Date of Award
Open Access Master's Thesis
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MS)
Administrative Home Department
Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Committee Member 1
Both experimental and simulation efforts have been employed to further advance the design and build of a single cylinder research engine. The engine will aid in advancing technology and understanding the operation of compression-ignition (CI) engines using natural gas within the heavy-duty engine industry. The basis for the engine is a Cummins 15L ISX engine that has been modified, retrofitted, and instrumented to allow for late-cycle direct-injection of high-pressure compressed natural gas. Along with the engine build, a one-dimensional GT-Power simulation model has been created and used to analyze the engine operation and specify components including the engine compression ratio and charging system. The combustion model was calibrated to a kinetic combustion model at multiple speed load points in effort to understand the effect of compression ratio, temperature, and start of injection, on natural gas compression ignition.
Miller, Tyler, "DESIGN, BUILD, AND ANALYSIS OF A COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS DIRECT INJECTION COMPRESSION IGNITION SINGLE CYLINDER RESEARCH ENGINE", Open Access Master's Thesis, Michigan Technological University, 2020.