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Energies 2018, 11(2), 324; doi:10.3390/en11020324

Analysis of the Scavenging Process of a Two-Stroke Free-Piston Engine Based on the Selection of Scavenging Ports or Valves

Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
School of Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
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Received: 1 December 2017 / Revised: 12 January 2018 / Accepted: 24 January 2018 / Published: 2 February 2018
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The free-piston engine generator (FPEG) is a linear energy conversion device with the objective of utilisation within a hybrid-electric automotive vehicle power system. In this research, the piston dynamic characteristics of an FPEG is compared with that of a conventional engine (CE) of the same size, and the difference in the valve timing is compared for both port scavenging type and valve scavenging type, with the exhaust valve closing timing is selected as the parameter. A zero-dimensional simulation model is developed in Ricardo WAVE software (2016.1), with the piston dynamics obtained from the simulation model in Matlab/SIMULINK (R2017a). For the CE and FEPG using scavenging ports, in order to improve its power output to the same level as that of a CE, the inlet gas pressure is suggested to be improved to above 1.2 bar, approximately 0.2 bar higher than that used for a CE. If a CE cylinder with exhaust valves is adopted or referred to during the development of an FPEG prototype, the exhaust valve is suggested to be closed earlier to improve its power output, and a higher intake pressure is also suggested if its output power is expected to be the same or higher than that of a CE. View Full-Text
Keywords: free-piston engine; scavenging system; numerical modelling; optimisation free-piston engine; scavenging system; numerical modelling; optimisation

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Jia, B.; Wang, Y.; Smallbone, A.; Roskilly, A.P. Analysis of the Scavenging Process of a Two-Stroke Free-Piston Engine Based on the Selection of Scavenging Ports or Valves. Energies 2018, 11, 324.

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