TecQuipment Engine Cycle Analyser – ECA100

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Description

A versatile engine cycle analyzer to allow investigations into the relationship between crank angle or volume and the cylinder pressure in an internal combustion engine.

Ideal for student experiments, laboratory demonstrations or project work, TecQuipment’s Engine Cycle Analyzer enables students to investigate a variety of engine performance characteristics.

The versatile equipment consists of both hardware and software specially designed for educational use. It enables students to investigate the relationship between crank angle or volume and the cylinder pressure in an internal combustion engine. The equipment is primarily for use with TecQuipment engine test sets and engines (TD200 and TD300 series) but it can also be used with other engines fitted with compatible cylinder head transducers and crank angle encoders.

The equipment consists of a hardware unit with connectors and leads, plus data acquisition and analysis software. The hardware consists of a microprocessor-based signal conditioning unit with high-speed PC interface, housed in a rugged, protective enclosure. It accepts and conditions signals from the Cylinder Head Pressure Transducer (ECA101) and Crank Angle Encoder (ECA102), available separately. The cylinder pressure input includes a precision charge amplifier with a digital thumb-wheel for calibration. As well as crank angle position, the signal from the Crank Angle Encoder is also used to determine engine speed.

Key features:

  • Significantly enhances practical investigations, demonstrations and studies of internal combustion engines
  • For use with TecQuipment’s Small Engine Test Set (TD200) and Regenerative Engine Test Set (TD300) and engines
  • Can also be used with other engines fitted with suitable cylinder head transducers and crank angle encoders
  • Includes powerful Windows®-based software specially designed for educational use
  • Automatic calculation and real-time display of p-q plots and p-V plots and other important parameters
  • Useful snap-shot, replay and animation functions
  • Accurate, clear animations of crank, piston, inlet and exhaust valve positions help students visualize the engine cycle
  • Students can export data for further analysis

Learning outcomes

When used with suitable test engines, the analyzer allows investigations into a variety of internal combustion engine characteristics, including:

  • The thermodynamic cycle of an internal combustion engine
  • Calculation of indicated mean effective pressure and indicated power
  • Comparison of indicated mean effective pressure and brake mean effective pressure
  • Mechanical efficiency of the test engine
  • Further work using exported data such as combustion analysis

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