Experimental Study of Thermostructural Design of I.C Engine
Keywords:I.C.Engine, Design of fin configuration, fin material, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), ANSYS 14.0, Computational Fluid Dynamics.
Internal Combustion (IC) engines, produces work by the combustion of fuel and air, i.e. by converting the
chemical energy of the fuel into mechanical energy of the reciprocating piston. IC engines are used in marine,
locomotives, aircrafts, automobiles and other industrial applications.Fins are provided on the exterior of an IC engine to
optimize the performance, and the efficiency of an IC engine, by providing exterior extended cooling surfaces. These fins
are designed to optimize the heat loss and the temperature inside an IC engine such that the thermal efficiency is optimal
and also the weight of the engine is not increased beyond optimal level.This study is an attempt to understand the effects
of the fin material on its functional requirement by experimentally and using commercially available Finite Element
Analysis (FEA) code ANSYS 14.0.Varying trends of these parameters are tabulated and determined and the values, which
give optimized design of fin configuration and fin material are documented.