ENERXICO plans to develop and validate predictive combustion simulation tools in order to optimize fuel design and fuel performance towards more sustainable and greener propulsion systems.

The prediction of the combustion performance biofuels in practical applications is very challenging as some of the fuel characteristics are dependent on the country of origin and where the blending components come from. As a consequence, the performance and emission behavior of engines operated with these fuels also show a strong variability. The main factors that affect the combustion behavior are mainly related to the fuel properties, injection timing, feedstocks, type of engine and operating conditions. In particular, emissions are mainly driven by the efficiency of the atomization process and the heat loss. Those are parameters of major relevance to take into account for the prediction of NOx and soot, which are the main pollutants to target during the course of the project. Therefore, the use of exascale computing using high-fidelity simulations can represent an important step forward to provide further understanding on the combustion process and emissions characteristics of these new fuels and industrial guidelines for engine operation and maintenance.

ENERXICO´s objectives in combustion:

  • Develop and validate predictive simulation tools to optimise fuel design and performance.
  • Develop combustion and emission models for new industrial guidelines for engine operation and maintenance.