Numerical studies on the mixing characteristics of exhaust gas recirculation gases with air, and their dependence on system geometries in four-cylinder engine applications

J. N. Kim, H. Y. Kim, Suk Goo Yoon, J. H. Sohn, C. R. Kim

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Abstract

To achieve low nitrogen oxide (NO<sub>x</sub>) emissions and combustion reliability, the variation in the geometry of the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system should be optimized. However, the layout process essentially fixes the position of a conventional EGR system, and modifying the intake manifold geometry tends to be economically unjustifiable for a commercial engine. In the present study, two types of EGR system, namely 'linked single' and 'individual' EGR systems, are proposed and their performances are evaluated numerically. Parametric studies were performed using a three-dimensional numerical model to assess the mixing uniformity of the intake air and EGR gases. The distribution of the mixed gases into the four runners, which force the mixed gases into the four combustion cylinders, is predicted. Three different geometries of the EGR system are considered: single, side-feed individual, and top-feed individual configurations. These geometries reflect the means by which the EGR gases are supplied into the four cylinders. These three configurations are called cases A, B, and C respectively, and their corresponding detailed geometries are identified as A1 to A9, B1 to B17, and C1 to C10, which give a total of 36 computational runs. It was found that case A5 with a hole angle of 60° yielded the most optimal operating mixing and distribution condition. In general, the single systems were found to be superior to the individual systems, among which the top-feed system tended to be slightly more advantageous for mixing than the side-feed individual system owing to the symmetric supply of the top-feed system. The flow of the throttle-valve system, which controls the mass flowrate of the intake air, was used as the validation case; Hyundai-Kia Motor Co. provided the experimental data, which were compared with the computational results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-597
Number of pages13
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering
Volume223
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr 1

Keywords

  • Exhaust gas recirculation
  • Exhaust gas recirculation distribution
  • Individual exhaust gas recirculation
  • Linked single exhaust gas recirculation
  • Mixing characteristics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering

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