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Quantification and Analysis of the Charge Cooling Effect of Methanol in a Compression Ignition Engine Utilizing PPC Strategy

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Sam Shamun, Pravesh Shukla, Pablo Garcia Valladolid, Sebastian Verhelst, Martin Tunér

Lund University, Scania, Sweden

Burak Zincir

Istanbul Technical University, Tuzla, Turkey

Paper No. ICEF2018-9657, pp. V001T02A007; 10 pages
  • ASME 2018 Internal Combustion Engine Division Fall Technical Conference
  • Volume 1: Large Bore Engines; Fuels; Advanced Combustion
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 4–7, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Internal Combustion Engine Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5198-2
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


The charge cooling effect of methanol was studied and compared to that of iso-octane. The reduction in compression work due to fuel evaporation and the gain in expansion work were evaluated by the means of in-cylinder pressure measurements in a HD CI engine. A single injection strategy was utilized to obtain a longer premixing period to adequately capture the cooling effect. The effect was clear for both tested fuels, however, methanol generally caused the pressure to reduce more than iso-octane near TDC. It was found that the contribution of reduced compression work to the increased net indicated efficiency is negligible. Regarding the expansion work, a slower combustion with higher pressure was obtained for methanol in comparison to that of iso-octane due to the cooling effect of fuel evaporation. As a result from this, a lower heat transfer loss was obtained for methanol, in addition to the significantly lower NOx emissions.

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