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Jacobs Vehicle Systems, Tula Technology to collaborate on cylinder deactivation hardware

The two businesses will work closely together to enable Jacobs to further develop cylinder deactivation technologies, which reduce engine fuel consumption and emissions.

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

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Jacobs Vehicle Systems has entered into a collaboration with internal combustion controls company Tula Technology Inc.

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The two businesses will work closely together to enable Jacobs to further develop cylinder deactivation technologies, which reduce engine fuel consumption and emissions.

Jacobs announced the introduction of its Cylinder Deactivation (CDA) technology for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle engines in 2018. Tula has licensed its Dynamic Skip Fire (DSF) technology onto major automotive OEM gasoline applications. The new working partnership between the two companies will utilize Tula’s DSF controls technology to support Jacobs’ expertise in diesel deactivation hardware development, Jacobs says.

Robb Janak, director of new technology for Jacobs Vehicle Systems, commented, “Jacobs is very excited to partner with Tula to progress cylinder deactivation technology by combining our companies’ strengths. Vehicle manufacturers are looking for new and improved technologies to comply with stricter legal limits on CO2 and NOx emissions. New test measures, such as Real Driving Emissions and CARB Low Load Cycle for heavy-duty trucks are encouraging the adoption of smarter technologies that address these requirements. Cylinder deactivation is a great solution, technically proven and cost-effective.”

With Jacobs’ CDA, cylinder deactivation mechanisms originally designed for the company’s High Power Density (HPD) engine brake are used in the valvetrain to disable the opening of the intake and exhaust valves. The hydraulically-activated mechanism is integrated in a collapsing valve bridge system for overhead camshaft engines or with a collapsing pushrod system for cam-in-block engines. When this is combined with disabled injection in selected cylinders, multiple cylinders can be deactivated as needed. At low engine loads with three of six cylinders deactivated, fuel consumption can be improved by up to 20%.

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Jacobs’ CDA reduces emissions by achieving higher exhaust temperatures by maintaining after-treatment temperatures for optimal efficiency of SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) systems, even when the engine is in idle or low load operation, the company says. CDA also enables faster warm-up after engine start-up of the after-treatment system and minimizes cooling of after-treatment during coasting. CDA additionally reduces camshaft friction, reduces pumping losses in part-load conditions, and can reduce or eliminate the use of the intake throttle, all of which yields overall improvements in fuel consumption while simultaneously increasing exhaust temperatures.

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