquisitions of the spray evolution were acquired by a high-speed camera. Contemporarily, the vibro-acoustic response of the injector was evaluated. More in detail, noise data acquired by a microphone sensor were analyzed for characterizing the acoustic emission of the injection, while a spherical loudspeaker was used to excite the spray injection at a proper distance detecting possible fuel spray resonance phenomena.
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Emissive behavior of a heavy-duty SI gas engine during WHTC

2019-08-15
2019-24-0121
In the arduous aim to reduce petroleum fuel consumption and toxic emissions, gaseous fuels can represent an alternative solution for heavy duty applications with respect to conventional liquid fuels. At the same time, the imposition of more stringent emissions regulations in the transport sector, is a crucial aspect to be considered also for the development of future gas engines. Scope of the present paper was to characterize a heavy duty spark ignition engine, under development for Euro VI compliance, with a particular focus on exhaust particulate emissions. In this sense, the engine was installed on a dynamic test bench, accurately instrumented to analyze combustion evolution, performance and exhaust pollutant emissions, along the World Harmonized Transient Cycle (WHTC).
Technical Paper

1D Modeling of Alternative Fuels Spray in a Compression Ignition Engine using Injection Rate Shaping Strategy

2019-08-15
2019-24-0132
The Injection Rate Shaping consists in a novel injection strategy to control air-fuel mixing quality via a suitable variation of injection timing that affects the injection rate profile. This strategy has already provided to be useful to increase combustion efficiency and reduce pollutant emissions in the modern compression ignition engines fed with fossil Diesel fuel. But today’s, the ever more rigorous emission targets are enhancing a search for alternative fuels and/or new blends to replace conventional ones, leading in turn a change in the air-fuel mixture formation. In this work a 1D model aims to investigate the combined effects of both Injection Rate Shaping and alternative fuels on the air-fuel mixture formation in a compression ignition engine. In a first step, a ready-made model for conventional injection strategies has been set up for the Injection Rate Shaping.
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CFD modeling and validation of the ECN Spray G experiment under a wide range of operating conditions

2019-08-15
2019-24-0130
The increasing diffusion of gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines requires a more detailed and reliable description of the phenomena occurring during the fuel injection process. Currently, one drawback of GDI engines is represented by the impingement on the piston wall, due to typically adopted hollow-cone fuel sprays, which can lead to high emissions of unburned hydrocarbons and soot formation. Within this context, the extensive validation of multi-dimensional models by means of experimental data represents a fundamental task to accurately predict the physical phenomena characterizing the injected spray. The aim of this work was to simulate with OpenFOAM different operating conditions of the 8-hole, ECN Spray G injector placed into a constant volume vessel. The resulting developments of the jet plumes were assessed, along with the physical effects of injection pressure and wall temperature on the wall impingement phenomenon.
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Experimental characterization of methane direct injection from an outward-opening poppet-valve injector

2019-08-15
2019-24-0135
The in-cylinder direct injection of natural gas represents a further step towards cleaner and more efficient internal combustion engines (ICE). However, the injector design and its characterization, either experimentally or from numerical simulation, is challenging because of the complex fluid dynamics related to gas compressibility. In this work, the underexpanded flow of methane from an outward-opening poppet-valve injector has been experimentally characterized by Schlieren and Shadowgraph high-speed imaging. The jet evolution was also followed through Mie-scattering imaging using n-heptane droplets as a tracer. The investigation has been performed at ambient temperature and pressure and different nozzle pressure ratios (NPR) ranging from 10 to 17. The gaseous jet has been characterized in terms of its macroscale parameters.
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Emission factors evaluation in the RDE context by a multivariate statistical approach

2019-08-15
2019-24-0152
The Real Driving Emission (RDE) procedure will measure the pollutants, such as NOx, emitted by cars while driven on the road. RDE will not replace laboratory tests, such as the current WLTP but it will be added to them. RDE is complementary to the laboratory-based procedure to check the pollutant emissions level of a light-duty vehicle in real driving conditions. This means that the car will be driven on a real road according to random acceleration and deceleration patterns conditioned by traffic flow. So, the procedure will ensure that cars deliver real emissions over on-road and so the currently observed differences between emissions measured in the laboratory and those measured on road under real-world conditions, will be reduced. However, the identification of a path on the road to check the test conditions of RDE is not easy and hardly repeatable.
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Analysis of the effect of the sampling conditions on the sub-23nm particles emitted by a small displacement PFI and DI SI engines fuelled with gasoline and ethanol

2019-08-15
2019-24-0155
The growing concerns on the emission of particles smaller than 23 nm, which are harmful to human health, lead to the necessity of introducing a regulation for these particles not yet included in the current emission standards. Considering that measurements of concentration of sub-23nm particles are particularly sensitive to the sampling conditions, it is important to identify an effective assessment procedure. Aim of this paper is the characterization of the effect of the sampling conditions on sub-23nm particles, emitted by PFI and DI spark ignition engines fuelled with gasoline, ethanol and a mixture of ethanol and gasoline (E20). The experimental activity was carried out on a 250 cm3 displacement single cylinder engine, four stroke equipped with a prototype gasoline direct injection (GDI) head. The tests were conducted at 2000 rpm and 4000 rpm full load, representative of the homologation urban driving cycle.
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Experimental Investigation of a Fuelled Prechamber combustion in an Optical Small Displacement SI Methane Engine

