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2014-04-01
Mark Zima, Mingyu Wang, Prasad Kadle, Joe Bona
Abstract Variable displacement compressors have proven to be more energy efficient than the equivalent compressor with fixed displacement for mobile A/C applications. Variable displacement compressors de-stroke rather than cycle to prevent the evaporator from freezing. Cycling an internally controlled variable compressor is counter intuitive, yet results in a 15-20% reduction in the energy used by the compressor as demonstrated by tests on multiple vehicle applications. Externally controlled variable compressors have the highest energy efficiency and extending cycling to these compressors during cool temperatures reduces the compressor energy consumption by 10%.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Yinhua Zheng
Abstract This paper addresses various ways to determine vehicle dual AC system charge level. Traditionally, either checking charge level plateau and/or using the certain condenser outlet subcooling magnitude are adopted to determine AC system charge level. It is challenging to determine refrigerant charge level in the following scenarios: (1) Some AC systems do not exhibit the flatted charge plateau. (2) The condenser outlet subcooling continues to rise. (3) The system has the requirements to run both front and aux evaporators, front evaporator only and aux evaporator only. It was found that compressor compression ratio of absolute discharge pressure to absolute suction pressure always presents the bath tub curve for all AC systems. When the system reaches the optimal charge level, the evaporator air outlet temperatures show the stable trend. In addition to the traditional condenser subcooling method, few approaches are presented in the paper. One way to determine the dual evaporator system charge level is: checking compressor compression ratios vs. charge level on the tests with (1) running both front and aux evaporators, (2) running front evaporator only (aux evaporator off).
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Ruidong Yan, Jun-ye Shi, Han Qing, Jiangping Chen, Ji Song
Abstract Two phase flow mal-distribution in inlet header of the parallel flow evaporator will cause performance degradation, partial frosting and comfortableness problems. In order to solve these issues in heat pump system of electric vehicles, four types of small diameter tube and fin heat exchangers with different flow passage were designed and experimental measured in heat pump system of electric vehicles. The experimental results showed that in terms of performance, the small diameter tube and fin heat exchanger can reach even exceed the micro-channel heat exchanger on capacity and COP in heating model. Compared with micro-channel, the tube and fin heat exchanger with 4 inlets and 4 outlets can increase capacity from 2010W to 2689W, and increase COP from 2.6 to 2.8. However the frost/defrost experimental results showed that there was a decrease on the capacity of micro-channel heat exchanger after several frost/defrost periods. For the small diameter tube and fin heat exchangers, the condensate water was easier to be drained, thus partial pressure difference and heat exchange capacity would recover to the initial value eventually.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Guangning(Gary) Gao
Abstract Distance to empty (DTE) estimation is an important factor to electric vehicle (EV) applications due to its limited driving range. The DTE calculation is based on available energy of the battery and power usage by the powertrain components (e.g. electric motor) and climate control components (e.g. PTC heater and electric AC compressor). The conventional way of estimating the DTE is to treat the power consumed by the climate control system the same as the power by the powertrain for either instantaneous or rolling average estimation. The analysis in this study shows that the power consumption by the climate control system should be estimated based on the current ambient conditions and driver's input instead of using the recorded data from the past driving cycles. The climate control should also be considered separately from the powertrain in power usage rolling average calculation, which results in improvements in DTE estimation especially for extreme hot and cold conditions. Additionally, the climate control power consumption shows unique characteristics during the initial period of cabin climate control.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Jae Yeon Kim, Yong Nam Ahn, Shim Rok, Su Whan Kim, Wan Je Cho, Jy Choi, Hyun Keun Shin, Sang Ok Lee
Abstract In order to improve the fuel consumption ratio of the vehicle, a great deal of research is being carried out to improve air-conditioning efficiency. Increasing the efficiency of the condenser is directly connected to the power consumption of the compressor. This paper describes an experimental method of using an additional water-cooled condenser to reduce power consumption and decrease discharge pressure of the air-conditioning system. First, the principle of a combined cooling (water + air) method was evaluated theoretically. Next, experimental proof was conducted with the additional water-cooled condenser. The shape and structure is similar to the plate type of the transmission oil cooler used in a radiator. Through a number of tests, it was found that it is possible is to reduce power consumption of compressor by decreasing discharge pressure.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Essam F. Abo-Serie, Mohamed Sherif, Dario Pompei, Adrian Gaylard
