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Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine Cooling Systems. Tom McKinley Cummins, Inc. Objectives. Provide background information useful to tomorrow’s lab project (Evaluation of a Water Cooled Exhaust Manifold). Topics covered: Typical heavy-duty (HD) diesel engine designs

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Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine Cooling Systems

Tom McKinley

Cummins, Inc.

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  • Provide background information useful to tomorrow’s lab project (Evaluation of a Water Cooled Exhaust Manifold). Topics covered:

    • Typical heavy-duty (HD) diesel engine designs

    • Common HD automotive diesel applications

    • Introduction to engine cooling systems

      • Arrangement

      • Development Tools

      • Design Constraints

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Typical HD Diesel Engine Design

  • 10 to 15 liters displacement

  • Inline-six

  • Turbocharged

  • Air-to-Air Aftercooling

  • 300-600 hp at 1600-2100 rpm

  • 1250-2000 lb-ft Max Torque at 1200 rpm

  • Dry weight 2000-2800 lb

  • Reliability/Durability

    • 250,000 mile/2 year base warranty

    • 500,000 mile/5 year extended warranty

    • 1,000,000 mile life expectation

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Typical HD Diesel Engine Application

  • 80,0000 lb GVW

  • 100,000 to 150,000 miles per year

  • 6 MPG

  • Operating range from sea level to >8,000 ft altitude

  • Ambient temperatures from below zero to 115 deg F

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Typical HD Diesel Engine Duty Cycle

  • Average load of 180-200 hp

  • Most of fuel used at “cruise” rpm of 1400-1700 rpm

  • Varying load at cruise due to operation of cruise control

  • Varying engine speed due to road speed changes in traffic or urban operation

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Thermo-Fluid Systems on HD Diesel Engines

  • Cooling System

  • Air Handling System

  • Lube System

  • Fuel System

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Engine Cooling System Layout








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Functions of the Cooling System

  • To prevent excessively high and low engine component temperatures

  • To provide a heat sink for the lube system

  • To reject engine heat to the ambient

  • To provide a heat source for the truck cab

  • To provide a coolant source for other OEM equipment (e.g. torque converter coolers, fuel heaters)

The optimal cooling system meets system requirements while

minimizing life cycle cost (initial cost, warranty/reliability,

operating/fuel cost). Tomorrow’s lab will give you the opportunity

to evaluate designs from a life cycle cost perspective.

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Water Pump

Oil Cooler



Water Manifold/Water Header




Charge Air Cooler

Freon Condenser

Radiator Fan

Fan Drive (Drive Ratio, Fan Clutch)

Fan Shroud

Air Dams

Cab Heater

Auxiliary Coolers

Design Control Responsibilities

Engine Manufacturer

Truck Manufacturer

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Cooling System Development Techniques

  • Water Pump Performance Testing

  • Engine Flow Stand

  • Flow Bench

  • Flow Circuit Simulation

  • CFD Analysis

  • FE Analysis

  • Thermal Mapping Test

  • Oil Cooler Performance Testing

  • Chassis Dyno

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Water Pump Performance Test

  • Used to determine:

    • Pump capacity (flow rate) as a function of pressure rise and pump speed

    • Pump efficiency and parasitic power

    • NPSH and cavitation temperature

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Water Pump Cavitation

  • What is It?

    • The formation of vapor at the pump inlet due to local pressures dropping below the saturation pressure.

  • When does it Occur?

    • High coolant temperatures (high saturation pressure)

    • High coolant flow rate (low local static pressure)

  • Why is it Important?

    • Leads to a reduction of pump flow rate, therefore lower radiator effectiveness, therefore higher coolant temps, therefore more cavitation (runaway coolant temperatures)

    • Leads to an increase in water pump seal temperature (fails the seal)

    • Theoretically can lead to erosion of the impeller but generally the failure modes listed above occur first.

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Engine Flow Stand

  • Used to determine:

    • Radiator flow rate vs radiator restriction

    • Coolant pressure distribution within engine

    • Coolant flow rate through external components

  • Allows estimation of coolant flow distribution within engine using flow circuit modeling

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Engine Restriction Curve Overlayon Pump Map

  • DP is proportional to the square of the flow rate (energy equation -> DP is proportional to V squared)

  • Pump head rise is proportional to the square of the pump speed

  • Flow rate is linear with engine speed

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Flow Bench

  • Used to determine:

    • Component coolant flow vs pressure drop relationship (“hydraulic resistance”)

    • On-engine component coolant flow rates and parasitic power using flow circuit simulation or flow stand testing

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Hydraulic Resistance:Analogy to Electrical Circuits

“Geometric” Elements

“Resistive” Elements

Both equations are of the form:

Note that voltage (v) is analogous to pressure drop,

and current (i) is analogous to volumetric flow rate.

Hydraulic resistance is a function of the flow rate. Because of

this non-linearity, iteration is needed to obtain hydraulic circuit


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Flow Circuit Simulation

  • Based on the analogy of hydraulic and electrical circuits

  • Used to determine:

    • Cooling system parasitic power by component and for the entire system

    • Coolant flow distribution within the engine

    • Approximate coolant velocity

  • Assists the design effort by allowing the design to be iterated quickly before hardware is procured.

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CFD Analysis

  • Used to determine

    • Coolant pressure drop for use in flow circuit modeling

    • Velocity distribution

    • Coolant side boundary conditions (temperature and heat transfer coefficient) for thermal FE analysis

  • Model predictions are validated by thermal mapping, flow bench testing, and flow visualization.

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FE Analysis

  • Used to determine

    • Component temperatures

    • Component stresses

    • Fatigue life

  • Model calibrated to thermal mapping engine measurements

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Thermal Mapping Test

  • Used to calibrate thermal FE models

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Oil Cooler Performance Test

  • Used to determine:

    • Oil cooler heat transfer rate as a function of oil flow, coolant flow, and fluid temperatures

    • Oil cooler coolant and oil side restriction

    • On-engine oil cooler coolant flow rates and parasitic power using flow circuit simulation or on-engine testing

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Truck Cooling Package Layout

Note: Tomorrow’s lab includes optimization of a truck cooling package

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Chassis Dyno Facility

  • Used to determine coolant temperatures and engine heat rejection under simulated hot ambient conditions

  • Capable of handling the largest HD trucks and engines

  • 5 foot by 7 foot air tunnel can provide up to 35 MPH ram air into radiator

  • Mixing ambient air with recirculated air allows the air temperature into the radiator to be varied to limiting ambient conditions (100-115 deg F)

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Vertical Exhaust Louver




Cover Grates

Diffuser exit

External Vertical


Internal Horizontal


Dyno Rollers


Air Flow

Chassis Dyno Schematic

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  • Cooling system design requires the optimization of components and the system as whole to meet competing objectives of:

    • Initial Cost

    • Warranty/reliability

    • Operating/fuel cost

  • Cooling system components are under the design control of both the engine and truck manufacturer. Cooperation is needed to deliver the best product to the end user.