• Effects of water injection strategies on oxy-fuel combustion characteristics of a dual-injection spark ignition engine

      Li, Xiang; Pei, Yiqiang; Li, Dayou; Ajmal, Tahmina; Rana, Khaqan-Jim; Aitouche, Abdel; Mobasheri, Raouf; Peng, Zhijun; University of Bedfordshire; Tianjin University; et al. (MDPI, 2021-08-26)
      Currently, global warming has been a serious issue, which is closely related to anthropogenic emission of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) in the atmosphere, particularly Carbon Dioxide (CO2). To help achieve carbon neutrality by decreasing CO2 emissions, Oxy-Fuel Combustion (OFC) technology is becoming a hot topic in recent years. However, few findings have been reported about the implementation of OFC in dual-injection Spark Ignition (SI) engines. This work numerically explores the effects of Water Injection (WI) strategies on OFC characteristics in a practical dual-injection engine, including GDI (only using GDI), P50-G50 (50% PFI and 50% GDI) and PFI (only using PFI). The findings will help build a conceptual and theoretical foundation for the implementation of OFC technology in dual-injection SI engines, as well as exploring a solution to increase engine efficiency. The results show that compared to Conventional Air Combustion (CAC), there is a significant increase in BSFC under OFC. Ignition delay (θF) is significantly prolonged, and the spark timing is obviously advanced. Combustion duration (θC) of PFI is a bit shorter than that of GDI and P50-G50. There is a small benefit to BSFC under a low water-fuel mass ratio (Rwf). However, with the further increase of Rwf from 0.2 to 0.9, there is an increment of 4.29%, 3.6% and 3.77% in BSFC for GDI, P50-G50 and PFI, respectively. As WI timing (tWI) postpones to around −30 °CA under the conditions of Rwf ≥ 0.8, BSFC has a sharp decrease of more than 6 g/kWh, and this decline is more evident under GDI injection strategy. The variation of maximum cylinder pressure (Pmax) and combustion phasing is less affected by WI temperature (TWI) compared to the effects of Rwf or tWI. BSFC just has a small decline with the increase of TWI from 298 K to 368 K regardless of the injection strategy. Consequently, appropriate WI strategies are beneficial to OFC combustion in a dual-injection SI engine, but the benefit in fuel economy is limited.
    • Exploring the potential benefits of Ethanol Direct Injection (EDI) timing and pressure on particulate emission characteristics in a Dual-Fuel Spark Ignition (DFSI) engine

      Li, Xiang; Li, Dayou; Liu, Jingyin; Ajmal, Tahmina; Aitouche, Abdel; Mobasheri, Raouf; Rybdylova, Oyuna; Pei, Yiqiang; Peng, Zhijun; ; et al. (Elsevier, 2022-04-26)
      Nowadays, particulate matter emitted by vehicles severely impacts environmental quality and human health. In this paper, the potential benefits of Ethanol Direct Injection (EDI) timing and pressure on particulate emission characteristics in a Dual-Fuel Spark Ignition (DFSI) engine were initially and systematically explored. The experimental results illustrate that by delaying EDI timing from -340 ºCA to -300 ºCA, there is a significant benefit in both particulate number and mass concentration. Furthermore, the size distribution curve of particulate number changes from bimodal to unimodal, meantime size distribution curves of particulate mass consistently concentrate on the accumulation mode. By increasing EDI pressure from 5.5 MPa to 18 MPa, the droplet size of ethanol spray can be effectively reduced. The benefit of increasing EDI pressure is more apparent in reducing particulate number is than particulate mass. The concentration of number and mass for total particulates have a reduction of 51.15% and 22.64%, respectively. In summary, it was demonstrated that an appropriate EDI timing or high EDI pressure could be a practical and efficient way to reduce particulate emissions in a DFSI engine.
    • A feasibility study of implementation of oxy-fuel combustion on a practical diesel engine at the economical oxygen-fuel ratios by computer simulation

      Li, Xiang; Peng, Zhijun; Ajmal, Tahmina; Aitouche, Abdel; Mobasheri, Raouf; Pei, Yiqiang; Gao, Bo; Wellers, Matthias; University of Bedfordshire; Centre de Recherche en Informatique Signal et Automatique de Lille; et al. (SAGE Publications, 2020-12-09)
      To help achieve zero carbon emissions from inland waterway vessels, this implementation of oxy-fuel combustion on a practical diesel engine at the economical oxygen-fuel ratios were systematically studied and analysed in this paper. A 1-D simulation was used to explore the effect of various operating parameters for recovering the engine power when the engine is modified to the oxy-fuel combustion from conventional air combustion. The brake power of oxy-fuel combustion is only 26.7kW that has a noticeable decline compared with 40 kWof conventional air combustion with fixed consumption of fuel and oxygen. By optimising some valuable parameters, like fuel injection timing, intake charge temperature, intake components, engine compression ratio and water injection strategy, a benefit of 6.8kW has been acquired in the engine power. Afterwards, a remarkable benefit was obtained with the increase of lambdaO2 from 1.0 to 1.5, finally obtaining the same engine power with the conventional air combustion. Above all, taking advantage of various operating parameters, it is expected to further improve the value of the implement of oxy-fuel combustion on diesel engines at the economical oxygen-fuel ratios.
    • Oxy-fuel combustion for carbon capture and storage in internal combustion engines - a review

      Li, Xiang; Peng, Zhijun; Pei, Yiqiang; Ajmal, Tahmina; Rana, Khaqan-Jim; Aitouche, Abdel; Mobasheri, Raouf; ; University of Bedfordshire; Tianjin University; et al. (2021-08-18)
      As the impacts of global warming have become increasingly severe, oxy-fuel combustion has been widely considered a promising solution for carbon capture and storage (CCS) to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) to achieve net-zero emissions. In the past few decades, researchers around the world have demonstrated improvements by the application of oxy-fuel combustion to internal combustion (IC) engines. This article presents a comprehensive review of the experimental and simulation studies about oxy-combustion for CCS in IC engines. To give a more comprehensive understanding, it has included a detailed explanation of the essential components contained in an oxy-fuel IC engine and its typical operating parameters. The oxy-fuel IC engine components include the system of oxygen supply, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), water injection, fuel injection, and CCS. In order to optimise the combustion process, it is required to adopt the appropriate values for the oxygen concentration, EGR rate, ignition timing, compression ratio, fuel injection, and water injection in oxy-fuel engines. The detailed literature review and analysis presented provide a basis for the selection of oxy-fuel combustion for CCS as a prospective solution to reduce carbon emissions in IC engines.