Preliminary investigation to the feasibility of chemical heat storage for saving the exhaust gas energy in a spark ignition engine

The 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
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Conference Proceeding
Website proceedings of the 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, 2016, pp. 1 - 4
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Heat storage has become more important because it utilizes the wasted energy to improve the overall efficiency of energy systems. This study was aimed to develop a chemical heat storage system using magnesium hydroxide (Mg(OH)2) and its endothermic and exothermic reactions to recover the thermal energy of the exhaust gas in internal combustion engines. It was proposed that the reactor receives the thermal energy of exhaust gas in the dehydration of Mg(OH)2 to become MgO and H2O, and releases the stored energy in the hydration of MgO. To increase the thermal conductivity of pure Mg(OH)2 for enhancing the reactor’s performance, the working material used, EM8 block, is the mixture of Mg(OH)2 and expanded graphite at a ratio of 8:1. Experiments were conducted on a 6-cylinder spark ignition engine (Toyota Aurion 2GR-FE 3.5L) at stoichiometric air/fuel ratios to estimate the amount of energy loss in the exhaust gas. Experimental data of exhaust gas temperature and volume ratios of exhaust gas constitutions were used to calculate the energy rates of each of the exhaust gas constituents and to estimate the reactor efficiency in the dehydration process. Results of the preliminary investigation show that the proposed chemical heat storage system may be feasible to recover approximately 5.8 % of the heat loss in the exhaust gas
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