Internal Combustion (IC) Engine

Automotive Engine Design

It is an exciting time to be an automotive powertrain engineer, with many of the fundamental decisions that were made 50 or even 100 years being revisited, and many new options being explored thanks to the advent of new materials and advanced sensors and controls.

Fortunately, the ability to analytically evaluate candidate technologies and to fine-tune designs is keeping up with the need to explore new ideas.

A demonstration model is available to serve as a starting point for your explorations. While it is based on a four-stroke Otto cycle gasoline engine with 6 inline cylinders, the methods can be repurposed or extended to other cycles and configurations.

This FloCAD®-based model is built to explore short time scale events such as pressure waves within intake and exhaust runners, such that volumetric efficiencies and engine performance can be estimated. To do so, it models the transient actions of each of six cylinders independently through each stroke. Nonetheless, run times are fast enough (on the order of minutes) that parametric variations can be quickly explored. The focus of the problem is on the very short time‐scale events including pressure waves in the intake and exhaust runners. Details of flows, combustion, and heat transfer within the cylinder itself have been greatly simplified to preserve the focus on the air supply and exhaust systems.

Click here to download this sample from our support forum

This model was developed as a by‐product of an investigation of fast‐transient interactions within a turbocharged automotive engine.

Postprocessed Sinaps® Diagram showing temperatures and flows

Postprocessed FloCAD® diagram (sketch-pad mode) showing temperatures and flows

Pressure/flow profile for 720 degrees of crank rotation

Pressure/flow profile for 720 degrees of crank rotation (6000rpm, Cylinder #1)

From beginning to advanced, here's your chance to learn how to use the powerful parametric and customization features in Thermal Desktop and SINDA/FLUINT. Click on each title to learn more, or to register.

Please note that earlier classes are prerequisites for later classes, so if you miss one, be sure to check out our recorded video page before attending the next one.

Symbols and Registers
Thursday Sept 26, 9-10am MT (8-9am PT, 11-noon ET)

Advanced Expressions
Thursday Sept 26, 2-3pm MT (1-2pm PT, 4-5pm ET)

Network Element Logic (NEL)
Tuesday Oct 1, 9-10am MT (8-9am PT, 11-noon ET)

Advanced Logic
Tuesday Oct 1, 2-3pm MT (1-2pm PT, 4-5pm ET)

flow regimes

Introduction to Two-phase Flow

September 24, 2-3pm MDT

This webinar introduces basic concepts in two-phase flow modeling including quality, void fraction, flow regimes, slip flow, pressure drops and accelerations, and heat transfer.

No knowledge of CRTech software is required. However, references to the corresponding FloCAD features will be made to assist users of that product.

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