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2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-0991
Takaaki Kondo, Kentarou Ishiuchi
Abstract To reduce the Body in White (BIW) mass, it is necessary to expand the application of Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) to complex shaped parts. In order to apply AHSS to complex shaped parts with thinner gauge, high formability steel is required. However, higher strength steels tend to display lower elongations, compared with low/medium strength steels. Current AHSS are applied to limited parts for this reason. The new 1.2GPa material, with high formability, was developed to solve this issue. The mechanical property targets for the high elongation 1.2GPa material were achieved by precise metallurgical optimization. Many material aspects were studied, such as formability, weldabilty, impact strength, and delayed fracture. As the result of this development, 1.2GPa AHSS has been applied to a new vehicle launched in 2013.The application of this material was the 1st in the world, and achieved a 11kg mass reduction.
2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-0895
Hiroyuki Tanaka, Hisashi Ihara, Akira Satomura, Yasuhiko Wada, Hideto Momii, Tatsuya Suma
Abstract In order to enhance product attraction, it is important to reduce the impact noise when a vehicle go over bumps such as bridge joints. Vehicle performance to transitional noise phenomena is not yet analyzed well. In this paper, a prediction method is established by vector composition and inverse Fourier transform with the combination of Multibody Dynamics (MBD) and FEM. Also, a root cause analysis method is established with the following three mechanism analysis methods; transfer path analysis, mode contribution analysis, and panel contribution analysis.
2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-0065
Hiroki Taniguchi, Takeshi Kimura, Yuya Takeda, Taku Suzuki, Akihiro Kaneko, Tomohiro Jinbo
Abstract This paper describes a control method to improve straight-line stability without sacrificing natural steering feel, utilizing a newly developed steering system controlling the steering force and the wheel angle independently. It cancels drifting by a road cant and suppresses the yaw angle induced by road surface irregularities or a side wind. Therefore drivers can keep the car straight with such a little steering input adjustment, thus reducing the driver's workload greatly. In this control method, a camera mounted behind the windshield recognizes the forward lane and calculate the discrepancy between the vehicle direction and the driving lane. This method has been applied to the test car, and the reduction of the driver's workload was confirmed. This paper presents an outline of the method and describes its advantages.
2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-0331
Masayuki Naito, Yasuhiro Koike, Shintaro Osaki, Shinichiro Morishita, Nanhao Quan
Abstract HEV and EV markets are in a rapid expansion tendency. Development of low-cost regenerative cooperation brake system is needed in order to respond to the consumers needs for HEV and EV. Regenerative cooperation brake system which HEV and EV are generally equipped with has stroke simulator. We developed simple composition brake system based on the conventional ESC unit without the stroke simulator, and our system realized a low-cost regenerative cooperation brake. The key technologies are the quiet pressurization control which can be used in the service application, which is to make brake force depending on brake travel, by gear pump and the master cylinder with idle stroke to realize regenerative cooperation brake. Thanks to the key technologies, both the high regenerative efficiency and the good service brake feeling were achieved.
2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-1872
Hideo Yoshida, Hiroyuki Nakayama, Yukio Mizukoshi, Yasuyuki Asahara
Abstract This paper reports about a trial for miniaturization of an air-cooled inverter integrated with motor, which is realized by reduction of the total volume of smoothing capacitor. An integrated system prototype was constructed with a disk-shaped inverter positioned at the rear end of the motor. We examined the possibility of using a ceramic capacitor, which features a higher heat-resistance temperature, lower internal resistance and higher capacity density than a film capacitor. At the same level of capacitance, the volume of a ceramic capacitor is less than one-half that of a film capacitor, enabling the size of the smoothing capacitor to be reduced to approximately one-fifth that of the currently used device. A suitable circuit configuration and physical layout of distributed smoothing capacitors and corresponding power device modules are proposed and demonstrated.
