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VIPER 2

Re-examining the use of thermal energy in engine management

Overview

VIPER 2 builds on the success of the VIPER project. Using conventional concepts of engine management in thermal energy, the engine will be re-examined using state-of-the-art simulation tools and a novel test engine which will allow the heat available to be directed to the most import components such as the cylinder liner walls.

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Some of the heat that will inevitably escape down the exhaust will be converted into electricity using a thermoelectric generator. In the longer term, if all the project targets are met, it is believed that a 5% improvement in fuel economy is possible through the conversion and management of heat energy. The challenge is to achieve a dramatic cost reduction of the TEG components along with an improvement in function while increasing technology readiness level (TRL) from 2-3 and manufacturing readiness level (MRL) 3 to 6-7 and 5 respectively. This research programme, scheduled to start in early 2014, is enabled by a £2 million grant from the UK government’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB), and builds on an earlier programme which was also co-funded by the TSB.


Project end date

May 2017


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