# Feasibility Study of a Scroll Expander for Recycling Low-Pressure Exhaust Gas Energy from a Vehicle Gasoline Engine System

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## Abstract

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_{x}emissions have always been on the top agenda of the automotive industry. The paper presents a feasibility study of recovering the low-pressure exhaust gas energy via by-pass connection of a scroll expander to the engine system exhaust. The paper starts with the description of the proposed new exhaust energy recycling scheme and the mathematical modelling of the system. A feasibility study is carried out to investigate whether this new scheme can work with the engine operation conditions specified by the engine test data. The initial study indicated that the scroll expander structure needs to be modified; otherwise, it cannot be used for exhaust energy recovery. The experimental test and simulation results presented in this paper indicate that it is feasible to recover the low-pressure exhaust gas energy using a scroll expander with a modified structure. The proposed energy recovery system has the potential to produce over 400 W power output with over 90% of engine exhaust flow recycling.

## 1. Introduction

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_{x}emissions) are heavily produced during the operation of these vehicles. Therefore, energy savings from the engine system is one of the core strategies to both economize on fossil fuels and achieve CO

_{2}and NO

_{x}emission reductions.

_{x}emissions and potentially improve the trade-off relationship between the emissions and fuel consumption [14,15]. For example, studies on EGR and its effect on the trade-off relationship in natural gas spark-ignition (SI) engines can be found in [16,17]. It should be noted that the vehicle exhaust can also be used to generate electricity. For implementing such an application, a device with high energy conversion ability and good stability while working at low pressures will be required, because the engine exhaust is normally at a low pressure.

## 2. Mathematical Modelling of the Engine Exhaust Recycling System

#### 2.1. Description of the Proposed Engine Exhaust Recycling System

^{5}Pa before entering the cylinders. After the combustion process happens in the cylinders, the exhaust goes through HP and LP turbines and discharges from the outlet of the engine system. Then, via the designed exhaust energy recovery system a part of exhaust flows into the down-stream scroll expander through a controlled valve and a filter. The scroll expander converts the exhaust energy into crank kinetic energy which is finally transformed into electrical energy by a generator equipped with a gear transmission.

#### 2.2. Mathematical Modelling of the Engine Exhaust Recycling System

_{tol}is the total control volume inside the scroll expander shell; P is air pressure; T is the air temperature; the initial point of the moving scroll is defined at the position (x

_{0},y

_{0}); n

_{s}is the number of scroll wraps; ρ

_{0}is the initial radius of the curvature of the moving scroll curve; [X

_{air}] represents the molar volumetric concentration of air; R is the ideal gas constant; M

_{air}is the molar mass of air; $\overline{h}$ is the specific enthalpy of the air on a molar basis; C

_{p,air}(T) refers to the specific heat of air at the temperature T; h stands for the air enthalpy; ω

_{s}is the scroll expander rotor angular speed; τ

_{scroll}is the shaft torque of the scroll expander; k refers to the slope of the curvature radius; $\widehat{P}$ is pressure difference between the adjacent chambers of the scroll expander; r

_{s}is the radius of the orbit relevant to the moving scroll motion (for details, refer to [20]); α

_{s}stands for the current orbit angle of the moving scroll; z is the height of the two scrolls; K

_{fs}is defined as the coefficient of the scroll viscous friction; K

_{S–C}S(ω

_{s}) stands for the combination effect on torque from the static and Coulomb frictions, and the detailed explanation of the scroll expander frictions was described in [20,23,27]; ${\dot{m}}_{\text{in}},{\dot{m}}_{\text{out}}$ are the inlet and outlet mass flow rates which can be calculated by the orifice theory ([7,20]):

