MTZ industrial

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 58–63 | Cite as

Pre-chamber Pressure-based Management of Gas Engines

  • Stefan Neumann
  • Matthias Bienwald
  • Günther Herdin
Research Gas Engines

Gas engine control specialists IMES and PGES have cooperated to develop cylinder pressure sensors small enough to fit into gas engine pre-chambers and a controller which enables closed-loop control of the gas flow into the pre-chamber from cycle to cycle. By controlling emissions of unburned hydrocarbons, the new concept allows gas engines with pre-chambers to realise higher power density and efficiency, as well as enabling sophisticated monitoring of pre-chamber condition.

1 Motivation

Gas engines with active pre-chambers have the greatest potential for increasing efficiency and power density. The main advantage of an active pre-chamber is that the air-fuel-ratio in the main chamber can be very lean. As a result the knocking limit is raised to higher mean effective pressures (MEPs) and engine efficiency can be increased.

The disadvantage of this concept is that the unburned hydrocarbons (HC) increase too. In this regard, a passive pre-chamber or a well-optimised pre-chamber spark plug...


Pressure Sensor Cylinder Pressure Pressure Pattern Main Chamber Ignition Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Neumann
    • 1
  • Matthias Bienwald
    • 1
  • Günther Herdin
    • 2
  1. 1.IMES GmbHKaufbeurenGermany
  2. 2.PGES technisches BüroJenbachAustria

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