1995-02-01

Ion-Gap Sense in Misfire Detection, Knock and Engine Control 950004

1. ABSTRACTThe combustion of fuel inside an engine cylinder produces ions. By applying a small DC voltage across the spark gap after ignition, ion current is produced. The ion current wave form contains combustion information and is called Ion-Gap sense. Ion-Gap sense is described and can be used to detect misfire, control knock, obtain cam phasing, and detect pre-ignition. In the future, it will provide air/fuel information.Test results on nine different engine types are summarized for misfire detection. Knock testing is reviewed for eight engines. Engine tests associated with engine control techniques have been included.

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