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ADT device employs stop-start technology, reduces cab shake

Feb. 18, 2019
Discover the benefits of Active Decompression Technology from Jacobs Vehicle Systems.

Jacobs Vehicle Systems has introduced Active Decompression Technology (ADT), enabling heavy-duty commercial vehicles to benefit from an engine stop-start system and eliminating engine shake at both start-up and shutdown.

In addition to improving fuel economy and reducing emissions, ADT also improves cold engine starts, reduces loading and wear on engine components during start-up, and makes start-up faster.

Jacobs’ ADT device incorporates valve actuation technologies proven over many millions of miles and can be cost-effectively added to many engine platforms.

Stop-start engine technology, which automatically switches off the engine when it would otherwise be idling, has been widely adopted by automotive manufacturers; however, it is less common in heavy-duty commercial vehicles. This is largely due to the intrusive engine and cabin-shake experienced whenever a heavy-duty diesel engine starts or stops, and because of the cost of technologies needed to mitigate increased wear-and-tear on the starter motor, ring-gear, and battery. ADT significantly reduces these issues.

Extensive testing has shown that ADT reduces the magnitude of engine shake during shutdown by 90%, which is when vibrations transmitted to the cabin are of greatest frequency and strength. This has the additional benefit of preventing disturbance to drivers sleeping in cabs overnight when there are automated engine starts and stops to maintain battery charge.

The ADT device is automatically activated by the engine control unit (ECU) whenever the engine shuts down or starts up, and works by keeping the engine valves open and cylinders decompressed. When switching off the engine, it coasts to a smooth shutdown without causing the cab to shake. When starting up, the engine is kept in a decompressed state that decreases cranking torque by 40% and allows the engine to spin up to twice its normal speed for smoother starting, faster priming of the fuel system, and decreased wear on the starter gear, flywheel and other components. This can also allow the use of smaller and lighter batteries, cables, and starter.

By allowing the engine to be turned over while decompressed, ADT also improves start-ups in cold temperatures by enabling the engine to reach its critical compression ignition speed. When combined with supplemental air inlet heaters, ADT also enables the engine cylinders to be pre-warmed without the engine load from compression; especially useful when freezing temperatures have reduced battery levels. When high cranking speed is reached, the engine compression is reactivated and cylinder fueling begins.

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