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  1. Blowby Gas Composition in Si Engines

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    Páv Karel

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with a procedure for measuring the composition of blowby gas in the engine crank case by means of a conventional NDIR (Non-Dispersive Infra-Red exhaust gas analyzer. This paper aims to evaluate the exhaust gas portion, as well as the fuel and water vapor fraction in the raw blowby gas. Determination of the exhaust content in the blowby gas is based on CO2 concentration measurement. The measurement results of several SI engines are statistically reviewed regarding the engine operational points. The influence of different operational conditions and used fuel type is shown on raw blowby gas composition in port injection SI engines.

  2. 放电参数对同轴枪中等离子体团的分离的影响%Influence of discharge parameters on blow-by in a coaxial plasma gun

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    张俊龙; 杨亮; 闫慧杰; 滑跃; 任春生

    2015-01-01

    同轴枪中的等离子体团的分离现象主要是由同轴枪内磁场的梯度造成的电流层倾斜而引起的一个增强反馈过程导致的,这种分离现象越来越成为限制同轴枪有效使用的一个不利因素。在实验上研究放电参数对等离子体团的分离的影响,对理论研究和实际应用都具有重要意义。在实验中发现,利用光电倍增管可以直接观察到等离子体团的分离程度,由此可以研究放电参数对等离子体团的分离的影响。本实验主要研究电容充电电压、电容、放电气压这三个参数对分离现象的影响。实验发现,分离程度随着电容以及其充电电压的增大而增强,随着气压的增大而减弱。实验结果基于雪犁模型进行分析,电容以及电容充电电压的增大使放电电流增强使磁场梯度增大而导致电流层的倾斜程度增加,而使等离子体团的分离程度变严重,相反,气压的增加使需要加速更多粒子而导致电流层的倾斜程度减弱,而使等离子体团分离程度减弱。分析认为,通过控制在加速过程中影响电流层倾斜程度的因素可控制共轴枪中等离子体团的分离程度。%The blow-by which occurs in a coaxial plasma gun is the result of reinforcing feedback caused by the gradient of magnetic field and the component of axial current due to the canting of current sheath. The blow-by has become a serious negative effect which limits the effective use of the coaxial plasma gun, so it is necessary to study by experiment the parameters that influence the degree of blow-by. This will not only contribute to the study of the theory and mode about blow-by but also give advices to the weakening or eliminating blow-by by choosing suitable parameters in engineering field. The degree of blow-by can be observed directly by photomultiplier, and the influence of voltage of capacitance, capacitance, and the pressure of gas on blow-by have

  3. 7.63 m焦炉小烟道窜漏的原因分析及解决措施%Cause Analysis of Sole Flue Blowby in the 7.63 m Coke Oven and Treatment Measures

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    李强; 孙晴亮

    2015-01-01

    焦炉小烟道发生窜漏会影响焦炉使用寿命并破坏焦炉正常加热,需要及时解决。对7.63 m焦炉小烟道窜漏产生的原因进行了分析,并有针对性地采取了一些特殊调节手段,取得了较好效果。%Blowby in coke oven sole flue can shorten the service life of coke oven and affect the normal heating of coke oven, so must be treated in time. The causes of blowby in the sole flue of the 7.63 m coke oven were analyzed and special adjustment measures were taken, which has achieved good results.

  4. Study of improvement in 1st ring`s gas-seal; Top ring no gas seal seino kojo no kento

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    Ando, H.; Tateishi, Y.; Fujimura, K.; Hitosugi, H. [Nippon Piston Ring Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    1997-10-01

    The authors studied the effect of an angle of 1st ring twist on the amount of blow-by concerning higher speed/higher output engines for motorcycles. As a result, the authors found the twist made the ring restrained in a ring groove of piston , and confirmed its suitable range for blow-by. By means of the developed optimization method, the authors have achieved significant reduction in blow-by at high engine speed. 1 ref., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  5. Reciprocating Compressor 1D Thermofluid Dynamic Simulation: Problems and Comparison with Experimental Data

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    A. Gimelli

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The authors here extend a 0D-1D thermofluid dynamic simulation approach to describe the phenomena internal to the volumetric machines, reproducing pressure waves’ propagation in the ducts. This paper reports the first analysis of these phenomena in a reciprocating compressor. The first part presents a detailed experimental analysis of an open-type reciprocating compressor equipped with internal sensors. The second part describes a 0D-1D thermofluid dynamic simulation of the compressor. Comparison of computed and measured values of discharge mass flow rate shows a good agreement between results for compression ratio <5. Then, to improve the model fitting at higher pressures, a new scheme has been developed to predict the blow-by through the ring pack volumes. This model is based on a series of volumes and links which simulate the rings’ motions inside the grooves, while the ring dynamics are imposed using data from the literature about blow-by in internal combustion engines. The validation is obtained comparing experimental and computing data of the two cylinder engine blowby. After the validation, a new comparison of mass flow rate on the compressor shows a better fitting of the curves at higher compression ratio.

  6. 'Tuning' the variable stiffness head gasket: An interactive computational approach

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    Glander, D.W.; Punch, E.F.

    1987-01-01

    Problems of bore distortion, combustion blowby and gasket fatigue in lightweight engine blocks are ultimately related to the gasket sealing pressure distribution. For both conventional embossed steel gaskets and composite ones this distribution can be modified by suitable local changes in gasket stiffness. Current methods of gasket optimization concentrate on large scale iterative finite element analysis of the head/gasket/block system, with major computational costs. This paper presents a more economical alternative in which condensed compliance matrices are obtained either from elementary NASTRAN runs or by experimental means. The algorithm enables the gasket engineer to 'tune' the gasket to the desired sealing pressure profile with acceptable stiffness variations.

