Improving Engine Performance Through Intake Design 2013-01-1404
The power and torque output of an engine (for a Formula SAE vehicle) can be dramatically improved through good intake design. For example, performance can be improved by reducing pressure losses in the intake system, or by improving the restrictor's design to increase airflow at lower pressure drops. A plenum design with equal air distribution to all cylinders can also be helpful. In this study, four different intake designs were tested on a dynamometer and the power outcomes were compared. Based on theory and lab testing and intake system was designed to optimize throttle response as well as low-end torque; a steady flow of air passes through the throttle body and the restrictor and then into the plenum. Dynamometer testing confirmed an overall increase in torque and horsepower compared to earlier designs.