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Gasoline Fuel Sprays Characterization at Very-High Injection Pressures

2019-12-19
2019-01-2344
In the modern GDI systems, the optimization of the fuel injection process is essential to prepare an air-fuel mixture capable to promote efficient combustion and reduce fuel consumption and pollutant emissions. A key feature for a better atomization is the fuel injection pressure. The increasing of the injection pressure is considered a good way for particle number (PN) reduction due to improved spray atomization, faster evaporation and better mixture formation. In this paper, a multi-hole GDI injector was tested to investigate the effects of very high injection pressures (IVHP), in addition to different ambient densities and temperatures, on the fuel spray morphology, in a cycle-resolved images analysis. Commercial gasoline was injected at the pressures ranging between 40.0 to 70.0 MPa, at gas densities varying between 1.12 to 11.5 kg/m3, and gas temperature up to 200°C.
Technical Paper

Spectroscopic Investigation of Initial Combustion Stages in a SI Engine Fuelled with Ethanol and Gasoline

2017-11-05
2017-32-0092
It is well known that ethanol can be used in spark-ignition (SI) engines as a pure fuel or blended with gasoline. High enthalpy of vaporization of alcohols can affect air-fuel mixture formation prior to ignition and may form thicker liquid films around the intake valves, on the cylinder wall and piston crown. These liquid films can result in mixture non-homogeneities inside the combustion chamber and hence strongly influence the cyclic variability of early combustion stages. Starting from these considerations, the paper reports an experimental study of the initial phases of the combustion process in a single cylinder SI engine fueled with commercial gasoline and anhydrous ethanol, as well as their blend (50%vol alcohol). The engine was optically accessible and equipped with the cylinder head of a commercial power unit for two-wheel applications, with the same geometrical specifications (bore, stroke, compression ratio).
Technical Paper

Characterization of RME, RME Aged and Mineral Diesel Fuel Injected by a Common Rail Apparatus for EURO5 Diesel Engines

2011-08-30
2011-01-1938
Alternative diesel fuels from renewable sources (biodiesels) have increased significantly interest due to their potential CO₂ emission benefits, capability to reduce unburned hydrocarbons and particulate matter emissions, biodegradability and non-toxicity. Biodiesels undergo ageing effects due to autoxidation processes of their molecular chains. Ageing leads to a variety of decomposition products like peroxides, alcohols, aldehydes and carboxylic acids. They are detectable as alterations of chemical properties, odor and taste (rancidity). The characteristics of Rapeseed Methylester (RME), RME aged and diesel sprays have been analyzed for different injection strategies in engines. The tests have been performed on a Bosch second generation common rail solenoid-driven fuel injection system capable of 160 MPa maximum injection pressure, fitted on EURO5 diesel engine for passenger car applications.
Journal Article

Alternative Diesel Fuels Characterization in Non-Evaporating and Evaporating Conditions for Diesel Engines

2010-05-05
2010-01-1516
This paper reports the study of the effects of alternative diesel fuel and the impact for the air-fuel mixture preparation. The injection process characterization has been carried out in a non-evaporative high-density environment in order to measure the fuel injection rate and the spatial and temporal distribution of the fuel. The injection and vaporization processes have been characterized in an optically accessible single cylinder Common Rail diesel engine representing evaporative conditions similar to the real engine. The tests have been performed by means of a Bosch second generation common rail solenoid-driven fuel injection system with a 7-holes nozzle, flow number 440 cc/30s @100bar, 148deg cone opening angle (minisac type). Double injection strategy (pilot+main) has been implemented on the ECUs corresponding to operative running conditions of the commercial EURO 5 diesel engine.
Journal Article

Light Duty Diesel Engine: Optimization of Performances, Noxious Emission and Radiated Noise

2009-11-03
2009-32-0105
The paper aims at performing an environmental and energetic optimization of a naturally aspirated, light-duty direct injection (DI) diesel engine, equipped with a Common Rail injection system. Injection modulation into up to three pulses is considered starting from an experimental campaign conducted under non-evaporative conditions in a quiescent optically-accessible cylindrical vessel containing nitrogen at different densities. The engine performances in terms of power and emitted NOx and soot are reproduced by multidimensional modelling of the in-cylinder processes. The radiated noise is evaluated by resorting to a recently developed methodology, based on the decomposition of the CFD 3D computed in-cylinder pressure signal. Once validated, both the CFD and the acoustic procedures are applied to the simulation of the prototype engine and are coupled to an external optimizer with the aim of minimizing fuel consumption, pollutant emissions and radiated noise.
Technical Paper

Optical Characterization of the Combustion Process in a 4- Stroke Engine for 2-Wheel Vehicle.