  7. Evaluation of mechanical losses in a linear motor pressure wave generator

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    Jacob, Subhash; Rangasamy, Karunanithi; Jonnalagadda, Kranthi Kumar; Chakkala, Damu; Achanur, Mallappa; Govindswamy, Jagadish; Gour, Abhay Singh

    2012-06-01

    A moving magnet linear motor compressor or pressure wave generator (PWG) of 2 cc swept volume with dual opposed piston configuration has been developed to operate miniature pulse tube coolers. Prelimnary experiments yielded only a no-load cold end temperature of 180 K. Auxiliary tests and the interpretation of detailed modeling of a PWG suggest that much of the PV power has been lost in the form of blow-by at piston seals due to large and non-optimum clearance seal gap between piston and cylinder. The results of experimental parameters simulated using Sage provide the optimum seal gap value for maximizing the delivered PV power.

  8. Recent efficiency improvements and experimental results on the repetitive compact toroid accelerator at UC Davis

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    This article reports on the acceleration dynamics of a compact toroid plasma configuration in a background hydrogen gas. The acceleration dynamics are investigated experimentally using magnetic probes and chordal interferometry. These measurements are then compared to two-dimensional simulations that show good agreement with experiments. The experimental measurements indicate that the velocity and field strength initially increase as a function of accelerator voltage, however, at higher voltages the compact toroid velocity ceases to increase with increased accelerator voltage. In our investigation, we examine the 'blowby' effect along with additional processes such as mass accumulation and charge exchange as potential mechanisms contributing to the stagnation of the compact toroid's velocity. (author)

  9. Effect of the trapped mass and its composition on the heat transfer in the compression cycle of a reciprocating engine

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    The use of the polytropic coefficient calculation during the compression process in the thermodynamic cycle of a reciprocating internal combustion engine is an interesting tool to minimize errors in the synchronization of pressure and volume signals, and to determine heat flux transferred to the cylinder walls. The accuracy of this calculation depends on the instantaneous values for pressure, volume, trapped mass and its composition, as well as on their variations. In this work the effect of the errors in blow-by, trapped mass and its composition have been studied in detail, specially the effect of errors in the composition estimation, owing to the use of exhaust gas recirculation in typical diesel engines

  10. Functional Performance of Pyrovalves

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    Bement, Laurence J.

    1996-01-01

    Following several flight and ground test failures of spacecraft systems using single-shot, 'normally closed' pyrotechnically actuated valves (pyrovalves), a government/industry cooperative program was initiated to assess the functional performance of five qualified designs. The goal of the program was to improve performance-based requirements for the procurement of pyrovalves. Specific objectives included the demonstration of performance test methods, the measurement of 'blowby' (the passage of gases from the pyrotechnic energy source around the activating piston into the valve's fluid path), and the quantification of functional margins for each design. Experiments were conducted in-house at NASA on several units each of the five valve designs. The test methods used for this program measured the forces and energies required to actuate the valves, as well as the energies and the pressures (where possible) delivered by the pyrotechnic sources. Functional performance ranged widely among the designs. Blowby cannot be prevented by o-ring seals; metal-to-metal seals were effective. Functional margin was determined by dividing the energy delivered by the pyrotechnic sources in excess to that required to accomplish the function by the energy required for that function. All but two designs had adequate functional margins with the pyrotechnic cartridges evaluated.

  11. Beam-Pointing Designs for Exploding-Pusher Proton and X-Ray Backlighting Targets at the National Ignition Facility

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    Craxton, R. S.; Kong, Y. Z.; Garcia, E. M.; Huang, P. Y.; Kinney, J. P.; McKenty, P. W.; Zhang, R.; Le Pape, S.; Coppari, F.; Heeter, R. F.; Liedahl, D. A.; MacGowan, B. J.; Rygg, J. R.; Schneider, M. B.; Li, C. K.; Perry, T. S.

    2015-11-01

    The 2-D hydrodynamics code SAGE, which includes 3-D laser ray tracing, has been used to design laser pointing configurations for thin-shell, exploding-pusher targets at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) being considered as point sources of protons and continuum x rays. Since it is desired to irradiate these targets using limited numbers of beams, uniformity is maximized by individually pointing the different beams in each quad. An important design constraint is to minimize the laser blow-by into opposing beam ports. Designs have been developed for a variety of planned experiments. A six-quad design was used for the first proton backlighter development shot on the NIF. This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration under Award Number DE-NA0001944.

  12. Dense Plasma Injection Experiment at MCX

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    Uzun-Kaymak, I.; Messer, S.; Bomgardner, R.; Case, A.; Clary, R.; Ellis, R.; Elton, R.; Hassam, A.; Teodorescu, C.; Witherspoon, D.; Young, W.

    2009-09-01

    We present preliminary results of the High Density Plasma Injection Experiment at the Maryland Centrifugal Experiment (MCX). HyperV Technologies Corp. has designed, built, and installed a prototype coaxial gun to drive rotation in MCX. This gun has been designed to avoid the blow-by instability via a combination of electrode shaping and a tailored plasma armature. An array of diagnostics indicates the gun is capable of plasma jets with a mass of 160 μg at 70 km/s with an average plasma density above 1015 cm-3. Preliminary measurements are underway at MCX to understand the penetration of the plasma jet through the MCX magnetic field and the momentum transfer from the jet to the MCX plasma. Data will be presented for a wide range of MCX field parameters, and the prospects for future injection experiments will be evaluated.

