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Water Condensate Retention and “Wet” Fin Performance in Automotive Evaporators

Water condensate retained inside an automotive evaporator has remained as one of the primary sources of unpleasant “odors”, which in turn can drive up the warranty cost for automotive manufacturers. The “wet” evaporator fin can also underperform due to the presence of condensate blocking the air passage. Moreover, condensate retention can be a potential factor of freezing up evaporators. Thus, an evaporator fin must be designed such that it can shed and drain water condensate as well as provide an excellent heat transfer capability. While the importance of water retention is well known, there seems lacking of a comprehensive way to evaluate the water retention characteristics of a particular product. In this work, attempts were made to answer four questions: (1) What is the mechanism that controls water condensate retention characteristics in an automotive evaporator? (2) Can different water retention evaluation methods reveal the same characteristics?
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Thermal Analysis of an Electric Machine for a Hybrid Vehicle

A twenty-five kilowatt (peak power for one minute), permanent magnet electric machine for a hybrid electric vehicle application was designed and tested. The electric machine is located in the clutch housing of an automatically shifted manual transmission and is subjected to 120 °C continuous ambient temperatures. The package constraints and duty cycle requirements resulted in an extremely challenging thermal design for an electric machine. The losses in the machine were predicted using models based on first principles and the heat transfer in the machine was modeled using computational fluid dynamics. The simulations were compared to test results over a variety of operating conditions and the results were used to validate the models. Parametric studies were conducted to evaluate the performance of potting materials and cooling topologies.
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CAE Considerations in the Modeling of Welded Joints

Welding is one of the most commonly used fabrication method in various automotive applications. Welding is a metallurgical fusion process in which parts or work pieces to be joined are heated above their melting temperature and then solidified. Some of the effects of the welding include residual stresses and Heat Affected Zone (HAZ). A methodology is proposed to study the welding process using the commercial finite element software, ABAQUS. Non linear transient heat transfer analysis is used. Effects of heat energy input rate and heat input time on residual stresses and HAZ are determined.
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A Dynamic Model of Automotive Air Conditioning Systems

A dynamic computer model of automotive air conditioning systems was developed. The model uses simulation software for the coding of 1-D heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid flow, and control valves. The same software is used to model 3-D solid dynamics associated with mechanical mechanisms of the compressor. The dynamics of the entire AC system is thus simulated within the same software environment. The results will show the models potential applications in component and system design, calibration and control.
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Equations for Physical Properties of Automotive Coolants

1.0 During the warm up process of the coolant in automotive heater systems physical properties such as the density, dynamic viscosity, kinematic viscosity, specific heat and thermal conductivity vary with temperature. To conduct any heater analysis, therefore, it is essential that such variations with temperatures be evaluated. In the present paper a comprehensive literature search is conducted for the published physical properties of the automotive coolants ethylene glycol and propylene glycol. The data are analyzed and compared, and equations describing the variation of the above named physical properties with temperature are derived and presented. The effect of the temperature on the internal heat transfer coefficient is discussed. A comparison of the heat transfer performance between the two glycol coolants is presented. The temperature range studied extends from - 35 to at least 125 degree Celsius.