Abstract A potentially important, but inadequately studied, source of passengers' exposure to pollutants when a road vehicle is stationary, with an idling engine, results from the ingestion of a vehicle's own exhaust into the passenger compartment through the HVAC intake. We developed and applied a method to determine the fraction of a vehicle's exhaust entering the cabin by this route. Further the influence of three parameters: ambient tail-wind speed, vehicle ground clearance and tail pipe angle, is assessed. The study applies Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) simulation to the distribution of exhaust gasses around a vehicle motorized with a 2.2 liter Diesel engine. The simulation employs efficient meshing techniques and realistic loading conditions to develop a general knowledge of the distribution of the gasses in order to inform engineering design. The results show that increasing tail-wind velocity, tail-pipe angle and ground clearance reduces the presence of CO and NO at the HVAC intake.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Michael Fritz, Frank Gauterin, Justus Wessling
Abstract Steadily rising energy prices and increasingly strict emissions legislation enforce the development of measures that increase efficiency of modern vehicles. An important contribution towards more efficient vehicles is the introduction of measures regarding auxiliary units. These measures increase the gross efficiency of a vehicle and therefore also the vehicle's range. Among the auxiliary power units of a vehicle like a long-haul truck, the refrigerant compressor generally consumes the biggest amount of energy. Therefore, it is reasonable to focus efficiency-increasing efforts on optimizing the A/C system. An important tool used in the development of optimization approaches is the simulation of the relevant systems. This allows a cost-optimized evaluation of the optimization approaches and also lets the engineer compare multiple variations of these approaches within a short period of time. For a significant evaluation of the potentials to be expected by implementation of different measures and variations optimizing the A/C system, it is necessary to simulate these under several climatic conditions.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Chengyu Zhang, Ge-Qun Shu, Hua Tian, Haiqiao Wei, Guopeng Yu, Youcai Liang
Abstract This paper presents a model system TEG-DORC that employs thermoelectric generator (TEG) as a topping cycle integrated with a dual-loop organic Rankine bottoming cycle (DORC) to recover exhaust heat of internal combustion engine (ICE). The thermodynamic performance of TEG-DORC system is analyzed based on the first and second law of thermodynamics when system net output power Wnet, thermal efficiency ηth, exergy efficiency ηe and volumetric expansion ratio are chosen as objective functions. The model has many parameters that affect combined system performance such as TEG scale, evaporation pressure of high temperature ORC loop (HT loop) Pevp,HT, condensation temperature of HT loop Tcond,HT. It is suggested that HT loop has a vital influence on system performance. The results show that TEG-DORC system can significantly improve system performance, and system net output power gets maximum (30.69kW) when Tcond,HT is 370K and Pevp,HT is 4MPa, accordingly, the absolute effective thermal efficiency increases by 5.2%.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Armin Traussnig, Heinz Petutschnig, Andreas Ennemoser, Michael Stolz, Mauro Tizianel
Abstract In order to meet current and future emission and CO2 targets, an efficient vehicle thermal management system is one of the key factors in conventional as well as in electrified powertrains. Furthermore the increasing number of vehicle configurations leads to a high variability and degrees of freedom in possible system designs and the control thereof, which can only be handled by a comprehensive tool chain of vehicle system simulation and a generic control system architecture. The required model must comprise all relevant systems of the vehicle (control functionality, cooling system, lubrication system, engine, drive train, HV components etc.). For proper prediction with respect to energy consumption all interactions and interdependencies of those systems have to be taken into consideration, i.e. all energy fluxes (mechanical, hydraulically, electrical, thermal) have to be exchanged among the system boundaries accordingly. However, it is very important that the level of detail of the VTMS model fits to the current phase of the vehicle development process.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Charles Sprouse III, Christopher Depcik
Abstract Significant progress towards reducing diesel engine fuel consumption and emissions is possible through the simultaneous Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) and Particulate Matter (PM) filtration in a novel device described here as a Diesel Particulate Filter Heat Exchanger (DPFHX). This original device concept is based on the shell-and-tube heat exchanger geometry, where enlarged tubes contain DPF cores, allowing waste heat recovery from engine exhaust and allowing further energy capture from the exothermic PM regeneration event. The heat transferred to the working fluid on the shell side of the DPFHX becomes available for use in a secondary power cycle, which is an increasingly attractive method of boosting powertrain efficiency due to fuel savings of around 10 to 15%. Moreover, these fuel savings are proportional to the associated emissions reduction after a short warm-up period, with startup emissions relatively unchanged when implementing a WHR system. Due to the absence of prior DPFHX research and the unique heat transfer process present, this effort describes construction of a prototype DPFHX and subsequent WHR experiments in a single cylinder diesel engine test cell with a comparison between heat exchanger performance with and without DPF cores installed.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Can Yang, Hui Xie, Shengkai Zhou