  13. Cross-field plasma injection into mirror geometry

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    Uzun-Kaymak, I. U.; Messer, S.; Bomgardner, R.; Case, A.; Clary, R.; Ellis, R.; Elton, R.; Teodorescu, C.; Witherspoon, F. D.; Young, W.

    2009-09-01

    The Maryland Centrifugal Experiment (MCX) and HyperV Technologies Corp. are collaborating on a series of experiments to test the use of a plasma gun to inject mass and momentum into a magnetic-confinement device. HyperV has designed, built and installed a prototype coaxial gun to drive rotation in MCX. The gun has been designed to avoid the blow-by instability via a combination of electrode shaping and a tailored plasma armature. Preliminary measurements at HyperV indicate the gun generates plasma jets with a mass of 160 µg, velocities up to 90 km s-1 and plasma density in the high 1014 cm-3. This paper emphasizes characteristics of the plasma gun and penetration of the plasma jet through the MCX magnetic field. Plans for future injection experiments are briefly discussed.

  14. Computational Modelling of Piston Ring Dynamics in 3D

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    Dlugoš Jozef

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Advanced computational models of a piston assembly based on the level of virtual prototypes require a detailed description of piston ring behaviour. Considering these requirements, the piston rings operate in regimes that cannot, in general, be simplified into an axisymmetric model. The piston and the cylinder liner do not have a perfect round shape, mainly due to machining tolerances and external thermo-mechanical loads. If the ring cannot follow the liner deformations, a local loss of contact occurs resulting in blow-by and increased consumption of lubricant oil in the engine. Current computational models are unable to implement such effects. The paper focuses on the development of a flexible 3D piston ring model based on the Timoshenko beam theory using the multibody system (MBS. The MBS model is compared to the finite element method (FEM solution.

  15. Gap seal dissipation in linear alternators.

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    Gonen, Eran; Grossman, Gershon

    2015-04-01

    Earlier models of the coupling between a thermoacoustic system and an electrodynamic motor/alternator considered mechanical damping but ignored the viscous friction and blow-by losses produced by the motor/alternator's piston oscillating within a tight-fitting gap. The model presented here extends previous models to demonstrate that the inclusion of these effects leads to a better estimate of the electroacoustic conversion efficiency and can be used to determine the optimal load resistance for such an alternator's electrical power output. Model predictions were shown to be in excellent agreement with the performance measurements made using two different thermoacoustic engines and using a sealed volume (dummy load) connected to multiple, horizontally opposed motor/alternators, using an empirical determination of the piston-cylinder gap. PMID:25920827

  16. Interring Gas Dynamic Analysis of Piston in a Diesel Engine considering the Thermal Effect

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    Wanyou Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Understanding the interaction between ring dynamics and gas transport in ring pack systems is crucial and needs to be imperatively studied. The present work features detailed interring gas dynamics of piston ring pack behavior in internal combustion engines. The model is developed for a ring pack with four rings. The dynamics of ring pack are simulated. Due to the fact that small changes in geometry of the grooves and lands would have a significant impact on the interring gas dynamics, the thermal deformation of piston has been considered during the ring pack motion analysis in this study. In order to get the temperature distribution of piston head more quickly and accurately, an efficient method utilizing the concept of inverse heat conduction is presented. Moreover, a sensitive analysis based on the analysis of partial regression coefficients is presented to investigate the effect of groove parameters on blowby.

  17. A complete 0D thermodynamic predictive model for direct injection diesel engines

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    Highlights: → A model to predict pressure evolution in a diesel engine has been proposed. → Specific sub-models for heat transfer, heat release, blow-by, fuel injection, deformations and gas properties are considered. → Model fitting and validation carried out with a complete experimental matrix in a 2-l engine. → Good agreement between experimental and simulated pressure traces was found. → The effect of sub-model in the final results has been analysed. -- Abstract: Ideal models provide the simplest way to reproduce internal combustion engine (ICE) cycles, but they usually do not represent with sufficient accuracy the actual behaviour of an ICE. A suitable alternative for research and development applications is provided by zero-dimensional (0D) thermodynamic models. Such models are very useful for predicting the instantaneous pressure and temperature in the combustion chamber, which in turn allows the prediction of engine operation characteristics. However, they use simplifying hypotheses which lead, in some cases, to a lack of accuracy or a limited predictive capability. This paper describes a 0D single-zone thermodynamic model that takes into account the heat transfer to the chamber walls, the blow-by leakage, the fuel injection and engine deformations, along with the instantaneous change in gas properties. Special attention has been paid to the description of the specific sub-models that have been used for the calculation of the energy and mass equations terms. The procedures followed for the estimation of some mechanical and heat transfer parameters and the combustion model fitting are also detailed. After the fitting, the model was validated in different operation points in a 4-cylinder 2-l DI diesel engine, showing a good capability for accurate predictions of engine performance and the gas state in the closed cycle.

