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Continuously Varying Exhaust Pipe Length and Diameter to Improve the Performance of a Naturally Aspirated SI Engine

[+] Author Affiliations
O. Aradhye, S. Bari

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Paper No. IMECE2017-70638, pp. V006T08A054; 8 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


Wave tuning is a concept which increases the volumetric efficiency of a naturally aspirated engine by providing a scavenging effect to clear out residual gases and increase inflow of fresh charge. This paper analyses the effects of tuning pulsating sonic wave produced over a broad range of speeds in the exhaust manifold of a single cylinder 510 cc SI engine, on the power and torque of the engine. 1-D model of the engine is modeled using Ricardo Wave. The simulation results obtained through the parametric analysis are compared with the standard data provided by the engine testing. On average, 7% increase in torque and 6% increase in power are observed by continuously varying exhaust pipe length. While continuously varying exhaust pipe diameter, 6% increase in torque and power is observed. When combined together, the continuously varying exhaust pipe length and diameter produce 8.5% increased torque and 9% increased power, respectively.

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