Marine dual fuel engines modelling and optimisation employing : a novel combustion characterisation method

  • La Xiang

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Dual fuel (DF) engines have been an attractive alternative of traditional diesel engines for reducing both the environmental impact and operating cost. The major challenge of DF engine design is to deal with the performance-emissions trade-off via operating settings optimisation. Nevertheless, determining the optimal solution requires large amount of case studies, which could be both time-consuming and costly in cases where methods like engine test or Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation are directly used to perform the optimisation. This study aims at developing a novel combustion characterisation method for marine DF engines based on the combined use of three-dimensional (3D) simulation and zero-dimensional/one-dimensional (0D/1D) simulation methods. The 3D model is developed with the CONVERGE software and validated by employing the measured pressure and emissions. Subsequently, the validated 3D model is used to perform a parametric study to explore the engine operating settings that allow simultaneous reduction of the brake specific fuel consumption (BSFC) and NOx emissions at three engine operation conditions (1457 r/min, 1629 r/min and 1800 r/min). Furthermore, the derived heat release rate (HRR) is employed to calibrate the 0D Wiebe combustion model by using Response Surface Methodology (RSM). A linear response model for the Wiebe combustion function parameters is proposed by considering each Wiebe parameter as a function of the pilot injection timing, equivalence ratio and natural gas mass. The 0D/1D model is established in the GT-ISE software and used to optimise the performance-emissions trade-off of the reference engine by employing the Nondominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm II (NSGA II). The obtained results provide a comprehensive insight on the impacts of the involved engine operating settings on in-cylinder combustion characteristics, engine performance and emissions of the investigated marine DF engine. By performing the settings optimisation at three engine operating points, settings that lead to reduced BSFC are identified, whilst the NOx emissions comply with the Tier III NOx emissions regulation. The proposed novel method is expected to support the combustion analysis and enhancement of marine DF engines during the design phase, whilst the derived optimal solution is expected to provide guidelines of DF engine management for reducing operating cost and environmental footprint.
Date of Award29 Sept 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University Of Strathclyde
SponsorsUniversity of Strathclyde
SupervisorGerasimos Theotokatos (Supervisor) & Peilin Zhou (Supervisor)

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