_{ori}is the effective open area of the orifice; C

_{d}is the discharge coefficient whose range is normally from 0.6 to 1.0; ${C}_{\mathrm{k}}={\left[\frac{2}{\mathsf{\gamma}-1}{\left(\frac{\mathsf{\gamma}+1}{2}\right)}^{\frac{\mathsf{\gamma}+1}{\mathsf{\gamma}-1}}\right]}^{\frac{1}{2}}$; ${c}_{\mathrm{r}}={\left(\frac{{P}_{\mathrm{d}}}{{P}_{\mathrm{u}}}\right)}_{{c}_{\mathrm{r}}}={\left(\frac{2}{\mathsf{\gamma}+1}\right)}^{\frac{\mathsf{\gamma}}{\mathsf{\gamma}-1}}$; ${C}_{0}={\left[\frac{\mathsf{\gamma}{M}_{\text{air}}}{R}{\left(\frac{2}{\mathsf{\gamma}+1}\right)}^{\frac{\mathsf{\gamma}+1}{\mathsf{\gamma}-1}}\right]}^{\frac{1}{2}}$; for air, $\mathsf{\gamma}=1.4$, ${c}_{\mathrm{r}}=0.528$, ${C}_{\mathrm{k}}=3.864$, ${C}_{0}=0.0404$; $\mathsf{\gamma}$ is the ratio of specific heats.

#### 2.3. Mathematical Modelling for Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generators

_{g}refers to the PMSG rotor speed; K

_{S–C2}S(ω

_{g}) stands for the combination of effect on torque from the static and Coulomb frictions of the PMSG and the gear; K

_{fgen}and K

_{fgear}are the coefficients of the viscous frictions to the PMSG and the gear; ξ is the gear transmission ratio; J

_{total}represents the inertia of the whole energy recycling system; τ

_{e}is the PMSG electromagnetic torque; θ

_{g}is the PMSG rotor angular position; L

_{q}, L

_{d}stand for the resulting q and d axis inductances, respectively; R

_{g}is the resistance of the stator windings; p

_{g}is the number of pole pairs of the PMSG; λ is the amplitude of flux; i and v refer to the current and voltage in the different axes. To the designed system, a pure resistance circuit is connected to the PMSG electrical output with a balanced star connection. Thus, Park’s transformation can be described as ([28,29]):

## 3. Results and Discussion

#### 3.1. Recovering Exhaust Energy Using an Unmodified Scroll Expander

- (1)
- After a post-combustion gas filter (or other similar function devices) operation, the exhaust gas from the engine system can flow into the scroll expander without any possible damage to the scroll mechanism (Figure 1)
- (2)
- The effect of gas leakage between scroll chambers is not taken into consideration;
- (3)
- In practice, after the exhaust energy recycling system connecting to the discharge port, the original engine system working conditions may be affected because the down-stream gas pressure of the scroll expander could possibly propagate back to the up-stream. In our analysis, this is not considered at the moment. The engine system exhaust is treated as a “stable gas supply with low pressure (1.30 × 10
^{5}Pa) and high temperature (947.50 K)” to the scroll expander. - (4)
- It is assumed that the sufficient combustion process happens in the gasoline engine cylinders and all the reactants convert to the products via the combustion. Then the corresponding chemical reaction can be described as ([30,31]): 2C
_{8}H_{18}+ 25O_{2}→ 16CO_{2}+ 18H_{2}O. Therefore, the properties of the post-combustion mixture will be considered and used in the relevant simulation study.

_{k}, C

_{0}, c

_{r}) to the scroll expander mathematical model need to be re-calculated (Equation (11)), and the mathematical descriptions of the temperature and pressure variations in the different scroll expander chambers need to be re-considered:

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_{2}O); the subscript chamber stands for the scroll expander center, the side and the exhaust chambers, ${\dot{m}}_{\text{in}}=0$ for the side and exhaust chambers, and ${\dot{m}}_{\text{out}}=0$ for the center and side chambers; M

_{mix}is the average molecular mass of the post-combustion mixture, M

_{mix}= 30.25 g/mol.

^{5}Pa to 1.7× 10

^{5}Pa and 600 K to 1200 K, respectively. The average values of gas pressures and temperatures shown in Figure 3, i.e., 1.30 × 10

^{5}Pa and 947.50 K, are chosen as the pressure and temperature references of the supply working conditions of energy recycling system for the simulation study. Secondly, the input mass flow rates of the scroll expander are simulated via the developed exhaust recycling system model. Then the quantitative analysis of the simulated results against the measurement data of the mass flow rates at the discharge port of the engine system is studied, which indicates that how much exhaust flow can be recycled. From Figure 3, the average value of the measured mass flow rate at the engine system discharging port is obtained, i.e., 5.73 × 10

^{−2}kg/s, which is used as the flow reference in the following feasibility study. In addition, it should be mentioned that, because the pressure reference (1.30 × 10

^{5}Pa) is quite close to the atmosphere, the over-expansion of the scroll expander using the reference as a supply pressure can happen in some situations. This has a negative effect on the expander’s operation, i.e., the back-flow via the outlet of the expander and then the reduction of the expander generated torque, and thus this phenomenon will be studied in Section 3.2.

