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EPSRC Reference: GR/S81964/01
Title: CHASE - Controlled Homogeneous Autoignition Supercharged Engine
Principal Investigator: Wyszynski, Professor ML
Other Investigators:
Megaritis, Professor T
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr R Lehrle
Project Partners:
Jaguar Land Rover Limited Johnson Matthey Mass Spec
National Engineering Laboratory Race Technology Ltd
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Scheme: LINK
Starts: 24 March 2004 Ends: 23 June 2007 Value (£): 297,642
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Combustion Control Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Transport Systems and Vehicles
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Worldwide environmental concerns remain a specific driver for the automotive industry. The Foresight Vehicle Technology Roadmap highlights the UK Government's commitment to the reduction of fleet C02 emissions in this country. It is known that Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engines offer two significant advantages, extremely low NOx emissions and a much improved fuel economy which yields a significant reduction in C02 emissions. New IC engine combustion systems utilising the HCCI process are receiving ever-increasing attention from both industry and academia.The University of Birmingham has extensive experience with fuel reforming. Together with Jaguar and Johnson Matthey they are partners in a 2-year Foresight Vehicle project (2002-2003) advancing HCCI technologies under the title of CHARGE (Controlled Homogeneous Auto-ignition Reformed Gas Engine). Jaguar has a long history of developing and manufacturing premium engines and has been making continuous efforts with respect to reducing vehicle emissions and improving fuel consumption. The results from the CHARGE project and a related Foresight Vehicle project, PITSTOP, also led by Jaguar and devoted to thermal management of the powertrain system, have revealed the prospects of a new clean and efficient powertrain unit, centring on an HCCI engine with integrated thermal management. This leads to the current proposal which aims to maximise the usage of the autoignition combustion mode in vehicle engines with four technical elements: charge preparation, thermal management, integrated fuel reforming and exhaust aftertreatment systems to achieve best fuel economy and emissions, including C02 levels.The new Foresight Vehicle project CHASE (Controlled Homogeneous Auto-ignition Supercharged Engine) is considered a new phase and extension of the work launched in CHARGE and PITSTOP, and will include both modelling and experimental studies of gasoline HCCI engines. The modelling work will involve chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and fluids mechanics based simulations, while the experimental investigation will involve advanced optical diagnostics in conjunction with conventional engine system research and development techniques.
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