Transient surface heat flux measurements were performed at several locations on the cylinder head of a divided-chamber diesel engine. The local heat flux histories were found to be significantly different. These differences are attributed to the spatial nonuniformity of the fluid motion and combustion. Both local time-averaged and local peak heat fluxes decreased with decreasing speed and load. Retarding the combustion timing beyond TDC decreased the peak heat flux in the antechamber but increased the peak heat flux in the main chamber. This is attributed to the relative increase in the portion of fuel that burns in the main chamber with retarded combustion timing.

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