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Reduction of Cyclic Variations by Using Advanced Ignition Systems in a Lean-Burn Stationary Natural Gas Engine Operating at 10 Bar BMEP and 1800 rpm

2018-12-14
Abstract In stationary natural gas engines, lean-burn combustion offers higher engine efficiencies with simultaneous compliance with emission regulations. A prominent problem that one encounters with lean operation is cyclic variations. Advanced ignition systems offer a potential solution as they suppress cyclic variations in addition to extending the lean ignition limit. In this article, the performance of three ignition systems-conventional spark ignition (SI), single-point laser ignition (LI), and prechamber equipped laser ignition (PCLI)-in a single-cylinder natural gas engine is presented. First, a thorough discussion regarding the efficacy of several metrics, in addition to coefficient of variation of indicated mean effective pressure (COV_IMEP), in representing combustion instability is presented. This is followed by a discussion about the performance of the three ignition systems at a single operational condition, that is, same excess air ratio (λ) and ignition timing (IT).
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Knock Phenomena under Very Lean Conditions in Gasoline Powered SI-Engines

2018-03-13
Abstract Homogeneous lean operation is a well-known strategy for enhancing the thermal efficiency of SI-engines. At higher load points the efficiency is often compromised by the need to suppress knock. Experiments were performed to determine the knock characteristics of SI engines using homogeneous lean operation at λ values of up to 1.8 with various hardware configurations that are commonly used to increase the lean limit. Changing λ altered the eigenfrequencies of the combustion chamber and the highest energy excitation mode. Increasing λ from 1.0 to 1.2 increased the knock tendency and led to an earlier knock onset. However, further increases in λ significantly reduced the knock tendency and retarded the knock onset. The knock signal energy increased for higher λ values and constant knock tendencies. The differences in knock characteristics between the various λ values became more pronounced upon raising the intake temperature from 40 °C to 90 °C.
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LSPI Durability, a Study of LSPI over the Life of a Vehicle

2018-03-01
Abstract Increasingly stringent emissions standards and the related efforts to increase vehicle fuel economy have forced the development and implementation of many new technologies. In the light-duty, passenger vehicle segment, one key strategy has been downsized, down-sped, boosted engines. Gasoline direct injection, coupled with turbocharging, have allowed for a drastic reduction in engine size while maintaining or improving engine performance. However, obtaining more power from a smaller engine has produced some consequences. One major consequence is the uncontrolled combustion known as Low Speed Pre-Ignition (LSPI). LSPI and the high energy knocking event which frequently follows have been known to result in fractured pistons and catastrophic engine failure. The propensity at which LSPI occurs has been linked to engine oil formulation.
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Investigation into the Potentials of a Dedicated Multi-Point Injection System for a Production NG Single-Point Heavy-Duty Engine

2018-03-08
Abstract CNG is at present retaining a growing interest as a factual alternative to traditional fuels for SI engines, thanks to its high potentials in reducing the engine-out emissions. Increasing thrust into the exploitation of NG in the transport field is in fact produced by the even more stringent emission regulations that are being introduced into the worldwide scenario. Moreover, the transport sector accounts for the 27% of the overall energy consumptions and up to the 13% in terms of global emissions. The present paper aims at deeply investigating into the potentials of a heavy-duty engine running on CNG and equipped with two different injection systems, an advanced single point (SP) one and a prototype multi-point (MP) one. The considered 7.8-liter engine was designed and produced to implement a SP strategy and hence modified to run with a dedicated MP system.
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Resolution of HEV Battery Cooling System Inlet Noise Issue by Optimizing Duct Design and Fan Speed Control Strategy

2018-04-07
Abstract The power battery cooling system of a hybrid electric vehicle is composed of a fan and duct assembly with its inlet positioned inside the vehicle cabin. For the prototype vehicle considered in this work, the air inlet is positioned on the package tray due to limited feasible choices. When the battery temperature is over rated limit, the cooling fan starts to operate to cool the battery system. Propelled by the fan in the cooling system, the air in the passenger compartment enters the duct inlet, and rushes through the air duct to reach the battery pack to fulfill the intended cooling function. In this case, the rear seat occupants could clearly perceive the existence of an annoying whirring noise. In this paper, the characteristics of the battery air cooling system and its working principles are briefly described. The air inlet noise generation mechanism and its frequency characteristics are then analyzed.
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Modelling of a Variable Displacement Lubricating Pump with Air Dissolution Dynamics