Abstract The RCS (Rankine cycle system) used to recover the exhaust gas energy from internal combustion engines has been regarded as one of the most promising ways to achieve higher efficiency. However, it is a big challenge to keep the RCS still in good performance under variable driving cycle. This paper aims at revealing the reasons resulting in the low efficiency under driving cycle, comparing to that under steady-state condition. The dynamic operating process of the RCS under driving cycle is analyzed, and then the RCS applied on an 11.6L heavy duty diesel engine is modeled. Based on that, the dynamic performance of the RCS under an actual driving cycle is discussed. The results indicate that the average efficiency under a piece of Tianjin bus driving cycle is as low as 3.63%, which is less than half of that (7.77%) under the rated point (1300rpm and 50%load). The reasons leading to the low efficiency under driving cycle is interpreted from three aspects. Firstly, effects of the optimizing criterions are studied.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Andrew P. Roberts, Richard Brooks, Philip Shipway, Robert Gilchrist, Ian Pegg
Abstract The thermal efficiency of an internal combustion engine at steady state temperatures is typically in the region of 25-35%[1]. In a cold start situation, this reduces to be between 10% and 20% [2]. A significant contributor to the reduced efficiency is poor performance by the engine lubricant. Sub optimal viscosity resulting from cold temperatures leads to poor lubrication and a subsequent increase in friction and fuel consumption. Typically, the engine lubricant takes approximately twenty minutes [3] to reach steady state temperatures. Therefore, if the lubricant can reach its steady state operating temperature sooner, the engine's thermal efficiency will be improved. It is hypothesised that, by decoupling the lubricant from the thermal mass of the surrounding engine architecture, it is possible to reduce the thermal energy loss from the lubricant to the surrounding metal structure in the initial stages of warm-up. Using a bespoke oil flow rig described in the methodology section of this paper, it has been demonstrated that the addition of a 2 mm thick nylon tube, increases the maximum temperature differential between the lubricant and surrounding metal by 145% and reduces the energy losses from the gallery by 50%.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Takatoshi Furukawa, Masaaki Nakamura, Koichi Machida, Kiyohiro Shimokawa
Abstract In heavy duty (HD) trucks cruising on expressway, about 60% of input fuel energy is wasted as losses. So it is important to recover them to improve fuel economy of them. As a waste heat recovery system, a Rankine cycle generating system was selected. And this paper mainly reports it. In this study, engine coolant was determined as main heat source, which collected energies of an engine cooling, an EGR gas and an exhaust gas, for collecting stable energy as much as possible. And the exergy of heat source was raised by increase coolant temperature to 105 deg C. As for improving the system efficiency, saturation temperature difference was expanded by improving performance of heat exchanger and by using high pressure turbine. And a recuperator which exchanges heat in working fluid between expander outlet and evaporator inlet was installed to recover the heat of working fluid at turbine generator. Then a working fluid pump was improved to reduce power consumption of the system. And Hydro-fluoro-ether was selected as suitable working fluid for the system for vehicles.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Saiful Bari, Shekh Rubaiyat
Abstract The heat from the exhaust gas of diesel engines can be an important heat source to provide additional power using a separate Rankine Cycle (RC) or an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC). Water is the best working fluid for this type of applications in terms of efficiency of the RC system, availability and environmental friendliness. However, for small engines and also at part load operations, the exhaust gas temperature is not sufficient enough to heat the steam to be in superheated zone, which after expansion in the turbine needs to be in superheated zone. Ammonia was found to be an alternate working fluid for these types of applications which can run at low exhaust temperatures. Computer simulation was carried out with an optimized heat exchanger to estimate additional power with water and ammonia as the working fluids. ANSYS 14.0 CFX software was used for the simulation. It was found that at full load 23.7% and 10.9% additional power were achieved by using water and ammonia as the working fluids respectively.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Pengyi Cui, Bin Xu
