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EPSRC Reference: EP/N50841X/2
Title: Innovative Low Carbon, High Fuel Efficiency Power Generation Technology
Principal Investigator: Cairns, Professor A
Other Investigators:
Xia, Dr J Zhao, Professor H
Researcher Co-Investigators:
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Department: Faculty of Engineering
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 01 February 2017 Ends: 30 November 2017 Value (£): 110,813
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy - Conventional
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Summary on Grant Application Form
The overall goal of the work at Brunel would be to improve understanding of the ideal combustion system via theoretical

analysis, simulation and engine testing.

The objective of the first phase of work at Brunel would be to specify a combustion system that can attain the highest

combustion and thermal efficiencies within the unique environment of relatively high starting temperature, low starting

pressure and expanding volume. Initial work would involve benchmarking the requirements of the combustion system.

Specifically, this would be reliant upon use of existing empirical data for key nominated fuels (including natural gas and

other potential biofuels offering synergy). Such calculations would provide a baseline. In reality faster modes may be

required (e.g. fuel stratification, dual fuel etc). Thereafter, formal engineering concept generation and selection procedures

would be adopted to specify the ideal combustion system type and layout. The performance of the system taken forward

would then be evaluated in detail using existing 1D thermodynamic (GT-Power) and/or 3D CFD simulation codes. In

addition to this simulation work Brunel would undertake a detailed review of potential markets and appropriate fuels for the

technology, with a full report on potential future opportunities prepared.

Thereafter, in the second phase of work at Brunel the single cylinder would be fitted to an engine test bed and the

operation of the novel unit fully quantified in terms of mechanical operation, gas exchange efficiency, combustion efficiency,

thermal efficiency, fuel economy and engine-out emissions. This work would make use of the existing industry standard

test facilities at Brunel, with development support provided by the industrial partners as required. Specifically, the engine

operation and efficiencies would be evaluated at rated power and other key sites nominated to aid understanding of the

novel mode of operation. Finally, these test results would be used to fully correlate the engine simulation and hence

maximise understanding of the novel mode of engine operation proposed.
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