A COMPARISON OF EXPERIMENTAL AND ANALYTICAL STEADY STATE INTAKE PORT FLOW DATA USING DIGITAL PHYSICS 1999-01-1183
A steady-state flowbench measures the mass and angular momentum flux (swirl and tumble) for a given cylinder head intake port design over varying valve lifts and pressure drops. From these two measurements, enhancements in volumetric efficiency and burnrate can be determined. This methodology, however, requires the production and experimental testing of multiple cylinder head castings or soft-prototypes. To help reduce the number of hardware design iterations, an analytical methodology has been developed which uses a new computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation tools called PowerFLOW. From a solid model of the cylinder head, PowerFLOW uses automeshing which produces a 10 million Cartesian volume mesh in 4 CPU hrs. The lattice Boltzmann technique used by PowerFLOW is inherently parallel resulting in steady-state results on this mesh in 36 CPU hrs. This paper present a comparison of numerically obtained mass flow rates from PowerFLOW to experimental flowbench data.