  18. Experimental investigation to develop a methodology for estimating the compression condition of DI Diesel engines

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    An experimental investigation is conducted to examine the effect of the main parameters influencing the compression stroke of a direct injection Diesel engine. The aim is to develop a methodology that can be used as a diagnostic tool to determine the compression condition of DI Diesel engines. However, conclusions derived from the present investigation can be extrapolated to other types of reciprocating internal combustion engines. The compression stroke itself is an important index concerning engine operation since engine conditions at the end of the compression stroke have a major effect on its overall performance. Such information is especially important for large scale Diesel engines used for stationary or marine applications. In these engines, it is important to develop non-catastrophic methods for estimating the cylinder compression condition without dismantling the engine cylinder. The outcome could be a serious reduction of maintenance costs, since unnecessary labour required for inspection could be avoided. When using measurement techniques, what is usually available is the cylinder pressure trace during the compression stroke. However, it is widely recognized that the compression stroke and peak compression pressure is strongly affected, beyond heat losses, by the initial pressure at the inlet valve closure, the compression ratio and the blowby rate. The last three parameters can vary significantly during engine operation, while the heat losses vary mainly due to engine operating conditions and their effect on the compression stroke can be considered. Thus, the knowledge of the peak compression pressure resulting from the cylinder compression pressure diagram is not adequate to define the cylinder compression condition. For this reason, an experimental investigation is conducted to examine the effect of the initial pressure at the inlet valve closure, the compression ratio and the blowby on the cylinder pressure trace. From analysis of the measured data

  19. Investigating the effect of crevice flow on internal combustion engines using a new simple crevice model implemented in a CFD code

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    A theoretical investigation is conducted to examine the way the crevice regions affect the mean cylinder pressure, the in-cylinder temperature, and the velocity field of internal combustion engines running at motoring conditions. For the calculation of the wall heat flux, a wall heat transfer formulation developed by the authors is used, while for the simulation of the crevices and the blow-by a newly developed simplified simulation model is presented herein. These sub-models are incorporated into an in-house Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code. The main advantage of the new crevice model is that it can be applied in cases where no detailed information of the ring-pack configuration is available, which is important as this information is rarely known or may have been altered during the engine's life. Thus, an adequate estimation of the blow-by effect on the cylinder pressure can be drawn. To validate the new model, the measured in-cylinder pressure traces of a diesel engine, located at the authors' laboratory, running under motoring conditions at four engine speeds were used as reference, together with measured velocity profiles and turbulence data of a motored spark-ignition engine. Comparing the predicted and measured cylinder pressure traces of the diesel engine for all cases examined, it is observed that by incorporating the new crevice sub-model into the in-house CFD code, significant improvements on the predictive accuracy of the model is obtained. The calculated cylinder pressure traces almost coincide with the measured ones, thus avoiding the use of any calibration constants as would have been the case with the crevice effect omitted. Concerning the radial and swirl velocity profiles and the turbulent kinetic energy measured in the spark-ignition engine, the validation process revealed that the developed crevice model has a minor influence on the aforementioned parameters. The theoretical study has been extended by investigating in the same spark

  20. The HyperV Full-Scale Contoured-Gap Coaxial Plasma Railgun

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    Brockington, Samuel; Case, Andrew; Messer, Sarah; Bomgardner, Richard; Elton, Raymond; Wu, Linchun; Witherspoon, F. Douglas

    2009-11-01

    HyperV has been developing pulsed plasma injected coaxial railguns with a contoured gap profile designed to mitigate the blowby instability. Previous work using half-scale guns has been successful in launching 150 μg plasmas at 90 km/s [1]. In order to meet the original goal of 200 μg at 200 km/s the full-scale coaxial plasma gun has been constructed, and initial testing is beginning. This new plasma gun consists of two machined aluminum electrodes and a UHMW polyethylene breech insulator. The gun is breech fed by 64 ablative polyethylene capillary discharge units identical to the half-scale gun units. Maximum accelerator energy storage has also been increased 50%. Refractory coatings may be necessary to allow full current (˜800 kA) operation. The outer electrode includes 24 small diagnostic ports for optical and magnetic probe access to the plasma inside the gun to allow direct measurement of the plasma armature dynamics. Initial test data from the full-scale coax gun will be presented along with plans for future testing. Work supported by the U.S. DOE Office of Fusion Energy Sciences.[4pt] [1] F. D. Witherspoon, A. Case, S. Messer, R. Bomgardner, M. Phillips, S. Brockington, R. Elton, ``Contoured Gap Coaxial Plasma Gun with Injected Plasma Armature'' Rev. Sci. Instr. submitted (2009)

  1. Evaluation of zero dimensional codes in simulating IC engines using primary reference fuel

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    In this work, experimental results from a homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI) engine fueled with PRF-85 (85% iso-octane and 15% n-heptane) were used to compare performances of combustion codes for zero dimensional analysis. 0-D codes, called SRM Suite (Stochastic Reactor Model) and Chemkin-Pro, were evaluated in terms of combustion, heat transfer and emissions in an HCCI engine. The simulations are based on experimental data and operating conditions at Shell Research Labs in the UK. One set of experimental data was used for analysis in both programs with reduced and detailed kinetic mechanisms. Simulation results were compared to experimental data in terms of pressure, heat release rate, and emission. Variation of the temperature, OH and H2O2 that could not be obtained experimentally were evaluated for comparisons between the two codes. Analysis showed that both codes have advantages over each other. Crevice and blow-by, ring gap and probability density function (PDF) – based stochastic reactor modeling are main advantages of SRM Suite software and these capabilities helped with better convergence of the results. But, Chemkin-Pro results were acceptable and solution time was fairly shorter than SRM Suite. It was also seen that detailed and reduced kinetic mechanisms affected the analysis. - Highlights: • Computational combustion analyses were performed using SRM Suite and Chemkin. • PRF-85 fuel was used to evaluate performances of computational codes. • Computations were validated against experimental data under HCCI engine conditions

