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Research on combustion process of a free piston diesel linear generator

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tony Roskilly, Dr Boru Jia


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The piston motion of a free-piston diesel linear generator (FPDLG) is different from the traditional reciprocating engine (TRE). Here we focused on a numerical simulation for the research on the combustion process of an FPDLG by adopting coupled models of zero-dimensional dynamics and multidimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Piston dynamics model and CFD model to simulate the combustion process were set up based on the calculated results of free-piston motion, which were validated with tested data from a running FPDLG prototype. According to the coupled parameters of these two models, we studied the exothermic properties of the FPDLG during the combustion process through iterative computation, and compared the simulation results of a TRE to a FPDLG with comparable and similar structural parameters. The results' indicated that, combustion in the FPDLG lasted for a longer time compared with that in the TRE. While the heat release before top dead center (TDC), the isochoric heat release, and the heat release during the rapid combustion period were low, the post-combustion became more intense. Furthermore, the average temperature in the cylinder was generally lower, while became higher in the end of expansion stroke. In addition, the maximum combustion pressure was lower and lasted for a shorter time.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Feng HH, Guo CD, Yuan CH, Guo YY, Zuo ZX, Roskilly AP, Jia BR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Applied Energy

Year: 2016

Volume: 161

Pages: 395-403

Print publication date: 01/01/2016

Online publication date: 22/10/2015

Acceptance date: 09/10/2015

ISSN (print): 0306-2619

ISSN (electronic): 1872-9118

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.10.069


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51006010National Nature Science Foundation of China
B12022Programme of Introducing Talents of Discipline to Universities of China