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Analysis of a Coupling System of Aircraft Environmental Control and Fuel Tank Inerting Based on Membrane Separation

2019-09-16
2019-01-1895
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.
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Energy Recovery Rate from an Electric Air-cycle System under the Cruising Altitude and Speed.

2019-09-16
2019-01-1905
In this study, we focus on an electric air-cycle system in an electric aircraft, where the system has an electric compressor instead of a hydraulically-operated oil-based compressor. The electric compressor consumes the power to compress the rarefied air outside and take it in the system. The air goes through the air-cycle as a working fluid to exchange the heat and work. The main purpose of the air-cycle is to adjust the temperature and pressure in a cabin. Therefore, the working fluid of the air repeats compression and expansion. The working fluid passing through the cabin absorbs heat from the passengers and avionics. After that, the air is discharged outside with higher heat level and pressure levels. This means that the discharged air has a potential energy to recover the power consumption in the electric compressor.
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Experimental Validation of a Model-based Water Injection Combustion Control System for On-board Application

2019-08-15
2019-24-0015
Water Injection (WI) has become a key technology for increasing combustion efficiency in modern GDI turbocharged engines. In fact, the addition of water mitigates significantly the occurrence of knock, reduces exhaust gas temperatures, and opens the possibility to reach optimum heat release phasing even at high load. This work presents the latest development of a model-based WI controller, and its experimental validation on a GDI TC engine. The controller is based on a novel approach that involves an analytic combustion model to define the SA required to reach a combustion phase target, considering injected water mass effects. The model has been expanded to directly consider air-to-fuel ratio variation effects on combustion phasing, and the same controller structure could integrate other variables that influence 50 percent of Mass Fraction Burned angular position (MFB50), such as EGR.
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Effects of In-cylinder flow structures on soot formation and oxidation in a swirl-supported light-duty diesel engine

2019-08-15
2019-24-0009
In this paper, computation fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations are performed to describe the effect of in-cylinder flow structures on the formation and oxidation of soot in a swirl-supported light-duty diesel engine. The focus of the paper is on the effect of swirl motion and injection pressure on late cycle soot oxidation. The structure of the flow at different swirl numbers is studied to investigate the effect that varying swirl number imposes on the coherent flow structures. These coherent flow structures are studied to understand the mechanism that leads to efficient soot oxidation in late cycle. Effect of varying injection pressure at different swirl numbers and the interaction between spray and swirl motions are discussed. The complexity of diesel combustion, especially when soot and other emissions are of interest, requires using a detailed chemical mechanism to have a correct estimation of temperature and species distribution.
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Large eddy simulation of an ignition wave front in a heavy duty partially premixed combustion engine

2019-08-15
2019-24-0010
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).
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Experimental and numerical investigation of the maximum pressure rise rate for an LTC concept in a single cylinder CI engine

2019-08-15
2019-24-0023
In the foreseeable future, the transportation sector will continue to rely on internal combustion engines. Therefore, reduction of engine-out emissions and increase in engine efficiency are important goals to meet future legislative regulations and restricted fuel resources. One viable option, which provides lower peak temperatures and increased mixture homogeneity and thus simultaneously reduces nitric oxide as well as soot, is a low-temperature combustion (LTC) concept. However, this might result in an increase of unburnt hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide, and combustion noise due to early combustion phasing and lower engine efficiency. Various studies show that these drawbacks can be compensated by advanced injection strategies, e.g. by employing multiple injections. The aim of this work is to identify the optimum injection strategy, which enables a wide range of engine operating points in LTC mode with reduced engine-out emissions.
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Cylinder Pressure based Method for In-Cycle Pilot Misfire Detection

2019-08-15
2019-24-0017
For the reduction of emissions and combustion noise in a internal combustion Diesel engine, multiple injections are normally used. A pilot injection reduces the ignition delay of the main injection and hence the combustion noise. However, normal variations of the operating conditions, component tolerances and aging may result in the lack of combustion (misfire) or even the lack of injection (miss-injection) for short on-times. The result is a lower indicated thermal efficiency, higher emissions and louder combustion noise. Closed-loop combustion control techniques aim to monitor in real-time these variations and act accordingly to counteract their effect. To ensure the in-cycle controllability of the main injection, the misfire diagnosis must be performed before the start of the main injection. This paper focuses on the development and evaluation of in-cycle algorithms for the pilot misfire detection.
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Experimental tests on the feasibility of passive regeneration in a catalytic DPF at the exhaust of a light-duty Diesel engine

2019-08-15
2019-24-0045
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.
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Gasoline Spray_Models_Calibration_Under_Diesel_Engine_Like_Conditions

