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Combined Effects of Variable Intake Manifold Length, Variable Valve Timing and Duration on the Performance of an Internal Combustion Engine

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P. Sawant, S. Bari

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Paper No. IMECE2017-70470, pp. V006T08A052; 10 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6: Energy
  • Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5841-7
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Naturally aspirated internal combustion (IC) engines with a fixed intake assembly are generally tuned to produce an induction boost at a single engine speed by capitalizing the induction pressure waves only over a narrow speed range. This paper investigates the individual and combined effects of varying intake runner length and intake valve timing on the performance parameters of an IC engine at engine speeds from 3000 rpm to 9000 rpm. The 1-D model of the KTM SI engine built for simulations in Ricardo Wave software is validated with 98% accuracy against experimental test results. The performance parameters thus obtained, as a combined effect, show an average improvement of 7.02% throughout the engine’s speed range. With the co-existence of variable length intake runners and variable intake valve opening timing, the required number of variations to boost the engine performance are found to be reduced making variable intake assembly more feasible.

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