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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Van Niekerk, Cornelius Gysbert Johannes
URN etd-10312005-115545
Document Title Effect of the tailpipe entry geometry on a two-stroke engine's performance prediction
Degree MEng (Mechanical Engineering)
Department Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Advisor Name Title
Mr D J De Kock
  • Two-stroke engines performance
  • Gas dynamics computer simulation
  • Performance technology two-stroke engines
Date 2002-09-01
Availability unrestricted

It is standard practice in one-dimensional gasdynamic simulations of high performance two-stroke engines to model the exhaust tail pipe entry as an area change using an algorithm similar to the area change of the reverse cone. In the reverse cone the area continually steps down while at the tail pipe entry it changes from stepping down to constant area. At this point a vena contracta can form that effects the flow resistance of the tail pipe.

In an effort to improve the accuracy of the gasdynamic simulations the area change algorithm at the tail pipe entry was replaced with a restriction algorithm that incorporates a coefficient of discharge and allows an increase in entropy on the expansion side. The coefficient of discharge is defined as the actual measured mass flow divided by the mass flow predicted by the restriction algorithm.

An experimental set up was designed and constructed to measure mass flows for a variety of tail pipe entry geometries at a range of pressures covering the pressure ratios encountered in a real engine. From the mass flow results the coefficients of discharge for a range of pressure and area ratios and reverse cone angles could be calculated and arranged into matrix form to define Cd-maps. The Cd-maps were incorporated into the simulation software and tested to ensure that it functioned correctly.

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