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Prediction of Cyclic Variability and Knock-Limited Spark Advance (KLSA) in Spark-Ignition (SI) Engine

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Zongyu Yue, Sibendu Som

Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL

K. Dean Edwards, C. Scott Sluder

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

Paper No. ICEF2018-9605, pp. V002T06A012; 10 pages
  • ASME 2018 Internal Combustion Engine Division Fall Technical Conference
  • Volume 2: Emissions Control Systems; Instrumentation, Controls, and Hybrids; Numerical Simulation; Engine Design and Mechanical Development
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 4–7, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Internal Combustion Engine Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5199-9
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


Engine knock remains one of the major barriers to further improve thermal efficiency of Spark Ignition (SI) engines. Knock can be suppressed by lowering the compression ratio, or retarding the spark ignition timing, however, at an expense of efficiency penalty. SI engine is usually operated at knock-limited spark advance (KLSA) to achieve possibly maximum efficiency with given engine hardware and fuel properties, such as Research Octane Number (RON), Motor Octane Number (MON), and heat of vaporization, etc. Co-optimization of engine design and fuel properties is promising to improve the engine efficiency and predictive CFD models can be used to facilitate this optimization process. However, difficulties exist in predicting KLSA in CFD simulations. First, cyclic variability of SI engine demands that multi-cycle results are required to capture the extreme conditions. Secondly, Mach Courant-Friedrichs-Lewy (CFL) number of 1 is desired to accurately predict the knock intensity (KI), resulting in unaffordable computational cost, especially for multi-cycle simulations. In this study, a new approach to numerically predict KLSA using large Mach CFL number of 50 is proposed. This approach is validated against experimental data for a boosted Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) engine at multiple loads and spark timings. G-equation combustion model coupled with well-mixed chemical kinetic model are used to predict the turbulent flame propagation and end-gas auto-ignition, respectively. Simulations run for 10 consecutive engine cycles at each condition. The results show good agreement between model predictions and experiments in terms of cylinder pressure, combustion phasing and cyclic variation. Engine knock is predicted with early spark ignition timing, indicated by significant pressure wave oscillation and end-gas heat release. Maximum Amplitude of Pressure Oscillation (MAPO) analysis is performed to quantify the KI, and the slope change point in KI extrema is used to indicate the KLSA accurately. Using a smaller Mach CFL number of 5 also results in the same conclusions thus demonstrating that this approach is insensitive to the Mach CFL number. The use of large Mach CFL number allows us to achieve fast turn-around time for multi-cycle engine CFD simulations.

Copyright © 2018 by ASME
Topics: Engines , Ignition



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