Using CFD in engine design
In this thesis the author presents two areas of work; exploring the integration of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) into engine design for Jaguar Cars Ltd and developing a novel 'mesh construction' method for making mesh generation both easy and fast. It is concluded that Jaguar can use CFD in the evaluation stage of the engine design process, although not in the concept stage of design. The CFD predictions are shown to be useful for detecting flow related faults and determining the general flow trends, but they should not be used as an absolute measure of the flow variables. The author has determined an efficient method for obtaining good quality meshes using commercial modelling and mesh generation software which requires a skilled CFD analyst. Steady flow analysis of an engine port and cylinder design could currently be completed in about six weeks using a high-powered workstation. The author recommends dedicated workstations for CFD analysis and training Jaguar's draughtsmen to create CAD models with computer analysis requirements in mind. The author's mesh construction program automatically joins two overlapping meshes or cuts one mesh from another. Whilst the program works well on the test cases considered, it is not at a stage for commercial exploitation. Further development is therefore recommended.