^{−2}kg/s). Figure 4 shows a schematic diagram of the test rig setup. A scroll expander (modified from a Sanden TRS09 scroll compressor) and a PMSG (GL-PMG 1000, Ginlong Technologies, Ningbo, China) are employed to assemble the test rig. A pressure regulator is used to set the input supply pressures for the scroll expander operation. A resistance circuit is connected to the PMSG output. In the test, compressed air at ambient temperature (293 K) rather than post-combustion gas is used as the input working medium, due to the limitations of the laboratory. The working conditions for the four group tests and the test results are given in Table 1. The electrical generator load was set at 22 ohm in each phase. From the test, it is found that the supply pressure is one of the main factors that determines the mass flow rate of the scroll expander and the power output while the generator load resistor remains constant. From Table 1, the lower supply pressure results in the lower mass flow rate and in turn the lower expander power output while the supply temperature is kept unchanged. From Table 1, when the supply air pressure of the scroll expander reduces from 3.75 × 10

^{5}Pa to 2.50 × 10

^{5}Pa, the measured mass flow rate is reduced from 7.65 × 10

^{−3}kg/s to 3.15× 10

^{−3}kg/s, which is around from 13.4% to 5.5% of the flow reference value (5.73 × 10

^{−2}kg/s). It is noticed that the scroll expander cannot start rotating properly when the supply pressure is at the pressure reference (1.3 × 10

^{−5}Pa). Also, in the four groups of experiments (Table 1), after the air temperature at the scroll expander outlet reaches the steady state, the air temperature at the outlet can drop up to maximum 31 K compared to the inlet temperature.

^{5}Pa, 2.75 × 10

^{5}Pa, 3.00 × 10

^{5}Pa and 3.25 × 10

^{5}Pa) and then gradually changing the scroll expander shaft rotation speeds. Figure 5 shows the experimental test results of the shaft torques and the rotation speeds of the scroll expander at different supply pressure conditions. From Figure 5, considering compressed air as working medium, the mechanical characteristics of the unmodified scroll expander can be studied.

^{5}Pa using compressed air as working medium (as in the experimental tests), the mass flow rate will drop more than 5.0 × 10

^{−4}kg/s from 3.15 × 10

^{−3}kg/s. Also, as described in the experimental tests, the scroll expander cannot start rotating properly at the pressure reference (1.3 × 10

^{5}Pa). Thus, it is not suitable to use the scroll expander with the original structure for exhaust recycling work. Therefore, modifications of the mechanical structure and dimensions of the scroll expander should be considered to achieve relatively high exhaust energy recovery rates.

#### 3.2. Evaluation on Recovering Exhaust Energy with Structure Modified Scrolls

^{−2}kg/s) as much as possible, which will lead to more exhaust energy being recovered. The post-combustion mixture is used as working medium for the simulation study in this section and thus the properties of the mixture described in Section 3 is adopted.

#### 3.2.1. Case I—Increasing the Scroll Expander Intake Port

^{−4}m

^{2}(Table 2) and the minimum value of the center chamber cross-section area is about 4.54 × 10

^{−4}m

^{2}(Figure 6). Thus, the scroll expander intake can be modified to roughly maximum three times the original open area. The descriptions of parameter settings and working conditions for the six simulation groups (the 1st–6th groups) are shown in Table 3 and the electrical generator load always sets 120 ohm on each phase, which are prepared for implementing the analysis of exhaust recycling potentials to this case study.

