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Target Setting Process for Hybrid Electric Drives Using TPA, Jury Studies, and Torque Management

2019-06-05
2019-01-1453
The idea of improved efficiency without compromising the “fun to drive” aspect has renewed the auto industry’s interest toward electrification and hybridization. Electric drives benefit from having multiple gear ratios which can use advantageous operating set points thus increasing range. Hybrid vehicles benefit significantly from frequent decelerations and stopping as is experienced in city driving conditions. To recuperate as much energy as possible, deceleration is done at high torque. This presents an interesting but serious sound quality issue in the form of highly tonal whine harmonics of rapidly changing gears that do not track with vehicle speed thus being objectionable to the vehicle occupants. This paper presents an NVH target setting process for a hybrid electric transmission being integrated into two existing vehicles, one belonging to the premium segment and another aimed at enthusiasts with off-road applications.
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Design & Validation of Low-Cost Sound Intensity Probe

2019-06-05
2019-01-1462
Sound intensity measurement techniques, that used a two-microphone setup, were first developed in the late 1970s. Back then, the focus was on improving precision during testing or post-processing because the equipment available was inherently inaccurate. However, with the advent of modern, sophisticated equipment, the focus has shifted to the apparatus. Availability of phase-matched microphones has made post-test correction obsolete as the microphones eliminate a majority of the errors before the data is even collected. This accuracy, however, comes at a price, as phase-matched microphones are highly priced. This paper discusses employing the method of improving post-processing precision, using inexpensive, current equipment. The phase error of the system is corrected using a simple calibration technique and a handheld phase calibrator that is similar to the one used for amplitude calibration of microphones.
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Method development for half shaft joint characterization to predict and evaluate its influence on low idle vibration in vehicle.

2019-06-05
2019-01-1558
Method development for half shaft joint characterization to predict and evaluate its influence on low idle vibration in vehicle. Author: Prasad Vesikar, Saeed Siavoshani, Siemens PLM Yuan Wei, FCA LLC In conventional IC engine powered vehicles, engine low idle vibrations of vehicle between 20 to 50Hz range is very common NVH issue. Engine excitations pass through mounts and half shafts to body structure. Half shaft designs are observed to be major influencing factor in managing these low idle vehicle vibrations. Half shaft’s dynamic characteristics are mainly dependent upon the universal joints design in the shaft. To evaluate the half shaft designs for its influence on the low idle vibration in early phase of vehicle program, predictive model of shaft is required to be generated. The shafts at low idle engine running condition are at specific pre load and shafts needs to be characterized under that preload to use in the full vehicle predictive modeling.
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New method for decoupling the Powertrain Roll mode to improve Idle Vibration

2019-06-05
2019-01-1588
Modern engines have high torque outputs and have low RPM due to increased demand for fuel efficiency. Such engines have high vibration and must be mitigated for customer comfort. Decoupling the roll mode from the remaining five rigid body modes results in a vibratory response which is predominantly about the torque roll axis (TRA). Therefore, placing the mounts on the TRA early in the design phase is crucial. Best NVH performance can be obtained by optimizing the powertrain mount parameters like position, orientation and stiffness. Many times, packaging restricts the mounts to be placed about the TRA resulting in degradation in NVH performance. Assuming that the engine mounts cannot be moved, let the desired TRA be the line through the existing engine mount (body side) centers. We propose a novel method of shifting the TRA by adding mass modifying the powertrain inertia such that the new TRA is parallel to and on top of the desired TRA.
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Notch plasticity and fatigue modelling of AZ31B-H24 magnesium alloy sheet

2019-04-02
2019-01-0530
Vehicle weight reduction through the use of components made of magnesium alloys is an effective way to reduce carbon dioxide emission and improve fuel economy. In the design of these components, which are mostly under cyclic loading, notches are inevitably present. In this study, surface strain distribution and crack initiation sites in the notch region of AZ31B-H24 Mg alloy specimens under uniaxial load are recorded via digital image correlation. Predicted strains from finite-element analysis using LS-DYNA material types 124 (MAT_PLASTICITY_COMPRESSION_TENSION) and 233 (MAT_CAZACU_BARLAT) are compared against experimental measurements during quasi-static and cyclic loadings. It is concluded that MAT_233, when calibrated using cyclic tensile and compressive stress-strain curves, is capable of predicting strain at the notch root.
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PHEV Real World Driving Cycle and Energy and Fuel Consumption Reduction Potential for Connected and Automated Vehicles

2019-04-02
2019-01-0307
This paper presents real world driving energy and fuel consumption results for the second-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). A drive cycle, local to Michigan Technological University, was designed to mimic urban and highway driving test cycles in terms of distance, transients and average velocity, but with significant elevation changes to establish an energy intensive real world driving cycle for assessing potential energy savings for connected and automated vehicle control. The investigation began by establishing baseline and repeatability of energy consumption at various battery states of charges. It was determined that drive cycle energy consumption under a randomized set of boundary conditions varied within 3.4% of mean energy consumption regardless of initial battery state of charge.
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Methods of Pegging Cylinder Pressure to Maximize Data Quality

