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Technical Paper
Ryosuke Utaka, Hiroshi Kaneiwa, Atsushi Umeda, Tatsuhiko Mizutani, Akira Takasaki, Mitsuru Kato
Down-sizing and dielectric insulation were required for the traction motors of hybrid vehicles. By utilizing the newly developed coil with thick resin insulation atop the conventional enamel film, the use of conventional inter-phase insulation paper was abolished. Furthermore, by adopting the stair-shaped coil structure and spiral winding configuration, the stator size was minimized. With the above technologies, the motor installation to smaller hybrid vehicles was realized, thus contributing to weight reduction of hybrid vehicles.
Journal Article
Shigefumi Tokuda, Masato Kubota, Yasushi Noguchi
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) shape optimization technology is playing an increasingly significant role in the development of products that satisfy various demands, including trade-off relationships. It offers the possibility of designing or improving product shape with respect to a given cost function, subject to geometrical constraints. However, conventional CFD shape optimization technology that uses parametric shape modification has two following issues: (1) expensive computational cost to obtain the final shape, (2) performance variations of the obtained shape depends on the skill or experience of the designer who determined the locations to be modified. In this study, to resolve those problems, an efficient shape optimization technology was developed that uses the adjoint method to perform sensitivity analysis of a cost function on the design parameters. It is composed of a combination of topology optimization and surface geometry optimization.
Technical Paper
Souich Matsushita, Tokuta Inoue, Kiyoshi Nakanishi, Kenji Kato, Nobuyuki Kobayashi
The lean combustion of an SI engine has been recognized as one of the most promising methods for further improvement of fuel economy. There has been, however, difficulty in extending the lean misfire limit enough to realize NOx emission levels below the mandatory level and still keep satisfactory driveability. A simulation study has been carried out to search for the possibility of getting better fuel economy under the constrainsts of NOx emission and driveability. To realize the optimum calibration, the lean misfire limit has been extended by the introduction of (1) high swirl and high combustion chamber turbulence through the use of a helical port with an unique swirl control valve, (2) a newly developed ZrO2 lean mixture sensor and (3) the multi-point fuel injection with sophisticated control. A very good fuel economy level of 17.0 km/1 (Japanese 10 mode) has been accomplished while still meeting the NOx emission cycle regulation of 0.25 g/km.
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