^{−3}kg/s, i.e., only 3.5% of the flow reference. After the post-combustion gas expansion in the side chambers, at the steady state the initial pressure in each cycle of the exhaust chamber (1.11 × 10

^{5}Pa, Figure 7) is slightly higher than atmospheric; and its temperature drops with the expansion process in the side chambers. From the simulated results, it is seen that the trend for this case study is similar to that in Section 3, that is, at the same supply temperatures and the same electrical loads, the higher supply pressure leads to a higher scroll rotor speed and more scroll intake mass flow rate. It is reasonable to compare the simulation results between the 1st and the 4th groups, the 2nd and the 5th groups, respectively, because the expander is operated at the same working conditions; from the comparisons, it is found that increasing the size of the expander intake and the mass flow improvement does not have a linear relationship—the mass flow rate only has a slight difference compared to the previous situations: the mass flow rate increases 3.21% in the 4th group compared to the result from 1st groups and 3.88% in the 5th group compared to the result from the 2nd group. From the simulation study, in the 3rd and 6th group the scroll expander cannot start rotation properly due to the low air supply pressure (1.3 × 10

^{5}Pa). In addition, overexpansion can happen when the supply pressures are 1.5 × 10

^{5}Pa. Thus, the exhaust of the scroll expander could flow backwards via the outlet of the scroll expander at such condition, and this definitely has a negative effect of the recycling work [20,32]. From the above, if expanding the intake port of the scroll expander only, the modified scroll expander is still not suitable for the engine exhaust energy recycling work and the further modification of the scroll expander needs to be considered.

#### 3.2.2. Case II—Enlarging Volume of the Scroll Expander Center Chamber

- (1)
- the first circle wrap of the original fixed and moving scrolls is removed to increase the volume of the center chamber of the scroll expander (Figure 8);
- (2)
- increasing the inlet port size further to get more exhaust gas flow into the engine exhaust recycling system (in this case, the open area of the intake port is twelve times the original intake and the reason for this is that the minimum value of the newly formed center chamber cross-section area needs to be considered, which is similar to the descriptions in the first paragraph of Section 3.2.1.)
- (3)
- extending one new circle scroll wrap from both the fixed and moving scroll ending points in order to maintain the original number of scroll wraps for these two scrolls.

^{5}Pa) is higher than that in Figure 7 (1.11× 10

^{5}Pa). With the further simulation studies, it is found that overexpansion does not happen at the supply pressures of 1.7 × 10

^{5}Pa and 1.5 × 10

^{5}Pa but happens at the supply pressure of 1.3 × 10

^{5}Pa. From Figure 9, the average scroll intake mass flow rate increases up to 4.05 × 10

^{−3}kg/s, which is higher than the simulation result of the 1

^{st}group (1.99 × 10

^{−3}kg/s). Therefore, after the modifications described in Case II, the geometrical structure changes of the scroll expander lead to an increase in mass flow rate. Thus, the structure modified scroll expander is more suitable to operate under low supply pressure conditions, e.g., 1.5 × 10

^{5}Pa.

^{−3}kg/s; the scroll expander shaft power has a peak value of 164.5 W; after the scroll expander transient process, the scroll expander power output can be maintained around 162 W. Thus, if the working conditions are set as in the 7th group (Table 4), a maximum 11.7% of the engine exhaust flow (the flow reference is 5.73 × 10

^{−2}kg/s) will enter the energy recycling system. From the above analysis, by enlarging the inlet port and the center chamber, the modifications suggested in Case II will allow scroll expander intake flow and exhaust recovery rate improvements within a certain range.

#### 3.2.3. Case III—Modifying Scroll Geometry Parameters

^{5}Pa) and the overexpansion issue exists under such conditions. It is believed that there is a considerable range for further improvement of the exhaust recycle ratio by overcoming the overexpansion issue via modification of the scroll expander mechanical structure and geometrical parameters. Thus further modifications have been made by the below steps:

- (1)
- keeping the modifications of the scroll expander from the steps of Case II;
- (2)
- increasing the parameter of the moving scroll orbit radius to three times the original value of this parameter;
- (3)
- according to the nature of the scroll geometry, the slope of the curvature radius (k) to the moving and the fixed scrolls need to be recalculated, i.e., k = (α
_{s}+ δ_{s})/π, where δ_{s}is the thickness of the two scrolls (refer to [25]); - (4)
- adjusting the lengths of the two scroll wraps via the simulation study, to avoid the over-expansion problem.

