An investigation into the use of a compressed air loading mechanism as a means of improving the efficiency of a four stroke spark ignition internal combustion engine

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dc.contributor.author Mackay, John Bruce
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-04T11:06:32Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-04T11:06:32Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/11607
dc.description.abstract Internal combustion (I.C.) engines typically exhibit a characteristic ef ciency pro le which varies with operating load and engine speed, and it is widely known that the operating ef ciency is poor under low loading conditions. The objective of this project is to investigate whether an energy storing and recover- ing process, involving compressing air and subsequently using it for propulsion, could be used to achieve better overall ef ciency. An engine so modi ed would operate in two alternate modes. When using fuel, the engine operates as close to maximum ef ciency as practicable, with the excess of engine output over driving requirements being absorbed by air-compression loading - driving an external compressor, charging air into a receiver. Later, under low driving requirements, this air is expanded - using the engine cylinders - as a source of propulsion. Heat transfer from the exhaust gases to the stored compressed air is used to improve engine ef ciency. Through modelling and simulation, an overall ef ciency improve- ment of 10% over standard engine operation is predicted to be realisable by applying this modi cation, and scope exists to further improve this gure through improved heat recovery from exhaust gases and improved loading capability. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.title An investigation into the use of a compressed air loading mechanism as a means of improving the efficiency of a four stroke spark ignition internal combustion engine en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA


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