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Proposal of an Alternative UAV Engine Organic Coolants

Version 1 : Received: 2 June 2018 / Approved: 5 June 2018 / Online: 5 June 2018 (06:08:12 CEST)

How to cite: Davidy, A. Proposal of an Alternative UAV Engine Organic Coolants. Preprints 2018, 2018060048. Davidy, A. Proposal of an Alternative UAV Engine Organic Coolants. Preprints 2018, 2018060048.


The demands for high power and low emissions put focus on energy efficiency when developing new engines. An important part is the UAV engine cooling system, which cools the engine structure below damaging temperatures. For high temperatures in the cooling system there is a risk that boiling occurs and while the initial nucleate boiling enhances the cooling effect, the subsequent Film boiling decreases the heat transfer drastically. It is important to understand the benefits and limitations of various fluids when designing a two-phase cooling system. This paper proposes an alternative organic coolant. Its normal application range is 15°C to 400°C, and its pressure range is from atmospheric to 10.6 bar. DOWTHERM A fluid possesses unsurpassed thermal stability at temperatures of 400°C. This fluid, in both the liquid and vapor form, is noncorrosive toward common metals and alloys. Even at the high temperatures involved, the equipment usually exhibits excellent service life. Original equipment in many systems is still being used after 30 years of continuous service. The numerical results, described in this paper, show the potential of DOWTHERM A as a good alternative for cooling a UAV engine. It will extend the working temperature range of the Diesel engine and will maintain the structural integrity of the piston, cylinder and the piston rings.


UAV; diesel engine; piston; two phase flow; fatigue cracking; heat transfer analysis; structural analysis; water; boiling point; two-phase flow; organic coolant; DOWTHERM A organic fluid


Engineering, Automotive Engineering

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