Parker Racor, a division of Parker Hannifin, has swept the board at the 2012 British Engineering Excellence Awards, picking up the top Grand Prix prize for innovation. The SuperImpactor represents an engineering breakthrough in the battle to continually reduce engine emissions and can potentially help to minimise environmental impact. Developed in conjunction with Leeds University, the team have developed an emissions solution that sets the standard for high-performance, fit-for-life closed crankcase ventilation systems.
The need to offer a more efficient approach for filtration of crankcase blow by gas was the driving force behind research and development efforts. The development team set out to design a high-performance system which would be a viable alternative to traditional oil-driven centrifuge approaches. The SuperImpactor CCV was the result of these engineering efforts. SuperImpactor regulates the crankcase pressure, separates the liquid/aerosol oil and returns it to the sump, thus delivering open and closed crankcases with up to 99 per cent efficiency. This provides a positive impact on the environment by eliminating oil mist from crankcase emissions.
SuperImpactor technology is available for medium, heavy, and industrial-sized engine projects controlling blow-by gas up to 1000L per minute whilst maintaining crankcase pressure limits and efficiencies throughout the engine life. The cleaned gas can be closed to the intake system, and high oil separation efficiency maintains good turbo and intercooler performance. Alternatively, the cleaned gas can be returned to atmosphere.
Adam Pearce, Fuel Product Manager, says: "Here at Parker Racor we are extremely pleased to have won this prestigious Award. The protection of the environment is something that we all should have an interest in, and our development team is focused on providing cutting-edge solutions that help reduce the impact that engine emissions have. We see this award as a clear recognition of the fact that Parker Racor is innovating in what is an extremely challenging area."
Dr Nik Kapur Kapur from the University of Leeds' School of Mechanical Engineering adds: "Through experimentation and computational simulation, we were able to examine each component within the SuperImpactor to ensure it was working optimally. The new technology is a real breakthrough in design and has the potential to significantly reduce environmental impact, reducing emissions as well as improving fuel efficiency on diesel engines."
The SuperImpactor project was part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf.