CAR recognized in ASME online article

Posted: June 20, 2012

Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is featured in ASME Online's article Using Waste Engine Heat in Automobile Engines by Debbie Sniderman. A team of CAR faculty, staff and student researchers are part of a joint project with Chrysler to improve "fuel economy by exploiting a new controls approach that uses the waste heat from vehicle engines. Currently, up to 65% of the heat energy produced in internal combustion engines, whether gasoline or diesel, is wasted. Typically, the powertrain or engine dissipates the heat by convection, where it is carried to the cooling circuit or lost out of the tailpipe in exhaust gases."

Marcello Canova, assistant professor and team lead from Ohio State's Center for Automotive Research, says the project has demonstrated significant fuel savings. "The combination of design and system-level control can result in an optimal trade-off between performance, fuel economy, and costs. As the design of the system becomes more complex, the implementation of a supervisory control system is key to ensure that the actuators operate with synergy toward improving the thermal management with minimum impact on vehicle-level energy consumption."

Read the article here.