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Title: Fuel Stratification for Low-Load HCCI Combustion: Performance and Fuel-PLIF Measurements.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the SAE Powertrain and Fuids Systems Conference held October 29 - November 1, 2007 in Chicago, IL.
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United States

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Hwang, Wontae, Dec, John E., and Sjoberg, Carl-Magnus G. Fuel Stratification for Low-Load HCCI Combustion: Performance and Fuel-PLIF Measurements.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Hwang, Wontae, Dec, John E., & Sjoberg, Carl-Magnus G. Fuel Stratification for Low-Load HCCI Combustion: Performance and Fuel-PLIF Measurements.. United States.
Hwang, Wontae, Dec, John E., and Sjoberg, Carl-Magnus G. Tue . "Fuel Stratification for Low-Load HCCI Combustion: Performance and Fuel-PLIF Measurements.". United States. doi:.
title = {Fuel Stratification for Low-Load HCCI Combustion: Performance and Fuel-PLIF Measurements.},
author = {Hwang, Wontae and Dec, John E. and Sjoberg, Carl-Magnus G},
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Tue May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2007}

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  • In recent years a number of studies have demonstrated that boosted operation combined with external EGR is a path forward for expanding the high load limit of homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) operation with the negative valve overlap (NVO) valve strategy. However, the effects of fuel composition with this strategy have not been fully explored. In this study boosted HCCI combustion is investigated in a single-cylinder research engine equipped with direct injection (DI) fueling, cooled external exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), laboratory pressurized intake air, and a fully-variable hydraulic valve actuation (HVA) valve train. Three fuels with significant compositional differences aremore » investigated: regular grade gasoline (RON = 90.2), 30% ethanol-gasoline blend (E30, RON = 100.3), and 24% iso-butanol-gasoline blend (IB24, RON = 96.6). Results include engine loads from 350 to 800 kPa IMEPg for all fuels at three engine speeds 1600, 2000, and 2500 rpm. All operating conditions achieved thermal efficiency (gross indicated efficiency) between 38 and 47%, low NOX emissions ( 0.1 g/kWh), and high combustion efficiency ( 96.5%). Detailed sweeps of intake manifold pressure (atmospheric to 250 kPaa), EGR (0 25% EGR), and injection timing are conducted to identify fuel-specific effects. The major finding of this study is that while significant fuel compositional differences exist, in boosted HCCI operation only minor changes in operational conditions are required to achieve comparable operation for all fuels. In boosted HCCI operation all fuels were able to achieve matched load-speed operation, whereas in conventional SI operation the fuel-specific knock differences resulted in significant differences in the operable load-speed space. Although all fuels were operable in boosted HCCI, the respective air handling requirements are also discussed, including an analysis of the demanded turbocharger efficiency.« less
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