Multi-dimensional modeling of non-equilibrium plasma for automotive applications
While the spark-ignition (SI) engine technology migrates towards challenging combustion regimes (dilute and boosted operation), advanced ignition technologies generating non-equilibrium types of plasma have continued to receive significant attention from the automotive industry as a potential replacement for conventional spark-plugs. However there are no models currently that can describe the non-thermal plasma ignition process in the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes that are widely used in the engine multi-dimensional modeling community. A key question for the engine modelers that are trying to describe the non-equilibrium ignition physics concerns the characteristics of the non-equilibrium plasma. A key challenge is represented by the plasma formation timescale (nanoseconds) that can hardly be resolved within a full engine cycle (milliseconds) simulation.