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IC engine internal cooling system modelling using 1D-CFD methodology

FCA Engineering India Pvt., Ltd.-Dhananjay Sampat Autade, Amit Kumar, Tharunnarayanan Arthanari, Vaibhav Patil, Kamalakannan J
FCA US LLC-Fu-Long Chang
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1168
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Internal combustion engine gets heated up due to continuous combustion of fuel. To keep engine working efficiently and prevent components damage due to very high temperature, the engine needs to be cooled down. Based on power output requirement and provision for cooling system, every engine has it’s unique cooling system. Liquid based cooling systems are majorly implemented in automobile. It’s important to keep in mind that during design phase that, cooling the engine will lower the power to fuel consumption ratio. Therefore, during lower ambient conditions, the cooling system should be able to uniformly increase the temperature of the engine components, engine oil and transmission oil. This is achieved by circulating the coolant through cooling jacket, engine oil heater and transmission oil heater, which will be heated by the combustion heat. The objective of this study is to build a steady state 1D-model of cooling system; comprising of water pump, cooling jacket, engine head, thermostat, radiator, cabin heater, engine and transmission oil heaters with plumbing system. This 1D model is used to simulate vehicle drive…
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Modeling of an Integrated Internal Heat Exchanger and Accumulator in R744 Mobile Air-Conditioning Applications

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign-Wenying Zhang, Predrag Hrnjak
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0153
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Carbon dioxide (R744) is one of the most promising next-generation refrigerants for mobile air-conditioning applications (MAC), which has the advantages of good heating performance in cold climates and environmental-friendly properties. In this paper, a simulation model of an integrated internal heat exchanger (IHX) and accumulator (ACC) was developed using the finite volume method via EES. The results were validated by experimental results from a transcritical R744 mobile heat pump, and the error was within ±5%. The impacts of mass flow rate, evaporator outlet quality and temperatures of high- and low-side streams on the heat transfer rate, effectiveness and charge of the integrated IHX/Acc were studied. Results show that the heat transfer rate of the IHX is mostly sensitive to the evaporator outlet quality. When the evaporator quality decreases from 0.9 to 0.6, the heat transfer rate increases from 1.1 to 2.4 kW and the superheat reduces from 25.8 to 9.4 ℃. As a result, the compressor discharge temperature and the heating capacity can be reduced. To obtain the maximized capacity, especially during the startup, an…
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Isobaric combustion at a low compression ratio

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology-Aibolat Dyuisenakhmetov, Harsh Goyal, Moez Ben Houidi, Rafig Babayev, Bengt Johansson
Saudi Aramco-Jihad Badra
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0797
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
In a previous study, it was shown that isobaric combustion cycle, achieved by multiple injection strategy, is more favorable than conventional diesel cycle for the double compression expansion engine (DCEE) concept. In spite of lower effective expansion ratio, the indicated efficiencies of isobaric cycles were approximately equal to those of a conventional diesel cycle. Isobaric cycles had lower heat transfer losses and higher exhaust losses which are advantageous for DCEE since additional exhaust energy can be converted into useful work in the expander. In this work, the performance of isobaric combustion cycles in terms of indicated efficiency, emissions, and energy flow distribution is compared to the conventional diesel cycle but at a relatively lower compression ratio. A standard 17-compression ratio piston is replaced by a low 11.5-compression ratio piston. GT power simulations suggest that a low compression ratio of the high-pressure unit of DCEE could lead to an improvement in efficiency. The current study consists of two sets of experiments. In the first set of experiments, the intake pressure and intake temperatures are increased to…
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A path towards high efficiency SI combustion in a CFR engine: Cooling the intake to sub-zero temperatures

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology-Sufyan M. Jan, Abdulrahman Mohammed, Ali Elkhazraji, Jean-Baptiste Masurier
University of California-Robert Dibble
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0550
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Textbook engine thermodynamics predicts that SI (Spark Ignition) engine efficiency η is a function of both the compression ratio CR of the engine and the specific heat ratio γ of the working fluid. In practice the compression ratio of the SI engine is often limited due to “knock”. When this knock limit is reached, increase in heat transfer losses result in reduction in efficiency. One way to lower the end-gas temperature is to cool the intake gas before inducting it into the combustion chamber. With colder intake gases, higher CR can be deployed, resulting in higher efficiencies. In this regard, we investigated the indicated efficiency of the standard Waukesha CFR engine. The engine is operated in the SI engine mode. The engine was operated with three different mediums using the same fuel Methane (Gas). First is Air + Methane at room temperature, second was O2 + Argon + Methane gas mixture at room temperature, and lastly O2 + Argon +Methane at sub-zero conditions. We replace the Air by an Oxygen-Argon mixture to increase the specific…
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Thermal Analysis of Parallel Connected Li-Ion Batteries For Hybrid Aircraft

Anadolu University-Hikmet Karakoç
Howard University-Nadir Yilmaz
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0891
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Improving the energy performance of batteries will certainly increase the reliability of electric aircraft and thus their penetration into the market. To achieve this goal, battery management systems are required to keep the temperature below the safety limits and make the temperature distribution as even as possible within the battery pack and cells. Li-ion batteries are suitable for electric aircraft due to their high specific energy and advantage of energy density. In this study, 20 14.6 Ah prismatic batteries were connected in 2 parallel 10 series. Three-dimensional thermal analysis was performed for forced and natural transport conditions under 4 different discharge rates (0.5C, 1C, 2C, 2.5C) of the batteries. The study was conducted with Ansys Fluent. The NTGK Empirical model was chosen and a simple algorithm was used. A second order upwind method was chosen for pressure, momentum and energy equations. Batteries were tested for mesh independency. When the number of nodes in natural transport was increased from 43,204 to 345,560, the change in heat transfer was 0.1%. As the current rate given to the…
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Experimental and Numerical Assessment of Active Pre-chamber Ignition in Heavy Duty Natural Gas Stationary Engine