2019-08-15
2019-24-0170
The permanent aim of the automotive industry is the further improvement of engine efficiency and the simultaneous emissions reduction. In order to optimize the small internal combustion engines it is necessary to further improve the basic knowledge of the thermo-fluid dynamic phenomena occurring during the combustion process. In this context, the application of optical diagnostic techniques per-mits a deep insight into the fundamental processes such as flow development, fuel injection, and combustion process. In this paper the analysis of the combustion process of gaseous fuel ignited by the plasma jets coming from a prechamber were performed. The investigation was carried out in an optically accessible small Direct Injection Spark-Ignition (DI SI) engine fuelled with Methane. The ig-nition was obtained with a proper designed fuelled prechamber prototype equipped with a gas Direct Injector, used to inject the fuel into the prechamber, and a spark plug used to ignite the mixture.
Technical Paper

Development of a dedicated CNG three-way catalyst model in 1-D simulation platforms

2019-08-15
2019-24-0074
A growing interest in heavy-duty engines powered with CNG dictated by stringent regulations in terms of emissions, has made it essential to study a specific Three-Way Catalyst (TWC). Oxygen storage phenomena characterize catalytic converter efficiency under real world driving operating conditions and, consequently, during strong dynamics in Air-to-Fuel (A/F) ratio. A numerical “quasi-steady” model has been set-up to simulate the chemical process inside the reactor. A dedicated experimental campaign has been performed in order to evaluate the catalyst response to a defined lambda variation pattern of the engine exhaust stream, thus providing the data necessary for the numerical model validation. In fact, goal of the present research activity was to investigate the effect of very fast composition transitions of the engine exhaust typical of the mentioned driving conditions (including fuel cutoffs etc.) on the catalyst performance and on related emissions at the tailpipe.
Technical Paper

A mixing timescale model for PDF simulations of LTC combustion process in internal combustion engines

2019-08-15
2019-24-0113
Transported probality density function (PDF) methods are currently being pursued as a viable approach to model the effects of turbulent mixing and mixture stratification, especially for new alternative combustion modes as for example Homogeneous Charge Compression ignition (HCCI) which is one of the advanced LTC concepts. Recently, they have been applied to simple engine configurations to demonstrate the importance of accurate accouting for turbulence/chemistry interactions. PDF methods can explicity account for the turbulent fluctuations in species composition and temperature relative to mean value. The choice of the mixing model is an important aspect of PDF approach. Different mixing models can be found in the literature, the most popular is the IEM model (Interaction by Exchange with the Mean). This model is very similar to the LMSE model (Linear Mean Square Estimation).
Technical Paper

Balancing Hydraulic Flow and Fuel Injection Parameters for Low Emission and High-Efficiency Automotive Diesel Engines

2019-08-15
2019-24-0111
The introduction of new light-duty vehicle emission limits to comply under real driving conditions (RDE) is pushing the diesel engine manufacturers to identify and improve the technologies and strategies for further emission reduction. The latest technology advancements on the after-treatment systems have permitted to achieve very low emission conformity factors over the RDE, and therefore, the biggest challenge of the diesel engine development is maintaining its competitiveness in the trade-off “CO2-system cost” in comparison to other propulsion systems. In this regard, diesel engines can continue to play an important role, in the short-medium term, to enable cost-effective compliance of CO2-fleet emission targets, either in conventional or hybrid propulsion systems configuration. This is especially true for large-size cars, SUVs and light commercial vehicles.
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Temperature Measurements of the Piston surface in a Research Compression Ignition Engine in Transient Conditions for 1d Model of Heat Transfer

2019-08-15
2019-24-0182
Analysis of heat losses in internal combustion engines (ICEs) is fundamental to evaluate and improve the engine efficiency. Detailed and reliable heat transfer models are required for more complex 1d-3d combustion models. At the same time, the thermal status of engine components, as pistons, is needed for an efficient design. Measurements of piston temperature during ICEs operation represent a precious and challenging result to get for the aforementioned purposes. In previous works, the authors, first, evaluated and, then, measured the temperature of the optical window in a research compression ignition engine via thermal imaging and thermocouple installation, respectively. The tests concerned steady state and transient conditions.
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Effects of the Ambient Conditions on the Spray Structure and Evaporation of the ECN Spray G

2019-04-02
2019-01-0283
The use of Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) continuously increases due to the growing demand of efficiency and power output for i.c. engines. The optimization of the fuel injection process is essential to prepare an air-fuel mixture capable to promote efficient combustion, reduced fuel consumption and pollutant emissions. Good spray atomization facilitates fuel evaporation in i.c. engines thus contributing to the fuel economy and lowering the emissions. One of the key features of a multi-hole injector is to provide an optimal spray pattern in the combustion chamber and a good mixture homogenization considering the engine-specific characteristics such fuel mass-flow rate, cylinder geometry, injector position, and charge motion. This work aims to investigate the injection processes of an eight-hole direct-injection gasoline injector from the Engine Combustion Network (ECN) effort on gasoline sprays (Spray G, serial #19).
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