Browse Publications Technical Papers 2008-01-1172

Application of CFD Methodology to Reduce the Pressure Drop and Water Entry in the Air Intake System of Turbocharged Engine 2008-01-1172

When an automobile negotiates a flooded region, water is splashed due to the rotational motion of the wheels. This water enters the air intake system of the turbocharged intercooled engine along with air and can pass through the turbocharger, intercooler and enter the engine. As water is an incompressible fluid, the piston cannot compress water inside the cylinder which leads to connecting rod bending and severe engine damage. This paper explains how the same has been resolved using CFD methodology and proposes the re-designed model of mud cover as a solution to this problem. The entire process has been streamlined and major time and cost reduction achieved by using simulation for optimization. The simulated results have been validated by extensive trials for correlation and outdoor tests for durability. Same analysis technique is used as a template to modify the air intake system.


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