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Quantifying Cyclic Variability in a Multi-Cylinder HCCI Engine With High Residuals

[+] Author Affiliations
Erik Hellström, Jacob Larimore, Anna Stefanopoulou

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Jeff Sterniak, Li Jiang

Robert Bosch LLC, Farmington Hills, MI

Paper No. ICES2012-81107, pp. 297-306; 10 pages
  • ASME 2012 Internal Combustion Engine Division Spring Technical Conference
  • ASME 2012 Internal Combustion Engine Division Spring Technical Conference
  • Torino, Piemonte, Italy, May 6–9, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Internal Combustion Engine Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4466-3
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Cyclic variability (CV) in lean HCCI combustion at the limits of operation is a known phenomenon, and this work aims at investigating the dominant effects for the cycle evolution at these conditions in a multi-cylinder engine. Experiments are performed in a four-cylinder engine at the operating limits at late phasing of lean HCCI operation with negative valve overlap (nvo). A combustion analysis method that estimates the unburned fuel mass on a per-cycle basis is applied on both main combustion and the nvo period revealing and quantifying the dominant effects for the cycle evolution at high CV. The interpretation of the results and comparisons with data from a single-cylinder engine indicate that, at high CV, the evolution of combustion phasing is dominated by low-order deterministic couplings similar to the single-cylinder behavior. Variations, such as in air flow and wall temperature, between cylinders strongly influence the level of CV but the evolution of the combustion phasing is governed by the interactions between engine cycles of the individual cylinders.

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