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Rankine cycle waste heat recovery system

United States Patent

September 22, 2015
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A waste heat recovery (WHR) system connects a working fluid to fluid passages formed in an engine block and/or a cylinder head of an internal combustion engine, forming an engine heat exchanger. The fluid passages are formed near high temperature areas of the engine, subjecting the working fluid to sufficient heat energy to vaporize the working fluid while the working fluid advantageously cools the engine block and/or cylinder head, improving fuel efficiency. The location of the engine heat exchanger downstream from an EGR boiler and upstream from an exhaust heat exchanger provides an optimal position of the engine heat exchanger with respect to the thermodynamic cycle of the WHR system, giving priority to cooling of EGR gas. The configuration of valves in the WHR system provides the ability to select a plurality of parallel flow paths for optimal operation.
Ernst; Timothy C. (Columbus, IN), Nelson; Christopher R. (Columbus, IN)
CUMMINS INC. (Columbus, IN)
13/ 679,885
November 16, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under "Recovery ACT--System Level Demonstration of Highly Efficient and Clean, Diesel Powered Class 8 Trucks (Supertruck)," Program Award Number DE-EE0003403 awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE). The government has certain rights in the invention.