Abstract Air purifier has been prevalently used in the passenger vehicle cabins to reduce in-cabin UltraFine Particle (UFP) concentration. In this study, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) was applied to simulate the in-cabin UFP transport and distribution under different ventilation modes with different characteristics of the air purifier. Ventilation settings, air purifier settings, and air purifier location were identified as the important factors determining the in-cabin UFP distribution and transport. Downward ventilation airflow direction and smaller ventilation air velocity can be considered by the drivers for a lower in-cabin UFP concentration. Upward airflow direction from the air purifier's inlet and larger air velocity were recommended since it led up to 50% in-cabin UFP reduction. Air purifier installed at middle ceiling of the cabin develops the most efficient airflow for UFP removal. Explicit relationships between in-cabin UFP distribution and the air purifier settings were presented as a reference to facilitate cabin air purifier design for more efficient in-cabin UFP removal.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Shivakumar Banakar, Dirk Limperich, Ramesh Asapu, Vaishnavi Panneerselvam, Madhu Singh
Abstract Air-cooled fin and tube heat exchangers are used as a condenser in the conventional automotive Heating Ventilation & Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems. In this study, the use of liquid cooled plate heat exchanger as a condenser in the automotive HVAC systems has been investigated. In the proposed configuration, the cabin heat absorbed by the refrigerant in HVAC system is rejected to the coolant through a liquid cooled condenser and then to the ambient air through a low temperature radiator. Hence, the proposed configuration combines heat rejection from HVAC system with a low temperature radiator circuit of power train cooling. Mixture of Ethylene glycol & Water (coolant), which is used in power train cooling system, is used as secondary fluid in the condenser. Primarily, work done involves design of a liquid cooled condenser, determining boundary conditions for the coolant circuit and evaluation of overall performance of the refrigeration cycle in the HVAC system at various operating conditions.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Jason Aaron Lustbader, Cory Kreutzer, Matthew A. Jeffers, Steven Adelman, Skip Yeakel, Philip Brontz, Kurt Olson, James Ohlinger
Abstract Cab climate conditioning is one of the primary reasons for operating the main engine in a long-haul truck during driver rest periods. In the United States, sleeper cab trucks use approximately 667 million gallons of fuel annually for rest period idling. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) CoolCab Project works closely with industry to design efficient thermal management systems for long-haul trucks that minimize engine idling and fuel use while maintaining occupant comfort. Heat transfer to the vehicle interior from opaque exterior surfaces is one of the major heat pathways that contribute to air conditioning loads during long-haul truck daytime rest period idling. To quantify the impact of paint color and the opportunity for advanced paints, NREL collaborated with Volvo Group North America, PPG Industries, and Dometic Environmental Corporation. Initial screening simulations using CoolCalc, NREL's rapid HVAC load estimation tool, showed promising air-conditioning load reductions due to paint color selection.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Devin Furse, SeKil Park, Lee Foster, Simon Kim
Abstract An innovative system has been developed to remotely monitor and record customer usage patterns of the Hyundai Genesis HVAC system in real time by smartphone. The data monitored includes dozens of HVAC-related parameters, including driver and passenger set temperature, blower setting, mode and intake position, internal software parameters, etc. This information and understanding of real-world usage of American customers enables design and test engineers to better satisfy customer demands for automatic temperature control performance. This study identifies areas in need of improvement Preliminary findings of this study suggest that auto mode usage is highest in mild temperatures and lowest in hot soaking conditions. In hot soak conditions (above 35C cabin temperature), the majority of American customers manually control the temperature and blower speed.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
B. Vasanth, Jose Bright, Pavan Reddy, Sathish Kumar S, Murali Govindarajalu
Abstract In an Automotive air conditioning system, the air flow distribution in the cabin from the HVAC (Heating, ventilation and air conditioning), ducts and outlets is evaluated by the velocity achieved at driver and passenger mannequin aim points. Multiple simulation iterations are being carried out before finalizing the design of HVAC panel duct and outlets until the target velocity is achieved. In this paper, a parametric modeling of the HVAC outlet is done which includes primary and secondary vane creation using CATIA. Java macro files are created for simulation runs in STAR CCM+. ISIGHT is used as an interface tool between CATIA and STARCCM+. The vane limits of outlet and the target velocity to be achieved at mannequin aim points are defined as the boundary conditions for the analysis. Based on the optimization technique and the number of iterations defined in ISIGHT, the vane angle model gets updated automatically in CATIA followed by the simulation runs in STARCCM+. Based on the results vane angle will get updated and the iterations continues automatically till the target velocity is met at the aim points.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Huize Li, Predrag Hrnjak
Abstract This paper presents an experimental study of lubricant effect on the performance of microchannel evaporators in a typical MAC system. R134a is used as the refrigerant with PAG46 lubricant. The increase of oil circulation rate elevates the pressure drop of the evaporator. The specific enthalpy change in evaporator decreases with increasing oil circulation rate, while refrigerant distribution appears to be more uniform as indicated by infrared images of the evaporator surface temperatures. Thus mass flow rate increases.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Kevin Cheung, Erich Becker