2009-09-13
2009-24-0055
The match among the increasing performance demands and the stringent requirements of emissions and the fuel consumption reduction needs a strong evolution in the two-wheel vehicle technology. In particular, many steps forward should be taken for the optimization of modern small motorcycles and scooters at low engine speeds and high loads. To this aim, detailed understanding of thermo-fluid dynamic phenomena that occur in the combustion chamber is fundamental. In this work, low-cost solutions are proposed to optimize ported fuel injection spark ignition (PFI SI) engines for two-wheel vehicles. The solutions are based on the change of phasing and on the splitting of the fuel injection in the intake manifold. The experimental activities were carried out in the combustion chamber of a single-cylinder 4-stroke optical engine fuelled with European commercial gasoline. The engine was equipped with a four-valve head of a commercial scooter engine.
Technical Paper

Use of Engine Crankshaft Speed for Determination of Cylinder Pressure Parameters

2009-09-13
2009-24-0108
The present study proposes the use of a MLP neural network to model the relationship between the engine crankshaft speed and parameters derived from the in-cylinder pressure cycle. This allows to have an indirect measure of cylinder pressure permitting a real time evaluation of combustion quality. The structure of the model and the training procedure is outlined in the paper. The application of the model is demonstrated on a single-cylinder engine with data from a wide range of speed and load. Results confirm that a good estimation of combustion pressure parameters can be obtained by means of a suitable processing of crankshaft speed signal.
Technical Paper

Spatial-Temporal Characterization of Alternative Fuel Sprays from a Second-Generation Common-Rail Fuel Injection System for Euro4 Passenger Car Application

2009-06-15
2009-01-1856
GM Powertrain Europe and Istituto Motori CNR have undergone a research project aimed at studying the effects on engine performance, emissions and fuel consumption of alternative diesel fuels, from both first (FAME) and second (GTL) generation. The present paper reports some of the results achieved studying the impact on injection and spray behavior of rapeseed and soybean methyl-esters, as well as of GTL diesel blends. The test were performed on a Bosch second generation common rail solenoid-driven fuel injection system capable of 1600bar maximum injection pressure, fitted on GM 1.9L Euro4 diesel engine for passenger cars. The characterization of the injection process has been carried out in terms both of fuel injection rate, as well as of spatial and temporal fuel distribution in a quiescent non-evaporative optically accessible chamber.
Journal Article

Spectroscopic Investigations and High Resolution Visualization of the Combustion Phenomena in a Boosted PFI SI Engine

2009-06-15
2009-01-1814
High spatial and temporal resolution optical techniques were applied in a spark ignition (SI) engine in order to investigate the thermal and fluid dynamic phenomena occurring during the combustion process. The experiments were realized in the combustion chamber of an optically accessible single-cylinder port-fuel injection (PFI) SI engine. The engine was equipped with a four-valve head and with an external boost device. Two fuel injection strategies at closed-valve and open-valve occurring at wide open throttle were tested. Cycle-resolved digital imaging was used to follow the flame kernel growth and flame front propagation. Moreover, the effects of an abnormal combustion due to the firing of fuel deposition near the intake valves and on the piston surface were investigated. Natural emission spectroscopy in a wide wavelength range from ultraviolet to infrared was applied to detect the radical species that marked the combustion phenomena in the selected operating conditions.
Technical Paper

Analysis of Impact of Diesel Fuel/Biodiesel Blends on a Modern Diesel Combustion System Performance by Means of Injection Test Rig, Optical and Real SC Engine Experiments

2009-04-20
2009-01-0484
An experimental evaluation of the impact of the diesel/biodiesel blends is presented in terms of engine performances and pollutant emission analysis. In-cylinder combustion evolution and injection law characterization were carried out on a single cylinder engine, on an optical single cylinder engine and on an injection test rig. Different diesel/biodiesel blends were tested at three operating points, representative of the NEDC cycle. Increasing the biodiesel percentage a reduction mainly in terms of smoke emission was observed. The engine performance as well as the other pollutant emissions were not substantially changed. Therefore this study confirms the benefits of the biodiesel use also on the current automotive engines, reducing simultaneously their environmental impact in terms of GHG and smoke emissions.
Journal Article