2019-08-15
2019-24-0032
Atomization of liquid fuel jets is critical to the performance of Internal Combustion (IC) engine, as it plays a key role in affecting mixture formation, combustion efficiency and soot emissions. In the Gasoline Compression Ignition (GCI) engine investigation, the experimental measurements on the gasoline injection into diesel engine like condition, shows the difficulty in matching the liquid penetration length when the diesel spray model is used. Additional tests performed at lower ambient densities, seen in early injection, revealed a lot of information on liquid jet dynamics behavior. It requires a lot of model calibration effort in matching the measured liquid and vapor penetration length under different ambient pressure conditions. It is found that using droplet Sauter Mean Diameter distribution model shows better match with experiment at low density condition, whereas the KH-ACT breakup model correlates well with measurement at high density condition.
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Inverted Brayton cycle as an option for waste energy recovery in turbocharged diesel engine

2019-08-15
2019-24-0060
Energy recovery in reciprocating internal combustion engines (ICE) is one of the most investigated options for the reduction of fuel consumption and GHG emissions saving in the transportation sector. In fact, the energy wasted in ICE is greater than that converted in mechanical form. The contribution associated to the exhaust gases is almost one third of the fuel energy, calling for an urgent need to be recovered into mechanical form. An extensive literature is oriented toward this opportunity, strongly oriented to ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle)-based power units. From a thermodynamic point of view, one option, not extensively explored, is certainly represented by the Inverted Brayton Cycle (IBC) concept and by the corresponding components which make possible this recovery.
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A sampling and conditioning particle system for solid particle measurements down to 10 nm

2019-08-15
2019-24-0154
The measurement of vehicle particle number emissions and, therefore, regulation, necessitates a rigorous sampling and conditioning technology able to deliver solid emitted particles with minimum particle losses. European legislation follows a solid particle number measurement method with cutoff size at 23 nm proposed by the Particle Measurement Programme (PMP). Accordingly, raw exhaust is sampled with constant volume, subsequently passes through a volatile particle remover (VPR), and finally is measured with a particle counter. Lowering the 23 nm cutoff size with current VPR technologies introduces measurement uncertainties mainly due to the high particle losses and possible creation of artefacts. This study describes the development and evaluation of a sampling and conditioning particle system, the SCPS, specially designed for sub-23 nm solid particles measurement.
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Sensitivity Analysis of the Combustion Parameters in a Stratified HCCI Engine with Regard to Performance and Emission

2019-08-15
2019-24-0114
Homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) is a promised solution to environmental and fuel economy concerns for IC engines. Engine application for HCCI engine depends on an array of parameters such as fuel type, mixture composition, intake condition and engine specification, meaning that controlling an HCCI engine can only be done through the adjustment of these parameters. In this numerical study which is driven from an experimental work, thermal and charge stratification is used to control HCCI combustion. The effect of intake temperature, compression ratio, intake pressure, EGR, reformer gas (CO-H2 mixture) and glow plug temperature on engine performance and emission was investigated using a 3D model on AVL-FIRE parallel with 1D model on GT-Power software. Then AHP model as a multiple Attribute Decision making method has been used to analyze the sensitivity of these parameters on performance and emission.
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Dynamic thermal behavior of a GDI spray impacting on a heated thin foil by phase-averaged infrared 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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Reduction of NOx in a Single Cylinder Diesel Engine Emissions Using Selective Non Catalytic Reduction (SNCR) with In-Cylinder Injection of Aqueous Urea

2019-08-15
2019-24-0144
The subject of this study was the effect of in-cylinder selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR) of NOx emissions in diesel exhaust gas by means of direct injection of aqueous urea (NH2-CO-NH2) into the combustion chamber. A naturally aspirated single cylinder test engine was modified to accept an electronically controlled secondary common rail injection system to deliver the aqueous urea directly into the cylinder during engine operation. Direct in-cylinder injection was chosen to ensure precise delivery of the reducing agent without the risk of premature reactions. Aqueous urea also works as the primary reducing agent by breaking down into ammonia (NH3) and Cyanuric Acid ((HOCN)3). These compounds serve as the primary reducing agents in the NOx reduction mechanism explored here. The main reduction agent, aqueous urea, was mixed with glycerol (C3H8O3) in an 80-20 ratio by weight with the desire to function as a lubricant for the secondary injector.
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The effect of post injection coupled with extremely high injection pressure on combustion process and emission formation in an off-road diesel engine: a numerical and experimental investigation.