2018-04-18
Abstract The simulation of lubricating pumps for internal combustion engines has always represented a challenge due to the high aeration level of the working fluid. In fact, the delivery pressure ripple is highly influenced by the effective fluid bulk modulus, which is significantly reduced by the presence of separated air. This paper presents a detailed lumped parameter model of a variable displacement vane pump with a two-level pressure setting, in which the fluid model takes into account the dynamics of release and dissolution of the air in the oil. The pump was modelled in the LMS Imagine.Lab Amesim® environment through customized libraries for the evaluation of the main geometric features. The model was validated experimentally in terms of pressure oscillations in conditions of low and high aeration. The fraction of separated air in the reservoir of the test rig was measured by means of an X-ray technique.
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Lean Burn Combustion of Iso-Octane in a Rapid Compression Machine Using Dual Mode Turbulent Jet Ignition System

2018-03-23
Abstract Turbulent jet ignition (TJI) is a pre-chamber initiated combustion technology that has been demonstrated to provide low temperature, faster burn rate combustion of lean and intake charge diluted air-fuel mixtures. Dual mode turbulent jet ignition (DM-TJI) is a novel concept wherein a separate air supply is provided for the pre-chamber apart from the conventional auxiliary fuel as supplied for TJI systems. The current study aims to extend the lean flammability limit of a gasoline-fueled engine using DM-TJI. Ignition delay time and combustion behavior of ultra-lean iso-octane/air mixture (Lambda ≅ 3.0) was studied using a TJI-based optically accessible rapid compression machine. High-speed fuel spray recordings in the pre-chamber were obtained using borescope imaging setup. Images of the reacting turbulent jet and subsequent combustion in the main chamber were captured using a visible color camera.
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Co-Simulation Study of the Split-Crankshaft Engine’s Electromechanical Clutch Unit

2018-03-23
Abstract The main objective of active downsizing is to increase the power train efficiency. In order to consistently enhance an approach of active downsizing, it is inevitable to disable and additionally to disengage part of the overall engine displacement volume. The disengagement avoids the friction loss of the piston group as well as its crank- and valve-train section. Therefore, this beneficial approach, the Split-Crankshaft Engine (SCE) is currently under development at the Chair of Internal Combustion Engines in cooperation with the Gear Research Centre (FZG), at the Technical University of Munich. The SCE concept consists of two partial internal combustion engines, which are arranged inline. The Primary Engine (PE) is permanently running while the Secondary Engine (SE) can be switched on and off load-dependently during driving operation.
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Complete Engine Thermal Model, a Comprehensive Approach

2018-04-18
Abstract Upcoming engine generations are characterized by both a general trend of increased specific-power and higher efficiency. This leads to increased thermal loads, compromising reliability, and simultaneously to a limited amount of heat under ordinary engine use. Heat is a valuable resource in providing passenger comfort and emission control. For these reasons the subject of engine thermal management is receiving increasing attention. This work presents a comprehensive study of the complete engine thermal behavior at relevant running conditions: rated-power, peak-torque and ordinary use. The work is further extended to the engine warm-up period. The result is a high-resolution complete engine thermal model, capable of simultaneously reporting the local temperature of any engine part, and the global engine heat balance at any engine load.
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Experimental Investigation of the Influence of Engine Operating Parameters on a Rankine Based Waste Heat Recovery System in a SI Engine

2018-04-18
Abstract One of the most promising techniques to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of future combustion engines is the use of waste heat from exhaust gas with a Rankine cycle. The target of this study was to investigate the influence of engine operating parameters such as ignition timing, coolant temperature and injection parameters on the efficiency and performance of Rankine based waste heat recovery systems (WHR). This was done to gain basic knowledge about the influences of the engine operating parameters which helps to explain the system behavior under different operating conditions and second to identify the operating parameters with the highest overall system efficiency which can be used to highlight the impact of changes in engine application on the car. These first of a kind tests were performed on a state-of-the-art gasoline engine equipped with a prototype Rankine-system.
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Influence of Miller Cycles on Engine Air Flow

