Imaging and Simulation of Oil Transport Phenomena in the Upper Piston Skirt Region 2019-01-2359
The oil transport phenomena in the chamfer beneath the oil control ring of a piston in a motored engine were investigated with a combined experimental-numerical approach. High-speed laser-induced fluorescence was used to visualize the oil distribution crank-angle-resolved on both thrust side and anti-thrust side of an optically accessible single cylinder engine. Corresponding three-dimensional volume-of-fluid CFD simulations were calibrated with the experiment and then utilized to analyze the cross sectional flows in the chamfer. Phenomena triggered by inertial forces and the lateral piston motion, e.g. oil transport from the piston to the liner (bridging) and the formation of a circular flow in the chamfer, are described in detail.