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Technical Paper

Application of the Homogeneous Relaxation Model to Simulating Cavitating Flow of a Diesel Fuel

The internal flow in an injector is greatly affected by cavitation formation, and this in turn impacts the spray characteristics of diesel injectors. In the current work, the performance of the Homogeneous Relaxation Model (HRM) in simulating cavitation inside a diesel injector is evaluated. This model is based on the assumption of homogeneous flow, and was originally developed for flash boiling simulations. However, the model can potentially simulate the spectrum of vaporization mechanisms ranging from cavitation to flash boiling through the use of an empirical time scale which depends on the thermodynamic conditions of the injector fuel. A lower value of this time scale represents a lower deviation from thermal equilibrium conditions, which is an acceptable assumption for small-scale cavitating flows. Another important advantage is the ability of this model to be easily coupled with real fuel models.
Journal Article

Investigation of the Load Limits and Emissions of a Naturally-Aspirated Direct-Injection Diesel Engine

Cost and robustness are key factors in the design of diesel engines for low power density applications. Although compression ignition engines can produce very high power density output with turbocharging, naturally aspirated (NA) engines have advantages in terms of reduced cost and avoidance of system complexity. This work explores the use of direct injection (DI) and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) in NA engines using experimental data from a single-cylinder research diesel engine. The engine was operated with a fixed atmospheric intake manifold pressure over a map of speed, air-to-fuel ratio, EGR, fuel injection pressure and injection timing. Conventional gaseous engine-out emissions were measured along with high speed cylinder pressure data to show the load limits and resulting emissions of the NA-DI engine studied. Well known reductions in NOX with increasing levels of EGR were confirmed with a corresponding loss in peak power output.