Study of different cooling structures on the thermal status of an Internal Combustion Engine

Chen, X., Yu, X., Lu, Y. , Huang, R., Liu, Z., Huang, Y. and Roskilly, A. P. (2017) Study of different cooling structures on the thermal status of an Internal Combustion Engine. Applied Thermal Engineering, 116, 419 - 432. (doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2017.01.037)

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Different cooling structures for cylinder head and block and the corresponding thermal status, thermal dissipation and frictional power dissipation were investigated in this study. In a conventional engine cooling configuration, the coolant flow travels from the block to the head, leading to the coolant temperature of the head being higher than that of block. Furthermore, the over-cooling problem in the block will occur because the cooling system is designed for the cooling requirements of the cylinder head without considering the cooling load of the block. This paper developed a 3D single cylinder model to analyse the influence of coolant flow direction and split structure cooling for the head and block. The analysis indicated that the top-bottom flow cooling structure can effectively reduce the cylinder head thermal load and slightly increase the temperature of the cylinder liner. The combined split and top-bottom cooling structure is proven as the optimal solution with the advantages of lower thermal and frictional power dissipation compared with that of the conventional cooling structure.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lu, Dr Yiji
Authors: Chen, X., Yu, X., Lu, Y., Huang, R., Liu, Z., Huang, Y., and Roskilly, A. P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Applied Thermal Engineering
ISSN (Online):1873-5606
Published Online:30 January 2017

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