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The Effect of Knock on Heat Loss in Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition Engines

One of the problems in HCCI combustion is a knocking in higher load conditions. It governs the high load limit, and it is suggested that the knock increases heat loss[1], because it breaks the thermal boundary layer. But it is not clear how much knock affects on heat loss in the HCCI combustion in various conditions, such as ignition timing and load. The motivation of this study is to clarify the ratio of heat loss caused by knock in HCCI engines. The heat loss from zero-dimensional calculations with modified heat transfer coefficient, which is considering the effect of knock by adding a term of cylinder pressure rising rate dp/dt, agreed well with the results from the thermodynamic analysis in various conditions. And the results show that it is possible to avoid heat loss by knock by controlling the ignition timing at appropriate timing after T.D.C. and it will be possible to expand the load range if knock can be avoided.
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Fuel Consumption Improvement and Operation Range Expansion in HCCI by Direct Water Injection

HCCI (Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition) combustion results in very low NOx emissions, however, it is not without problems. One of them is that the heavy load operation range is limited by knock, due to an exceptionally high heat release rate. Knock increases the heat loss to the cylinder walls and piston, reducing thermal efficiency. To help solve these problems, direct (in-cylinder) water injection has been suggested to lower the local temperatures that seem to cause knock in HCCI. Water injection was adapted in an HCCI engine fueled with DME and Propane. Results showed that the indicated thermal efficiency was improved by about 2% (λ = 3.0, NA), and the operation range was expanded from 460kPa to 700kPa (NA) maintaining a low NOx level.