This paper raises a coupling system of aircraft environmental control and fuel tank inerting based on membrane separation. The system applies a membrane dehumidifier to replace water vapor removal unit of heat regenerator, condenser and water separator, which is widely used in conventional aircraft environmental control system nowadays. Water vapor can travel across the membrane wall under its pressure difference without phase change, so the dehumidification process consumes no cooling capacity and the cooling capacity of the system increases. This paper first compares the thermodynamic properties of environmental control system based on membrane dehumidification and the environmental control system based on condensation. The results show that the membrane dehumidification system has bigger cooling capacity and lighter weight.
This course will introduce the participants to the factors governing fuel-material compatibility and methods to predict and empirically determine compatibility for new alternative fuel chemistries. By understanding the mechanisms and factors associated with chemically-induced degradation, participants will be able to assess the impact of fuel chemistry to infrastructure components, including those associated with vehicle fuel systems. This course is unique in that it looks at compatibility from a fuel chemistry perspective, especially new fuel types such as alcohols and other biofuels.
In partially premixed combustion engines high octane number fuels are injected into the cylinder during the late part of the compression cycle, giving the fuel and oxidizer enough time to mix into a desirable stratified mixture. If ignited by auto-ignition such a gas composition can react in an ignition wave-front dominated combustion mode. 3D-CFD modeling of such a combustion mode is challenging as the reaction speed is dependent on both mixing history and turbulence acting on the reaction wave. This paper presents a large eddy simulation (LES) study of the effects of energetic turbulence scale on the fuel/air mixing and on the propagation of reaction wave. The results are compared with optical experiments to validate both pressure trace and ignition location. The studied case is a closed cycle simulation of a single cylinder of a Scania D13 engine running PRF81 (81% iso-octane and 19% n-heptane).
Partially Premixed Combustion has shown to be a promising advanced combustion mode for future engines in terms of efficiency and emission levels. The combustion timing should be suitably phased to realize high efficiency. However, a simple map-based feed-forward control method is not sufficient for controlling the combustion during transient operation. This article proposes one learning-based model predictive control (MPC) approach to achieve controllability and feasibility. Since PPC engines could have unacceptably high pressure-rise rates at different operation points, triple injection is applied as a solvent, with the use of two pilot fuel injection. The controller utilizes the main injection timing to manage the combustion timing, and the first and second injection timing is considered as a function of the engine load and speed. The cylinder pressure is used as the combustion feedback.
Partially premixed combustion (PPC) is a low-temperature combustion (LTC) concept that could deliver higher engine efficiency, as well as lower NOx and soot emissions. Gasoline-like fuels are beneficial for air/fuel mixing process under PPC mode because they have superior auto-ignition resistance to prolong ignition delay time. In current experiments, the high octane number gasoline fuel E10 (US market used gasoline, RON=91) and low octane number GCI blend fuel (RON=77) were tested respectively in a full-transparent AVL single cylinder optical compression ignition (CI) engine. Aiming at investigating the fuel sensitivity on engine performances under different combustion modes as well as soot particle emissions, the engine operating parameters and emission data were analyzed from CI to HCCI (homogeneous charge compression ignition) via PPC (partially premixed combustion) by changing fuel injection timing.
Low temperature combustion (LTC) strategies have been a keen interest in the automotive industry for over four decades since they offer improved fuel efficiency compared to conventional spark-ignition (SI) engines. LTC strategies use high dilution to keep combustion temperatures below about 2000 K to reduce heat transfer losses while avoiding locally rich in-cylinder regions that produce high soot. High dilution also enables an efficiency improvement from reduced pumping work and improved thermodynamic properties, though it requires high ignition energy. Combustion can be achieved by triggering autoignition from compression energy. High compression ratios are typically required to produce this level of ignition energy, which further improves fuel efficiency. The timing of the autoignition event is influenced by fuel properties and mixture composition, and is exponentially sensitive to temperature.