^{−2}kg/s and the scroll expander shaft power output can reach 423.0 W. However, from Figure 11, with the supply pressure of 1.3 × 10

^{5}Pa, it is seen that a slight overexpansion happens in the scroll side chamber. The scroll expander exhaust could flow backwards via the expander outlet and thus the generated workable torque from the expander can be reduced. Therefore, the lengths of the two scroll wraps need to be modified to shorten the scroll wrap from the ending point of each scroll. From the side chamber pressure shown in Figure 11, the moment when the side chamber pressure equals to the atmospheric pressure indicates the over-expansion start so the corresponding orbit angle marked with the red dotted line in Figure 11 gives the critical point to determine the scroll wrap length for the “perfect” expansion. In each cycle the crescent side chambers of the original expander exist from 0 to 1.1 π of the orbit angle (Figure 11) and now this is reduced by shortening the scroll wrap. The side chamber volume, pressure and temperature need to be recalculated based on the modelling equations described in Section 2.2 and Section 3.

^{−2}kg/s and the expander shaft power output is 443.5 W. Therefore, from the comparison of the simulation results in Figure 9 and Figure 11, it is seen that, under the same working conditions with the proper adjustment of the length of scroll wraps, both the scroll expander intake mass flow rate and the useful expander shaft power output can be improved.

^{5}Pa and supply temperature 947.5 K), the average steady mass flow rate to the expander intake can reach 5.38 × 10

^{−2}kg/s, or about 93.9% of the flow reference (5.73 × 10

^{−2}kg/s), which is a remarkable increase compared with the corresponding simulation results in Case I and II. Thus from the study of Case III, the gasoline engine exhaust energy recovery ratio can be dramatically raised. In Figure 13, the peak value of the scroll expander shaft power output is 461.5 W with a steady state output of around 425 W. In practice, the results may be affected by the weight, friction and inertia changes associated with the scroll modifications.

## 4. Conclusions

^{5}Pa and 947.50 K, the original scroll expander cannot operate properly and the structurally improved scroll expander which is modified by the proposed Case III has the potential to produce over 400 W power output with over 90% of engine exhaust flow recycling.

## Acknowledgments

## Author Contributions

## Conflicts of Interest

## Nomenclature

${A}_{\text{ori}}$ | Effective open area of the orifice (m^{2}) |

${C}_{0}$ | ${C}_{0}={\left[\left(\mathsf{\gamma}{M}_{\text{air}}/R\right){\left(2/(\mathsf{\gamma}+1)\right)}^{\frac{\mathsf{\gamma}+1}{\mathsf{\gamma}-1}}\right]}^{1/2}$ |

${C}_{\mathrm{d}}$ | Discharge coefficient |

${C}_{\mathrm{k}}$ | ${C}_{\mathrm{k}}={\left[\left(2/\mathsf{\gamma}-1\right){\left((\mathsf{\gamma}+1)/2\right)}^{\frac{\mathsf{\gamma}+1}{\mathsf{\gamma}-1}}\right]}^{1/2}$ |

${C}_{\text{p,air}}(T)$ | Specific heat of air at pressure T ($\text{kJ}\cdot {\mathrm{K}}^{-1}\cdot {\text{kg}}^{-1}$) |

${c}_{\mathrm{r}}$ | ${c}_{\mathrm{r}}={[2/(\mathsf{\gamma}+1)]}^{\mathsf{\gamma}/(\mathsf{\gamma}-1)}$ |

$h$ | Specific enthalpy of air (J/kg) |

$\overline{h}$ | Specific enthalpy of the air on a molar basis (J/mol) |

${h}_{\text{in},i}$ | Specific enthalpy of species $i$ from the inlet of scroll expander (J/kg) |

${h}_{\text{out},i}$ | Specific enthalpy of species $i$ to the outlet of scroll expander (J/kg) |

$i$ | Current in the different axes for the PMSG modelling (Ampere) |

${J}_{\text{total}}$ | The whole energy recycling system’s moment of inertia (kg·m^{2}) |

$k$ | Slope of the curvature radius |

${K}_{\text{fs}}$ | Coefficient of the scroll expander viscous friction |

${K}_{\text{fgen}}$ | Coefficient of the PMSG viscous friction |

${K}_{\text{fgear}}$ | Coefficient of the gear viscous friction |

${K}_{S-C1}S({\mathsf{\omega}}_{\mathrm{s}})$ | Combined effect on torque from the scroll expander static and Coulomb frictions |

