Asymptotic analysis of detonation development at SI engine conditions using computational singular perturbation

Iliana D. Dimitrova, Minh Bau Luong, Sangeeth Sanal, Efstathios Al Tingas*, Hong G. Im

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The occurrence and intensity of the detonation phenomenon at spark-ignition (SI) engine conditions is investigated, with the objective to successfully predict super-knock and to elucidate the effect of kinetics and transport at the ignition front. The computational singular perturbation (CSP) framework is employed in order to investigate the chemical and transport mechanisms of deflagration and detonation cases in the context of 2D high-fidelity numerical simulations. The analysis revealed that the detonation development is characterised by: (i) stronger explosive dynamics and (ii) enhanced role of convection. The role of chemistry was also found to be pivotal to the detonation development which explained the stronger explosive character of the system, the latter being an indication of the system's reactivity. The role of convection was found to be enhanced at the edge of the detonating front. Moreover, the increased contribution of convection was found to be related mainly to heat convection. Remarkably, the detonation front was mainly characterised by dissipative and not explosive dynamics. Finally, diffusion was found to have negligible role to both examined cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCombustion Theory and Modelling
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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  • CSP
  • detonation
  • explosive dynamics
  • super-knock

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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