American Journal of Applied Sciences

Modeling of Transient Heat Flux in Spark Ignition Engine During Combustion and Comparisons with Experiment

T. F. Yusaf, Sye Hoe, Fong , M. Z. Yusoff and I. Hussein

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2005.1438.1444

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 2, Issue 10

Pages 1438-1444


A quasi-one dimensional engine cycle simulation program was developed to predict the transient heat flux during combustion in a spark ignition engine. A two-zone heat release model was utilized to model the combustion process inside the combustion chamber. The fuel, air and burned gas properties throughout the engine cycle were calculated using variable specific heats. The transient heat flux inside the combustion chamber due to the change in the in-cylinder gas temperature and pressure during combustion was determined using the Woschni heat transfer model. The program was written in MATLAB together with the Graphical User Interface (GUI). Numerical results were compared with the experimental measurements and good agreement was obtained. Four thermocouples were used and positioned equi-spaced at 5mm intervals along a ray from the spark plug location on the engine head. These thermocouples were able to capture the heat flux release by the burned gas to the wall during the combustion process including the cycle-to-cycle variations. Pressure sensor was installed at the engine head to capture the pressure change throughout the cycle.


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