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      11-02-2011, 02:28 PM   #45
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True, but I would contend that perception of that initial lag would be quite different between a diesel motor and gasoline. Where I've not driven a 335d before, I can only guess that the amount of torque a diesel makes would mask that lag a bit.
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      11-03-2011, 03:56 PM   #46
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Two of these in parallel on a straight six (or V6) could do wonders. And while it seems complex, if these do away with the extra turbo, the twin scroll turbines and associated piping, three wastegates, several actuation valves in the exhaust and inlet piping and VNT manouvering (all of these potentially part of a triturbo set-up), it's actually much less complicated and robust - if they can make the clutches work against the heat!
C-E-R-A-M-C composite clutches anyone? They already make ceramic brakes that last a lifetime for cars such as Vette and some exotics. I am not sure I am the only one getting an epiphany here. They can use these materials to make the clutches. The space shuttle gets considerably hotter and uses a lot of ceramic composites, I don't see any issue other than cost.
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      11-09-2011, 12:40 PM   #47
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patent drawings have to be of a specific format like you see there.
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      11-13-2011, 12:07 PM   #48
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if its very detailed someone can come in and do the same style turbo but different motor or bigger shaft and get away with it.

This way BMW can just say that was our idea u cant use it
exactly...would be foolish to make it all nice for everyone to see and copy before they even make it
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      12-07-2011, 02:11 AM   #49
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exactly!
A +3 (or 4 or whatever) on the cheesy drawings. Patent drawings DO NOT have to be hand drawn nor of any specific format. Certainly the comments about the less detail and the broader the scope apply, but come on hand drawn, really, by BMW...

That being said this could very well be the goodbye to turbo lag.
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Lightbulb god idea

simple smart and useful. like all great ideas.. way to go
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This idea goes back at least several decades.

The idea of an electric turbocharger goes back at least several decades. The Russians used an electric motor/alternator coupled to a standard turbocharger on an aircraft engine (diesel) back in the 80s. I don't believe that BMW has the patent on the idea of en electric turbo, just the specific setup using the various clutches. It may even be that the only reason for the clutches was to get around the Russian invention, or to allow BMW to give the impression that they had some important IP for electric turbos.

Ultimately the idea goes all the way back to the turbo compound aircraft engines used on post WW2 piston engine airliners. In these engines the turbo is actually used to convert some of the waste energy in the exhaust power back to the engine/propellor (and of course also to power the turbosupercharger). In the turbo compound engines they used gears to feed the power back to the engine rather than the motor generator used on the Russian and BMW systems. These gears were the Achilles heal of the turbo compound engine because it was very difficult to build gearing systems that could match the very high RPM of the turbo to the very low RPM of the big radial engines of the day. A single backfire could tear up the gears, but even barring such a failure the gears were constantly getting beaten by the huge power pulses of the slow turning engine. The Russian application was the first I have seen that used a motor generator to harness some of the waste energy (energy not used by the turbo itself). I am not sure why BMW needs all the clutches and other stuff but perhaps they found that they got somewhat better efficiency under the varying loads of a car vs. the much more constant load in an airplane that the Russian system was meant for.
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      05-22-2012, 07:12 AM   #52
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C-E-R-A-M-C composite clutches anyone? They already make ceramic brakes that last a lifetime for cars such as Vette and some exotics. I am not sure I am the only one getting an epiphany here. They can use these materials to make the clutches. The space shuttle gets considerably hotter and uses a lot of ceramic composites, I don't see any issue other than cost.
Carrera GT used a ceramic clutch. It was unbelievably tricky to engage properly, from all reports. That is the sticky wicket.

perhaps now that gearbox management is by computer and is more intelligent than any human it might work but....
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      05-24-2012, 02:11 PM   #53
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Yeah it seems to me that the clutches are key to why this is such a good electric turbo application. Btw, it's not just old airplane engines, but many auto component companies have been exploring electric turbos for a few years now. Some of them completely separate the turbine from the compressor so they are only connected by electrical wiring, some use an electric motor to help spin up a traditional turbocharger.

The specific benefits of this BMW design seem to be:

-disengaging the turbine during coasting, idling, and launch means the exhaust can spin the turbine to a higher RPM and leave more energy for possible further turbos in a sequential setup to also spin to a higher RPM because it doesn't have to waste energy spinning the compressor (which wouldn't even create boost at that low engine speed, nor would boost be desirable even if it could).

-disengaging the compressor (along with the turbine) during coast and idle means that the electric motor can pre-spool to very high RPM while using relatively little energy because it doesn't have to waste any energy spinning the turbine or compressor around.

