Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Krishanan, Sundar R.

Committee Member

Srinivasan, Kalyan K.

Committee Member

Mago, Pedro J.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


Dual fuel combustion is one strategy to achieve low oxides of nitrogen and soot emissions while maintaining the fuel conversion efficiency of IC engines. However, it also suffers from high engine-out carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbon emissions, and the incidence of knock at high loads. The present work focused on CFD simulation of diesel-methane dual fuel combustion in a single-cylinder research engine (SCRE). For pure diesel combustion, a load sweep of 2.5 bar brake mean effective pressure (BMEP) to 7.5 bar BMEP was performed at a constant engine speed of 1500 rpm and a diesel injection pressure of 500 bar. For diesel-methane dual fuel combustion, a methane percent energy substitution sweep was performed from 30% to 90 % at 1500 rpm, 3.3 bar BMEP, 500 bar Pinj, and 355 crank angle degrees (CAD) diesel injection timing. Combustion, performance, and emissions results are presented and compared with experimental data where possible.