2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-1869
Takashi Kato, Takashi Fukushige, Kan Akatsu, Robert Lorenz
Abstract This paper describes a variable magnetomotive force interior permanent magnet (IPM) machine for use as a traction motor on automobiles in order to reduce total energy consumption during duty cycles and cut costs by using Dy-free magnets. First, the principle of a variable magnetomotive force flux-intensifying IPM (VFI-IPM) machine is explained. A theoretical operating point analysis of the magnets using a simplified model with nonlinear B-H characteristics is presented and the results are confirmed by nonlinear finite element analysis. Four types of magnet layouts were investigated for the magnetic circuit design. It was found that a radial magnetization direction with a single magnet is suitable for the VFI-IPM machine. Magnetization controllability was investigated with respect to the magnet thickness, width and coercive force for the prototype design. The estimated variable motor speed and torque characteristics are presented. Following the explanation of the design process, the experimental results obtained for the prototype machine are described.
2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-1478
Takumaru Sagawa, Takuya Katayama, Rika Suzuki, Sachiko Okuda
Abstract A suitable GF-5 engine oil formulation is investigated to improve the fuel economy of gasoline engines with hydrogen-free DLC-coated valve lifters. Molybdenum dithocarbamate (MoDTC) is shown to be a suitable friction modifier for low viscosity grade engine oils like 0W-20. A suitable Ca salicylate detergent is also determined from several types examined for maximizing the friction reduction effects of MoDTC. The most suitable Ca salicylate has a chemical structure capable of forming a borophosphate glass film on metal surfaces, which is known to improve the effects of MoDTC. A high viscosity index Group III base oil (VI>140) is also effective in improving fuel efficiency. It is further clarified that the structural design of the polymethacrylate viscosity modifier is another important factor in reducing engine friction.
2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-0180
Amey Zare, Advaita Datar, Mitsuhiko Kikuchi, Satoshi Ichikawa, Miwako Hasegawa, Shigenori Tsunekado
A flag is a global boolean variable used to achieve synchronization between various tasks of an embedded system. An application implementing flags performs actions or events based on the value of the flags. If flag variables are not implemented properly, certain synchronization related issues can arise which can lead to unexpected behavior or failure of the underlying system. In this paper, we present an automated verification technique to identify and verify flag usage patterns at an early stage of code development. We propose a two-step approach which consists of: a. identification of all potential flag variables and b. verification of flag usage patterns against predefined set of rules. The results of our experiment demonstrate that the proposed approach reduces the cost and complexity of the flag review process by almost 70%.
2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-1729
Hiromu Soya, Makoto Yoshida, Kazutaka Imai, Yoshitaka Miura, Yuuki Matsushita
Abstract The new Jatco CVT8 High Torque (CVT8 HT) was developed for use on front-wheel-drive vehicles fitted with a large displacement engine. The development objectives set for this new CVT with a high torque capacity were outstanding fuel economy, size and weight reductions. To achieve those targets, a high torque capacity CVT chain was newly developed in cooperation with LuK GmbH & Co. KG. This article describes the efforts undertaken to develop increasing torque capacity.
2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-0086
Masashi Tsushima, Eiichi Kitahara, Taichi Shiiba, Takumi Motosugi
The adoption of the electronic controlled steering systems with new technologies has been extended in recent years. They have interactions with other complex vehicle subsystems and it is a hard task for the vehicle developer to find the best solution from huge number of the combination of parameter settings with track tests. In order to improve the efficiency of the steering system development, the authors had developed a steering bench test method for steering system using a Hardware-In-the-Loop Simulation (HILS). In the steering HILS system, vehicle dynamics simulation and the tie rod axial force calculation are required at the same time in the real-time simulation environment. The accuracy of the tie rod axial force calculation is one of the key factors to reproduce the vehicle driving condition. But the calculation cannot be realized by a commercial software for the vehicle dynamics simulation. A multibody kinematics model of strut suspension was developed for the tie rod axial force calculation.
