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There are a number of different methods that have been used to inject diesel fuel into the cylinder or combustion chamber of diesel engines.

Diesel fuel injection equipment[edit | edit source]

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Website explaining the operation of different fuel injection equipment

Mechanical injection pump

Jerk Pump (or unit pump system)

  • Bosch PF


An in-line injection pump is basically a number of jerk pumps combined into one unit.

  • Bosch PE
  • Bosch EDC
  • Zexel TICS


Rotary injection pumps have a rotor that distributes the fuel to each cylinder in turn. There are two basic designs one in which the rotor also reciprocates to pump the fuel, the other, radial piston type, uses plungers pushed in towards the center of the rotor by an internally lobed cam ring.

Reciprocating rotor type

  • Bosch VE rotary injection pump and licenced copies by Diesel Kiki, Zexel, Denso
  • Bosch VP 37 and Bosch VP34 Bosch VE type pump with electronic control
  • Bosch VP 30 and Bosch VP29 Bosch VE type injection pump with electronic control
  • Zexel Covec

Radial piston type

Unit injector

The injection pump and injector are one unit

Common rail

wikipedia common rail page

Cold start and running systems[edit | edit source]

A number of different methods are used to improve combustion at cold starting and running and low load operation.

Beru diesel cold start technologies

Glow plugs[edit | edit source]

Glow plug technology has developed over the years the latest technologies offer very quick heat up times and glow plug longevity. Combined with suitable control these plugs offer almost instant start and are activated after starting to improve cold running and low load operation.

Beru instant start system - ISS

glow plugs are also available with integral combustion sensors which provide feedback on combustion to the ECU (see below)

Inlet air heaters[edit | edit source]

A number of different methods have been used to heat the inlet air to increase cylinder temperatures and provide improved combustion.

Flame start system

Filament glow plug

Installed in the inlet tract an open hot wire element heats passing air

Heating flange

Installed in the inlet tract these electrical matrix heaters raise the temperature of air being drawn into the engine.

Engine management[edit | edit source]

Engine control unit - ECU[edit | edit source]

Engine control units (ECUs) are electronic embedded systems designed to control internal combustion engines. Largely to comply with emissions and fuel economy standards ECU's are now fitted to all the latest generation of production road transport vehicles, and increasingly engines used in other applications.

The ECU takes signals from a number of sensors fitted to the engine and uses the information obtained to control parameters such as timing and fuelling.

Engine parameters, such as fuel quantity and timing, can be modified to better suit the combustion characteristics of a given fuel. A number of options are available:

wikipedia engine control unit page

wikipedia chip tuning page

Sensors[edit | edit source]

Combustion Sensors

In order to optimise combustion a number of companies are beginning to offer engines with combustion sensors fitted.

  • Toyota were first to market in 1993 with a cylinder pressure sensor fitted to one cylinder of a lean burn Toyota Carina petrol engine.
  • Delphi Multec Diesel Common Rail system uses Accelerometer Pilot Control (APC) - a knock sensor to assess combustion timing. Introduced in 2005 an claimed to be the first closed loop combustion control marketed for a diesel engine. This technology has been used in Ford Duratorq TDCi engines and Renault DCi engines.

Delphi Multec® Diesel Common Rail System

  • General Motors plans to offer a 2.9 V6 diesel Cadillac CTS cylinder pressure in 2009 which it claims will be the first production engine with cylinder pressure sensors.
  • Audi have announced that they will also be the first to market in 2008 with diesel cylinder pressure sensors fitted to a 3.0 V6 Tdi engine to be offered in both the A4 and Q7.

Audi to launch the cleanest diesel in the world

Diesel Engines Get Big Improvements From Load Cell Technology

Thesis-Beginnings for cylinder pressure based control, by Raymond Cremers

Beru PSG pressure sensing glow plugs

Glow plug integrated pressure sensor for closed loo engine control

After market / analytical pressure sensing glow plugs

Optrand pressure sensing glow plugs

TFX Engine Technology - combustion sensors, datalogging equipment and related software

Dieseltune - combustion and fuel injection pressure sensors

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