Engine Coolant Properties
Application ID: 55631
The engine block of a car includes a cooling jacket to remove excess heat from combustion. The cooling jacket consists of open spaces in the cylinder block and the cylinder head. When the engine is running, a coolant fluid is pumped through the jacket to keep the engine from overheating. Optimizing the heat removal is important to minimize coolant boiling, prevent engine failure, and, more recently, improve overall efficiency through waste heat recovery. This example demonstrates how the Thermodynamics feature can be used to evaluate the performance of different engine coolants.
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- COMSOL Multiphysics® and
- either the CFD Module, or Heat Transfer Module and
- Chemical Reaction Engineering Module
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