Fast exhaust channel optical absorption method and apparatus to study the gas exchange in large diesel engines

J. Vattulainen, R. Hernberg, C. Hattar, S. Gros
1998 Review of Scientific Instruments  
An optical absorption spectroscopic method and apparatus with shorter than 1 ms response time have been used to study the gas exchange processes in realistic conditions for a single cylinder of a large diesel engine. The method is based on measuring the differential line-of-sight optical uv absorption of the exhaust-gas-contained SO 2 as a function of time in the exhaust port area just after the exhaust valves. The optical absorption by SO 2 is determined from light transmission measurements at
more » ... 280 and 340 nm performed through optical probes installed into the exhaust channel wall. The method has been applied to a continuously fired, large, medium speed production-line-type diesel engine with 990 kW rated power. The test engine was operated with standard light fuel oil ͑MDO Termoshell͒ and with light fuel oil treated with a sulfur additive ͕Di-Tert-Butyldisulfid ͓͑CH 3 ͒ 3 C͔ 2 S 2 ͖. The latter was to improve the optical absorption signals without increasing the fouling of the exhaust channel optical probes as in the case of heavier fuel oil qualities. In the reported case of a four-stroke diesel engine measurement results show that the method can provide time-resolved information of the SO 2 density in the exhaust channel and thus give information on the single-cylinder gas exchange. During the inlet and exhaust valve overlap period the moment of fresh air entering into the measurement volume can be detected. If independent exhaust gas temperature and pressure data are available, the absorption measurements can readily be used for determining the burnt gas fraction in the exhaust channel. In this work the possibility of using the optical absorption measurement to determine the instaneous exhaust gas temperature was studied. Based on known fuel properties and conventional averaged SO 2 measurements from the exhaust channel a known concentration of SO 2 was assumed in the exhaust gas after the exhaust valves opening and before the inlet and exhaust valves overlap period. Together with an exhaust gas pressure measurement the optical absorption signal was used to determine the instaneous exhaust gas temperature. Due to the minimal modifications needed by the engine for optical access, and continuously fired operation with relevant power levels and realistic fuel qualities, this measurement method, with some further development, can be useful to obtain time-resolved data from the exhaust channel of real production-line-type diesel engines.
doi:10.1063/1.1148509 fatcat:5i5bhwhkxnci7l6zzzwifb26fm