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Characterization of Low Temperature Diesel Combustion with Various Dilution Gases

The effects of intake dilution with various dilution gases including nitrogen, argon, and carbon dioxide on low temperature diesel combustion were investigated in a naturally aspirated DI diesel engine to understand the mechanism of the simultaneous reductions in smoke and NOx with ultra-high EGR. NOx almost completely disappears with the intake oxygen concentration diluted below 16% regardless of the kind of dilution gas. Smoke emissions decrease with increased heat capacity of the charged gas due to promotion of mixture homogeneity with longer ignition delays. Intake dilution with the 36% CO2 + 64% Ar mixture which has a similar specific heat capacity as N2 shows lower smoke emissions than with N2. Chemical kinetics analysis shows that carbon dioxide may help to reduce NOx and soot by lowering the reaction temperature as well as by changing the concentrations of some radicals or/and species related to soot and NOx formation.
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Chemical-Kinetic Analysis on PAH Formation Mechanisms of Oxygenated Fuels

The thermal cracking and polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) formation processes of dimethyl ether (DME), ethanol, and ethane were investigated with chemical kinetics to determine the soot formation mechanism of oxygenated fuels. The modeling analyzed three processes, an isothermal constant pressure condition, a temperature rising condition under a constant pressure, and an unsteady condition approximating diesel combustion. With the same mole number of oxygen atoms, the DME rich mixtures form much carbon monoxide and methane and very little non-methane HC and PAH, in comparison with ethanol or ethane mixtures. This suggests that the existence of the C-C bond promotes the formation of PAH and soot.
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Combustion Control and Operating Range Expansion With Direct Injection of Reaction Suppressors in a Premixed DME HCCI Engine

Direct injection of various ignition suppressors, including water, methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, hydrogen, and methane, was implemented to control ignition timing and expand the operating range in an HCCI engine with induced DME as the main fuel. Ultra-low NOx and smoke-less combustion was realized over a wide operating range. The reaction suppressors reduced the rate of low-temperature oxidation and consequently delayed the onset of high-temperature oxidation. Analysis of the chemical kinetics showed a reduction of OH radical in the premixed charge with the suppressors. Among the ignition suppressors, alcohols had a greater impact on OH radical reduction resulting in stronger ignition suppression. Although water injection caused a greater lowering of the temperature, which also suppressed ignition, the strong chemical effect of radical reduction with methanol injection resulted in the larger impact on suppression of oxidation reaction rates.
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Improvements in Diesel Combustion with After-Injection

The effect of after-injection on exhaust gas emissions from a DI diesel engine with a common rail injection system was experimentally investigated for a range of operating conditions. The results showed that over the whole of the operating range, some reduction in smoke emissions can be achieved with after-injection, without deterioration in thermal efficiency and other emission characteristics. The optimum quantity of after-injection for smoke reduction is 20% of the total fuel supply, and the optimum timing is just after the main injection. Visualization in a bottom view type engine showed that with after-injection, soot formation in the main-injection decrease more due to a smaller quantity of fuel than without after-injection, and soot formation with after-injection is insignificant.
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Nature of Fundamental Parameters Related to Engine Combustion for a Wide Range of Oxygenated Fuels

The fundamental parameters related to engine combustion and performances, such as, heating value, theoretical air-fuel ratio, adiabatic flame temperature, carbon dioxide (CO2), and nitric oxide (NO) emissions, specific heat and engine thermal efficiency were investigated with computations for a wide range of oxygenated fuels. The computed results showed that almost all of the above combustion-related parameters are closely related to oxygen content in the fuels regardless of the kinds or chemical structures of oxygenated fuels. An interesting finding was that with the increase in oxygen content in the fuels NO emission decreased linearly, and the engine thermal efficiency was almost unchanged below oxygen content of 30 wt-% but gradually decreased above 30 wt-%.
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Quantitative Measurements and Analysis of Ambient Gas Entrainment into Intermittent Gas Jets by Laser-Induced Fluorescence of Ambient Gas (LIFA)

Mixture formation processes of intermittent gas jets were visualized and quantified with high accuracy by a uniquely developed LIF technique (LIFA). Mixture strength inside gas jets was quantified by the fluorescence of iodine in the ambient gas excited by the sheet light of a Nd:YAG laser Two dimensional images of intermittent gas jets of various velocities were continuously recorded with VTR and quantified with high accuracy. The optimum conditions for measurements and accuracy with the LIFA technique were investigated. At the optimum setting of the initial iodine concentration in the ambient gas, accuracies better than 95% were obtained for the ambient gas entrainment ratio or jet concentration. The experimental results show that considerable amounts of ambient gas entrain just under the umbrella-like profile at the top of the jet. The mean jet concentration decreased with decreased nozzle diameter (D), and time elapsed after injection (Δt).
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Simultaneous Measurements of Concentration and Temperature Distributions in Unsteady Gas Jets by an Iodine LIF Method

A new method to simultaneously measure temperature and concentration distributions in unsteady gas jets was established with an adaptation of the laser-induced fluorescence of iodine molecules seeded into ambient gas. Using the temperature dependence of iodine fluorescence spectra, the local temperature inside jets was determined with the ratio between the fluorescence intensities of two visualized images with different wavelengths. Jet concentrations were also determined with the images for the temperature measurements. The method was applied to an unsteady argon jet injected into hot argon-iodine ambient gases. The experimental results showed that the local temperature distribution in an unsteady gas jet were quite similar to the local concentration distributions.
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Visualization and Heat Release Analysis of Premixed Diesel Combustion with Various Fuel Ignitabilities and Oxygen Concentrations in a Constant Volume Combustion Vessel

Low NOx and soot free premixed diesel combustion can be realized by increasing ignition delays in low oxygen atmospheres, as well as the combustion here also depends on fuel ignitability. In this report single intermittent spray combustion with primary reference fuels and a normal heptane-toluene blend fuel under several oxygen concentrations in a constant volume combustion vessel was analyzed with high-speed color video and pressure data. Temperature and KL factor distributions are displayed with a 2-D two-color method. The results show that premixing is promoted with a decrease in oxygen concentration, and the local high temperature regions, above 2200 K, as well as the duration of their appearance decreases with the oxygen concentration. With normal heptane, mild premixed diesel combustion can be realized at 15 vol% oxygen and there is little luminous flame.