Zhao, L., Torelli, R., Zhu, X., Scarcelli, R. et al., "An Experimental and Numerical Study of Diesel Spray Impingement on a Flat Plate," SAE Int. J. Fuels Lubr. 10(2):2017, doi:10.4271/2017-01-0854.
Combustion systems with advanced injection strategies have been extensively studied, but there still exists a significant fundamental knowledge gap on fuel spray interactions with the piston surface and chamber walls. This paper is meant to provide detailed data on spray-wall impingement physics and support the spray-wall model development. The experimental work of spray-wall impingement with non-vaporizing spray characterization, was carried out in a high pressure-temperature constant-volume combustion vessel. The simultaneous Mie scattering of liquid spray and schlieren of liquid and vapor spray were carried out. Diesel fuel was injected at a pressure of 1500 bar into ambient gas at a density of 22.8 kg/m3 with isothermal conditions (fuel, ambient, and plate temperatures of 423 K). A Lagrangian-Eulerian modeling approach was employed to characterize the spray-gas and spray-wall interactions in the CONVERGETM framework by means of a Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) formulation. A set of turbulence and spray break-up model constants was identified to properly match the aforementioned measurements of liquid penetration within their experimental confidence intervals. An accuracy study on varying the minimum mesh size was also performed to ensure the grid convergence of the numerical results. Experimentally validated computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations were then used to investigate the local spray characteristics in the vicinity of the wall with a particular focus on Sauter Mean Diameter (SMD) and Reynolds and Weber numbers. The analysis was performed by considering before- and after-impingement conditions in order to take in account the influence of the impinged wall on the spray morphology.