Development of Advanced Non-Bypass Exhaust Heat Recovery System Using Highly Heat-Conductive SiC Honeycomb
An exhaust heat recovery (EHR) system is an effective and attractive means of improving fuel economy and in-vehicle comfort, especially of hybrid cars in winter. However, many conventional bypass systems, which have a bypass pipe and bypass valve with a thermal actuator, are still large and heavy, and it is necessary not only to effectively improve the heat recovery but also to minimize the size and weight of EHR systems. Sakuma et al. reported new-concept heat exchangers and EHR systems using a highly heat-conductive SiC honeycomb, including a non-bypass system. However, since this non-bypass system always recovers heat from the exhaust gas, its heat recovery performance was set so as not to exceed the cooling capability of the radiator at a high engine load to prevent overheating of the vehicle.