Effects of ambient pressure and nozzle diameter on ignition characteristics in diesel spray combustion

Jiun Cai Ong*, Jens Honore Walther, Shijie Xu, Shenghui Zhong, Xue-Song Bai, Kar Mun Pang

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    Numerical simulations are performed to investigate the effects of ambient density (ρam) and nozzle diameter (Dnoz) on the ignition characteristic of diesel spray combustion under engine-like conditions. A total of nine cases which consist of different ρam of 14.8, 30.0, and 58.5 kg/m3 and different Dnoz of 100, 180, and 363 μm are considered. The results show that the predicted ignition delay times are in good agreement with measurements. The current results show that the mixture at the spray central region becomes more fuel-rich as Dnoz increases. This leads to a shift in the high-temperature ignition location from the spray tip towards the spray periphery as Dnoz increases at ρam of 14.8 kg/m3. At higher ρam of 30.0 and 58.5 kg/m3, the ignition locations for all Dnoz cases occur at the spray periphery due to shorter ignition timing and the overly fuel-rich spray central region. The numerical results show that the first ignition location during the high-temperature ignition occurs at the fuel-rich region at ρam⩽30.0 kg/m3 across different Dnoz. At ρam=58.5 kg/m3, the ignition occurs at the fuel-lean region for the 100 and 180 μm cases, but at the fuel-rich region for the 363 μm nozzle case. This distinctive difference in the result at 58.5 kg/m3 is likely due to the relatively longer ignition delay time in the 363 μm nozzle case. Furthermore, the longer ignition delay time as Dnoz increases can be related to the higher local scalar dissipation rate in the large nozzle case.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number119887
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


    • Ambient density effect
    • Ignition process
    • Nozzle diameter effect
    • Spray flame
    • Transported probability density function


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