  2. Problems in the wellbore integrity of a shale gas horizontal well and corresponding countermeasures

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    Zhonglan Tian

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In the Changning–Weiyuan national shale gas demonstration area, SW Sichuan Basin, the wellbore integrity damage occurs in some shale gas wells and has direct effect on the gas production rate of single shale gas horizontal well. After statistics analysis was performed on the problems related with wellbore integrity, such as casing damage, casing running difficulty and cement sheath blow-by, the multi-factor coupling casing stress calculation and evaluation mode laws established. Then study was conducted on the influential mechanism of multi-factor coupling (temperature effect, casing bending and axial pressure on casing damage. The shale slip mechanism and its relationship with casing sheared formation were analyzed by using the Mohr–Coulomb criterion. Inversion analysis was performed on the main controlling factors of casing friction by using the developed casing hook load prediction and friction analysis software. And finally, based on the characteristics of shale gas horizontal wells, wellbore integrity control measures were proposed in terms of design and construction process, so as to improve the drilling quality (DQ. More specifically, shale gas well casing design calculation method and check standard were modified, well structure and full bore hole trajectory design were optimized, drilling quality was improved, cement properties were optimized and cement sealing integrity during fracturing process was checked. These research findings are significant in the design and management of future shale gas borehole integrity.

  3. A contoured gap coaxial plasma gun with injected plasma armature

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    Witherspoon, F. Douglas; Case, Andrew; Messer, Sarah J.; Bomgardner, Richard; Phillips, Michael W.; Brockington, Samuel; Elton, Raymond

    2009-08-01

    A new coaxial plasma gun is described. The long term objective is to accelerate 100-200 μg of plasma with density above 1017 cm-3 to greater than 200 km/s with a Mach number above 10. Such high velocity dense plasma jets have a number of potential fusion applications, including plasma refueling, magnetized target fusion, injection of angular momentum into centrifugally confined mirrors, high energy density plasmas, and others. The approach uses symmetric injection of high density plasma into a coaxial electromagnetic accelerator having an annular gap geometry tailored to prevent formation of the blow-by instability. The injected plasma is generated by numerous (currently 32) radially oriented capillary discharges arranged uniformly around the circumference of the angled annular injection region of the accelerator. Magnetohydrodynamic modeling identified electrode profiles that can achieve the desired plasma jet parameters. The experimental hardware is described along with initial experimental results in which approximately 200 μg has been accelerated to 100 km/s in a half-scale prototype gun. Initial observations of 64 merging injector jets in a planar cylindrical testing array are presented. Density and velocity are presently limited by available peak current and injection sources. Steps to increase both the drive current and the injected plasma mass are described for next generation experiments.

  4. Contoured-gap coaxial guns for imploding plasma liner experiments

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    Witherspoon, F. D.; Case, A.; Brockington, S.; Cassibry, J. T.; Hsu, S. C.

    2014-10-01

    Arrays of supersonic, high momentum flux plasma jets can be used as standoff compression drivers for generating spherically imploding plasma liners for driving magneto-inertial fusion, hence the name plasma-jet-driven MIF (PJMIF). HyperV developed linear plasma jets for the Plasma Liner Experiment (PLX) at LANL where two guns were successfully tested. Further development at HyperV resulted in achieving the PLX goal of 8000 μg at 50 km/s. Prior work on contoured-gap coaxial guns demonstrated an approach to control the blowby instability and achieved substantial performance improvements. For future plasma liner experiments we propose to use contoured-gap coaxial guns with small Minirailgun injectors. We will describe such a gun for a 60-gun plasma liner experiment. Discussion topics will include impurity control, plasma jet symmetry and topology (esp. related to uniformity and compactness), velocity capability, and techniques planned for achieving gun efficiency of >50% using tailored impedance matched pulse forming networks. Mach2 and UAH SPH code simulations will be included. Work supported by US DOE DE-FG02-05ER54810.

  5. High Current Systems for HyperV and PLX Plasma Railguns

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    Brockington, Samuel; Case, Andrew; Messer, Sarah; Bomgardner, Richard; Wu, Linchun; Elton, Raymond; Witherspoon, F. Douglas

    2010-11-01

    HyperV has been developing coaxial pulsed, plasma railgun accelerators for PLX and other high momentum plasma experiments. The full scale HyperV coaxial gun accelerates plasma armatures using a contoured electrode gap designed to mitigate the blow-by instability. Previous experiments with the full scale gun successfully formed and accelerated annular plasma armatures, but were limited to currents of up to only ˜400 kA. In order to increase full scale gun performance to the design goal of 200 μg at 200 km/s, the pulse forming networks required upgrading to support currents up to ˜1 MA. A high voltage, high current field-effect sparkgap switch and low inductance transmission line were designed and constructed to handle the increased current pulse. We will describe these systems and present initial test data from high current operation of the full-scale coax gun along with plans for future testing. Similar high current accelerator banks, switches, and TM lines will also be required to power PLX railguns which are planned to operate at 8000 μg at 50 km/s. The design of that experiment may require the capacitor banks to be located as much as 10 feet from the gun. We discuss the available options for low inductance connections for these systems.

  6. Experiments on Plasma Injection into a Centrifugally Confined System

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    Messer, S.; Bomgardner, R.; Brockington, S.; Case, A.; Witherspoon, F. D.; Uzun-Kaymak, I.; Elton, R.; Young, W.; Teodorescu, C.; Morales, C. H.; Ellis, R. F.

