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Old 08-24-2014, 01:34 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Wow that's pretty slick how you put the heater core in your air cleaner.

Here is a little idea I had for reusing a diesel EGR cooler:
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I decided against wiring in a resistor in-line with my IAT sensor, only because I wanted to have a reasonably accurate IAT reading on my UltraGauge.

I have been giving a lot of thought, lately, to retrofitting an EGR system to my truck's engine, since it currently does not have one. It has a cylinder head that has the EGR hole drilled (I had to fabricate and install a block-off plate). I'd just have to get the plumbing, and probably drill a large hole in the intake manifold for the EGR pipe. After that, I'd have to program an Arduino or something to control the EGR valve.

Just remembered - the truck's IAT sensor is positioned after its intake heater. I may have to relocate its sensor, too.
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What an interesting concept! Mixing an inert gas (exhaust gases) with your fresh intake charge to increase fuel efficiency! And more is better?!! Say, why not just run your engine on argon or dry ice??!!

Why do you guys think the factory cuts off the EGR during WOT, when you need the most power out of the air-fuel charge for passing, merging, etc., ??

Why do you think racers of every kind do everything they can to PREVENT exhaust gas dilution of the fresh intake cycle, and have been doing this for maybe ninety years? Why do you think the fire department has inert gases like CO2 in their fire EXTINGUISHERS? But you are going to show us how to get more power and fuel efficiency from a gallon of gasoline by COOLING the fire in your heat-engine. Well, when you figure it out, there are a bunch of multi-million dollar NASCAR teams that will pay you very well for your discovery.

EGR is for emissions. Period. If the car makers had not been ordered to find ways to reduce photochemical smog (which they decided to do by cooling the burn), there would be no EGR systems on our engines. If the carmakers had been ordered to prioritize the increase the fuel efficiency of cars above everything else including emissions, there would be no EGR systems.

Yes, if you block off the EGR passages (or if the valve plugs with carbon), your engine very likely will run worse. This is NOT because EGR makes an engine run better, but because when EGR is added to an engine, the ignition curve and fuel system calibration are altered to work with the EGR. Basically, because the air/fuel charge is polluted with exhaust gases it burns cooler and slower, therefore the ignition has to be advanced to start the fire sooner. If you blank off the EGR (which is what other folks would do to get more fuel efficiency or power or some combination of the two) you are left with an excessively-advanced ignition, yes, the engine certainly will run worse (until you re-curve for the new conditions).
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Old Jupiter - I don't think anyone is trying to make more power, but would expect to have less power. It's just an inert gas that you make your own supply of. By adding an inert gas, you then draw in less air, and require less fuel by the same ratio of fresh air you are able to displace. From a fuel efficiency stand point, egr makes your engine act like a smaller displacement engine
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Old Jupiter,

Your assessment is entirely correct. However, there is one area extra EGR can be beneficial to overall power and economy. IF the torque output at cruise can be maintained with increased EGR and the same fuel load and the consequently greater throttle opening, the pumping losses at cruise can be reduced. This is after all one of the advantages of the diesel engine over the spark ignition engine.

Running an engine in lean burn can provide much the same effect.

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Entirely correct, except.... Who thought more egr helps power?
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But . . .

From his viewpoint, he is entirely correct. Jupiter equates greater power per unit of fuel as greater efficiency as is logical - all else being equal. EGR will not do that unless the gain comes from the aforementioned reduction in pumping losses and a possible increase of combustion speed if the EGR is kept hot. From our viewpoint, reduction of losses (the same as increasing power) per unit of fuel used was not in his discussion. His allusion to increased EGR gaining power was used in the negative as a way to drive home his point.
So... in other words, he's fixated on one aspect of fuel economy, to the detriment of all else.

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But, as far as his questioning of the use of EGR for economy boost, he is right.
And how do you propose to show how he is right? Especially as you're enamoured of much-more-questionable methods of increasing fuel economy, than to lower cruising intake vacuum by the introduction of an inert gas.

