Subcooled Flow Boiling in High Power Density Internal Combustion Engines I: Thermal Survey Measurement Campaign
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2022

Nucleate boiling occurs inadvertently in the coolant jacket of high power density internal combustion engines, especially in vicinity of regions experiencing high thermal loads. Occurrence of boiling can be beneficial and be an efficient way to improve heat transfer locally near hot spots, but excessive boiling can be detrimental to structural integrity of the engine. While most of the efforts to understand boiling have been focused on experiments in simplified geometries, this article presents results from thermal survey measurement on a production engine. The purpose of the measurement campaign is to understand the intensity and extent of nucleate boiling occurring in different parts of the engine coolant jacket. This is achieved by sweeping across different input parameters, such as engine operating load point, cooling system operating pressure, coolant flow rate, and coolant inlet temperature. Different boiling regimes are encountered in different parts of the coolant jacket. A wide database of local solid temperatures measured at several critical locations is obtained and these results are interpreted in line with the underlying physics of subcooled flow boiling. The database not only helps to understand the boiling phenomenon occurring in engine coolant jacket, but is also used to calibrate a numerical boiling model.

Precision cooling

Engine thermal management

Engine coolant jacket

Boiling regimes

Critical heat flux

Subcooled flow boiling

Thermal survey


Peter Båstedt

Powertrain Engineering Sweden AB


Sudharsan Vasudevan

Chalmers, Mekanik och maritima vetenskaper, Strömningslära

Mirko Bovo


Powertrain Engineering Sweden AB

SAE International Journal of Engines

1946-3936 (ISSN) 19463944 (eISSN)

Vol. 16 1


Annan maskinteknik


Strömningsmekanik och akustik



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