    2009-11-01

    We describe the cross-field injection of plasma into a centrifugally-confined system. Two different types of plasma railgun have been installed on the Maryland Centrifugal Experiment (MCX) in an attempt to drive that plasma's rotation. The initial gun was a coaxial device designed to mitigate the blowby instability. The second one was a MiniRailgun with a rectangular bore oriented so that the MCX magnetic field augments the railgun's internal magnetic field. Tests at HyperV indicate this MiniRailgun reaches much higher densities than the original gun, although muzzle velocity is slightly reduced. We discuss the impact of these guns on MCX for various conditions. Initial results show that even for a 2 kG field, firing the MiniRailgun modifies oscillations of the MCX diamagnetic loops and can impact the core current and voltage. The gun also has a noticeable impact on MCX microwave emissions. These observations suggest plasma enters the MCX system. We also compare diagnostic data collected separately from MCX for these and other guns, focussing primarily on magnetic measurements.

  7. A contoured gap coaxial plasma gun with injected plasma armature

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    A new coaxial plasma gun is described. The long term objective is to accelerate 100-200 μg of plasma with density above 1017 cm-3 to greater than 200 km/s with a Mach number above 10. Such high velocity dense plasma jets have a number of potential fusion applications, including plasma refueling, magnetized target fusion, injection of angular momentum into centrifugally confined mirrors, high energy density plasmas, and others. The approach uses symmetric injection of high density plasma into a coaxial electromagnetic accelerator having an annular gap geometry tailored to prevent formation of the blow-by instability. The injected plasma is generated by numerous (currently 32) radially oriented capillary discharges arranged uniformly around the circumference of the angled annular injection region of the accelerator. Magnetohydrodynamic modeling identified electrode profiles that can achieve the desired plasma jet parameters. The experimental hardware is described along with initial experimental results in which approximately 200 μg has been accelerated to 100 km/s in a half-scale prototype gun. Initial observations of 64 merging injector jets in a planar cylindrical testing array are presented. Density and velocity are presently limited by available peak current and injection sources. Steps to increase both the drive current and the injected plasma mass are described for next generation experiments.

  8. Deep procedural sedation by a sedationist team for outpatient pediatric renal biopsies.

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    Kamat, Pradip P; Ayestaran, Frank W; Gillespie, Scott E; Sanders, Rebecca D; Greenbaum, Larry A; Simon, Harold K; Stockwell, Jana A

    2016-05-01

    To date, no study has analyzed the use of deep PS for pediatric renal biopsies by a dedicated sedation team in an outpatient setting. Retrospective analysis of renal biopsies performed at CHOA from 2009 to 2013. Patient demographics, procedure success, and sedation-related events were analyzed. Logistic regression techniques were applied to identify characteristics associated with procedure safety and success. A total of 174 biopsies from 136 patients, aged 2-21 yr, were reviewed. Of the 174 biopsies, 63 of 174 (36%) were from native, and 111 of 174 (64%) were from transplanted kidneys, respectively. No deaths, allograft losses, or unanticipated hospital admissions occurred. The most commonly utilized interventions during sedation were blow-by oxygen (29.9%) and CPAP (12.1%). Children receiving the combination of F + P had significantly higher biopsy success rates vs. other drug combinations (96.1% vs. 79%; p = 0.014). There was no difference in complication rates regardless of drug combination or biopsy type (transplanted vs. native). The combination of F + P yields a high procedural success rate for outpatient native and transplanted kidney biopsies. We identified a number of sedation-related events that can be easily managed by a well-trained sedationist team. PMID:26867508

  9. Estimation of trapped mass by in-cylinder pressure resonance in HCCI engines

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    Luján, José Manuel; Guardiola, Carlos; Pla, Benjamín; Bares, Pau

    2016-01-01

    High pressure gradients at homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) engines heavily excite the pressure resonance. The pressure resonant frequency depends on speed of sound in the cylinder, and thus on the bulk gas temperature. Present paper profits this relation estimating the trapped mass inside the cylinder. In contrast to other estimation methods in the literature, the presented method is based on the trace of the in-cylinder pressure during the cycle; therefore, it permits a cycle-to-cycle mass estimation, and avoids errors associated with other assumptions, such as heat transfer during compression or initial temperature of the in-cylinder gases. The proposed strategy only needs the pressure signal, a volume estimation and a composition assumption to obtain several trapped mass estimates during one cycle. These estimates can be later combined for providing an error estimate of the measurement, with the assumption of negligible blow-by. The method is demonstrated in two HCCI engines of different size, showing good performance in steady operation and presenting great potential to control transient operation.

  10. Low-Engine-Friction Technology for Advanced Natural-Gas Reciprocating Engines

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    Victor Wong; Tian Tian; G. Smedley; L. Moughon; Rosalind Takata; J. Jocsak

