Numerical and experimental study of reduction of NOX on diesel combustion by using water injection systems

D. Tsuru, H. Kato, H. Tajima

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Abstract

Introduction of water into the combustion chamber has been recognized as an effective measure reducing NOx emissions from medium-speed marine diesels. There are two practical methods of water injection into the cylinder, FWE (Fuel Water Emulsion) and DWI (Direct Water Injection). However, optimization of these water injection systems has not been established yet. In this study, to observe spray propagation and combustion process of fuel-water emulsion and DWI system, experiments were carried out using a Rapid Compression and Expansion Machine (RCEM) with an electronic controlled double-needle type injector. Simulation of spray propagation and combustion processes were also carried out using three-dimensional CFD code: KIVA3V in order to evaluate the effect of water vapour distribution on cylinder temperature and NOx formation. In the DWI system, numerous and immiscible droplet collisions should happen inside the merging sprays from closely-located injection holes for water and fuel. Authors had developed the new collision models for simulating the complicated colliding behaviour of these immiscible droplets and implemented into KIVA3V code. Concentric water-in-oil type droplet had to be newly introduced as an outcome of oil and water droplet coalescence. And different treatments in calculating its breakup and evaporation processes were considered. Concentric water-in-oil type droplets were injected as an emulsion fuel in case of emulsion system. It has been concluded that when the water was injected appropriately, the temperature of flame became lower than in conventional diesel combustion. NOx emissions were reduced up to 40% with water addition of 25% of fuel mass in both the water injection technologies. The computational results were in agreement with experimental measurements and provided detailed information on the mixing process.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event12th International Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, ICLASS 2012 - Heidelberg, Germany
Duration: Sep 2 2012Sep 6 2012

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, ICLASS 2012
CountryGermany
CityHeidelberg
Period9/2/129/6/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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