The present work investigates the effect of fuel injection timing on combustion stratification and soot formation in an optically accessible, single cylinder light duty diesel engine. The engine operated under low load and low engine speed conditions, employing a single injection scheme. The conducted experiments considered three different injection timings, which promoted Partially Premixed Combustion (PPC) operation. The fuel quantity of the main injection was adjusted to maintain the same Indicated Mean Effective Pressure (IMEP) value among all cases considered. Findings were analysed via means of pressure trace and apparent heat release rate (AHRR) analyses, as well as a series of optical diagnostics techniques, namely flame natural luminosity, CH* and C2* chemiluminescence high-speed imaging, as well as planar Laser Induced Incandescence (pLII).
With future emission regulations, progressively tighter limitations on particulate number (PN) will be applied on GDi engines. The fuel spray plays an important role on PN formation as it directly affects the homogeneity of air fuel mixture. So detailed investigation of spray characteristics is required. To reduce high prototyping cost and time of making a new injector, a predictive spray model can be used to simulate nozzle flow and spray formation. However, those models are challenging due to the complex and multi-phase phenomena occurring in the combustion chamber, but also because of the different spatial and temporal scales in the different components of the injection systems. This work presents a methodology developed to accurately simulate the spray formation by Discrete Droplet Models (DDM) without experimentally measuring the injector mass flow rate and/or momentum flux. Transient nozzle flow simulations are used instead to define the injection conditions of the spray model.
Owing to the short impingement distance and high injection pressure, it is difficult to avoid the fuel spray impingement on the combustion cylinder wall and piston head in Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) engine, which is a possible source of hydrocarbons and soot emission. For better understanding of the mechanisms behind the spray-wall impingement, the fuel spray and adhesion on a flat wall using a mini-sac injector with a single hole was examined. The microscopic characteristics of impinging spray were investigated through Particle Image Analysis (PIA). The droplet size and velocity were compared before and after impingement. The adhered fuel on the wall was measured by Refractive Index Match-ing (RIM). Time-resolved fuel adhesion evolution as well as adhesion mass, area, and thickness were discussed. Moreover, the relationships between droplets behaviors and fuel adhesion on the wall were discussed.
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.
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.
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.
Diesel engines are attractive thanks to good performance in terms of fuel consumption, drivability, power output and efficiency. Nevertheless in the last years, increasing restrictions have been imposed to particulate emissions, concerning both mass (PM) and number (PN). Different technologies have been proposed to meet emissions standards and the wall-flow Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) is currently the most common after-treatment system used to trap PM from the exhaust gases. This technology exhibits good features such that it can be regenerated to remove any accumulation of PM. However, this process involves oxidation of the filtered PM at a high temperature through after and post fuel injection strategies, which results in an increase of fuel consumption and may lead to physical damages of the filter in the long term. This work deals with the experimental testing of a catalytic silicon carbide (SiC) wall flow DPF, aiming at decreasing the soot oxidation temperature.
Gasoline direct injection (GDI) has changed the exhaust composition in comparison with the older port fuel injection (PFI) systems. More recently, light-duty vehicle engine manufactures have combined these two technologies to take advantage of the knock benefits and fuel economy of GDI with the low particulate emission of PFI. These dual injection strategy engines have made a significant change in the combustion emission composition produced by these engines. Understanding the impact of these changes is essential for automotive companies and aftertreatment developers. A novel sampling system was designed to sample the entire exhaust generated by a dual injection strategy gasoline vehicle using the United States Federal Test Procedure (FTP). This sampling system was capable of measuring the regulated emissions as well as collecting the entire exhaust from the vehicle for unregulated emissions.
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.
The LES hybridization of standard two-equation turbulence closures is often achieved leaving formally unchanged the turbulent viscosity expression in the URANS and LES modes of operation. Although generally convenient in terms of ease of implementation, this choice leaves some theoretical consistency questions unanswered, the most obvious being the actual meaning of the two transported turbulent scalars and their exact role in the modeled viscosity build-up. A possible remedy to this is represented by the simultaneous modification of one or both the turbulent transport equations and of the turbulent viscosity formula, for which a standard LES behavior is enforced whenever needed. The present work compares a conventional DES-based hybrid model with a consistency-enforcing modified variant for turbulent fuel spray simulation. In our case, LES-mode consistency is accomplished by excluding the second turbulent scalar quantity from the viscosity calculation.