1996-08-01

Coolant Pump Throttling - A Simple Method to Improve the Control Over SI Engine Cooling System 961813

Pump throttling at light engine loads can reduce the heat-transfer coefficients in both the water jacket and the radiator, reducing HC emissions and friction/heat-transfer losses. Pump throttling can also accelerates engine warm-up. Pump driving power under pump throttling is predicted using measured flow parameters of a production-engine cooling system. The lower pump driving power due to pump throttling results in a 0.5% decrease in predicted BSFC. Engine BSFC can decrease by more than 0.5% due to reduced friction and heat-transfer losses as a result of the increased engine temperature.

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