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Test Rig for Fundamental Investigations of Ignition System Characteristics under Severe Flow Conditions

Tilz, Anton; Meyer, Georg; Kiesling, Constantin; Pirker, Gerhard; Salbrechter, Sebastian; Wimmer, Andreas


supply concepts. To achieve further improvements in efficiency and to decrease emissions, engine operating strategies with very lean air-fuel mixtures and high turbulence levels are required. However, these severe conditions have a significant impact on the inflammability of the mixture and compromise combustion stability. Reliably igniting the mixture and keeping cycle-to-cycle variation of the combustion process at a low level is challenging and requires deeper understanding of the fundamentals of the ignition process. The electric arc, which transfers the electric energy to the air-fuel mixture and initiates the inflammation, plays a central role in the ignition process. Thus, the paper at hand presents a test rig that was developed for detailed investigations of electric arc behavior under flow conditions similar to those in spark ignited large gas engines. The test rig consists of a closed loop flow circuit. Flow velocities at the spark plug up to 30 m/s, pressures up to 60 bar and temperatures up to 80 °C can be achieved under non-combustible conditions. The centerpiece of the test rig is the test cell, which provides excellent optical access from three sides for high-speed imaging of the arc without disturbing the flow field at the spark plug. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000088319
Veröffentlicht am 08.06.2019
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Kolbenmaschinen (IFKM)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsjahr 2018
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISBN: 978-3-8169-3449-3
KITopen-ID: 1000088319
Erschienen in Ignition Systems for Gasoline Engines : 4th International Conference, December 6 - 7, 2018, Berlin, Germany. Ed.: M. Günther
Verlag expert-Verlag
Seiten 75-90
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