Selection of the Optimized Aftercooling System for Cummins Premium Diesel Engines 841023
The ongoing need for improved fuel economy, longer engine life, lower emissions, and in some cases, increased power output makes lower charge air temperatures more desirable. In 1983, Cummins introduced the new BCIV engine at 400 H.P. (298 KW) with “Optimized Aftercooling”, and is now introducing this concept to its remaining 10 and 14 Litre premium diesel engines. This Tuned Low Flow Cooling design provides many advantages when compared to the other alternatives studied, which included air-to-air and systems incorporating two radiators. The selection process considered performance, durability, fuel economy, emissions, noise, investment, and total vehicle installed cost.
Computer simulations and vehicle tests were used to determine performance for each charge air cooling alternative. The simulations were used to guide prototype development and the selection of production hardware. The “Optimized Aftercooling” system takes full advantage of the engine cooling characteristics by using tuned flow controls to provide optimum charge air temperatures at all speeds, loads, and ambient temperatures.