What is the Significance of Compression Ratio?

Compression ratio is the ratio obtained by dividing volume at BDC by volume at TDC (clearance volume).

Significance of compression ratio-
Affect fuel economy:
  • The higher the ratio, the more compressed the air in the cylinder is. When the air is compressed, you get a more powerful explosion from the air-fuel mixture, and more of the fuel gets used.
Affect gas emission:
  • High compression ratios provide better burning of fuel and this reduce the waste gases produced by the engine , anything higher than 16:1 will be problem and create something called a knock.
Affect engine cold starting characteristics:
  • Engines with high compression ratios produce excessive heat compared to lower compressed vehicles thus doing a cold start should not be a problem for these type of vehicles.
Affect performance:
  • Higher compression ratios provide much more power than lower ratios. This also allows engine to be more efficient at higher rpms. Lower compression ratios give lower output but are more easy to build, maintain and generally have better life.
 Advantages of higher compression ratio:
  • Much better performance
  • Higher relative fuel economy
  • Higher usable power throughout
  • Better emissions.
Advantage of lower compression ratio:
  • Cheaper to build, run and repair.
  • Lasts much longer
  • Can be air cooled.
  • Less noise and vibration.
  • Can be run on relatively lower quality fuel.
  • Do not generate as much heat

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Anand Gautam is a marine engineer, Graduated from M.E.R.I. Mumbai. He likes to sail onboard ship and is one who is passionate about his job. He loves to share his knowledge, information, and ideas to everyone in a simplified way just for his satisfaction.

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