Use of Accelerometers for Spark Advance Control of SI Engines

2009-04-20
2009-01-1019
Electronic engine controls based on non-intrusive diagnostics can significantly help in complying with the stricter and stricter regulations on pollutants emissions and fuel consumption. The aim of this paper is the use of a low-cost linear capacitive accelerometer placed on the engine block for non-intrusive diagnosis of combustion process in spark ignition engines. In particular, good correspondences between the engine block vibrations and the combustion pressure signal were obtained. The angular position of pressure peak evaluated by accelerometer data can be used in a closed-loop control system for real time control of spark advance.
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Optical Investigations of the Abnormal Combustion in a Boosted Spark-ignition PFI Engine

2009-04-20
2009-01-0697
The flame front propagation in normal and abnormal combustion was investigated. Cycle-resolved flame emission imaging was applied in the combustion chamber of a port fuel injection boosted spark ignition engine. The engine was fuelled with a mixture of 90% iso-octane and 10% n-heptane by volume (PRF90). The effect of fuel injection phasing was studied. The combustion process was followed from the flame kernel formation until the opening of the exhaust valves. Different phenomena correlated to the abnormal combustion were analysed. Detailed information on ignition surfaces, end-gas auto-ignitions and knock were obtained. The appearance of autoignition centres in the end gas was evaluated in terms of timing, location and frequency of occurrence.
Journal Article

Effect of the Engine Head Geometry on the Combustion Process in a PFI Boosted Spark-ignition Engine

2009-04-20
2009-01-0504
In this work, a boosted single-cylinder spark ignition port-fuel injection optical engine was used for the experimental activity. Firstly, it was equipped with a four-valve head of a commercial turbocharged multi-cylinder engine. Then a prototype engine head with flush installed intake valves was tested. The effect of the different head geometry was evaluated in closed intake valves fuel injection condition. High spatial resolution cycle-resolved digital imaging was used to characterise the flame propagation. Moreover, the presence of diffusion-controlled flames near the valves and on the cylinder walls was investigated. These flames induced the formation of unburned hydrocarbons and soot particles. The spatial distribution and temporal evolution of soot were evaluated by the two colour pyrometry. The prototype configuration showed higher combustion process efficiency than the standard one inducing a little increase in performance and a slight reduction in carbon oxides emissions.
Journal Article

Effect of Injection Phasing on Valves and Chamber Fuel Deposition Burning in a PFI Boosted Spark-Ignition Engine

2008-04-14
2008-01-0428
A satisfactory answer to the future severe normative on emissions and to the market request for spark ignition engines seems to be the use of downsized engines for passenger cars. Downsizing permits the increase in engines power and torque without the increase in cylinder capacity. The downsizing benefits are evident at part loads; on the other hand, more work should be done to optimize boosted engines at higher and full load. To this goal, a detailed knowledge of the thermo-fluid dynamic processes that occur in the combustion chamber is fundamental. The aim of this paper is the experimental investigation of the effect of the fuel injection in the intake manifold on the combustion process and pollutant formation in a boosted spark ignition (SI) engine. The experiments were performed on a partially transparent single-cylinder port fuel injection (PFI) SI engine, equipped with a four-valve head and boost device.
Technical Paper

Flame Diagnostics in the Combustion Chamber of Boosted PFI SI Engine

2007-09-16
2007-24-0003
The growing demands on fuel economy and always stricter limitations on pollutant emissions has increased the interest in the ignition phenomena to guarantee successful flame development for all the spark ignition (SI) engine operating conditions. The initial size and the growth of the flame have a strong influence on the further development of the combustion process. In particular, for the new FIAT generation of turbocharged SI engines, the first times of spark ignition combustion are not yet fully understood. This is mainly due to the missing knowledge concerning the detailed physical and chemical processes taking place during the all set of the flame propagation. These processes often occur simultaneously, making difficult the interpretation of measurements. In the present paper, flame dynamic was followed by UV-visible emission imaging in an optical SI engine.
Technical Paper

Development and Experimental Validation of a Combustion Model with Detailed Chemistry for Knock Predictions

