RESEARCH PAPERS: Internal Combustion Engines

A Contribution to the Analysis of Turbulence Anisotropy and Nonhomogeneity in an Open-Chamber Diesel Engine

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E. Spessa

Dipartimento di Energetica, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 121(2), 226-234 (Apr 01, 1999) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2817110 History: Received July 16, 1998; Online December 03, 2007


Further investigation of the turbulence time-frequency spectral structure and its anisotropy and nonhomogeneity has been carried out in the combustion chamber of an automotive diesel engine with a high-squish reentrant in-piston-bowl and a helical intake port. An advanced HWA technique was applied for turbulence measurements along the injector axis, under motored engine conditions in the speed range of 600–3000 rpm. Autospectral density functions of each fluctuating velocity component, as was determined by a specific sensor-wire orientation, were evaluated in consecutive crank-angle correlation intervals during the induction, compression, and early expansion strokes. In order to study the speed dependence of the turbulence-structure anisotropy and nonhomogeneity in different portions of the engine cycle, time-scales of cycle-resolved and conventional turbulent fluctuations were analyzed as functions of the engine speed for different wire orientations, measurement locations, and correlation intervals. Anisotropy and nonhomogeneity were generally significant at low engine speeds, whereas a tendency towards isotropy and homogeneity was found by increasing the speed. With specific reference to the bowl-generated turbulence, spectral anisotropy was remarkable at all speeds in the reverse-squish flow, close to the cylinder-head wall. However, spectral nonhomogeneity was the main feature of the direct-squish flow at low engine speeds.

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