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Tvago is going to need more complete control of his fuel system as he moves forward.
If and when that happens, I'll get to it. Until then, the stock adaptive engine computer seems to be up to the task.
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What an interesting concept! Mixing an inert gas (exhaust gases) with your fresh intake charge to increase fuel efficiency! And more is better?!! Say, why not just run your engine on argon or dry ice??!!
How much fuel does a gasoline spark-ignition engine require, just to develop and maintain an intake vacuum? Why do you think that BMW and others pursue a production version of intake valve throttling?

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Why do you guys think the factory cuts off the EGR during WOT, when you need the most power out of the air-fuel charge for passing, merging, etc., ??
Because ecomodders here constantly do passing, merging, WOT runs, and other things that require full engine output. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

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Why do you think racers of every kind do everything they can to PREVENT exhaust gas dilution of the fresh intake cycle, and have been doing this for maybe ninety years?
Helpful hint: We're not racers.

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Why do you think the fire department has inert gases like CO2 in their fire EXTINGUISHERS?
Helpful hint: We're not trying to douse combustion altogether.

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But you are going to show us how to get more power and fuel efficiency from a gallon of gasoline by COOLING the fire in your heat-engine.
No. I'm trying to reduce the amount of non-propulsion work my heat engine has to do.

In the meantime, try to explain to me exactly what is accomplished by creating and maintaining an intake manifold vacuum in a gasoline spark-combustion engine. I'll be right here, waiting.

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Well, when you figure it out, there are a bunch of multi-million dollar NASCAR teams that will pay you very well for your discovery.
Go back to your buddies at DakotaRT.com, and talk about how you and your buddies smoked that Viper the other day.

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EGR is for emissions. Period. If the car makers had not been ordered to find ways to reduce photochemical smog (which they decided to do by cooling the burn), there would be no EGR systems on our engines.
Probably - then again, it's a moot point, because the car makers WERE ordered to find ways to reduce photochemical smog. It's a good thing, too, since that's some nasty stuff.

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If the carmakers had been ordered to prioritize the increase the fuel efficiency of cars above everything else including emissions, there would be no EGR systems.
You do not know that - Given 1970s technology, EGR might still have been a way to increase fuel economy.

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Yes, if you block off the EGR passages (or if the valve plugs with carbon), your engine very likely will run worse.
How is this related to having a controlled increase in EGR flow?

Helpful hint: Engines generally run a lot worse when there is an uncontrolled EGR flow.

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This is NOT because EGR makes an engine run better, but because when EGR is added to an engine, the ignition curve and fuel system calibration are altered to work with the EGR. Basically, because the air/fuel charge is polluted with exhaust gases it burns cooler and slower, therefore the ignition has to be advanced to start the fire sooner.
Ignition also has to be advanced to compensate for high intake vacuum. Why is that?

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If you blank off the EGR (which is what other folks would do to get more fuel efficiency or power or some combination of the two) you are left with an excessively-advanced ignition, yes, the engine certainly will run worse (until you re-curve for the new conditions).
Riiiiight. And all of those mass-produced engine tuners out there (you know, like Hypertech or SuperChips or Diablo) don't seek to deliberately advance ignition curves to improve engine performance. Tell ya what - you stay out of my discussion here, and I'll won't interject my uninformed opinion in any of your discussions that you start here. Fair deal?
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One more thing - this goes both to the two individuals above who obviously did not read through this thread, as well as any of their misguided defenders. If EGR modification isn't going to increase fuel economy, then how do you explain this?

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First fillup since I did the EGR sensor modification. The results are shown below:

Date/Time
Miles
EngRunTime
Gallons
AvgSpeed (MPH)
FE (MPG)
FE (L/100km)
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2013.06.05 12:41
334.4
06:06
14.011
54.8
23.9
9.9
2013.06.09 16:19
337.9
07:02
14.333
48.0
23.6
10.0
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2013.06.13 01:48
398.7
07:13
15.415
55.3
25.9
9.1
7.7
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I think that a 7.7% increase in fuel economy is not bad.

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