2018-04-18
Abstract The influence of the intake valve lift of two Miller cycles on the in-cylinder flow field inside a DISI engine is studied experimentally since changes of the engine flow field directly affect the turbulent mixing and the combustion process. For the analysis of the impact of the valve timing on the general flow field topology and on the large-scale flow structures, high-speed stereo-scopic particle-image velocimetry measurements are conducted in the tumble plane and the cross-tumble plane. The direct comparison to a standard Otto intake valve lift curve reveals evidently different impacts on the flow field for both Miller cam shafts. A Miller cycle that features late intake valve closing shows a flow field comparable to the standard Otto valve timing and a tumble vortex of strong intensity can be identified.
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Partial Transparency of Advanced Compression Ignition Combustion Chamber Deposits, Its Impact on Combustion Chamber Wall Temperatures and Application to Thermal Barrier Coating Design

2018-04-18
Abstract The proven impact of combustion chamber deposits, CCD, on advanced compression ignition, ACI, combustion strategies has spurred researchers to develop thermal barrier coatings, TBC, which can mimic CCD benefits on combustion efficiency and operational range expansion. However, application of TBCs within multi-mode engines exposes them to non-negligible soot radiation. In the present paper, the impact of radiation heat transfer on combustion chamber deposits is studied. The morphological construction of the combustion chamber deposit layer is shown to be partially transparent to radiation heat transfer, drawing corollaries with ceramic-based TBCs. Additional experimentation eliminates the optical transparency of CCD to reveal an “effective radiation penetration depth” facilitated by open surface porosity. The effective radiation penetration depth is then utilized to establish the relative communicating porosity of CCD and a magnesium zirconate TBC.
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Internal Combustion Engine Cylinder Volume Trace Deviation

2018-04-18
Abstract Heat release analysis is a widely used cylinder pressure-based method for evaluating combustion in engine development, and it is also being investigated as a means to control engine combustion. Heat release analysis has been shown to be sensitive to errors in the calculated cylinder volume, but despite this one of the most common assumptions is that the cylinder volume is nominal and can be calculated solely by the geometrical relations among the measures of the engine components. During engine operation, the components surrounding the combustion chamber are exposed to thermal forces, pressure forces, and mass forces from the reciprocating components. Due to these forces, the components will deform and the volume of the combustion chamber will deviate from its ideal volume. The volume will also be affected by the production tolerances of the engine.
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Elasto-Hydrodynamic Bearing Model in Powertrain Multi-Body Simulation

2018-04-18
Abstract Multi-body simulation is a well-established simulation technique in the analysis of internal combustion engines dynamics. The enhancement of multi-body simulation especially regarding flexible structures included effects of structural dynamics in the analysis and helped not only to broaden the field of application but also improved quality of the results. In connection to that there is a steady increase in the need for enhanced and refined modeling approaches for technical subsystems such as journal bearings. The paper on hand will present the elasto-hydrodynamic journal bearing module for the software FEV Virtual Engine which is a vertical application to the generic multi-body simulation suite Adams.
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The Effect of Inlet Valve Timing and Engine Speed on Dual Fuel NG-Diesel Combustion in a Large Bore Engine

2018-04-18
Abstract High load (18 bar IMEP) dual fuel combustion of a premixed natural gas/air charge ignited by directly injected diesel fuel was studied in a large bore gas engine. A nozzle design with low flow rate was installed to inject a small diesel volume (10.4 mm3) equal an energetic amount of about two percent. The effect of compression end temperature on ignition and combustion was investigated using valve timings with early IVC (Miller) and maximum charging efficiency (MaxCC). Furthermore, the engine speed was reduced (1500 rpm to 1000 rpm) for the Miller valve timing to analyze the impact of the chemical time scale on the combustion process. During all experiments, the cylinder charge density was kept constant adjusting the intake pressure and the resulting air mass flow.
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A Novel Approach towards Stable and Low Emission Stratified Lean Combustion Employing Two Solenoid Multi-Hole Direct Injectors

