Title: The uses and limitations of a thermodynamic cycle simulation for assessing spark-ignition engine designs

Authors: Jerald A. Caton

Addresses: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3123, USA

Abstract: The use of thermodynamic engine cycle simulations during powertrain development has become well established over the last several decades. Such engine simulations provide valuable insight into the various aspects of engine operation and are useful for interpreting experimental results, completing detailed parametric evaluations and evaluating powertrain concepts. This paper will present some examples of the use of thermodynamic engine cycle simulations. First, examples of basic cylinder parameters and overall engine performance parameters will be presented. Next, three case studies will be reviewed which illustrate the types of engine assessments that these simulations can provide.

Keywords: engine modelling; engine thermodynamics; engine simulation; phenomenological engine models; powertrains; thermodynamic cycle simulation; spark ignition engines; SI engines; engine design; vehicle design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPT.2012.048407

International Journal of Powertrains, 2012 Vol.1 No.3, pp.259 - 303

Accepted: 22 Dec 2011
Published online: 05 Dec 2014 *

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