A Transient Hydrostatic Dynamometer for Testing Single-Cylinder Prototypes of Multi-Cylinder Engines 2002-01-0616
A new dynamometer system has been developed to improve the accuracy of tests that are run with a single cylinder version of a multi-cylinder engine. The dynamometer control system calculates the inertial torque and combustion torque that would normally be generated in a multi-cylinder engine. The system then applies the torque from the missing cylinders of the engine with the dynamometer. A unique high bandwidth hydraulic system is utilized to accurately apply these torque pulses. This allows the single-cylinder engine to have the identical instantaneous speed trajectory as the multi-cylinder engine, to test the single-cylinder engine at all engine speeds including very low speed operation, and to now do transient speed and load testing. Not only will this dramatically extend the capabilities of current single-cylinder engine test systems, but may open up new areas of research due to its transient testing capabilities.