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Simulation of a diesel engine for testing monitoring systems

Benson, Michael John (2008) Simulation of a diesel engine for testing monitoring systems. Internship Report, Murdoch University.



This report describes the development of a mathematical model of a mechanically controlled diesel engine for the purpose of implementing an engine simulator. The engine simulator is developed on a platform which will allow it to be interfaced to digital and analogue I/O. This will allow the development of an electrical simulator of a diesel engine, which can be used for testing alarm and instrumentation systems. Applications for which this simulator will be suited are mostly smaller stationary engines or marine engines. The simulator developed has been loosely based around a small radiator cooled naturally aspirated generating set, which was originally to be used as the experimental setup. Experimentation to determine parameters and validate the model could not be performed due to failure of the experimental setup. Due to this setback the model has been developed from literature and first principles and has been parameterised using literature values of physical constants and manual data for the engine that was to be used. Consequently no validation could be done besides comparing the steady state output values with typical values that would be observed for an engine of this type and verifying that the qualitative nature of the observed response is reasonable.

Item Type: Internship Report (Bachelor of Engineering)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
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