${K}_{S-C2}S({\mathsf{\omega}}_{\mathrm{g}})$ | Combined effect on torque from the static and Coulomb frictions of the PMSG and gear |

${L}_{\mathrm{d}}$,${L}_{\mathrm{q}}$ | Inductances of d axis and q axis respectively (H) |

${M}_{\text{air}}$ | Molar mass of air, ${M}_{\text{air}}=28.8$ g/mol |

${M}_{\text{mix}}$ | Average molar mass of the post-combustion mixture (g/mol) |

$m$ | Mass of the air (kg) |

$\dot{m}$ | Mass flow rate of the air (kg/s) |

${\dot{m}}_{\text{in},i}$ | Mass flow rate for species $i$ from the inlet of scroll expander (kg/s) |

${\dot{m}}_{\text{out},i}$ | Mass flow rate for species $i$ to the outlet of scroll expander (kg/s) |

${n}_{\mathrm{s}}$ | Numbers of scroll wraps |

${p}_{\mathrm{g}}$ | Number of the pole pairs in the PMSG |

$P$ | Air pressure (Pa) |

${P}_{\text{ch\_mix}}$ | The post-combustion mixture pressure inside the scroll expander chamber (Pa) |

${P}_{\mathrm{d}}$ | Downstream pressure of the orifice (Pa) |

${P}_{\mathrm{u}}$ | Upstream pressure of the orifice (Pa) |

$\widehat{P}$ | Pressure difference between the adjacent chambers of the scroll expander (Pa) |

${r}_{\mathrm{s}}$ | Radius of the orbit relevant to the moving scroll motion (m) |

$R$ | Ideal gas constant (J·K^{−1}·kg^{−1}) |

${R}_{\mathrm{g}}$ | Resistance of the PMSG stator windings (ohm) |

$S({\mathsf{\omega}}_{\mathrm{s}})$ | Combination effect description on torque from the scroll static and Coulomb frictions |

$T$ | Air temperature (K) |

${T}_{\text{ch\_mix}}$ | The scroll expander chamber temperature when the mixture filled in (K) |

${T}_{\text{park}}$ | Park transformation matrix |

$v$ | Voltage in the different axes for the PMSG modelling (Volt) |

${v}_{\text{ab}}$, ${v}_{\text{bc}}$ | Line voltages of a-to-b phases and b-to-c phases respectively (Volt) |

$V$ | Volume (m^{3}) |

${V}_{\text{ch\_mix}}$ | The scroll expander chamber volume when the mixture filled in (m^{3}) |

${V}_{\text{tol}}$ | Total control volume of a scroll expander (m^{3}) |

$[{X}_{\text{air}}]$ | Molar volumetric concentration of the air (mol/m^{3}) |

$({x}_{0},{y}_{0})$ | The initial point of the moving scroll curve (m) |

$z$ | Height of the two scrolls’ wall (m) |

${\mathsf{\alpha}}_{\mathrm{s}}$ | Orbit angle of the moving scroll (radian) |

${\mathsf{\delta}}_{\mathrm{s}}$ | Thickness of the moving and fixed scrolls (m) |

$\mathsf{\gamma}$ | Ratio of specific heats |

${\mathsf{\rho}}_{0}$ | Initial radius of the curvature for the moving scroll curve (m) |

$\mathsf{\lambda}$ | Magnetic flux of the PMSG (Wb) |

$\mathsf{\zeta}$ | Gear transmission ratio |

${\mathsf{\omega}}_{\mathrm{s}}$ | Scroll expander rotor angular speed (rad/s) |

${\mathsf{\omega}}_{\mathrm{g}}$ | PMSG rotor angular speed (rad/s) |

${\mathsf{\theta}}_{\mathrm{g}}$ | Angular position of the rotor of PMSG (radian) |

${\mathsf{\tau}}_{\text{scroll}}$ | Scroll expander effective driving torque (Nm) |

${\mathsf{\tau}}_{\mathrm{e}}$ | Electromagnetic torque of the PMSG (Nm) |

## Subscripts

$a,b,c$ | The $a,b,c$ axes for the PMSG modelling |

chamber | The scroll expander chamber |

$d,q$ | The $d,q$ axes for the PMSG modelling |

$i$ | Species i containing in the post-combustion mixture from the engine combustion process |