    2006-11-30

    This program aims at improving the efficiency of advanced natural-gas reciprocating engines (ANGRE) by reducing piston and piston ring assembly friction without major adverse effects on engine performance, such as increased oil consumption and wear. An iterative process of simulation, experimentation and analysis has been followed towards achieving the goal of demonstrating a complete optimized low-friction engine system. In this program, a detailed set of piston and piston-ring dynamic and friction models have been adapted and applied that illustrate the fundamental relationships among mechanical, surface/material and lubricant design parameters and friction losses. Demonstration of low-friction ring-pack designs in the Waukesha VGF 18GL engine confirmed ring-pack friction reduction of 30-40%, which translates to total engine FEMP (friction mean effective pressure) reduction of 7-10% from the baseline configuration without significantly increasing oil consumption or blow-by flow. The study on surface textures, including roughness characteristics, cross hatch patterns, dimples and grooves have shown that even relatively small-scale changes can have a large effect on ring/liner friction, in some cases reducing FMEP by as much as 30% from a smooth surface case. The measured FMEP reductions were in good agreement with the model predictions. The combined analysis of lubricant and surface design indicates that low-viscosity lubricants can be very effective in reducing friction, subject to component wear for extremely thin oils, which can be mitigated with further lubricant formulation and/or engineered surfaces. Hence a combined approach of lubricant design and appropriate wear reduction offers improved potential for minimum engine friction loss. Testing of low-friction lubricants showed that total engine FMEP reduced by up to {approx}16.5% from the commercial reference oil without significantly increasing oil consumption or blow-by flow. Piston friction studies

  11. Second law analysis of a low temperature combustion diesel engine: Effect of injection timing and exhaust gas recirculation

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    For diesel engines, low temperature combustion (LTC) with a high level of EGR and late injection becomes attractive because of its potential of simultaneous reduction of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions. However, detailed thermodynamic evaluations including second law analysis of the LTC are few. The current work employed an engine cycle simulation incorporating the second law of thermodynamics to evaluate the energy and exergy distribution of various processes in a low temperature combustion diesel engine. After validation with experimental data at eight operating conditions including four different EGR levels and two different injection timings, the model was used to evaluate the effect of EGR level and injection timing on the first and second law parameters. As EGR was increased, intake temperature and equivalence ratio increased. Results showed that for the case at 0% EGR level with conventional injection timing, about 30% of the fuel exergy was destructed during combustion processes, and as EGR level increased to 45% (intake temperature and equivalence ratio also increased), the combustion destructed exergy decreased to 20% of the fuel exergy. This was largely due to the related combustion temperature increase. For both conventional (−6.5° aTDC) and late (1.5° aTDC) injection timings, the percentage of exergy transfer through flows increases as EGR increases, which is attributed to the retarded ignition by increasing EGR. Other parameters such as energy and exergy transfer due to heat transfer, blow-by, and unburned fuel also were determined as a function of EGR level and injection timing. -- Highlights: ► Exergy destruction during combustion decreased as intake temperature increased. ► Both conventional and late injection timings (LTC cases) were examined. ► For conventional injection timings, the combustion efficiency remains constant as EGR increases. ► For late injections and high EGR, combustion was incomplete.

  12. Energetic and exergetic analyses of a variable compression ratio spark ignition gas engine

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    Highlights: • Effects of CR and λ on CNG SI ICE 1st and 2nd law analyses are experimentally studied. • The performance of pure methane and a real CNG are observed and compared. • The ratio of actual to Otto cycle thermal efficiencies is 0.78 for all cases. • At least 25.5% of destructed availability is due to combustion irreversibility. • With decrease in methane content, CNG shows more combustion irreversibility. - Abstract: Considering the significance of obtaining higher efficiencies from internal combustion engines (ICE) along with the growing role of natural gas as a fuel, the present work is set to explore the effects of compression ratio (CR hereafter) and air/fuel equivalence ratio (AFER hereafter) on the energy and exergy potentials in a gas-fueled spark ignition internal combustion engine. Experiments are carried out using a single cylinder, port injection, water cooled, variable compression ratio (VCR hereafter), spark ignition engine at a constant engine speed of 2000 rpm. The study involves CRs of 12, 14 and 16 and 10 AFERs between 0.8 and 1.25. Pure methane is utilized for the analysis. In addition, a natural gas blend with the minimum methane content among Iranian gas sources is also tested in order to investigate the effect of real natural gas on findings. The energy analysis involves input fuel power, indicated power and losses due to high temperature of exhaust gases and their unburned content, blow-by and heat loss. The exergy analysis is carried out for availability input and piston, exhaust, and losses availabilities along with destructed entropy. The analysis indicates an increase in the ratio of thermo-mechanical exhaust availability to fuel availability by CR with a maximum near stoichiometry, whereas it is shown that chemical exhaust exergy is not dependent on CR and reduces with AFER. In addition, it is indicated that the ratio of actual cycle to Otto cycle thermal efficiencies is about constant (about 0.784) with changing CR

  13. LOW-ENGINE-FRICTION TECHNOLOGY FOR ADVANCED NATURAL-GAS RECIPROCATING ENGINES

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    Victor Wong; Tian Tian; Luke Moughon; Rosalind Takata; Jeffrey Jocsak

    2006-03-31

    This program aims at improving the efficiency of advanced natural-gas reciprocating engines (ANGRE) by reducing piston and piston ring assembly friction without major adverse effects on engine performance, such as increased oil consumption and wear. An iterative process of simulation, experimentation and analysis is being followed towards achieving the goal of demonstrating a complete optimized low-friction engine system. To date, a detailed set of piston and piston-ring dynamic and friction models have been developed and applied that illustrate the fundamental relationships among mechanical, surface/material and lubricant design parameters and friction losses. Demonstration of low-friction ring-pack designs in the Waukesha VGF 18GL engine confirmed total engine FEMP (friction mean effective pressure) reduction of 7-10% from the baseline configuration without significantly increasing oil consumption or blow-by flow. This represents a substantial (30-40%) reduction of the ringpack friction alone. The measured FMEP reductions were in good agreement with the model predictions. Further improvements via piston, lubricant, and surface designs offer additional opportunities. Tests of low-friction lubricants are in progress and preliminary results are very promising. The combined analysis of lubricant and surface design indicates that low-viscosity lubricants can be very effective in reducing friction, subject to component wear for extremely thin oils, which can be mitigated with further lubricant formulation and/or engineered surfaces. Hence a combined approach of lubricant design and appropriate wear reduction offers improved potential for minimum engine friction loss. Piston friction studies indicate that a flatter piston with a more flexible skirt, together with optimizing the waviness and film thickness on the piston skirt offer significant friction reduction. Combined with low-friction ring-pack, material and lubricant parameters, a total power cylinder friction

  14. Calage thermodynamique du point mort haut des moteurs à piston Thermodynamic Calibration of Top Dead Center in Piston Engines

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    Pinchon P.