2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-1879
Tohru Nakada, Shigeaki Ishikawa, Shunji Oki
Abstract This paper describes the development of the drive motor adopted on the newly developed 2013 Model Year (MY) electric vehicle (EV). Based on the 2011MY EV that was specifically designed and engineered for mass-production, the 2013MY powertrain integrates the electric motor, inverter and charging system into one unit in order to achieve downsizing and weight saving, unlike previous 2011 model which had these components segregated. In general, integration of all components into one unit causes deterioration of the noise and vibration performance of vehicles due to an increase in weight and the number of resonance parts. In order to overcome such problems associated with this integration, each component in the 2013 model has been optimized to reduce noise and vibration resulting in high degree of vehicle quietness. Since the electric motor is trigger for the noise and vibration in the vehicle, the electromagnetic field circuit of the electric motor has been reformed and redesigned thoroughly.
2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-0537
Joyce Lam, Nate J. Dennis, Jeff Dix, Martin Lambrecht, Ryuuji Ootani
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have both developed crash test methodologies to address frontal collisions in which the vehicle's primary front structure is either partially engaged or not engaged at all. IIHS addresses Small Overlap crashes, cases in which the vehicle's primary front energy absorbing structure is not engaged, using a rigid static barrier with an overlap of 25% of the vehicle's width at an impact angle of 0°. The Institute's Moderate Overlap partially engages the vehicle's primary front energy absorbing structure using a deformable static barrier with 40% overlap at a 0° impact angle. The NHTSA has developed two research test methods which use a common moving deformable barrier impacting the vehicle with 20% overlap at a 7° impact angle and 35% overlap at a 15° impact angle respectively. In this paper, the authors present a case study in which an exemplar mid-size sedan was subjected to all four impact conditions.
2013-05-13
Technical Paper
2013-01-1905
Hiromichi Tsuji, Shinichi Maruyama, Takuya Yoshimura, Eiji Takahashi
For a numerical model of vibro-acoustic coupling analysis, such as a vehicle noise and vibration, both structural and acoustical dynamic characteristics are necessary to replicate the physical phenomenon. The accuracy of the analysis is not enough for substituting a prototype phase with a digital phase in the product development phases. One of the reasons is the difficulty of addressing the interior acoustical characteristics due to the complexity of the acoustical transfer paths, which are a duct and a small hole of trim parts in a vehicle. Those complex features affect on the nodal locations and the body coupling surface of acoustic mode shapes. In order to improve the accuracy of the analysis, the physical mechanisms of those features need to be extracted from experimental testing. The accuracy of the vibro-acoustic coupled system model for the low frequency range depends on how accurately modal characteristics are represented at the input, output, and the structure-acoustic coupling surface.
2013-04-08
Technical Paper
2013-01-0968
Yukio Ogawa, Hiroyasu Miyoshi, Kazufumi Iwashita, Youngwon Park, Takeshi Abe
The complexity of drivetrain system design lies in the need for diligent consideration of individual component specifications, their effect on various performance aspects of the overall system, as well as any performance trade-offs that may further add to the complexity of system design. This paper describes a design methodology developed by capturing best practices for conducting design architecture analysis in full account of key design components critical to ensuring efficient and effective development of drivetrain systems. This methodology is derived from the architecture analysis based on core competencies and architecture strategy, the veteran's way of practical selection of design items and determining the sequence of the study process.
2013-04-08
Technical Paper
2013-01-0341
Hiroyuki Nose, Toshiaki Inoue, Setsuo Katagiri, Akikazu Sakai, Takao Kawasaki, Manabu Okamura
Fuel economy can be improved by reducing engine displacement, thanks to the resulting smaller friction losses and pumping losses. However, smaller engines frequently operate at high-engine speed and high-load, when pressure on the accelerator increases during acceleration and at high speed. To protect exhaust system components from thermal stress, exhaust gas temperature is reduced by fuel enrichment. To improve fuel economy, it is important to increase the frequency of stoichiometric operation at high-engine speed and high-load. Usually, the start timing of fuel enrichment is based upon temperature requirements to protect the catalyst. In the high-engine speed and high-load zone, the threshold temperature of catalyst protection is attained after some time because of the heat mass. Therefore, stoichiometric operation can be maintained until the catalyst temperature reaches the threshold temperature. The existing system is operated stoichiometrically by estimating the time when the catalyst temperature will reach threshold temperature.
