Dilution Sensitivity of Particulate Matter Emissions from Reactivity-Controlled Compression Ignition Combustion

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Dual-fuel reactivity-controlled compression ignition (RCCI) combustion can yield high thermal efficiency and simultaneously low NOx and soot emissions. Although soot emissions from RCCI are very low, hydrocarbon (HC) emissions are high, potentially resulting in higher than desired total particulate matter (PM) mass and number caused by semivolatile species converting the particle phase upon primary dilution in the exhaust plume. Such high organic fraction PM is known to be highly sensitive to dilution conditions used when collecting samples on a filter or when measuring particle number using particle sizing instruments. In this study, PM emissions from a modified single-cylinder diesel engine operating in RCCI and conventional diesel combustion (CDC) modes were investigated under controlled dilution conditions. To investigate the effect of the fumigated fuel on the PM emissions, 150 proof hydrous ethanol and gasoline were used as low reactivity fuels. The data reveal that PM from RCCI combustion is more sensitive to the variation of dilution conditions than PM from single fuel conventional diesel combustion. RCCI PM primarily consisted of semivolatile organic compounds and a smaller amount of solid carbonaceous particles. The fumigated fuel had a significant effect on PM emissions' characteristics for RCCI combustion. Hydrous ethanol fueled RCCI PM contained a larger fraction of volatile materials and was more sensitive to the variation of dilution conditions compared to the gasoline fueled RCCI mode.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number032204
JournalJournal of Energy Resources Technology, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2017

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Funding Information:
We wish to acknowledge our fellow group members at the Center for Diesel Research at the University of Minnesota for support of this research. The experimental work performed in the study was sponsored by Grant No. AIC194, co-funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, and the University of Minnesota Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment.

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