The Impact of Exhaust Gas Recirculation on Performance and Emissions of a Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine Conference Paper uri icon


  • This work studies the complex interactions resulting from the application and control of Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) on a production heavy-duty diesel engine system, and its effectiveness in reducing NOx emissions. The coupling between EGR, the Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) and the EGR cooler critically affects boost pressure, air/fuel ratio (A/F), combustion efficiency and pumping work. It is shown that EGR provides an effective means for reducing flame temperatures and NOx emissions, particularly under low A/F ratio conditions. However, engine thermal efficiency tends to decrease with EGR as a result of decreasing indicated work and increasing pumping work. Combustion deterioration is predominant at higher load, low speed and low boost conditions, due to a significant decrease of A/F ratio with increasing EGR. For conditions allowing the VGT to maintain high enough boost and hence A/F ratio, efficiency losses with increased EGR are largely attributed to increased pumping work. Finally, the total system heat rejection increases significantly due to EGR cooling Copyright © 2003 SAE International.

author list (cited authors)

  • Jacobs, T., Assanis, D. N., & Filipi, Z.

citation count

  • 105

publication date

  • March 2003