2013-04-08
Technical Paper
2013-01-0622
Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Osamu Fukata
This paper deals with a vehicle detection method for realizing a blind spot warning function, under various environmental conditions. We introduced a method that is capable of discriminating the target object vehicles, under poor lighting conditions and in cases where the lens may be exposed to splashes in wet, snow and dirt roads. The image sensing of the vehicle detection consists of four functional components: obstacle detection, velocity estimation, vertical edge detection, and final classification. Such componets allow robust performances resembling geometry based approaches, with low calculation power as an apperance based approach. This paper describes the functional components, and furthermore methods to enhance the performances under low contrast conditions and also suppress false detections caused by residue on the lens, which becomes essential for installation on vehicles driven in actual road conditions.
2013-04-08
Technical Paper
2013-01-1217
Masatsugu Inui, Makoto Kobayashi, Kensaku Oowaki, Takayoshi Furukawa, Yuji Mihara, Michiyasu Owashi
Reducing friction in the crankshaft main bearings is an effective means of improving the fuel efficiency of reciprocating internal combustion engines. To realize these improvements, it is necessary to understand the lubricating conditions, in particular the oil film pressure distributions between crankshaft and bearings. In this study, we developed a thin-film pressure sensor and applied it to the measurement of engine main bearing oil film pressure in a 4-cylinder, 2.5 L gasoline engine. This thin-film sensor is applied directly to the bearing surface by sputtering, allowing for measurement of oil film pressure without changing the shape and rigidity of the bearing. Moreover, the sensor material and shape were optimized to minimize influence from strain and temperature on the oil film pressure measurement. Measurements were performed at the No. 2 and 5 main bearings. Results confirmed that main bearing oil film pressure is primarily influenced by the combustion pressure of adjacent cylinders, but the range of influence varies between bearings.
2013-04-08
Technical Paper
2013-01-0680
Takuro Matsuda, Shin-ichiro Jo, Hikaru Nishira, Yoshitaka Deguchi
This paper proposes a method of estimating road friction and tire slip angle in a cornering maneuver. The method can estimate front tire road friction accurately at low lateral acceleration because it is based on the tire self-aligning torque (SAT) that exhibits high sensitivity to road friction at low slip angles. Road friction and tire slip angle, which are mutually interdependent, are estimated simultaneously using an extended Kalman filter designed around a model describing the relationship between road friction and SAT and a vehicle lateral dynamic model. The front tire SAT is calculated with a mathematical model that describes the torque transmission characteristics from the electric power steering torque to SAT. Therefore, the proposed method is readily applicable to production vehicles. Results of an experimental study show that the change in road friction is instantaneously estimated at low lateral acceleration.
2013-04-08
Technical Paper
2013-01-1303
Manabu Hasegawa, Toru Nishizawa, Yoshihiro Imaoka, Keiji Kawamoto, Atsushi Teraji, Shuichi Iio
For diesel engine, lower compression ratio has been demanded to improve fuel consumption, exhaust emission and maximum power recently. However, low compression ratio engine might have combustion instability issues under cold temperature condition, especially just after engine started. As a first step of this study, cold temperature combustion was investigated by in-cylinder pressure analysis and it found out that higher heat release around top dead center, which was mainly contributed by pilot injection, was the key factor to improve engine speed fluctuation. For further understanding of combustion in cold condition, particularly mixture formation near a glow plug, 3D CFD simulation was applied. Specifically for this purpose, TI (Time-scale Interaction) combustion model has been developed for simulating combustion phenomena. This model was based on a reasonable combustion mode, taking into account the characteristic time scale of chemical reactions and turbulence eddy break-up. In addition, parameters of the ignition model and computational grids near glow plug were improved to apply under cold start conditions.
