Experimental characterization of a multiple spark ignition system

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The paper reports on the experimental analysis of a multiple spark ignition system, carried out with conventional and optical non intrusive methods. The system features a plug-top ignition coil with integrated electronics which delivers high ignition energy and high voltage compared to conventional ignition coils, and is capable of multiple discharges with reduced dwell time. The ignition system is characterized in terms of electrical parameters to evaluate the spark power and energy as a function of different hardware configurations and operating conditions. A high speed camera is used to visualize, at different ambient pressures, the time evolution of the electric arc discharge in order to highlight its position variability, which could have an impact on combustion kernel development and deflagration front stability in engines.

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Poggiani, C., Battistoni, M., Grimaldi, C. N., & Magherini, A. (2015). Experimental characterization of a multiple spark ignition system. In Energy Procedia (Vol. 82, pp. 89–95). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2015.11.887

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