PIV/LIF measurements of oil film behavior on the piston in I. C. engine 2007-24-0001
The combination method for measuring the oil film thickness and velocity is proposed. The oil film thickness is measured by laser induced fluorescence (LIF) method and its velocity is measured by particle image velocimetry (PIV). A model engine is employed in order to check the LIF measurement for oil film thickness, and an optical access engine based on production engine is utilized for both measurements of oil film thickness and velocity. In the combination method, LIF images are used in the PIV measurement instead of particle images. From the results, the oil film thickness and velocity can be measured simultaneously by the combination method utilizing only LIF dye. The oil film thickness and velocity are presented along with crank angle of the engine under the motoring operation. The oil film velocity is also measured under the firing operation.