- Open Access
- Authors : Akhil Vijay , Asok R, Amal S , Dr. M. D. Sreekumar , Anand Krishnan U, Ashik V
- Paper ID : IJERTV9IS060720
- Volume & Issue : Volume 09, Issue 06 (June 2020)
- Published (First Online): 27-06-2020
- ISSN (Online) : 2278-0181
- Publisher Name : IJERT
- License: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Modified Piston Design for Better Combustion Efficiency
Asok R Dr. M. D. Sreekumar
Assistant Professor: Department of Mechanical HOD: Department of Mechanical Engineering Engineering Rajadhani Institute of Engineering and Technology Rajadhani Institute of engineering and technology
(RIET) Thiruvananthapuram, India (RIET) Thiruvananthapuram, India
Akhil Vijay Anand Krishnan U
Student: Department of Mechanical Engineering Student: Department of Mechanical Engineering Rajadhani Institute of Engineering and Technology Rajadhani Institute of Engineering and Technology (RIET) Thiruvananthapuram, India (RIET) Thiruvananthapuram, India
Ashik V Amal S
Student: Department of Mechanical Engineering Student: Department of Mechanical Engineering Rajadhani Institute of Engineering and Technology (RIET) Rajadhani Institute of Engineering and Technology (RIET) Thiruvananthapuram, India Thiruvananthapuram, India
Abstract The ultimate goal of every diesel engine is to convert the potential energy of the diesel fuel into mechanical energy that moves the car forward. It has already been explained that the combustion reaction of the diesel fuel is responsible for this is [4 C12H23 +71 O2 > 48 CO2 + 46H2O] but these conditions are not perfectly happening in real life practical condition. Every automobile company is trying to improve its combustion efficiency by reducing pollution. Reduction in pollution means better in terms of fuel efficiency as well. This project discusses the reduction of pollution in a diesel engine by redesigning the piston crown and placing the injector at top of the cylinder. As compared to an ordinary diesel engine, this arrangement helps to improve uniformity inside the cylinder. Hexagon geometry is designed above the piston crown. Diesel engine injector has 6 orifices and each orifice will inject diesel fuel directly to each face of the hexagon. This arrangement helps to increase the flame travel throughout the cylinder. The impact of this arrangement is clearly reflected in the K value and HSU value in the pollution report.
Keywords Combustion, HSU value (Hartridge smoke unit), K_value
Combustion efficiency is a measurement of how good the fuel is utilized by the engine in a better way. This is different from the value on the analyzer, which is reflective of the total amount of heat available from the fuel minus the losses from the gasses going up the stack. Stack loss is the amount of heat carried by dry flue gases and the moisture loss. It is a good indicator of appliance efficiency. The stack temperature is the temperature of the combustion gases leaving the appliance and reflects the energy that did not transfer from the fuel to the heat exchanger. The lower the stack temperature, the overall efficiency of the heat exchanger increases. The combustion efficiency calculation has both the stack temperature and the net heat and moisture losses. This would include losses from dry gas, moisture, and losses from the production of CO. The
diesel combustion equation is explained as, 4C12H23 +71 O2
> 48 CO2 + 46H2O. This is for the complete combustion of diesel, which does not happen in real life practical conditions. Other
Products can include CO and unburned fuel. When the reaction is not the complete combustion this results in less energy. This happens when there is a lack of oxygen so not all of the fuel can combust and can also be seen in a Bunsen burner. The major drawback of diesel engines is their emission of toxic air pollutants. These engines mainly discharge high levels of particulate matter, NOx, CO, and odor compared with spark- ignition engines. Consequently, in the small-engine category, consumer acceptance is less. Incomplete combustion inside the cylinder is the main reason for all those toxic pollutants. These gases are highly poisonous and toxic for humans, plants and animals. Exhaust treatment devices do oxidation and reduction process to reduce such unwanted pollutants. Our motive is to use the oxygen effectively inside the cylinder and improving uniformity.
The engine used here is a 435cc single-cylinder, 4 stroke, 2 valve naturally aspirated diesel engine. Which is shown in Fig.1.
Fig. 1: Engine
Table.1: The technical specification of engine
No of stroke
No of valve
Type of injection
Direct fuel injection
Forced air cooling
Bore and stroke
86mm and 75mm
20NM @ 2200 RPM
No of nozzle holes
Fig. 2: Design of piston Table. 2: characteristics of piston
Fig. 4: Diesel pump and injector
Figure 4 Exhaust pipe
Fig. 5: AVL smoke meter
Diameter of the piston
Thickness of the piston
Depth of the piston
Cast aluminum alloy
Length of the piston
Table 3: general parameters of the smoke meter
Experiments were carried out using a 435cc single-cylinder, 4 strokes, (shown in fig 1) naturally aspirated diesel engine. Exhaust gas pollution testing was carried out using AVL smoke meter. K_value and HSV value are calculated from the smoke meter. Technical specification of the engine are listed in the table (1). The engine is equipped with a fuel injector nozzle with 6 holes which pressurize the fuel and injects at a max pressure of 280bar. The fuel injector is placed centrally over the cylinder head. The engine operates at a constant speed of 1060 rpm. The engine is fitted with a hexagonal-shaped piston crown. Diesel fuel is used for the whole procedure. During the testing of the stock piston and modified piston brand, new engine oils were used.
The stock piston of the engine is replaced with a modified piston and the diesel injector is placed at the top of the cylinder. The injector has 6 nozzles and each nozzle inject diesel sprays to each face of the hexagon which improves the natural swirling also the flame travel will increase to the piston head. It is proven that the piston bowl diameter ratio and cylinder bore affect the velocity field. Modified piston shows an improved late, cycle air mixing during diffusion combustion by uniformly tracking the near-wall jet flow back towards the center of the chamber, which increases the level of turbulence. This phenomenon helps to improve combustion efficiency and provide faster burnout which reduces the emission of toxic pollutants like NOx, soot, etc. This arrangement helps to reduce the collision of flames each other and helps flames to capture more amount of oxygen. Also, it helps to improve the uniformity inside the cylinder.
Clean and improved combustion is the final result. On each stage of development, the exhaust gas is measuring and calculating it K value and HSU value.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Table: 4 Pollution test result of ordinary piston
AVG 0.56 21.23
Table: 5 Pollution test result of modified piston
AVG 0.462 19.19
GRAPH ANALYSIS BETWEEN RPM AND K_VALUE
GRAPH ANALYSIS BETWEEN RPM AND HSU VALUE
By comparing both pollution reports and graphs which are mentioned above, it is clear that there is a marginal difference in both K_Value and HSU value. Deviation of lines in the graph also expressing that hexagonal piston design produces much better combustion than ordinary piston design. Due to less HSU value in higher rpm smoke density reduced dramatically. This whole project happens on a small capacity single-cylinder diesel engine while considering a higher displacement multiple cylinder engines, then the pollution numbers will be much more expressive. Without any additional huge investment, every diesel automobile manufacturers can use this design for reducing pollution content. This whole arrangement will help to reduce toxic pollutant contents of exhaust gas like Nox, CO, and soot. Better in combustion means better fuel efficiency as well. So simply the whole arrangement helps both our economy as well as our environment.
The main objective of our project was to develop improved combustion in diesel engines by using max oxygen available inside the cylinder. We can effectively make use of the available oxygen and improved the uniformity inside the cylinder using hexagonal piston design by possible resources that we can arrange. We hope that through this project we will be able to contribute a part in effective pollution control and through this, we can save our mother earth and the whole ecosystem. Also through an increase in fuel efficiency, the whole project is supporting the economy too.
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