Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, ILASS2017 - 28th European Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems

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Design and experiments to investigate spray and impingement characteristics of a common rail type lubrication system
Matthias Stark, Arturo de Risi, Marcelo Giangreco, Simon Diggelmann

Last modified: 18-07-2017


This paper reports on the establishment of a testing facility to investigate spray and impingement characteristics ofa recently developed, fully adaptive lubrication system for large two stroke marine diesel engines. The reported part of this research relates to development steps towards the new lubrication system as well as the implementation of a dedicated testing facility and the establishment of validation approaches in order to corroborate technology developments in this context.
The major objective of this development yields an optimization of lubricant utilization and at the same time a significant reduction of lubricant fraction in the exhaust gas. A requisite to obtain the desired level of flexibility calls for a revised approach in injecting the lubricant. The desired flexibility of the new lubrication approach foresees a cycle based adjustment of the injected amount of lubricant as well as the injection pressure in order to provide the possibility to shape the injection spray pattern. Concept studies nominate the application of a common rail system with integrated needle lift type injectors and adjustable injection pressure as compliant with the requisite to inject the lubricant with a high level of flexibility.
This paper hence encompasses design and development aspects of the new lubrication system but most of all highlights steps in developing a validation concept in order to compare common lubrication systems with the new type of lubrication system.
Initial results of the test cell provide an insight regarding relevant information on the injection spray characteristics over the full engine load range as well as the possibility to compare common lubrication system performance with the new common rail lubrication system.
A comparison between measurement and simulation results provide the possibility to implement experimentallygained data in a neuronal network in order to enhance the predictive quality of the simulation tool.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/ILASS2017.2017.4688

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