Diesel knock combustion and its detection using acoustic emission

Lowe, David Patrick, Wu, Weiliang, Lin, Tian Ran, & Tan, Andy C. C. (2011) Diesel knock combustion and its detection using acoustic emission. Journal of Acoustic Emission, 29, pp. 78-88.

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This paper presents an experimental investigation into the detection of excessive Diesel knock using acoustic emission signals. Three different dual-fuel Diesel engine operating regimes were induced into a compression ignition (Diesel) engine operating on both straight Diesel fuel and two different mixtures of fumigated ethanol and Diesel. The experimentally induced engine operating regimes were; normal, or Diesel only operation, acceptable dual-fuel operation and dual-fuel operation with excessive Diesel knock. During the excessive Diesel knock operating regime, high rates of ethanol substitution induced potentially damaging levels of Diesel knock. Acoustic emission data was captured along with cylinder pressure, crank-angle encoder, and top-dead centre signals for the different engine operating regimes. Using these signals, it was found that acoustic emission signals clearly distinguished between the two acceptable operating regimes and the operating regime experiencing excessive Diesel knock. It was also found that acoustic emission sensor position is critical. The acoustic emission sensor positioned on the block of the engine clearly related information concerning the level of Diesel knock occurring in the engine whist the sensor positioned on the head of the engine gave no indication concerning Diesel knock severity levels.

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ID Code: 50611
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Diesel knock, dual-fuel, acoustic emission, condition monitoring
ISSN: 0730-0050
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Research Centres > CRC Integrated Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM)
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Acoustic Emission Group
Deposited On: 27 May 2012 23:49
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2012 01:11

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