Thermoelectric Conversion of Waste Heat to Electricity in an IC Engine Powered Vehicle: An Engine Modeling Approach

Thermoelectric Conversion of Waste Heat to Electricity in an IC Engine Powered Vehicle: An Engine Modeling Approach

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This work provides an evaluation of the potential use of thermoelectric generators as a direct energy conversion device to produce electrical energy from the exhaust gases of a Cummins ISX 15 liter, turbocharged diesel engine. The generated electricity is to be used to augment the existing engine power output through a hybrid drive system. Ricardo WAVE, an engine simulation code, was employed to create a model of the ISX engine. The generated data is then used to calculate a theoretical improvement in brake specific fuel consumption (BSFC). Maintaining power output levels on the engine was paramount and therefore the TEG must not interfere with turbocharger operation. The final model configuration yielded a BSFC improvement of 4.9% that was calculated at the qcruiseq operating point (1500 rpm and 62% full engine load). This can potentially save over 4200 gallons of fuel over the emissions useful life (435, 000 miles) of the engine.2.2 Cummins ISX Engine Test Data Cummins Inc. supplied experimental and design data on their ISX engine. Cummins tests their heavy duty OTR diesel engines at 5 operating points as defined by the ESC (European Steady-State Cycle).


Title:Thermoelectric Conversion of Waste Heat to Electricity in an IC Engine Powered Vehicle: An Engine Modeling Approach
Author:Andrew T. Hartsig
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
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