Experimental characterization of mass, work and heat flows in an air cooled, single cylinder engine

H. Perez-Blanco

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    Abstract

    Small air cooled engines, although large in numbers, receive scant attention in the literature. Experimental data for a four stroke, air cooled, single cylinder engine are presented in this report. Air to fuel ratios, indicated and output power, exhaust composition and heat loss are determined to result in suitable thermal and mechanical efficiencies. The data obtained are discussed with the perspective obtained from other literature references. Exhaust composition figures appear reasonable, but the measurement of the transient exhaust flows is still a concern. Based on the measurements, a graph illustrating the different energy transformations in the engine is produced. Undergraduate students in the curriculum routinely use the engine and the present work allows one to conclude that the measurement approach produces reasonable results. These results could be used by engine modelers and others interested in this wide field of technology.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)157-169
    Number of pages13
    JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
    Volume45
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

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    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
    • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
    • Fuel Technology
    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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    In: Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 45, No. 2, 01.01.2004, p. 157-169.

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