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Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Electrospray for IC Engine

The objective of this work was to investigate the potential of the electrostatic atomization for its application in internal combustion engines. In this paper, a theoretical model for secondary breakup of charged droplets was established. The electric force reduces the surface tension of liquid, whereby atomization is promoted. To improve the diesel droplet atomization remarkably by means of electrostatic charge, the charge-mass ratio should be at least at the order of 10-6C/g. In the interest of the practical application conditions in internal combustion engines, the high-pressure injected electrospray was generated and investigated under various injection pressures and electric conditions. By means of the Photron high-speed camera, the special features of electrospray were observed. The micro-characters including the drop size distribution and the variance of the drop diameter in the spray front area were investigated.
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Research into Autoignition Characteristics of Diesel Fuel in a Controllable Active Thermo-Atmosphere

A novel method is applied to analysis the autoignition phenomenon. Experiments on the study of autoignition characteristics of diesel fuel were carried out with a Controllable Active Thermo-Atmosphere Combustor. The results show that the method for autoignition studying of liquid fuel is of feasibility. Autoignition delay time and autoignition height from the nozzle increase with the coflow temperature decreasing and autoignition delay time changes sensitively under lower coflow temperature. Liftoff height of diesel spray flame decreases with the increasing of coflow temperature. Lower temperature causes higher variance of liftoff height. It might be speculated that there are two different mechanisms of flame stabilization that the lower lift-off heights flames are related to a balance between the flow velocity and flame speed while the higher lift-off heights flames are stabilized by the mixture autoignition.
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Evaporation Characteristics of n-Heptane Droplet Streams in a Heated Air Channel Flow

An experimental study is presented on the evaporation of diluted droplet-laden two-phase jet flows within a heated air channel co-flow. In this study, n-heptane is pre-atomized by an ultrasonic nozzle to produce droplet cluster with a median diameter of about15μm, and a continuous cold air flow is applied to carry the fuel droplet cluster to emerge from a nozzle tube, producing a free turbulent jet of droplet stream. The droplet stream is then introduced as a central jet into a square-shaped channel with heated air co-flow for evaporation investigations. With flexibilities of the initial properties of droplet stream and surrounding conditions of channel flow, the axial evolution of droplet size is determined to characterize the evaporation behavior of n-heptane droplet stream under various boundary conditions. The equivalence ratios of droplet streams are varied by changing both the carrier-air flow rate and the fuel flow rate.
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Effect of Coflow Temperature on the Characteristics of Diesel Spray Flames and its Transient HC Distribution under Atmospheric Conditions

A Controllable Active Thermo-Atmosphere (CATA) Combustor enables the investigation of stabilization mechanisms in an environment that decouples the turbulent chemical kinetics from the complex recirculating flow. Previous studies on combustion of the low-pressure fuel jets in the Controllable Active Thermo-Atmosphere (CATA) showed non-linear effect of coflow temperature on autoignition delay and the randomness of autoignition sites. In this work, a diesel spray is injected into the CATA with the injection pressure at 20MPa from a single-hole injector and the autoignition and combustion process of the spray is recorded by a high-speed camera video. The multipoint autoignition of diesel spray is observed in the CATA and the subsequent combustion process is analyzed. The results show that autoignition phenomenon plays an important role in the stabilization of the lifted flames of diesel spray under low coflow temperature.