C15 and C18 – Single Turbocharger System

Inlet air is pulled through the air cleaner. The inlet air is then compressed and heated by the compressor wheel of turbocharger to about 150 °C (300 °F). The inlet air is then pushed through air-to-air aftercooler core and the inlet air is moved to the air inlet elbow. The temperature of the inlet air at air inlet elbow is about 43 °C (110 °F). Cooling of the inlet air increases the combustion efficiency. Increased combustion efficiency helps to lower fuel consumption. Also, increased combustion efficiency helps to increase horsepower output.

Aftercooler core is a separate cooler core. The aftercooler core is installed in front of the core of the engine radiator. Air that is ambient temperature is moved across the aftercooler core by the engine fan. This action cools the turbocharged inlet air.

From aftercooler core, the air is forced into the cylinder head in order to fill the inlet ports. Air flow from the inlet port into the cylinder is controlled by the inlet valves.

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Air inlet and exhaust system

(12) NRS cooler

(13) Exhaust manifold

(14) Aftercooler

(15) Exhaust outlet from turbocharger

(16) Turbine side of turbocharger

(17) Compressor side of turbocharger

(18) Air inlet

(19) Inlet valve

(20) Exhaust valve

Exhaust gases from the exhaust manifold enter the turbine side of turbocharger in order to turn the turbine wheel. The turbine wheel is connected to a shaft which drives the compressor wheel. Exhaust gases from the turbocharger pass through the exhaust outlet pipe, the muffler, and the exhaust stack.

There are two inlet valves and two exhaust valves for each cylinder. Inlet valves open when the piston moves down on the inlet stroke. When the inlet valves open, cooled compressed air from the inlet port is pulled into the cylinder. The inlet valves close and the piston begins to move up on the compression stroke. The air in the cylinder is compressed. When the piston is near the top of the compression stroke, fuel is injected into the cylinder. The fuel mixes with the air and combustion starts. During the power stroke, the combustion force pushes the piston downward. After the power stroke is complete, the piston moves upward. This upward movement is the exhaust stroke. During the exhaust stroke, the exhaust valves open, and the exhaust gases are pushed through the exhaust port into the exhaust manifold. After the piston completes the exhaust stroke, the exhaust valves close and the cycle starts again. The complete cycle consists of four stages:

Inlet stroke
Compression stroke
Power stroke
Exhaust stroke

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