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Compressed natural gas is in automotive industry recognized as one of the “cleanest” fossil fuels which can be used in internal combustion engines with a number of benefits. Since natural gas has much higher octane rating than gasoline it is expected that higher compression ratios can be used. The goal of the research is to determine the change of performance of spark ignited engine with the increase of compression ratio to values similar to compression ignited engine while keeping the exhaust emissions on the acceptable level and avoiding knock combustion. Measurements are performed at compression ratios 12, 16, and 18 at three different values of air excess ratio. Methane with known composition from a pressure cylinder is used instead of natural gas and the results are comprised of indicating results (in-cylinder and intake pressure in a crank angle space), emissions, temperatures, and mass-flows on various intake and exhaust positions. Analysis of results shows high influence of compression ratio and excess air ratio on combustion, performance, and exhaust gas emissions.
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THERMAL SCIENCE YEAR 2018, VOLUME 22, ISSUE Issue 5, PAGES [2013 - 2024]
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