Mar­ket cor­rec­tion of­fers op­por­tu­nity to add to hold­ings

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

LOBAL ex­perts have hailed the work of a Uni­ver­sity of Hud­der­s­field pro­fes­sor and his col­lab­o­ra­tor – an in­no­va­tive en­gi­neer – who are de­vel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy to boost the per­for­mance of en­gines while im­prov­ing fuel econ­omy and low­er­ing emis­sions.

John All­port, pro­fes­sor of al­ter­na­tive en­gi­neer­ing at the uni­ver­sity – where he heads its Tur­bocharger Re­search In­sti­tute (TRI) – has formed a re­search part­ner­ship with en­gi­neer Chris Whe­lan, co-founder of UK com­pany Air Cy­cle Tech­nol­ogy Ltd, which pro­vides a cool­ing sys­tem that gives ad­di­tional power to ve­hi­cles by low­er­ing the charge air tem­per­a­ture in a tur­bocharged en­gine.

Cur­rent sys­tems of charge air cool­ing and heat­ing are pas­sive.

Now Prof All­port and Mr Whe­lan have de­vel­oped an ac­tive, con­trol­lable sys­tem which, fol­low­ing com­puter mod­el­ling, has been suc­cess­fully tested in a pro­duc­tion car.

The tech­nol­ogy could help man­u­fac­tur­ers – some of whom have been mired in con­tro­versy over emis­sions – to com­ply more eas­ily with leg­is­la­tion de­signed to cut ve­hi­cle pollution.

The col­lab­o­ra­tors de­scribed their re­search – in­clud­ing the ther­mo­dy­namic prin­ci­ples be­hind it – in a pa­per that was de­liv­ered at the IMechE Ve­hi­cle Ther­mal Man­age­ment Sys­tems Con­fer­ence in Lon­don.

The in­ter­na­tional event fea­tured 30 sci­en­tific pa­pers and a panel se­lected the con­tri­bu­tion by Prof All­port and Mr Whe­lan as the best of the con­fer­ence.

They now hold a tro­phy in­scribed with pre­vi­ous win­ners who in­clude some of the world’s most fa­mous ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers and uni­ver­si­ties.

The au­thors of the prize-win­ning pa­per, ti­tled Ac­tive Charge Cool­ing, said cus­tomer and leg­isla­tive de­mands meant that man­u­fac­tur­ers had been eval­u­at­ing the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits – in en­gine per­for­mance, fuel econ­omy and emis­sions – of charge air tem­per­a­ture mod­u­la­tion. The pa­per demon­strates the ben­e­fits of ac­tive charge air tem­per­a­ture con­trol.

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