2013-03-25
Technical Paper
2013-01-0085
Kraisorn Throngnumchai, Hidekazu Nishiuchi, Yousuke Matsuno, Hiroshi Satoh
An active vision system equipped with a high-speed pulsed light-emitting projector and a high-speed image sensor is proposed and applied to lane marker detection in this paper. The proposed system has the capability to suppress image information obtained from the background light and provides only the image information from the signal light emitted by the projector. This is accomplished by synchronizing image capture with the time of signal light emission. To reduce the power consumption and cost of the system, a relatively low intensity projector is used as the light source. The background illuminance on a bright day can be much higher than that of the signal. To improve the signal-to-background ratio, the signal light is modulated using a pulse width modulation technique. Then, the image is captured using a high-speed camera operating in synchronization with the time the signal light is emitted. Finally, heterodyne lock-in image detection is performed by digital multiplication of the output of the camera and the width of the signal light, and a digital low-pass filter is used for extracting only the low-frequency component of the multiplication result.
2013-03-25
Technical Paper
2013-01-0009
Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Yasunari Hanaki
Particulate matter (PM) including soot in diesel exhaust gas is a serious atmospheric pollutant, and stricter exhaust emission standards are being set in many countries. As one of the key technologies, a diesel particulate filter (DPF) for PM trap in the after-treatment of the exhaust gas has been developed. Typically, the inlet size of filter monolith is about 2 mm, and the thickness of the filter wall is only 0.2 mm, where soot particles are removed. It is impossible to observe the small-scale phenomena inside the filter, experimentally. Then, in the present study, we conducted microfluidic simulation with soot oxidation. Here, a real cordierite filter was used in the simulation. The inner structure of the filter was scanned by a 3D X-ray CT Computed Tomography) technique. The advantage is that it is non-intrusive system, and it has a high spatial resolution in the micrometer. By conducting tomography-assisted simulation, we obtained local velocity and pressure distributions of the complex microfluidics in the filter, which is hardly obtained by measurements.
2011-11-18
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Nissan has released our original HEV system in Japan on November 2010, and will release it in US market on March 2011. The 1 motor 2 clutch parallel type using conventional 7 speed automatic transmission has been employed without torque converter and with a manganese cathode and laminated type Li-ion Battery. This system is well recognized its higher efficiency but lower weight and cost, however, has never realized due to technical difficulties of smoothness. At this session, performance achievements and hinged breakthrough technologies will be presented. Presenter Tetsuya Takahashi, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
2011-09-26
Video
Development of the Nissan LEAF. Presenter Shigetoshi Tokuoka, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
2011-08-30
Technical Paper
2011-01-1930
Ken-ichi Okamoto, Takashi Kaneko, Tomoaki Kakihara, Keiichi Tsuchihashi, Masanori Okada, Kiminobu Hirata, Tsutomu Hasegawa, Yoshiro Egashira, Masahiko Shibuya, Keiichi Koseki, Toru Kawatani, Ken Matsuura, Kyouji Hosono, Mamoru Miyazaki
In Biodiesel Fuel Research Working Group(WG) of Japan Auto-Oil Program(JATOP), some impacts of high biodiesel blends have been investigated from the viewpoints of fuel properties, stability, emissions, exhaust aftertreatment systems, cold driveability, mixing in engine oils, durability/reliability and so on. This report is designed to determine how high biodiesel blends affect oil quality through testing on 2005 regulations engines with DPFs. When blends of 10-20% rapeseed methyl ester (RME) with diesel fuel are employed with 10W-30 engine oil, the oil change interval is reduced to about a half due to a drop in oil pressure. The oil pressure drop occurs because of the reduced kinematic viscosity of engine oil, which resulting from dilution of poorly evaporated RME with engine oil and its accumulation, however, leading to increased wear of piston top rings and cylinder liners. When a blend of 10% hydrogenated biodiesel (HBD) with diesel fuel is employed with 10W-30 engine oil, the pressure drop is smaller than that of 10-20% RME blends, because HBD has less heavy fraction compared to RME, and thus, even when diluting with engine oil, HBD can evaporate and is not apt to accumulate.
