Inner-Insulated Turbocharger Technology to Reduce Emissions and Fuel Consumption from Modern Engines

Richard Burke, Yang Liu, Ramkumar Vijayakumar, Jürgen Werner, Joshua Dalby

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Reducing emissions from light duty vehicles is critical to meet current and future air quality targets. With more focus on real world emissions from light-duty vehicles, the interactions between engine and exhaust gas aftertreatment are critical. For modern engines, most emissions are generated during the warm-up phase following a cold start. For Diesel engines this is exaggerated due to colder exhaust temperatures and larger aftertreatment systems. The De-NOx aftertreatment can be particularly problematic. Engine manufacturers are required to take measures to address these temperature issues which often result in higher fuel consumption (retarding combustion, increasing engine load or reducing the Diesel air-fuel ratio). In this paper we consider an inner-insulated turbocharger as an alternative, passive technology which aims to reduce the exhaust heat losses between the engine and the aftertreatment. Firstly, the concept and design of the inner-insulated turbocharger is presented. A transient 3D CFD/FEM (Computation Fluid Dynamics/Finite Element Modelling) simulation is conducted and predicts that external heat losses will be reduced by 70% compared to a standard turbocharger, i.e. non-insulated turbocharger. A 1D modelling methodology is then presented for capturing the behaviour of the inner-insulated turbocharger. This is important as conventional models based on isentropic efficiency maps cannot accurately predict turbine outlet temperature. The alternative model is essential to demonstrate benefits in system-level simulations. Experimental results are presented from a transient air-path testing facility to validate the 1D model and demonstrate the characteristics of the inner-insulated turbocharger. Finally, the validated 1D model is used within a powertrain optimization simulation to demonstrate an improvement in fuel consumption for iso-NOx emissions over a low load city cycle of up to 3%. The work was conducted under the THOMSON project which has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Program for research, technological development and demonstration under Agreement no. 724037. The project aims to increase the market penetration of 48V hybrid vehicles.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSAE Technical Papers
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2019
EventSAE 14th International Conference on Engines and Vehicles, ICE 2019 - Capri, Italy
Duration: 15 Sept 201919 Sept 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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