Experimental investigation of abrasive flow machining effects on injector nozzle geometries, engine performance, and emissions in a di diesel engine Academic Article uri icon


  • The effects of the Abrasive Flow Machining (AFM) process on a direct injection (DI) Diesel engine fuel injector nozzle are studied. Geometry characterization techniques were developed to measure the microscopic variations inside the nozzle before and after the process. This paper also provides empirically-based correlations of the nozzle geometry changes due to the AFM process. The resulting impact of the process on the engine performance and emissions are also assessed with a DI Diesel engine test setup. This study shows that properly AFM-processed injectors can enhance engine performance and improve emissions due to the improved quality of the nozzle characteristics. However, an extended process can also cause enlargement of the nozzle hole as a side effect, which can adversely affect emissions. Emission measurements show the trade-off for the minimum levels as the process proceeds. Since the enlargement of the hole during the AFM process is not avoidable and must be minimized, strict control over the process is required. This control can be enforced by either limiting the AFM processing period, or by properly preparing the initial hole diameter so as to accommodate the inevitable changes in the nozzle geometry.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Automotive Technology

author list (cited authors)

  • Jung, D., Wang, W. L., Knafl, A., Jacobs, T. J., Hu, S. J., & Assanis, D. N.

citation count

  • 43

complete list of authors

  • Jung, D||Wang, WL||Knafl, A||Jacobs, TJ||Hu, SJ||Assanis, DN

publication date

  • January 2008