Port fuel injection strategies for a lean burn gasoline engine

  • T.J. Peres Lourenco Cardosa

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


A spark ignition (SI) engine operating with a lean burn has the potential for higher thermal efficiency, and lower nitrogen oxide emissions than that of stoichiometric operation. However, a lean or highly diluted mixture leads to poor combustion stability impacting detrimentally upon engine performance. An experimental investigation was carried out, on a 4-valve single cylinder gasoline engine with a split intake tract and two identical production port-fuel injectors installed, allowing independent fuel delivery to each intake valve. The main objective of the study was to extend the limit of lean combustion through the introduction of charge stratification. Novel port fuel injection strategies such as, dual split injection, multiple injections and phased injection, were developed to achieve this goal. In parallel, a model of the engine was developed in the Ricardo WAVE software. The model was used to calculate parameters such as in-cylinder residual gas, for different test points.
Date of Award2011
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton

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