New Developments in Diesel Engines

E-learning This course can be adapted to virtual classroom mode

Who should attend?

  • This course provides a deeper knowledge on diesel engine combustion and depollution, diesel fuels, high-pressure injection systems, turbocharging, after treatment systems.
Public :
  • Engineers and technical staff involved in the design, development and testing of diesel engines and equipment.
  • Well adapted to training abroad.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • Diesel combustion optimization

      • Automotive industry in the world.
      • Approaches net classifications to define and design a powertrain.
      • How does a spark engine work?
      • Engine to wheel: air-fuel mixture, burn the air-fuel mixture, transformation into mechanical energy in the wheels.
      • Chemical reaction equation, stoichiometric air/fuel ratio, equivalence ratio, specific heat value.
      • Composition of exhaust gas. Flammability limits, flame propagation in normal combustion. Pollutants formation mechanisms: particles, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, unburnt hydrocarbons.
      • Influence of tuning parameters: air-fuel ratio, fuel injection timing, fuel-air mixture efficiency, temperature, injection pressure.
      • Optimization of swirl, bowl in the piston, spray-holes position and diameter. Fuel spray characteristics.
      • New combustion process: homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI), advantages and drawbacks.
      • Full load behavior and optimization, durability limits, thermo-mechanical constraints; cracks in the metal.
      • Cylinder head design: valves, inlet pipes and swirl generation, variable swirl.
      • Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR); physical effect on NOx reduction, NOx/particles trade-off, EGR cooling, with or without by-pass, high and low pressure EGR circuit, problems and solutions for heavy trucks.
      • Cold starting and warm-up: critical compression ratio, trade-off between noise, smoke emissions, instability; glow-plug functioning and control strategy. Ceramic glow-plug.
  • Diesel fuels characteristics

      • Ignition delay and self-ignition ability: cetane rating.
      • Cold flow characteristics: cloud point, cold filter plugging point, pour point.
      • Lubricating properties, HFrr test, sulfur content.
  • Injection systems

      • Nozzle holes manufacturing and characterization: discharge coefficient, effective flow area, hydraulic flow. Hydroground conical holes.
      • Classification of current cam-driven and common-rail systems. Comparison between unit-injector and common-rail systems.
      • Evolution of high pressure pump, common-rail solenoid and piezo injectors.
      • Temperature control in low pressure circuit.
  • Turbocharging

      • Turbocharger thermo-dynamical principle and technology. Design, materials, lubrication.
      • Compressor and turbine field.
      • Compressor and turbine dimensioning to match a given engine.
      • Waste-gate, variable geometry turbine, parallel or sequential dual turbocharger.
  • Exhaust gas after-treatment

      • Evolution of emissions regulations for passenger cars and heavy trucks.
      • Oxidation catalysts: structure, light-off temperature, conversion rate, ageing; diesel particulate filter (dPF): structure, trapping efficiency, regeneration with fuel additive (FBC: fuel born catalyst) or catalyzed filter (CdPF); regeneration strategy, fifth or seventh injector, influence on oil drain intervals.
      • NOx trap: operating principle, efficiency, limits.
      • Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) with urea: principle, installation on heavy trucks, advantages and drawbacks.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • understand the mechanisms of pollutants formation and the trade-off between emissions, performance, fuel consumption, durability, cold starting, drivability,
  • know the evolution of Diesel combustion and exhaust gas recirculation systems and how to optimize them,
  • know the main fuel properties required for a good engine behavior,
  • know the evolution of fuel injection systems and turbocharger technologies,
  • know the exhaust gas after-treatment systems and strategies used on current and future engine.

Ways & Means

  • Various interactive talks, adapted to the participants’ fields of activity.
  • Videos.
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