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Thermal Systems Integration for Fuel Economy

Objective

The project is devoted to the development of an innovative Integrated Vehicle Thermal System based on the integration of vehicle thermal systems to improve the on board thermal management and the energy efficiency. The major project contents are:
- Dual loop air conditioning: one loop to transfer the cooling power and one loop to reject the heat
- Two-levels temperature heat rejection system: one temperature to reject the high temperature heat (e,g. engine waste heat) and one temperature to cool locally the vehicle auxiliary systems
- Innovative heat exchangers: new generation of compact fluid-to fluid heat exchangers and application of innovative technologies for fluid-to-air heat rejection
- Use of innovative coolants (e.g. Nanofluids): to improve the heat rejection and redesign the heat exchangers
TIFFE benefits can be summarised in a Cost Reduction (due to resize of the systems and their integration) and Fuel Economy increase of 15% on real use thanks to the:
- improvement of the aerodynamics due the new front end design
- increase of auxiliary systems efficiency thanks to the local cooling
- engine overall efficiency thanks to a fine control of heat exchange, local cooling (turbocharge, fuel, ...) and improvement of the engine intake
- the reduction of engine re-starts on Hybrid or Stop&Start vehicle due to cabin thermal comfort: the dual loop air conditioning with a designed thermal inertia guarantees thermal comfort when the thermal engine is off
- compact Refrigeration Unit compliant with Low GWP refrigerants – R744 or flammables (e.g. R152a, R1234yf)
Two prototypes will be realised and validated:
• a gasoline passenger car with Stop & Start function
• a diesel Light Commercial Vehicle with hybrid power train
Both will undergo to a complete series of road and climatic chamber tests and a long range road test - e.g. from Catania (I) to Cape North (N) - to verify the reliability and effectiveness of the system and to promote its exploitation.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aeronautical engineering
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 532 750
Administrative Contact
Maria Onida (Dr.)

Participants (5)

Maflow BRS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 142 450
Address
Via Boccaccio 1
20090 Trezzano Sul Naviglio Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Donato Mancinelli (Mr.)
SINTEF ENERGI AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 322 425
Address
Sem Saelandsveg 11
7465 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Armin Hafner (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 000
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
38106 Braunschweig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicholas Carsten Lemke (Dr.)
FORD-WERKE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 308 050
Address
Henry Ford Strasse 1
50735 Koln
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markus Markowitz (Dr.)
DENSO THERMAL SYSTEMS SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 514 400
Address
Frazione Masio 24
10046 Poirino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maurizio Merighi (Mr.)