Ultra boost for economy: extending the limits of extreme engine downsizing

J. W. G. Turner, A. Popplewell, R. Patel, T. R. Johnson, N. J. Darnton, S. Richardson, S. W. Bredda, R. J. Tudor, C. I. Bithell, R. Jackson, S. M. Remmert, R. F. Cracknell, J. X. Fernandes, A. G. J. Lewis, S. Akehurst, C. J. Brace, C. D. Copeland, R. Martinez-Botas, A. Romagnoli, A. A. Burluka

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The paper discusses the concept, design and final results from the ‘Ultra Boost for Economy’ collaborative project, which was part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, the UK's innovation agency. The project comprised industry- and academiawide expertise to demonstrate that it is possible to reduce engine capacity by 60% and still achieve the torque curve of a modern, large-capacity naturally-aspirated engine, while encompassing the attributes necessary to employ such a concept in premium vehicles.

In addition to achieving the torque curve of the Jaguar Land Rover naturally-aspirated 5.0 litre V8 engine (which included generating 25 bar BMEP at 1000 rpm), the main project target was to show that such a downsized engine could, in itself, provide a major proportion of a route towards a 35% reduction in vehicle tailpipe CO2 on the New European Drive Cycle, together with some vehicle-based modifications and the assumption of stop-start technology being used instead of hybridization.

In order to do this vehicle modelling was employed to set part-load operating points representative of a target vehicle and to provide weighting factors for those points. The engine was sized by using the fuel consumption improvement targets and a series of specification steps designed to ensure that the required full-load performance and driveability could be achieved.

The engine was designed in parallel with 1-D modelling which helped to combine the various technology packages of the project, including the specification of an advanced charging system and the provision of the necessary variability in the
valvetrain system. An advanced intake port was designed in order to ensure the necessary flow rate and the charge motion to provide fuel mixing and help suppress knock, and was subjected to a full transient CFD analysis. A new engine management system was provided which necessarily had to be capable of controlling many functions, including a supercharger engagement clutch and full bypass system, direct injection system, port-fuel injection system, separately-switchable cam profiles for the intake and exhaust valves and wide-range fast-acting camshaft phasing devices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-417
Number of pages31
JournalSAE International Journal of Engines
Issue number1
Early online date1 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2014
EventSAE 2014 World Congress and Exhibition - COBO Centre, Detroit, USA United States
Duration: 8 Apr 201410 Apr 2014


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