Multidimensional Computation of Multicomponent Spray Vaporization and Combustion
The three-dimensional KIVA code has been used to study the effects of multicomponent fuel droplet vaporization on diesel engine performance under both standard and cold-starting conditions. The code has also been updated with state-of-the-art submodels including: a wave breakup atomization model, drop drag with drop distortion, spray/wall interaction with sliding, rebounding, and breaking-up drops, multistep kinetics ignition and laminar-turbulent characteristic time combustion, wall heat transfer with unsteadiness and compressibility, and a crevice flow model. The baseline computational results are compared with experimental data from a single-cylinder Caterpillar research engine equipped with a high-pressure, electronically-controlled fuel injection system. The effect of multicomponent fuel droplet vaporization is studied, with particular attention to the effects of the injection ambient temperatures.