This study demonstrates the effects of technologies applied for the development of a gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine for improving the brake thermal efficiency (BTE) over 44%. The GDI engine for the current study is an in-line four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 2156cm3, which has relatively high stroke to bore ratio of 1.4 (110mm stroke and 79mm bore). All experiments have been conducted using a gasoline having RON 92 for stoichiometric operation at 2000RPM.

First, since compression ratio is directly related to the thermal efficiency, four compression ratios (14.3, 15.2, 15.8 and 17.2) were explored for operation without exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). Then, for the same four compression ratios, EGR was used to suppress the knock occurrence at high loads with high compression ratio (CR), and its effect on initial and main combustion duration was compared. Second, the shape of intake port was revised to increase tumble flow of in-cylinder charge for reducing combustion duration at low and high load, and extending EGR-stability limit further eventually. Then, as an effective method to ensure stable, complete and fast combustion for EGR-diluted stoichiometric operation, the use of twin spark ignition system is examined by modifying both valve diameter of intake and exhaust, and its effect is compared against that of single spark ignition. In addition, the layout of twin spark ignition was also examined for the location of Front-Rear and Intake-Exhaust. To get the maximum BTE at high load, 12V electronic super charger (eSC) was applied. Under the condition of using 12V eSC, the effect of intake cam duration was identified by increasing from 260deg to 280deg. Finally, 48V eSC was applied with the longer intake camshaft duration of 280deg. As a result, the maximum BTE of 44% can be achieved for stoichiometric operation with EGR.

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