Abstract Vehicles with a large cabin volume incorporate two HVAC units to provide comfort to the front and rear cabin. Each HVAC unit can generate independent airflow volume, temperature, and airflow direction. A new HVAC unit was developed to achieve the performance and functionality of two HVAC units. A unique HVAC construction was used to achieve independent front and rear airflow volume, temperature, and airflow direction distribution. This integrated front and rear HVAC unit provides additional packaging space for other vehicle components and reduces the overall number of HVAC system components.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Neal Lawrence, Stefan Elbel
Abstract Two-phase ejectors are devices capable of recovering the expansion power that is lost by the throttling process in air conditioning cycles, resulting in improved system performance. High-pressure fluids such as CO2 have received the majority of attention in two-phase ejector studies in recent years due to the fluid's high throttling loss and high potential for improvement. However, low-pressure working fluids such as R134a, commonly used in automotive applications, have received considerably less attention owing to their lower recovery potential. While the two fluids have very different properties, both offer the potential for noticeable COP improvement with ejector cycles. Thus, understanding the operation and performance of ejectors with both fluids can be important to the design of ejector air conditioning cycles. This paper compares available experimental data for the performance of two-phase ejectors using CO2 and R134a. CO2 ejectors are capable of recovering a greater amount of power than R134a due to CO2's larger throttling loss as well as the ability of CO2 ejectors to recover a larger portion of the available power.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Kambiz Jahani, Sajjad Beigmoradi
Abstract Adequate visibility through the automobile windscreen is a critical aspect of driving, most often at very low temperatures when ice tends to be formed on the windscreen. The geometry of the existing defroster system needs to be improved in the vehicles, with the main aim of substantial increase in air mass flow reaching the windscreen through defroster nozzles and appropriate velocity distribution over the windscreen, while respecting all packaging constraints. The reason of this study is to investigate the windscreen deicing behavior of a vehicle by means of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with the main concern of improving deicing process by design an appropriate defroster. Two different defrosters with completely different geometry are considered for this purpose. A detailed full interior model of an existing vehicle is created via CAE tools. A transient simulation is performed and results are extracted to show how a proper design of the defroster will lead to considerable improve in deicing process.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Felix Regin A, Abhinav Agarwal, Niraj Kumar Mishra
Abstract Increased engine thermal load, front end styling and compact vehicle requirements have led to significant challenges for vehicle front end designer to provide innovative thermal management solutions. The front end cooling module design which consists of condenser, radiator, fan and intercooler is an important part of design as it ensures adequate heat removal capacity of radiator over a wide range of operating conditions to prevent overheating of engine. The present study describes the optimization of cooling air flow opening in the front end using CFD methodology of a typical passenger car. The predicted vehicle system resistance curve and coolant inlet temperature to the radiator are used for the selection of cooling modules and to further optimize the front end cooling opening area. This leds to the successful optimization of the front end, selection of cooling modules with significant cost savings by reducing prototype testing and design cycle time.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Carrie Kowsky, Edward Wolfe, Sourav Chowdhury, Debashis Ghosh, Mingyu Wang
Abstract With more vehicles adopting fuel-saving engine start-stop routines and with the number of hybrid and electric vehicles on the rise, automotive A/C (air conditioning) systems are facing a challenge to maintain passenger comfort during the time when the compressor is inactive due to engine shut down. Using PCM (Phase Change Material) in the evaporator enables it to store cold when the compressor is active and release it to the cooling air stream when the compressor is not running. A unique feature of Delphi's design is that a refrigerant thermosiphon mechanism inside the evaporator drives the energy transport between the PCM and air stream. Delphi's PCM evaporator extends comfort for short duration idle stops, reduces emissions, and increases fuel economy and electric drive range. In this paper, the design aspects of a thermosiphon based PCM cold storage evaporator are described and the performance and operation of the PCM evaporator in a MAC (Mobile Air Conditioning) system discussed.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Kristian Haehndel, Angus Pere, Torsten Frank, Frieder Christel, Sylvester Abanteriba
