A multi-parameter study of the extension of the stable operating range of a wet-ethanol-fueled engine using a microwave-assisted spark plug

Anthony DeFilippo, Benjamin Wolk, Jyh Yuan Chen, Robert Dibble, Ahsa Moon, Atsushi Nishiyama, Yuji Ikeda

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Abstract

A multi-parameter test matrix has been completed in an ethanol-fueled single-cylinder Waukesha ASTM-Cooperative Fuel Research (CFR) engine for studying microwave-assisted spark ignition performance under varied conditions, notably increased compression ratio, increased preheat, and increased charge dilution. Independent variables include compression ratio (9:1, 10.5:1, and 12:1); fuel water dilution by volume (0%, 20%, 30%, 40%); intake air temperature (22°C, 60°C); equivalence ratio (stoichiometric to lean-stability-limit); spark timing (advanced, maximum brake torque, retarded); and ignition strategy (spark only, spark with microwave). This report examines the extension of the stable operating range by a microwave-assisted spark plug, with data indicating that microwave-assisted spark ignition reduces cyclic variation as compared to spark-only ignition in highly-dilute mixtures at all tested compression ratios and intake air temperatures. Examination of the factors affecting microwave ignition performance shows diminished effects of microwave energy input when in-cylinder pressures are high at time of spark.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFall Technical Meeting of the Western States Section of the Combustion Institute 2011, WSS/CI 2011 Fall Meeting
PublisherWestern States Section/Combustion Institute
Pages234-246
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781618393043
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
EventFall Technical Meeting of the Western States Section of the Combustion Institute 2011, WSS/CI 2011 - Riverside, United States
Duration: Oct 17 2011Oct 18 2011

Publication series

NameFall Technical Meeting of the Western States Section of the Combustion Institute 2011, WSS/CI 2011 Fall Meeting

Other

OtherFall Technical Meeting of the Western States Section of the Combustion Institute 2011, WSS/CI 2011
CountryUnited States
CityRiverside
Period10/17/1110/18/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Mechanical Engineering

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