$\text{in,out}$ | The inlet and outlet of scroll expander |

$sc,ss,se$ | The scroll expander’s center, side and exhaust chambers respectively |

## Abbreviations

AC | Alternating current |

CAB | Compressed air battery |

C_{8}H_{18} | Octane |

CO_{2} | Carbon dioxide |

DC | Direct current |

EGR | Exhaust gas recirculation |

HCCI | Homogeneous charge compression ignition |

HP | High pressure |

H_{2}O | Water |

LP | Low pressure |

Micro CHP | Micro combined hear & power system |

NO_{X} | Nitrogen oxides |

O_{2} | Oxygen |

PMSG | Permanent magnet synchronous generator |

SI | Spark-ignition |

UPS | Uninterrupted power supply |

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**Figure 1.**Schematic diagram of connecting a vehicle engine system with an exhaust energy recovery system (picture courtesy of MAHLE).

**Figure 2.**Illustration of the unmodified scroll expander structure (Sanden scroll TRS09): (

**a**) moving and fixed scrolls with their base plates; and (

**b**) schematic diagram of the expander chambers.

**Figure 3.**The actual measurement data from a discharge port of an internal combustion gasoline engine system: (

**a**) exhaust pressures; (

**b**) exhaust temperatures; and (

**c**) exhaust mass flow rates.

**Figure 5.**Experimental results of the unmodified scroll expander shaft torques and rotation speeds at different pressure conditions.

**Figure 6.**The scroll expander inlet and the center chamber (modified from Sanden TRS09). (

**a**) The expander inlet; (

**b**) the schematic diagram of the moment of the minimum center chamber; and (

**c**) the simulation study of the center chamber cross-section area variation.

**Figure 7.**Simulation results for the 1st group: (

**a**) the center chamber pressure; (

**b**) the side chamber pressure; (

**c**) the exhaust chamber pressure; (

**d**) the center chamber temperature; (

**e**) the side chamber temperature; (

**f**) the exhaust chamber temperature; (

**g**) the intake mass flow rate; and (

**h**) the expander output power.

**Figure 8.**Schematic diagram of a structurally improved scroll expander (modified by the steps of Case II).

**Figure 9.**Simulation results for the 7th group: (

**a**) the side chamber pressure; (

**b**) the exhaust chamber pressure; (

**c**) the side chamber temperature; (

**d**) the exhaust chamber temperature; (

**e**) the intake mass flow rate; and (

**f**) the expander output power.

**Figure 11.**Simulation results for the 14th group (the scroll expander modified by the steps (1) and (2) of Case III).

**Figure 12.**Simulation results for the 14th group (the scroll expander modified by the steps (1–3), and also (4) of Case III—adjusted the lengths of the scroll wraps).

Group No. | Working Condition Settings | Steady-state Test Results of the Scroll Expander |
---|---|---|

1st test | supply pressure 3.75 × 10^{5} Pa, supply temperature 293 K | mass flow rate 7.65 × 10^{−3} kg/s, power output 385.1 W, outlet temperature 262 K |

2nd test | supply pressure 3.50 × 10^{5} Pa, supply temperature 293 K | mass flow rate 6.68 × 10^{−3} kg/s, power output 327.3 W, outlet temperature 265 K |

3rd test | supply pressure 3.00 × 10^{5} Pa, supply temperature 293 K | mass flow rate 4.74 × 10^{−3} kg/s, power output 221.3 W, outlet temperature 271 K |

4th test | supply pressure 2.50 × 10^{5} Pa, supply temperature 293 K | mass flow rate 3.15 × 10^{−3} kg/s, power output 125.9 W, outlet temperature 280 K |

