Cooling system improvements - assessing the effects on emissions and fuel economy
Brace, C. J., Hawley, J. G., Akehurst, S., Piddock, M. and Pegg, I., 2008. Cooling system improvements - assessing the effects on emissions and fuel economy. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 222 (4), pp. 579-591.
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The work reported in this paper details an experimental study of the effects of cooling system hardware changes on diesel engine emissions and fuel economy. Experiments were performed under both steady state and transient conditions and complemented by statistical assessments. Techniques for assessing the thermal integrity of the engine as a consequence of such changes are also presented. An experimental design was constructed to investigate the effect of water pump throttling, coolant flow control through the oil cooler, and the adoption of a pressure resistive thermostat (PRT). Use of these thermal controls offers a useful trade-off between NOx and fuel economy, with a saving of around 3 per cent in b.s.f.c. for a 10 per cent NOx penalty at low load, where NOx output is less of a concern. However, these benefits were not observed during drive cycle testing
|Creators||Brace, C. J., Hawley, J. G., Akehurst, S., Piddock, M. and Pegg, I.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords||flow control, emission control, coolants, thermostats, diesel engines, cooling systems, fuel economy|
|Departments||Faculty of Engineering & Design > Mechanical Engineering|
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