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Performance Assessment of a Single Jet, Dual Diverging Jets, and Dual Converging Jets in an Auxiliary Fueled Turbulent Jet Ignition System

An auxiliary fueled prechamber ignition system can be used in an IC engine environment to provide lean limit extension with minimal cyclic variability and low emissions. Geometry and distribution of the prechamber orifices form an important criterion for performance of these systems since they are responsible for transferring and distributing the ignition energy into the main chamber charge. Combustion performance of nozzles with a single jet, dual diverging jets and dual converging jets for a methane fueled prechamber ignition system is evaluated and compared in a rapid compression machine (RCM). Upon entering the main chamber, the dual diverging jets penetrate the main chamber in opposite directions creating two jet tips, while the dual converging jets, after exiting the orifices, converge into a single location within the main chamber. Both these configurations minimize jet-wall impingement compared to the single jet.
Technical Paper

Numerical Simulations of Turbulent Sprays with a Multicomponent Evaporation Model

A multicomponent droplet evaporation model which discretizes the one-dimensional mass and temperature profiles inside a droplet with a finite volume method has been developed and implemented into a large-eddy simulation (LES) model for spray simulations. The LES and multicomponent models were used along with the KH-RT secondary droplet breakup model to simulate realistic fuel sprays in a closed vessel. The effect of various spray and ambient gas parameters on the liquid penetration length of different single component and multicomponent fuels was investigated. The numerical results indicate that the spray penetration length decreases non-linearly with increasing gas temperature or pressure and is less sensitive to changes in ambient gas conditions at higher temperatures or pressures. The spray models and LES were found to predict the experimental results for n-hexadecane and two multicomponent surrogate diesel fuels reasonably well.
Technical Paper

Numerical Simulations in a High Swirl Methanol-Fueled Directly-Injected Engine

Three-dimensional transient simulations using KIVA-3V were conducted on a 4-stroke high-compression ratio, methanol-fueled, direct-injection (DI) engine. The engine had two intake ports that were designed to impart a swirling motion to the intake air. In some cases, the intake system was modified, by decreasing the ports diameter in order to increase the swirl ratio. To investigate the effect of adding shrouds to the intake valves on swirl, two sets of intake valves were considered; the first set consisted of conventional valves, and the second set of valves had back shrouds to restrict airflow from the backside of the valves. In addition, the effect of using one or two intake ports on swirl generation was determined by blocking one of the ports.
Technical Paper

Evaluation of Turbulence Statistics from Engine Cooling Fan Velocity Measurements

The present communication reports on processing and interpreting velocity measurements in the wake of a cooling fan. Velocity data are typically phase averaged to create statistics that would be observed in a rotating frame of reference. The difference between any given instantaneous measurement and the phase mean value is often referred to as the fluctuating component of velocity. These deviations can be caused by a variety of mechanisms (blade vibration for example) and do not necessarily represent “turbulence”. A different approach using an eigenfunction decomposition of the data is used on a sample data set to help distinguish between cycle-to-cycle variations and turbulence.
Journal Article

Combustion Visualization, Performance, and CFD Modeling of a Pre-Chamber Turbulent Jet Ignition System in a Rapid Compression Machine

Turbulent jet ignition is a pre-chamber ignition enhancement method that produces a distributed ignition source through the use of a chemically active turbulent jet which can replace the spark plug in a conventional spark ignition engine. In this paper combustion visualization and characterization was performed for the combustion of a premixed propane/air mixture initiated by a pre-chamber turbulent jet ignition system with no auxiliary fuel injection, in a rapid compression machine. Three different single orifice nozzles with orifice diameters of 1.5 mm, 2 mm, and 3 mm were tested for the turbulent jet igniter pre-chamber over a range of air to fuel ratios. The performance of the turbulent jet ignition system based on nozzle orifice diameter was characterized by considering both the 0-10 % and the 10-90 % burn durations of the pressure rise due to combustion.
Technical Paper

CFD Modeling and Experimental Analysis of a Homogeneously Charged Turbulent Jet Ignition System in a Rapid Compression Machine

Three dimensional numerical simulation of the transient turbulent jet and ignition processes of a premixed methane-air mixture of a turbulent jet ignition (TJI) system is performed using Converge computational software. The prechamber initiated combustion enhancement technique that is utilized in a TJI system enables low temperature combustion by increasing the flame propagation rate and therefore decreasing the burn duration. Two important components of the TJI system are the prechamber where the spark plug and injectors are located and the nozzle which connects the prechamber to the main chamber. In order to model the turbulent jet of the TJI system, RANS k-ε and LES turbulent models and the SAGE chemistry solver with a reduced mechanism for methane are used.
Technical Paper

A Computational Study of the Effects of Spark Location on the Performance of a Turbulent Jet Ignition System

In this purely computational study, fluid dynamic simulations with active combustion are performed for a Turbulent Jet Ignition (TJI) system installed in a rapid compression machine. The simulations compare the effects that the location of the TJI system’s spark ignition source inside the TJI’s prechamber have on the combustion within the system through the use of four simulations, which are all identically setup with the same initial and boundary conditions except for the location of their respective ignition sources. The four ignition sources are located along the centerline of the axisymmetric prechamber and at varied distances from the orifice exit of the prechamber. Comparison of the simulations demonstrate that the locations furthest from the orifice produce better main chamber ignition as reflected in shorter 0-10% mass fraction burn times. Meanwhile all three of the test cases that were not closest to the orifice all produced similar 10-90% mass fraction burn times.