Planning & Execution
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Internal combustion (IC) engines lose too much energy to waste heat. In order to utilize waste heat and improve efficiency, water could be injected intermittent with fuel into an IC engine. The resulting production of steam would make harvesting of excess heat possible.
This project was created to provide the tools needed to understand the feasibility of such an engine. A test stand will be designed and built to make performance evaluation of a "hybrid" gas/steam engine possible. An existing IC engine will be slightly modified and used as an engine for benchmarking purposes.
The test stand must incorporate instrumentation to control inputs and measure outputs of a "hybrid" engine. The collected data will serve to improve the understanding and implementation of this technology. Specifically, the data should consist of power and efficiency as well as sensor information for optimization.
- Build an engine test stand capable of evaluating the feasibility of an internal combustion engine in which water is injected into the cylinder in order to capture waste heat through steam power.
Hybrid Motor Assumptions
- Modified Kohler CH5 IC engine w/:
- Solenoid Valve Control
- High Pressure Direct Water Injection (~400PSI)
Team Norms & Values
- See Values and Norms
Team Specialty's by Name
- Energy analyst
- Heat capture options (heat exchangers, insulation)
- Sensor technology
- Detailed calculation & approximation
- Controls systems
- Engine theorist
- Energy analyst
- Analog/digital IO
- Systems integration
Project Plans & Schedules
MSD I and II Schedules
Meeting Minutes, Notes, & Actions
- See Meeting Minutes
Intellectual Property Considerations
- As P13263 was a student derived project all intellectual property inherently belongs to said students.
- Detailed in Meeting Minutes