Istituto Motori CNR-Gessica Onofrio, Carlo Beatrice
Lund University-Changle Li, Pablo Garcia Valladolid, Per Tunestal
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0819
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Gas engines (fuelled with CNG, LNG or Biogas) for generation of power and heat are, to this date, taking up larger shares of the market with respect to diesel engines. In order to meet the limit imposed by the TA-Luft regulations on heavy duty engines, lean combustion represents a viable solution for achieving lower emissions as well as efficiency levels comparable with diesel engines. Leaner mixtures however affect the combustion stability as the flame propagation velocity and consequently heat release rate are slowed down. As a strategy to deliver higher ignition energy, an active pre-chamber may be used. This work focuses on assessing the performance of two pre-chambers with different nozzle orifice diameters, in a stationary heavy-duty engine for power generation, operating at different loads, equivalence ratios and spark timings. The engine was originally a 6-cylinder compression ignition engine which is here employed as a single cylinder engine and then suitably modified to host the pre-chamber (with its natural gas injection system and spark plug) with a new bowl piston to decrease compression ratio. A…
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Numerical investigations on strong knocking combustion under compression ignition conditions

State Key Lab of Engines-Jiaying Pan
Tianjin University-Lin Chen, Jianfu Zhao
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1137
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) combined with high compression ratio is an effective way to improve engines’ thermal efficiency. However, the severe thermodynamic conditions at high load may induce knocking combustion thus damage engine body. In this study, compression ignition knocking characteristics were parametrically investigated through RCM experiments and simulation analysis. First, the knocking characteristics were optically investigated. The experimental results show that there even exists detonation when the knock occurs thus the combustion chamber is damaged. Considering both safety and costs, the effects of different initial conditions were numerically investigated and the results show that knocking characteristics is more related to initial pressure other than initial temperature. The initial pressure have a great influence on peak pressure and knock intensity while initial temperature on knock onset. Further analysis shows that knock intensity is mainly related to the energy density of the in-cylinder mixture and energy density is higher under higher pressure conditions. Then the effects of different cylinder wall temperature on the local auto-ignition thus knocking characteristics were further discussed. The results show that…
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Performance of a Printed Bimetallic (Stainless Steel and Bronze) Engine Head Operating Under Stoichiometric and Lean Spark Ignited (SI) Combustion of Natural Gas

Argonne National Laboratory-Munidhar Biruduganti, Douglas Longman
Oak Ridge National Laboratory-Michael Kass, Brian Kaul, John Storey, Amelia Elliott, Derek Siddel
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0770
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the durability and operational performance of a bimetallic (stainless steel and bronze) natural gas engine head. The performance was evaluated against a stock cast iron head for comparison. During manufacturing of the printed head, efforts were made to ensure that the internal features, including the fire deck geometry for the two head were identical. The engine was operated under two engine speeds (1200 rpm and 1800 rpm) and two Brake Mean Effective Pressures (6 bar and 10 bar). For each speed and BMEP combination, two equivalence ratios (0.7 and 1.0) were evaluated. In addition to emissions and engine performance data, the research team also took thermal images of both operating heads to ascertain heat transfer and thermal loss differences between the two head materials. The results showed that the brake efficiency, coolant and exhaust temperature were the same for both heads. However, unburned hydrocarbon emissions (methane) were higher, and the NOx emissions were lower for the printed head. Measurement of the compression ratio (CR) showed that the…
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Development of Cooling Fan Model and Heat Exchange Model of Condenser to Predict the Cooling and the Heat Resistance Performance of Vehicle

Honda R&D Co., Ltd.-Yuichi Fukuchi, Kunihiko Yoshitake, Kazutaka Yokota
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0157
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
The cooling performance and the heat resistance performance of commercial vehicle are balanced with aerodynamic performance, output power of power train, styling, the location of sensors, cost and many other parameters. Therefore, it is desired to predict the cooling performance and the heat resistance performance with high accuracy at the early stage of development. Three forms of heat transfer consist of conduction, convection and radiation. Among of these components, it is sometimes difficult to solve the thermal conduction accurately, because to prepare accurate shape and properties needs lots of time and efforts at the early stage of development. Therefore, the cooling performance of heat exchangers and the air temperature distribution in the engine compartment are predicted to access the cooling and the heat resistance performance of vehicle at the preliminary design stage. The air temperature distribution is dominated by the distribution of heat radiation on heat exchangers, the flow distribution which is produced by fans and thermal convection at the surface of parts in the engine compartment. For the case of middle or high vehicle…
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The effect of an active thermal coating on efficiency and emissions from a high speed direct injection diesel engine

Thistle Dubh Ltd.-Robert Gilchrist
University of Oxford-Nick Papaioannou, Felix Leach, Martin Davy
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0807
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
This study looked into the application of active thermal coatings on the surfaces of the combustion chamber as a method of improving the thermal efficiency of internal combustion engines. The combination of low thermal conductivity and low heat capacity that these coatings are offering, reduces the temperature gradient between the hot combustion gases and the cooler surroundings during the engine cycle thus leading to lower heat transfer losses and increased piston work. The use of such coatings also results in increased exhaust temperatures which has the potential to improve the cold start performance of after-treatment systems. The active thermal coating was applied to a production aluminium piston and its performance was compared against a reference aluminium piston on a single-cylinder diesel engine. The two pistons were tested over a wide range of speed/load conditions and the effects of EGR and combustion phasing on engine performance and tailpipe emissions were also investigated. A detailed energy balance approach was also employed to study the thermal behaviour of the active thermal coating. In general, improvements in indicated specific…