An experimental and analytical study of heat transfer in an engine exhaust port Academic Article uri icon


  • Because of the increasing need for precise information on engine processes, this study developed and experimentally verified models for the instantaneous heat transfer in an engine exhaust port. Experimental measurements were made of the instantaneous cylinder pressure and instantaneous exhaust gas temperature for a range of engine operating conditions. The pressure measurements were used to obtain the instantaneous cylinder gas state and the temperature measurements were used to validate the heat transfer models. The exhaust port heat transfer was dominated by jet induced large-scale fluid motion as opposed to wallshear generated fluid motion. An analysis based on the jet velocity through the valve opening correctly estimated the heat transfer due to this large-scale motion. Models for the instantaneous exhaust port heat transfer provided excellent agreement with measurements as a function of engine operating conditions. 1981.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer

author list (cited authors)

  • Caton, J. A., & Heywood, J. B.

citation count

  • 55

complete list of authors

  • Caton, JA||Heywood, JB

publication date

  • April 1981