2019-08-15
2019-24-0092
In this paper, a numerical and experimental assessment of post injection potential for soot emissions mitigation in an off-road diesel engine is presented, with the aim of supporting hardware selection and engine calibration processes. As a case study, a prototype off-road 3.4 liters 4-cylinder diesel engine developed by Kohler Engines was selected. In order to comply with Stage V emission standards without a dedicated aftertreatment for NOx, the engine was equipped with a low pressure cooled EGR, allowing high EGR rates (above 30%) even at high load. To enable the exploitation of such high EGR rates with acceptable soot penalties, a two stage turbocharger and an extremely high pressure fuel injection system (up to 3000 bar) were adopted. Moreover, post injections events were also exploited to further mitigate soot emissions with acceptable Brake Specific Fuel Consumption (BSFC) penalties.
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Integrated CFD-Experimental Methodology for the Study of a Dual Fuel Heavy Duty Diesel Engine

2019-08-15
2019-24-0093
This paper deals with the experimental and numerical investigation of a 2.0 litre single cylinder Heavy Duty Diesel Engine fuelled by natural gas and diesel oil in Dual Fuel mode. Due to the gaseous nature of the main fuel and to the high compression ratio of the diesel engine, reduced emissions can be obtained. An experimental study has been carried out at three different load level (25%, 50% and 75% of full engine load). Basing on experimental data, the authors’ methodology is based on the use of one-dimensional and 3-dimensional models. The former is able to perform the whole engine with faster simulations while the latter can study deeply the even more complex phenomena (turbulence, combustion, etc.), due to the presence and to the interaction of the two fuels, which occur in the cylinder for the most interesting operating conditions.
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Experimental Analysis of the Influence of Water Injection Strategies on DISI Engine Particle Emissions

2019-08-15
2019-24-0101
Increasing the efficiency of modern gasoline engines (with direct injection and spark-ignition - DISI) requires innovative approaches. The reduction of the engine displacement, accompanied by an increase of the mean pressure, is limited by the tendency of increasing combustion anomalies. Conventional methods for knock mitigation, on the contrary, have a negative effect on consumption and efficiency. A promising technology to solve these conflicting objectives is the injection of water. Both the indirect and the direct water injection achieve a significant reduction in the load temperature. The fuel enrichment can be reduced, whereby the operating range of the exhaust aftertreatment can be extended. In addition, water injection paves the way for an increase in the geometric compression ratio, which leads to an efficiency advantage even at part load.
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Injection Pattern Investigation for Gasoline Partially Premixed Combustion Analysis

2019-08-15
2019-24-0112
Nowadays, compression-ignited engines are considered the most efficient and reliable technology for automotive applications. However, mainly due to the current emission regulations, that require increasingly stringent reductions of NOx and particulate matter, the use of diesel-like fuels is becoming a critical issue. For this reason, a large amount of research and experimentation is being carried out to investigate innovative combustion techniques suitable to simultaneously mitigate the production of NOx and soot, while improving engine efficiency. In this scenario, the combined use of compression-ignited engines and gasoline-like fuels proved to be very promising, especially in case the fuel is directly-injected in the combustion chamber at high pressure. The presented study analyzes the combustion process produced by the direct injection of gasoline in a compression-ignited light-duty engine.
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Development of a CFD Solver For Primary Diesel Jet Atomization in FOAM-Extend

2019-08-15
2019-24-0128
High fidelity CFD framework for the simulation of primary atomization of a high pressure diesel jet is presented in this work. The numerical model is based on a second order accurate, polyhedral Finite Volume method implemented in foam-extend, a community driven fork of the OpenFOAM software. A geometric VOF method isoAdvector is used for accurate interface advection, while the Ghost Fluid Method (GFM) is used to handle the discontinuity of the pressure and the pressure gradient at the interface between the two phases: n-dodecane and air in the combustion chamber. The discontinuities are a direct consequence of different densities and viscosities, and surface tension effects between the phases. In order to obtain highly resolved interface while minimizing computational time, an Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) strategy for arbitrary polyhedral cells is employed in order to refine the parts of the mesh near the interface and within the nozzle.
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Large Eddy Simulations and Tracer-LIF Diagnostics of wall film dynamics in an optically accessible GDI research engine

2019-08-15
2019-24-0131
Large Eddy Simulations (LES) and tracer-based Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) measurements have been performed to study the dynamics of fuel wall-films on the piston top of an optically accessible, four-valve pent-roof GDI research engine for a total of eight operating conditions. Starting from a reference point, the systematic variations include changes in engine speed (600; 1,200 and 2,000 RPM) and load (WOT and 500 mbar intake pressure); concerning the fuel path the Start Of Injection (SOI=360°, 390° and 420° CA after gas exchange TDC) as well as the injection pressure (10, 20 and 35 MPa) have been varied. For each condition, 40 experimental images were acquired phase-locked at 10° CA intervals after SOI, providing valuable insights with respect to the wall film dynamics in terms of spatial extent, thickness and temperature.
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