JACOBS VEHICLE SYSTEMS’ HPD (HIGH POWER DENSITY) ENGINE BRAKE SPECIFIED BY CHINESE TRUCK MAKER
10th November 2020
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Jacobs Vehicle Systems’ High Power Density® (HPD ®) engine brake has gone into production with a Chinese truck manufacturer. This is the first OEM application of HPD, launched in 2016, to be announced. The new Sinotruk Yellow River tractor unit, designed and manufactured by China National Heavy Duty Truck company (CNHTC), integrates Jacobs’ HPD technology in its 11- and 13-litre engines.

Yellow River is China’s most famous truck brand, dating back to the nation’s first ever heavy-duty truck, the Series JN150 of 1960. The latest-generation Yellow River tractor unit, primarily intended for long-haul applications, was launched with fanfare in mid-September at the Olympic Sports Center in Jinan, the capital of the Shandong province. This is the most technically-advanced vehicle to wear the Yellow River badge, and the latest step in CNHTC’s publicly-declared ambition to become a “world-class full-series commercial vehicle group.” The truck is distinguished by its aerodynamic body design and low unit drag coefficient to 0.37.

CNHTC’s 11- and 13-litre engines, designated MC11 and MC13 are modular designs, with six cylinders and turbocharging, and have B10-rated (1.1 million-mile) reliability. The MC11 produces 453 horsepower at 1,900 rpm and 2,200 Nm of torque at 1,000 to 1,400 rpm; the MC13 produces 532 horsepower at 1,800 rpm and 2,500 Nm at 1,000 to 1,400 rpm. The HPD 1.5 Stroke-equipped MC11 and MC13 engines are expected to be used in other applications.

Jacobs unveiled its HPD Engine Brake technology in 2016 in response to requests from global engine suppliers seeking high power density and a cost-effective alternative to the driveline retarder. HPD helps meet the need for stronger engine braking because fuel efficiency strategies have reduced the natural retarding effects of vehicle wind resistance and friction from engine, drive train and tyres.  HPD can deliver performance comparable to a driveline retarder, up to one-and-a-half times the braking performance of traditional compression release braking over the engine’s entire operating range, and more than two times the braking performance at lower rpm.

Jacobs modular HPD system allows OEMs to select different versions of the technology depending on the application. This includes full 2.0 Stroke, 1.5 Stroke, standard compression release (CR) and future protection for Cylinder Deactivation (CDA) and Late Intake Valve Closing (LIVC). HPD works by using cylinder deactivation mechanisms to eliminate different main event valve lift events so a second compression release event per cam rotation can be achieved.

To learn more about the Jacobs’ HPD engine brake performance, visit https://www.jacobsvehiclesystems.com/technologies/high-power-density.

Image – Jacobs Vehicle Systems’ High Power Density® (HPD ®) engine brake has gone into production in the new Sinotruk Yellow River tractor unit, designed and manufactured by China National Heavy Duty Truck company (CNHTC).

Image – The new Sinotruk Yellow River tractor unit is the first OEM application of Jacobs Vehicle Systems’ High Power Density® (HPD ®) engine brake to be announced.

Image – Jacobs’ HPD Engine Brake technology can deliver performance comparable to a driveline retarder, up to one-and-a-half times the braking performance of traditional compression release braking over the engine’s entire operating range, and more than two times the braking performance at lower rpm.

About Jacobs Vehicle Systems
Jacobs Vehicle Systems is headquartered in Bloomfield, Conn., where it has a 25,000 square meter design, testing and manufacturing facility, with support sites in Europe, Japan, and India as well as manufacturing facilities in Suzhou, China and Brno, Czech Republic. Jake Brake® products are used by heavy and medium-duty diesel engine manufacturers globally. Registered to the ISO 14001 and IATF16949 standards, Jacobs Vehicle Systems is the world’s leading producer of vehicle retarding and valve actuation technologies and can be found at jakebrake.com.