Engine Performance Parameters

Every one of you know how many different engine have been invented but all these engines have some very basic parameters to measure their efficiency regardless they type.

some of them i have listed here

Indicated thermal efficiency

It is the ratio of enegry in indicated power to the input fuel energy its formula is

effeciency=ip /mass of fuel per sec x calorific value of fuel

Brake Thermal Efficiency

It is the ratio between the Brake power “bp” to the input fuel energy.

bp/ mass of the fuel per sec x calorific value

Mechanical Efficiency

it is the ratio between the Break power and indicated power

as we know that indicated power is the maximum power that can be produced by engine while the break power is the power that we get actually at the wheel .

Mechanical efficiency = bp / ip

Mean Effective pressure

this is an theoretical pressure which when multiplied by the displacement gives work it is useful in comparing the performances of different engines.

Volumetric efficiency

it is the ratio between the amount of air-fuel mixture that actually enters the cylinder and the amount of that could enter the cylinder under ideal standard atmospheric conditions.

Relative efficiency or efficiency ratio

It is the ratio of thermal efficiency of an actual cycle to that of the ideal cycle.

Specific power out put

it is defined as the power per unit piston area and is the measure of the engine designer’s size in using available piston area regardless of the cylinder size.

Specific fuel consumption

it is the kg of fuels per unit of power produce in kilowatt houre

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