-Compared to the purely electric turbo concepts, the BMW design only requires one motor/generator versus having a dedicated motor and a dedicated generator, and maintaining the mode where you have a direct mechanical link between the turbine and compressor should be more efficient than having to convert pneumatic energy>mechanical energy>electrical energy>mechanical energy>pneumatic energy.

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The idea of an electric turbocharger goes back at least several decades. The Russians used an electric motor/alternator coupled to a standard turbocharger on an aircraft engine (diesel) back in the 80s. I don't believe that BMW has the patent on the idea of en electric turbo, just the specific setup using the various clutches. It may even be that the only reason for the clutches was to get around the Russian invention, or to allow BMW to give the impression that they had some important IP for electric turbos.

Ultimately the idea goes all the way back to the turbo compound aircraft engines used on post WW2 piston engine airliners. In these engines the turbo is actually used to convert some of the waste energy in the exhaust power back to the engine/propellor (and of course also to power the turbosupercharger). In the turbo compound engines they used gears to feed the power back to the engine rather than the motor generator used on the Russian and BMW systems. These gears were the Achilles heal of the turbo compound engine because it was very difficult to build gearing systems that could match the very high RPM of the turbo to the very low RPM of the big radial engines of the day. A single backfire could tear up the gears, but even barring such a failure the gears were constantly getting beaten by the huge power pulses of the slow turning engine. The Russian application was the first I have seen that used a motor generator to harness some of the waste energy (energy not used by the turbo itself). I am not sure why BMW needs all the clutches and other stuff but perhaps they found that they got somewhat better efficiency under the varying loads of a car vs. the much more constant load in an airplane that the Russian system was meant for.
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      06-13-2012, 07:47 AM   #54
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There is only one reason for this and it is to put it in the m3. Eventually, you will see it used across the board in all turbo charged BMW's giving better gas mileage as a result.
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      06-13-2012, 08:39 AM   #55
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There is only one reason for this and it is to put it in the m3. Eventually, you will see it used across the board in all turbo charged BMW's giving better gas mileage as a result.
It's already in the M550d.
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      06-14-2012, 09:32 PM   #56
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pretty cool!

now this will get interesting with how the aftermarket decides to "tune" an electric turbo...
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      09-17-2012, 10:00 AM   #57
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I want to knwo how easy this will be to add the electric turbo to other engines, such as the n52
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It's already in the M550d.
Sorry, but there is no electric turbo on the N57S, just 3 conventional turbos that are brought on-line at different points in the RPM range.
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Tip:Just wait for the prices of second hand 458s to decrease. 9000rpm.
Brilliant hot tip, I concur.

As for the new turbo design, it seems so simple, how is it that someone hasn't applied this concept already years ago?
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I just read some where that Audi was developing this too.
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Just found this thread and it seems to confirm that something similar to what will be seen i F1 next year might be on the M3/M4:




Of particular interest is the MGU-H (Motor Generator Unit - Heat) that is attached to the turbo:

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A turbocharger uses an exhaust driven turbine to drive a compressor to increase the density of the intake air consumed by the engine and so make more power for a given displacement.

The residual heat energy contained in the exhaust gases after expansion in the cylinders of the engine is converted to mechanical shaft power by the exhaust turbine. The mechanical power from the turbine is used to drive the compressor, and also the MGU-H (see below).

As the turbocharger speed must vary to match the requirement of the engine, there may be a delay in torque response, often known as turbo-lag. One of the great challenges of the new Power Unit is to reduce this to near zero to match the instant torque delivery of the current V8 engines.
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MGU-H
The MGU-H is connected to the turbocharger. Acting as a generator, it absorbs power from the turbine shaft to recover heat energy from the exhaust gases. The electrical energy can be either directed to the MGU-K or to the battery for storage for later use. The MGU-H is also used to control the speed of the turbocharger to match the air requirement of the engine (eg to slow it down in place of a wastegate or to accelerate it to compensate for turbo-lag.)
This is a brilliant piece of engineering, possibly a game changer of power delivery characteristics on a turbocharged engine

Any rumours of a electric turbocharger on the next M3/M4 might be a similar device as shown here, to spool up the turbos, or slow it down instead of using a wastegate to dump excess exhaust.

Source: http://www.renaultsport.com/Nouvelle...Energy-F1.html

Here is MagnetiMarelli's version of a "electric/hybrid" turbo. TThey have chosen a slightly different solution with the generator/motor unit between the compressor and turbine units of the turbo. Seems like Mercedes is using a variant of this solution as well.





BTW, this is what next years F1 engine will sound like:

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If BMW did something like this for the M3/M4 it would make it a really unique engine. I think this would be great and it would potentially represent the next leap forward with FI engines.
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