2011-05-17
Technical Paper
2011-39-7239
Kenji Arai, Kazuyuki Higashi, Tsuyoshi Oguchi, Nagayama Kazutoshi, Hiroshi Miyata, Yasuhiro Okada, Jun Motosugi
At Nissan we have developed a new parallel hybrid system for rear-wheel-drive hybrid vehicles. As the main components of the hybrid system, both the motor and the inverter have been developed and are manufactured in house to attain high power density for providing responsive acceleration, a quiet EV drive mode and improved fuel economy. Because the motor is located between the engine and the transmission, it had to be shortened to be within the length allowed for the powertrain. Therefore, new technologies have been developed such as high-density, square-shaped windings and an optimized magnetic circuit specially designed for concentrated winding motors. The inverter is sized to a 12V battery, which it replaces in the engine compartment. Despite its compact size, the inverter must have rather large current capacity to drive a high-power motor. Heat management is critical to the design of a small but high-power inverter. The inverter was designed not only to transfer heat efficiently to a heat sink but also to control the gate driver sequence so as to reduce heat generation in the power semiconductors due to the switching loss.
2011-05-17
Technical Paper
2011-39-7260
Mitsutaka Abe, Takanori Oku, Yasuhiro Numao, Satoshi Takaichi, Masanari Yanagisawa
In 2006, Nissan began limited leasing of the X-TRAIL FCV equipped with their in-house developed Fuel Cell (FC) stack. Since then, the FC stack has been improved in durability, cold start-up capability, cost and size with the aim of promoting full-scale commercialization of FCVs. However, reduction of cost and size has remained a significant challenge because limited mass transport through the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) has made it difficult to increase the rated current density of the FC. Furthermore, it has been difficult to reduce the variety of FC stack components due to the complex stack configuration. In this study, improvements have been achieved mainly by adopting an advanced MEA to overcome these difficulties. First, the adoption of a new MEA and separators has improved mass transport through the MEA for increased rated current density. Second, an integrated molded frame (IMF) has been adopted as the MEA support. One advantage of the IMF is its simplified structure and production process, reducing the MEA cost.
2011-05-17
Technical Paper
2011-39-7217
Gaku Sone
Nissan LEAF that is a new model of an Electric Vehicle has dedicated IT system as standard equipment. Concept of this IT system, Services provided to owners and technical solutions to be introduced.
2011-05-17
Technical Paper
2011-39-7207
Kazutoshi Ohbu, Hiroshi Yamakawa, Seiji Hoshi, Yusuke Kageyama, Kouichi Hisada, Hideaki Misawa
Electric Vehicle distinctive techniques in order to enhance the vehicle dynamic performance have been studied and applied to Nissan LEAF. From the viewpoint of performance design parameters, this paper introduces the application items focusing on effectuality for the vehicle behavior by means of the yawing motion and the rolling motion control of its vehicle. As the result, the effects of vehicle performance are shown in experimental data.
2011-05-17
Technical Paper
2011-39-7211
Noriaki Fujiki, Yuichi Koike, Yoshinori Ito, Goro Suzuki, Shinnosuke Gotoh, Yukio Ohtani, Tohma Yamagucki
This paper presents the electrically driven intelligent brake system that has been developed for electric vehicles, which are expected to penetrate markets rapidly amid the ongoing energy paradigm shift. This brake system achieves a cooperative energy regeneration function and high responsiveness while providing braking performance, system reliability and vehicle mounting ease equal to that of conventional brake systems with a vacuum booster. This paper outlines the newly developed brake system and describes how to decide the target brake force which is achieved a regenerative braking capability for recovering energy efficiently without sacrificing braking.
2011-05-17
Technical Paper
2011-39-7232
Hayata Uwai, Atsushi Isoda, Nobuhiko Takahashi
An electric vehicle (EV) is promising as clean energy powered vehicle, due to increased interest in fuel economy and environment in recent years. However, it requires to meet unique safety performance such as electric safety. Nissan has developed a new electric vehicle which achieves electric safety in addition to maintaining enough cruising distance and cabin space. This was achieved by I he development of an all-new platform for electric vehicles. The electric safety was enhanced by the protection of high-voltage components based on consideration of component layout and body structure, high-voltage shutdown by impact sensing system and prevention of short circuit by fuse in the battery. As an example of the protection of high-voltage components, the battery which locates under the floor was protected by elaborative packaging and multi-layer protection structure.
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