Abstract As computational methodologies become more integrated into industrial vehicle pre-development processes the potential for high transient vehicle thermal simulations is evident. This can also been seen in conjunction with the strong rise in computing power, which ultimately has supported many automotive manufactures in attempting non-steady simulation conditions. The following investigation aims at exploring an efficient means of utilizing the new rise in computing resources by resolving high time-dependent boundary conditions through a series of averaging methodologies. Through understanding the sensitivities associated with dynamic component temperature changes, optimised boundary conditions can be implemented to dampen irrelevant input frequencies whilst maintaining thermally critical velocity gradients. A sub-module derived from real vehicle geometry was utilised to evaluate a series of alternative averaging schemes (consisting of steady-state CFD points) in comparison to full CFD transient conditions.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Gianluca Montenegro, Augusto Della Torre, Angelo Onorati, Dalia Broggi, Gerd Schlager, Christian Benatzky
Abstract This work proposes a focus on the simulation of a rotative volumetric expander via a CFD code. A customized application of OpenFOAM® has been developed to handle the particular motion of the calculation grid. The model uses a mesh to mesh interpolation technique, switching from a calculation grid to the new one on the basis of mesh quality considerations performed on the fly. This particular approach allows to account for the presence of leakages occurring between the stator and blade tips and also occurring at the top and bottom of the vanes. The fluid considered is the refrigerant R245fa, whose particular properties have been determined resorting to the NIST database. Experimental data, measured at different conditions of mass flow and fluid temperature, are compared to calculation results. Moreover, the CFD analysis has allowed the estimation of the influence of the leakage mass flow occurring at the tip of the vanes on the overall machine performances.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Jiazhen Ling, Magnus Eisele, Hongtao Qiao, Vikrant Aute, Yunho Hwang, Reinhard Radermacher
Abstract As a potential replacement to traditional automotive R134a direct expansion (DX) systems, a secondary-loop system allows for the usage of flammable but low-GWP refrigerants such as propane (R290). However, as the secondary-loop system has an additional layer of thermal resistance, the cycle's transient behavior and cabin thermal comfort during pull-down and various driving cycles may be different from traditional DX systems. This paper presents a Modelica-based model to simulate both steady-state and transient operation of automotive secondary-loop systems. The model includes a lumped cabin component and a secondary-loop automotive air-conditioning system component. The air-conditioning system component consists of a condenser, a compressor, an expansion device, a coolant plate type heat exchanger, a coolant to air heat exchanger and a coolant pump. The developed model was validated against both steady-state and transient experimental data for an R290 secondary-loop system. The steady-state comparison demonstrates a 7.5% deviation of air-side COP compared to the experimental data.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Kristian Haehndel, Anthony Jefferies, Markus Schlipf, Torsten Frank, Frieder Christel, Sylvester Abanteriba
Abstract At the rear of the vehicle an end acoustic silencer is attached to the exhaust system. This is primarily to reduce noise emissions for the benefit of passengers and bystanders. Due to the location of the end acoustic silencer conventional thermal protection methods (heat shields) through experimental means can not only be difficult to incorporate but also can be an inefficient and costly experience. Hence simulation methods may improve the development process by introducing methods of optimization in early phase vehicle design. A previous publication (Part 1) described a methodology of improving the surface temperatures prediction of general exhaust configurations. It was found in this initial study that simulation results for silencer configurations exhibited significant discrepancies in comparison to experimental data. This was mainly due to the inability to represent complex fluid flows through the components of the silencer, which was greatly simplified in the simulation models and software utilised.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Shi-Ing Chang, Iman Goldasteh, Salamah Maaita, Gursaran Mathur
Abstract The performance of an automobile engine depends on the adequate heat rejection through the radiator assembly. Despite of the existence of well-known theoretical models for various heat transfer applications, design of heat exchanger devices demands tremendous experimental work and effort. This study concerns the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to analyze the heat transfer and fluid flow in finned tube heat exchangers which are widely used in automotive industries. Here, two different types of the finned tube heat exchangers were studied using the Star-CCM+ commercial CFD package. Because of the symmetric nature of the geometry, only a single fin was considered in simulations. Two different designs of finned tube heat exchanger were considered in the analysis and major attention was given to the fin configurations, louvers number and louvers angle. Although the contact surface of the fin to the coolant tube is different, the thermal performance was not affected under present steady state analysis.
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