Integrated Engineering Turbo Inlet Elbow

034 and IE Elbow Velocity Investigation

Background

A result of the airflow tests with inlet elbows from 034 Motosport, Integrated Engineering (IE), and DBV2 was that the IE did not flow as much as the 034 elbow during the large adapter test.

This result was not expected due to the IE elbow having a much larger entry and an exit diameter that was only 0.5 mm less than the 034 Motorsport elbow.

Test Goal

To investigate a possible cause for the large adapter airflow performance difference each of the elbows would be tested for uniformity of airflow exiting the elbow.

Integrated Engineering Turbo Inlet Elbow
IE TIP Exit Velocity Measuring

The turbo elbows are attached to the flow bench by the turbo intake pipe and air is pushed out from the flow bench and through the turbo elbow.

A velocity probe is used to measure the airflow speed exiting the elbow at several locations, illustrated in the picture below.

Turbo Inlet Elbow Airflow Sampling Points
Turbo Inlet Elbow Airflow Sampling Points

Readings at each location are taken twice and then averaged.  The center reading is baseline and the other readings around the periphery are compared and reported as a percentage change in airflow velocity.

The percentage change values are then plotted along the y-axis of a chart, with the x-axis showing the sample location around the outlet.

Results

The readings made with the 034 Motorsport and Integrated Engineering elbows are shown on the chart below, along with previously measured values for the stock Mk7 GTI turbo inlet pipe.

034 Motorsport and Integrated Engineering Velocity Distribution
034 Motorsport and Integrated Engineering Velocity Distribution

Most notable from the results is the drop in velocity by the IE elbow in the area near the PCV port.  Other than the stock elbow there has been no other elbow tested that has shown as significant a drop in airpeed at any location around the elbow outlet.

PCV Ports

Looking at the respective PCV ports of each of these products shows a potential source of the measured difference.

Integrated Engineering PCV Port
Integrated Engineering PCV Port Opening

034 Motorsport Elbow PCV Port
034 Motorsport Elbow PCV Port

034 Motorsport and Integrated Engineering Inlet Elbows
034 Motorsport and Integrated Engineering Inlet Elbow PCV Ports

Conclusion

The results of taking measurements of airflow velocity at several points around the outlet of the 034 Motorsport and Integrated Engineering turbo inlet pipes show a significant difference in the area near the PCV port.

Visually it is apparent that the size of the PCV port of each elbow is significantly different.  The size of the port area likely alters the contour of the interior surface of the elbows.  This potential difference in the curvature of the surfaces leads to a conclusion that the PCV port of the IE elbow correlates with, and possibly causes, an area of reduced airflow velocity.  The area of reduced airflow readings may be the cause of the Integrated Engineering elbow flowing less than the 034 Motorsport elbow on a large adapter airflow test of each product.

4 thoughts on “034 and IE Elbow Velocity Investigation”

    1. Yes, most of the elbows that have been tested have a “full size” pcv port. The 034 port is the smallest of the inlet elbows that I have tested.

      I reworded the conclusion to be more clear that I don’t believe the size of the port necessarily causes the difference, but that the port is altering the interior surface in a way that potentially creates a region of turbulence that ultimately reduces the inlet elbow overall airflow.

      It’s purely speculation on my part based on the airflow velocity readings and what I’ve observed when looking at the elbows. The difference could be caused by the surface roughness, the radius of the bend, or something else.

  1. Guillaume Vincent

    A depression in the PCV port is beneficial for the depression in the crankcase … Especially with a large turbo or turbo hybrid. Too much reduction of the diameter of the PCV port to the benefit of the flow of the elbow is surely bad thing.

  2. I believe the port could be made small enough to eventually pose a problem, the question is whether the size that 034 uses is too small or sufficient.

    The hose that attaches to the port fits within the port, reducing the cross section. I’ve not taken measurements, but I will. It’s possible that the IE port is larger than the entry to the hose.

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