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Investigations of the temperature distribution in the exhaust system of an aero-piston engine

Ultralight aviation is based on piston engines requiring both performance and reliability. An important aspect is also the requirements for the installation of such an engine on an airframe, especially its heat emission. This is firstly because of the need to ensure proper engine cooling and secondly because composite elements of the airframe skin are not exposed to excessive overheating. For this purpose, bench tests of the temperature distribution of the exhaust system of ROTAX 912 engine were carried out. Measurements were taken at 6 points of the exhaust system, where the temperature of the exhaust gases and exhaust pipes were measured. The tests covered a wide range of engine operation. The paper presents the temperature distribution at selected points in relation to the engine speed and load.
Topic: Engine thermal loading and utilization of heat released
Author: Jacek Czarnigowski
Co-authors: Krzysztof Skiba Kamil Dubeński