Diesel Engine Test Facility
ICSE has been collaborating with several other researchers at the University of Utah and at the University of Kentucky to develop a diesel engine test facility. This collaboration will allow comprehensive engine testing that includes well-defined and controlled experimental conditions, and the analysis of fuel, lubricant, exhaust gas and particulate matter. It will in turn allow the researchers to develop experiments to better understand the fundamentals of aerosol formation in diesel exhaust.
The diesel engine is a two-cylinder Kubota model Z482B, with 482 cc displacement. Its torque curve is consistent from 1800 to 3400 rpm, and it consumes between 0.8 - 2.2 l/hr of fuel. A Land and Sea water-break dynamometer with torque load control controls the engine load through entire torque range. In addition, the engine system has programmable load and speed control, and automated computer data acquisition, temperature and pressure monitoring, automatic fuel consumption measurement.
The diesel engine testing facility is being used under the NSF NIRT program.