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.

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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)

Vapor Compression Cycles

Tuesday March 10th, 2pm MST

This webinar explains how the toolbox approach of Thermal Desktop and FloCAD can be used to design and simulate vapor compression cycles at various levels of detail. Applications include heat pumps, automotive climate control, and refrigeration systems.

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Working Fluid Mixtures

Thursday March 12th, 2pm MST

Working fluid mixtures can be as simple as air and water. Or as complex as ... well, air and water.

"Air" might be a simple perfect gas or a collection of real gases ... itself a mixture. "Water" might be a simple nonvolatile approximation of liquid water, or it might be a volatile liquid.

This webinar discusses mixture types, and repercussions such as pressure and temperature range limits. It illustrates both how to set initial conditions and how to determine what is going on in results.

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