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EPSRC Reference: GR/R58338/01
Title: CHARGE- Controlled Homogeneous Auto-ignition Reformed Gas Engine
Principal Investigator: Wyszynski, Professor ML
Other Investigators:
Megaritis, Professor T Lehrle, Dr R
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr R Al Dadah Dr I Parsons
Project Partners:
Jaguar Land Rover Johnson Matthey
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Scheme: LINK
Starts: 01 April 2002 Ends: 31 March 2004 Value (£): 193,720
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Electric Motor & Drive Systems Energy Efficiency
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Transport Systems and Vehicles
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This project aims to develop a dean and efficient powertrain system, in order to meet the challenge and requirement for the next generation of vehicles. The proposal integrates three technological elements each of which has unique potential to improve exhaust gas emission and fuel consumption of internal combustion spark ignition engines over levels achieved when fuelled by gasoline. The three elements are: Natural Gas (NG) as an alternative fuel, Homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) for an innovative combustion system, and exhaust-gas reforming to produce a hydrogen rich NG based fuel to improve combustion efficiency and to facilitate HCCI operation. This reforming process, developed at The University of Birmignham in previous collaboration with Jaguar, Johnson Matihey and Rover/BMW, is known as LEAF Technology (Lower Emissions by Activation of Fuels). The novelty of the proposed project is to examine how the composition of the reformed gas can be used to control the HCCI combustion process. Development of the integrated powertrain system will be based on closed-loop control of fuelling, combustion and exhaust strategies.The proposed project consists of four major aspects: Fuel reforming and reactor developments, Single cylinder engine experiments (Thermodynamic and Optical), Multicylinder engine experiments. Modelling
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