    2006-11-01

    maximum pressure crank angle which is easy to identify. Based on theoretical thermodynamics analysis, this calibration method was validated by tests on different engines in which, in particular, variations were made in the volumetric ratio, volumetric efficiency and blow-by rate. The accuracy of the method is within about 1/10th of a degree of crankshaft rotation.

  15. Mécanisme de l'usure par polissage des cylindres de moteurs diesel Bore Polishing Wear Mechanism in Diesel Engine Cylinders

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    Fayard J. C.

    2006-11-01

    honing does not lead to the same phenomena as the ones observed when the liner is polished in situ in a running engine. In particular, ring wear as well as the flow rates of blowby gas are less than with a normal liner. The polishing-wear mechanism by two and three bodies soft abrasion is perfectly confirmed by micrographic exploration and by the microanalysis of polished surfaces.

  16. Formation of Imploding Plasma Liners for HEDP and MIF Application

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    Witherspoon, F. Douglas [HyperV Technologies Corp.; Case, Andrew [HyperV Technologies Corp.; Brockington, Samuel [HyperV Technologies Corp.y; Messer, Sarah [HyperV Technologies Corp.; Bomgardner, Richard [HyperV Technologies Corp.; Phillips, Mike [HyperV Technologies Corp.; Wu, Linchun [HyperV Technologies Corp.; Elton, Ray [University of Maryland

    2014-11-11

    /s for the Plasma Liner Experiment (PLX) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Initial work used existing computational and analytical tools to develop and refine a specific plasma gun concept having a novel tapered coaxial electromagnetic accelerator contour with an array of symmetric ablative plasma injectors. The profile is designed to suppress the main barrier to success in coaxial guns, namely the blow-by instability in which the arc slips past and outruns the bulk of the plasma mass. Efforts to begin developing a set of annular non-ablative plasma injectors for the coaxial gun, in order to accelerate pure gases, resulted in development of linear parallel-plate MiniRailguns that turned out to work well as plasma guns in their own right and we subsequently chose them for an initial plasma liner experiment on the PLX facility at LANL. This choice was mainly driven by cost and schedule for that particular experiment, while longer term goals still projected use of coaxial guns for reactor-relevant applications for reasons of better symmetry, lower impurities, more compact plasma jet formation, and higher gun efficiency. Our efforts have focused mainly on 1) developing various plasma injection systems for both coax and linear railguns and ensuring they work reliably with the accelerator section, 2) developing a suite of plasma and gun diagnostics, 3) performing computational modeling to design and refine the plasma guns, 4) establishing a research facility dedicated to plasma gun development, and finally, 5) developing plasma guns and associated pulse power systems capable of achieving these goals and installing and testing the first two gun sets on the PLX facility at LANL. During the second funding cycle for this program, HyperV joined in a collaborative effort with LANL, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, and the University of New Mexico to perform a plasma liner experiment (PLX) to investigate the physics and technology of forming spherically imploding

  17. Flex Fuel Optimized SI and HCCI Engine

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    Zhu, Guoming; Schock, Harold; Yang, Xiaojian; Huisjen, Andrew; Stuecken, Tom; Moran, Kevin; Zhen, Ron; Zhang, Shupeng

    2013-09-30

    the electrical variable valve timing (VVT) actuating system and satisfactory electrical VVT responses were obtained. Target engine control system was designed and fabricated at MSU for both single-cylinder optical and multi-cylinder metal engines. Finally, the developed control-oriented engine model was successfully implemented into the HIL simulation environment. The Chrysler 2.0L I4 DI engine was modified to fit the two-step vale with electrical variable valve timing actuating system. A used prototype engine was used as the base engine and the cylinder head was modified for the two-step valve with electrical VVT actuating system. Engine validation tests indicated that cylinder #3 has very high blow-by and it cannot be reduced with new pistons and rings. Due to the time constraint, it was decided to convert the four-cylinder engine into a single cylinder engine by blocking both intake and exhaust ports of the unused cylinders. The model-based combustion mode transition control algorithm was developed in the MSU HIL simulation environment and the Simulink based control strategy was implemented into the target engine controller. With both single-cylinder metal engine and control strategy ready, stable HCCI combustion was achived with COV of 2.1% Motoring tests were conducted to validate the actuator transient operations including valve lift, electrical variable valve timing, electronic throttle, multiple spark and injection controls. After the actuator operations were confirmed, 15-cycle smooth combustion mode transition from SI to HCCI combustion was achieved; and fast 8-cycle smooth combustion mode transition followed. With a fast electrical variable valve timing actuator, the number of engine cycles required for mode transition can be reduced down to five. It was also found that the combustion mode transition is sensitive to the charge air and engine coolant temperatures and regulating the corresponding temperatures to the target levels during the combustion mode