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A Concept Investigation Simulation Model on Hybrid Powertrains for Handheld Tools

Amid the increasing demand for higher efficiency in combustion driven handheld tools, the recent developments in electric machine technology together with the already existing benefits of small combustion engines for these applications favor the investigation of potential advantages in hybrid powertrain tools. This concept-design study aims to use a fully parametric, system-level simulation model with exchangeable blocks, created with a power-loss approach in Matlab and Simulink, in order to examine the potential of different hybrid configurations for different tool load cycles. After the model introduction, the results of numerous simulations for 36 to 100 cc engine displacement will be presented and compared in terms of overall system efficiency and overall powertrain size. The different optimum hybrid configurations can show a reduction of up to 30 % in system’s brake specific fuel consumption compared to the baseline combustion engine driven model.
Technical Paper

Autoignition of a Lubricating Oil Droplet with Fuel Ingredients on Abnormal Combustion of Supercharged SI Engine

The supercharged spark ignition engine (SI engine) has a problem of abnormal combustion. It is called Low Speed Pre-ignition (LSPI). The lubricating oil which has a tolerance for LSPI has been introduced already in automobile market nowadays. However, cause and mechanism of LSPI does not clear sufficiently. It has been reported that the peculiar behavior of LSPI corresponded with behavior of lubricating oil from piston crown. This paper focuses on effect of fuel ingredients on autoignition of a lubricating oil droplet about LSPI. On the ignition source point of view, it is important to clear the mechanism of a lubricating oil droplet autoignition in cylinder. This paper will be tried to clear its mechanism fundamentally by using of electric furnace which is heated an oil droplet. As a result, the activation energy E is found for quantitative evaluation of LSPI.
Technical Paper

Experimental Investigations on Evaporation Characteristics of Fuels for Low Temperature Combustion Engine Application

The combustion and emission formation in the advanced low temperature combustion (LTC) engine strategies are highly sensitive to fuel molecular composition and properties. Ignition timing in LTC is primarily controlled by fuel chemical kinetics and thus, tailoring of fuel properties is required to address its limitations in-terms of lack of control on ignition timing and narrow operating load range. Utilizing fuel blends and additives such as nanoparticles are one of the promising approaches to achieve targeted fuel property. An improved understanding of fundamental processes including fuel evaporation is required owing to its role in fuel-air mixing and thereby emission formation in LTC. In the present work, evaporation characteristics of blends of commercial fuels, viz. gasoline, diesel and alternative fuels, viz. ethanol and butanol are investigated. Further, graphene based nanoadditives at 0.05 wt % in gasoline, diesel and butanol are also investigated.
Training / Education

Fundamentals of Modern Vehicle Transmissions

Starting with a look at the transmission's primary function -- to couple the engine to the driveline and provide torque ratios between the two -- this updated and expanded seminar covers the latest transmission systems designed to achieve the most efficient engine operation. Current designs, the components and sub-systems used, their functional modes, how they operate, and the inter-relationships will be discussed. A manual transmission display will be used to explain ratios and how they function within the driveline.
Technical Paper

Transitioning from IC Engine to Electric Vehicle: An Optimized Wheel End Solution

This paper discusses the change in vehicle parameters when moving from a conventional internal combustion engine to electric motor. It discusses the impact on the wheel end bearings. Typically these include higher GAWRs (Gross Axle Weight Rating) at lower center of gravity heights. These changes require bearings to handle higher loads. Typically, larger loads will increase the bearing size and with it the mounting interface dimensions to auxiliary components. Timken demonstrates an alternative bearing design that can handle higher vehicle GAWRs but would allow for continuity in the surrounding brake corner components – saving OEMs significant design costs and delays.
Technical Paper

Real-World Application of Variable Pedal Feeling Using an Electric Brake Booster with Two Motors

A new type of electric brake booster, which can control brake pedal feeling completely with software, has been developed to explore how a brake system can be used to differentiate and personalize vehicles. In the future, vehicles may share an increasing amount of hardware and rely more heavily on software to differentiate between models. Car sharing, vehicle subscriptions, and other new business models may create a new emphasis on personalization of vehicles that may be achieved most cost effectively using software. This new brake booster controls brake pedal force and brake pressure independently based on the brake pedal stroke so that the pedal feeling is completely defined by software. The booster uses two electric motors and one master cylinder. One electric motor controls pedal force and provides an assist force that amplifies the force that the driver applies to the brake pedal.