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Reference Number GR/S70203/01
Title Fundamental engine fuel studies at intermediate & high pressures & temperatures
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Oil and gas combustion) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr M Lawes
No email address given
Mechanical Engineering
University of Leeds
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2004
End Date 30 June 2007
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £291,206
Industrial Sectors Energy; Environment; Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Materials, Mechanical and Medical Eng
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr M Lawes , Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Professor D Bradley , Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds (0.001%)
  Recognised Researcher Dr R Woolley , University of Leeds (0.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Jaguar Land Rover Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Lotus Engineering (0.000%)
Project Contact , Shell Global Solutions UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Alstom Power Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rolls-Royce PLC (0.000%)
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Abstract Growing concern about global warming, atmospheric pollution, and energy conservation have prompted far-reaching remedial measures. These cover the use of new fuels, new types of power unit and new modes of burning. Changes are likely to be evolutionary and the internal combustion engine will co-exist for some time with fuel cells and batteries. In the coming decades combustion will probably be of lean mixtures, burning in both deflagrative and autoignitive modes. Because of this and compatibility with fuel cells, a number of new fuels can be envisaged. The proposal embraces the lean combustion of some possible fuels, most in the deflagrative, but some in the autoignitive mode. Most previous fundamental combustion studies have only been able to obtain satisfactory data on flame structure and burning rates at pressures of a few atmospheres. Engines operate at high pressures, at which flame instabilities can become increasingly important. It therefore is proposed to develop a novel explosion bomb technique to enable measurements to be made up to about 40 atmospheres in the final stages of explosions. Optical access to the flames will enable their structures and burning mechanisms to be observed, while high speed photography will be used to determine laminar and turbulent burning velocities
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