2007-04-16
2007-01-0938
Aim of this work is to develop a general purpose model for combustion and knocking prediction in SI engines, by coupling a thermo-fluid dynamic model for engine simulation with a general detailed kinetic scheme, including the low-temperature oxidation mechanism, for the prediction of the auto-ignition behavior of hydrocarbons. A quasi-D approach is used to describe the in-cylinder thermodynamic processes, applying the conservation of mass and energy over the cylinder volume, modeled as a single open system. The complex chemistry model has been embedded into the code, by using the same integration algorithm for the conservation equations and the reacting species, and taking into account their mutual interaction in the energy balance. A flame area evolution predictive approach is used to evaluate the turbulent flame front propagation as function of the engine operating parameters.
Technical Paper

Soot Concentration and Particle Size in a DI CR Diesel Engine by Broadband Scattering and Extinction Measurements

2005-09-11
2005-24-013
Actual emission legislation limits strongly the amount of pollutant in the atmosphere from internal combustion engine. In particular diesel engines widely emit NOx and particulate matter (PM). The last one has principally a carbonaceous nature and presents micronic and submicronic particles extremely dangerous for human health since it could deposit in the lung. In this work, a technique based on broadband ultraviolet (UV) visible scattering and extinction is applied inside a transparent DI CR diesel engine in order to analyze the soot evolution and oxidation. The study is carried out with particular detail for different injection strategies characterized of two and three injections per cycle, Pre+Main and Pre+Main+Post, considering the late combustion before the exhaust stroke. The analysis is performed in terms of size, mass concentration, and chemical and physical nature.
Technical Paper

Experimental and Numerical Investigation on Mixture Formation in a HDDI Diesel Engine With Different Combustion Chamber Geometries

2005-09-11
2005-24-055
One of the most important phases in the development of direct-injected diesel engines is the optimization of the fuel spray evolution within the combustion chamber, since it strongly influences both the engine performance and the pollutant emissions. Aim of the present paper is to provide information about mixture formation within the combustion chamber of a heavy-duty direct injection (HDDI) diesel engine for marine applications. Spray evolution, in terms of tip penetration, is at first investigated under quiescent conditions, both experimentally and numerically, injecting the fuel in a vessel under ambient temperature and controlled gas back-pressure. Results of penetration and images of the spray from the optically accessible high-pressure vessel are used to investigate the capabilities of some state-of-the-art spray models within the STAR-CD software in correctly capturing spray shape and propagation.
Technical Paper

Nanoparticles Characterization at Spark Ignition Engine Exhaust

2005-09-11
2005-24-010
The aim of the paper is the characterization in terms of chemical and physical nature of particles at exhaust of spark ignition (SI) engine. Measurements were carried out at exhaust of 16v - 1.2 litre Port Fuel Injection Spark Ignition engine downstream a catalyst. The emission of nanoparticles was investigated by optical techniques and conventional methods. In particular laser induced incandescence (LII), and broadband multiwavelength extinction-scattering spectroscopy (BUVESS) were used. LII allowed the detection and sizing primary particles of carbonaceous nature. BUVESS measured particle size distribution by numerical procedure that took advantage by data at several wavelengths. The optical results were compared with those obtained by conventional methods like opacimeter for mass concentration and Electrical Low Pressure Impactor (ELPI) for sizing. Different engine operating conditions were selected in order to evaluate their influence on the particle nature and size distribution.
Technical Paper

Diesel Exhaust Nanoparticles Characterization by Multiwavelength Techniques, Laser Induced Incandescence and ELPI

2005-09-11
2005-24-021
Two different optical techniques for detection, sizing and counting nanoparticles were applied to undiluted exhaust from 16 v–1900 cc Common Rail diesel engine upstream and downstream a Catalyzed Diesel Particulate Filter (CDPF): Broadband Ultraviolet–Visible Extinction and Scattering Spectroscopy (BUVESS) and Laser Induced Incandescence (LII). They are powerful “in situ” and non-intrusive techniques; they are able to measure mass concentration and size of particles, considering their chemical properties. BUVESS overcomes the intrinsic limitations of single wavelength techniques because it takes advantage of data at several wavelengths to retrieve primary particle size distribution. LII measures mean size of primary particles with a large dynamic range, not limited by aggregate size and by complex retrieving procedure.
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