2018-04-18
Abstract Stratified lean combustion has proven to be a promising approach for further increasing the thermal efficiency of gasoline direct injection engines in low load conditions. In this work, a new injection strategy for stratified operation mode is introduced. A side and a central-mounted solenoid multi-hole injector are simultaneously operated in a single-cylinder engine. Thermodynamic investigations show that this concept leads to improved stability, faster combustion, reduced particle number emissions, and lower fuel consumption levels compared to using only one injector. Experiments at an optical engine and three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations explain the improvements by a more compact mixture and reduced piston wetting with two injectors. Finally, the application of external EGR in combination with the above concept allows NOx emissions to be effectively kept at a low level while maintaining a stable operation.
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Fast-Running Autoignition Model for Diesel Combustion Modeling and Control, Based on Detailed Reaction Kinetics Simulation

2018-06-25
Abstract Detailed and reduced kinetic mechanisms have been proposed for description of the complex chemistry of autoignition processes of n-heptane, as a representative diesel fuel. These kinetic models are attractive for a detailed 3-D CFD or multi-zone simulation, however the simulation time is normally not affordable for phenomenological engine process modeling. For phenomenological combustion models, typically single-to multiple-step Arrhenius equations are used to model the autoignition processes. Based on the number of Arrhenius equations and model structure the low-temperature, high-temperature and the negative temperature coefficient (NTC) behavior can be modeled. For diesel engine simulation modeling the ignition delay using Arrhenius equation(s) and a Livengood-Wu integration can deliver fairly good results, depending on the number of equations and calibration of constant parameters.
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Comparative Analysis of Performance of Neural Estimators for Diagnostics in Engine Emission System

2018-06-14
Abstract This article describes the results of a comparative performance analysis on the use of neural estimators to accurately estimate the Differential Pressure (DP) signal from diesel engine systems equipped with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) aftertreatment system. For most systems, there are known and modeled relationships between system inputs and outputs; however, in the case of nonlinear, time-varying systems a detailed modeling of the system might not be readily available. Therefore, Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) have been used for developing critical relationship between system inputs (engine and aftertreatment parameters) and system output (DP signal). Both batch (offline) and online learning ANN estimators have been proposed. A control-oriented engine out DPF-DP model is desirable for on-board applications as a virtual DPF-DP sensor which could be used in parallel as an alternate analytical redundancy-based sensor.
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Development of an Overhead Camshaft System Adapted to an SAE Supermileage Single-Person Vehicle in a Fuel Economy Perspective

2018-06-18
Abstract This article presents a comparative study between two camshafts systems adapted to the single cylinder engine of a Supermileage vehicle in a fuel economy perspective. One system is from a Honda AF70E engine and the other is a new design. The new camshaft system was improved for fuel economy by developing a new camshaft that enhances volumetric efficiency while reducing friction losses. The comparison was made by measuring the efficiency of the engine in the speed range where the engine was used by the Supermileage vehicle and a calculation was made to show which of the configuration is best for the vehicle.
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Analysis of Regulated Pollutant Emissions and Aftertreatment Efficiency in a GTDi Engine Using Different SOI Strategies

2018-06-25
Abstract In order to improve performance and minimize pollutant emissions in gasoline turbocharged direct-injection (GTDi) engines, different injection strategies and technologies are being investigated. The inclusion of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and the variation of the start of injection (SOI) are some of these strategies that can influence the air-to-fuel (AF) mixture formation and consequently in the combustion process and pollutant emissions. This paper presents a complete study of the engine performance, pollutant emissions and aftertreatment efficiency that produces the SOI variation with a fixed EGR rate in a 4-cylinder, turbocharged, gasoline direct-injection engine with 2.0 L displacement. The equipment used in this study are TSI-EEPS for particle measurement and HORIBA MEXA 1230-PM for soot measurement being HORIBA MEXA 7100-DEGR with a heated line selector the system employed for regulated gaseous emission measurement and aftertreatment evaluation.
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