Enhanced Radical Ignition
Enhanced Radical Ignition (ERI), involves the generation and control of key chemicals naturally created during combustion, known as Radical Ignition (RI) species, to further enhance combustion stability. Creation, storage and transfer of RI species augments ignition in such a way so as to change initiation of the combustion process from a thermal to a chemical-decomposition reaction. ERI has been demonstrated in complex simulation models and liquid-fueled engine lab tests. We plan to extend this design to large-bore, natural-gas-fueled engines.
New Technology Developments
RCT continues to assess other technologies that will provide improved engine performance by improving the combustion process. We are working with our University partner to prove technologies through simulation and lab testing.