**Table 2.**The parameters of the used scroll expander and the permanent magnet synchronous generator (PMSG).

Parameters | Values of Parameters | Unit |
---|---|---|

Molecular mass of air | 28.97 | g/mol |

Slope of radius of scroll curvature | 0.003183 | - |

Orbit of the original moving scroll | 5.8 | mm |

Thicknesses of the moving and fixed scrolls | 4.5 | mm |

Heights of the moving and fixed scrolls | 33.3 | mm |

Effective inlet area | 1.493 × 10^{−4} | m^{2} |

Effective outlet area | 4.531 × 10^{−4} | m^{2} |

Total controlled volume of the scroll expander | 4.1 × 10^{−3} | m^{3} |

Ideal gas constant | 8.314 | J/(mol·K) |

Molar mass of air | 28.97 | g/mol |

Resistance of the stator windings | 6 | ohm |

Inductance on the d axis | 17.5 | mH |

Inductance on the q axis | 17.5 | mH |

Magnetic flux induced by magnets | 0.44 | Wb |

Gear transmission ratio | 7.5 | - |

Static friction of the scroll expander | 0.318 | Nm |

Static friction of the gear | 0.213 | Nm |

Inertia of the whole energy recycling system | 0.002 | kgm^{2} |

Group No. | Working Conditions | Parameter Settings |
---|---|---|

1st | supply pressure 2.0 × 10^{5} Pa supply temperature 947.50 K | the original open area of scroll expander inlet |

2nd | supply pressure 1.5 × 10^{5} Pa supply temperature 947.50 K | the original open area of scroll expander inlet |

3rd | supply pressure 1.3 × 10^{5} Pa supply temperature 947.50 K | the original open area of scroll expander inlet |

4th | supply pressure 2.0 × 10^{5} Pa supply temperature 947.50 K | three times of the open area of original scroll inlet |

5th | supply pressure 1.5 × 10^{5} Pa supply temperature 947.50 K | three times of the open area of original scroll inlet |

6th | supply pressure 1.3 × 10^{5} Pa supply temperature 947.50 K | three times of the open area of original scroll inlet |

Group No. | Working Conditions | Parameter Settings |
---|---|---|

7th | supply pressure 2.0 × 10^{5} Pa supply temperature 947.50 K | The expander modified by the above steps, twelve times of the open area of original inlet |

8th | supply pressure 1.7 × 10^{5} Pa supply temperature 947.50 K | The expander modified by the above steps, twelve times of the open area of original inlet |

9th | supply pressure 1.5 × 10^{5} Pa supply temperature 947.50 K | The expander modified by the above steps, twelve times of the open area of original inlet |

10th | supply pressure 1.3 × 10^{5} Pa supply temperature 947.50 K | The expander modified by the above steps, twelve times of the open area of original inlet |

Group No. | Working Conditions | Parameter Settings |
---|---|---|

11th | supply pressure 2.0 × 10^{5} Pa supply temperature 947.50 K | the scroll expander modified by the steps described in Case III |

12th | supply pressure 1.7 × 10^{5} Pa supply temperature 947.50 K | the scroll expander modified by the steps described in Case III |

13th | supply pressure 1.5 × 10^{5} Pa supply temperature 947.50 K | the scroll expander modified by the steps described in Case III |

14th | supply pressure 1.3 × 10^{5} Pa supply temperature 947.50 K | the scroll expander modified by the steps described in Case III |

**Table 6.**The summary of the all case studies in Section 3.2.

Case No. | Brief Descriptions of Proposed Modifications | Summary of the Simulation Study |
---|---|---|

Case I | Three times the open area of the original inlet | With supply conditions at 2.0 × 10^{5} Pa and 947.50 K, 3.5% of the flow reference obtained (Figure 7), not suitable for the application. |

Case II | Remove the first circle scroll wrap, expand the inlet port to twelve times of the open area of original inlet, and extend one new circle scroll wrap from the ending point | With supply conditions at 2.0 × 10^{5} Pa and 947.50 K, maximum 11.7% of the flow reference obtained (Figure 10), still not suitable for the application. |

Steps 1 & 2 of Case III | Keep the modifications in Case II, extend the parameters of the moving scroll orbit radius and the slope of scroll curvature radius | With the exact required supply conditions (i.e., 1.3 × 10^{5} Pa and 947.50 K), >60% of the flow reference obtained (Figure 11); over- expansion exists (leading to back-flow) and thus it need further modification. |

All steps of Case III | Aside from Steps 1 & 2 of Case III, take further action, i.e., adjustment of the lengths of the two scroll wraps via the simulation study to avoid overexpansion (Figure 12) | With the exact required supply conditions (i.e., 1.3 × 10^{5} and 947.50 K), maximum 93.9% of the flow reference obtained (Figure 13); no over-expansion issue; suitable for the exhaust gas recycling application. |

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