Spark-assisted compression ignition (SACI) is a low temperature combustion mode that can offer thermal efficiency improvements and lower nitrogen oxide emissions compared to conventional spark-ignited combustion. However, the SACI operating range is often limited due to excessive pressure rise rates driven by rapid heat release rates. Well-controlled experiments were performed to investigate the SACI operating limits under previously unexplored boosted, stoichiometric, EGR dilute conditions, where low temperature combustion engines promise high thermodynamic efficiencies. At higher intake boost, the SACI high load limit shifted towards lower fuel-to-charge equivalence ratio mixtures, creating a larger gap between the conventional spark-ignition EGR dilution limit and the boosted SACI operating limits. Combustion phasing retard was very effective at reducing maximum pressure rise rate levels until the stability limit, primarily due to slower end-gas burn rates. Gross fuel conversion efficiency improvements up to 10% were observed by using intake boost for either load expansion or dilution extension. Changes in engine speed necessitated changes in unburned gas temperature to match autoignition timing, but were shown to have negligible impact on the heat release profile on a crank angle basis. Lower engine speeds were favorable for load expansion, as time-based peak pressure rise rates scaled with engine speed.

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