Survey of greener ignition and combustion systems for internal combustion engines

Wuqiao Luo, Yun Li, Zhong Tian, Bo Gao, Ling Tong, Houjun Wang, Baoqing Zeng

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The spark and compression ignition principles of, petrol and diesel internal combustion engines (ICEs) have, not advanced for a century. These do not lead to complete, combustion and hence result in high exhaust emission and, low energy efficiency. This paper presents a comprehensive survey on the attempts and developments of greener ignition, and combustion systems for ICEs and points out that, homogeneous charge microwave ignition (HCMI) holds the, key to a perfect solution. Increasing the ignition volume has, become a trend in research for high-performance, lean-burn and low-emission petrol engines. It started with increasing, ignition points by adopting multi-point spark and lasers., The ignition volume is future increased by high energy and, long endurance ignition as method of zone-based ignition., Production of transient plasma in ignition stage is the key point because combustion performance and flame front, speed is related to volume of transient plasma. But the, volume of ignition is still limited for high ignition energy, requirement. The volume-based ignition methods, like, HCMI, with bigger ignition volume which leads to better, efficiency and low emission are assessed and compared., Many tests on physical engines have proved that HCMI, offers significant performance, but the problem lies in a, production-oriented design. Virtual prototyping through, Computer-Automated Design would help in this regard and, could lead to novel processes for Industry 4.0.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 21st International Conference on Automation and Computing
Subtitle of host publicationAutomation, Computing and Manufacturing for New Economic Growth, ICAC 2015
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2015
Event21st International Conference on Automation and Computing, ICAC 2015 - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Sep 201512 Sep 2015


Conference21st International Conference on Automation and Computing, ICAC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • HCCI
  • HCMI
  • ignition system
  • industry 4.0
  • internal combustion engine


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