2019-04-02
2019-01-0721
Engine cylinder pressure measured with piezo-electric pressure transducers must be referenced or pegged to a known pressure at some point in the engine cycle. Traditionally, the pressure has been pegged to the pressure in the intake manifold plenum at Bottom Dead Center (BDC) at the end of the intake stroke. However, an error in pegging induces an error in the cylinder pressure trace, which has an adverse effect on the entire combustion analysis. This research is focused on assessing the pegging error for several pegging methods across a wide range of engine operating conditions, and ultimately determining best practices to minimize error in pegging and its propagation to calculated combustion metrics. The study was conducted through 1D simulations run in the commercially available GT-Power. The points studied included variations of speed, load, intake runner length and intake valve timing (including Late Intake Valve Closing (LIVC) and Early Intake Valve Closing (EIVC)).
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Spark Mechanism in High Speed Flow

2019-04-02
2019-01-0729
An experimental study was performed to investigate spark ignition and subsequent spark stretch evolution of inert nitrogen charge gas under high-velocity flow conditions across the electrode gap in a constant-volume optical combustion vessel. The vessel is capable of generating various in-cylinder thermodynamic conditions representative of light-duty spark ignition engines. It realizes a high flow velocity of 32 m/s created by a new high cross flow design. The characteristic behavior of the spark stretch was captured through a high-speed imaging of flow under elevated pressure conditions starting from atmosphere to 45 bar. Results show that the spark flowing downstream the spark plug is subject to restrike after electrical breakdown in high speed flows. Spark plug orientations and gap sizes as well as the charge gas pressure are determined to have significant influence on spark stretch development and electrical discharge time prediction.
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Efficiency Evaluation of Lower Viscosity ATF in Planetary Automatic Transmission for Improved Fuel Economy

2019-04-02
2019-01-1296
With continued industry focus on reducing parasitic transmission and driveline losses, detailed studies are required to quantify potential enablers to improve vehicle fuel economy. Investigations were undertaken to understand the influence of lower viscosity Automatic Transmission Fluids (ATF) on transmission efficiency as compared with conventional fluids. The objectives of this study were to quantify the losses of lower viscosity ATF as compared with conventional ATF, and to understand the influence of ATF properties including viscosities, base oil types, and additive packages on fuel efficiency. The transmission efficiency investigations were conducted on a test bench following a vehicle-based break-in of the transmission using a prescribed drive cycle on a chassis dynamometer. At low temperature, the lower viscosity ATF showed a clear advantage over the conventional ATF in both spin loss and loaded efficiency evaluations.
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Impinged Diesel Spray Combustion Evaluation for Indirect Air-Fuel Mixing Processes and Its Comparison with Non-Vaporing Impinging Spray Under Diesel Engine Conditions

2019-04-02
2019-01-0267
Under low-temperature combustion for the high fuel efficiency and low emissions achievement, the fuel impingement often occurs in diesel engines with direct injection especially for a short distance between the injector and piston head/cylinder wall. Spray impingement plays an important role in the mixing-controlled combustion phase since it affects the air-fuel mixing rate through the disrupted event by the impingement. However, the degree of air entrainment into the spray is hard to be directly evaluated. Since the high spray expansion rate could allow more opportunity for fuel to mix with air, in this study, the expansion rate of impinged flame is quantified and compared with the spray expansion rate under non-vaporizing conditions. The experiments were conducted in a constant volume combustion chamber with an ambient density of 22.8 kg/m3 and the injection pressure of 150 MPa.
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Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) for Optimization of Catalytic Converter Design to Improve Under-hood Thermal Management

2019-04-02
2019-01-1263
The Catalytic Converter is part of the exhaust system that emits significant heat to the surrounding components. With increasing need for tight under-hood spaces it is very critical to manage the heat emitted by the catalytic converter and exhaust pipes in order to provide adequate thermal protection to surrounding components. The exhaust surface temperature is simulated as a function of time to account for transient effect. The simulation also considers various duty cycles such as road load, city traffic and grade driving conditions. To control the heat output of the exhaust system to the surrounding components, different heat shields and insulation materials have been considered. In this paper, analysis approach using Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) has been applied in order to determine a robust design that meets all objectives of under-hood thermal protection.
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Investigation and Optimization of CAM actuation of an Over-Expanded Atkinson Cycle Spark-Ignited Engine

2019-04-02
2019-01-0250
An over-expanded engine was investigated via engine simulation in this work with a design constrained Atkinson mechanically actuated cycle mechanism. A conventional 4-stroke spark-ignited turbo-charged engine with a compression ratio of 9.2 and peak BMEP of 22 bar was selected as the baseline. With geometry and design constraints including bore, stroke, compression ratio, clearance volumes at TDC firing and gas exchange, and packaging, two over-expanded engine mechanisms with stroke ratios of 1.3 and 1.5 were designed. Starting with a validated 1D engine simulation model which included calibration of the in-cylinder heat transfer model, SI turbulent combustion model, and combustion knock model, several investigations of the two Atkinson variants including cam optimization were studied. This included investigation of the effects of offset piston TDC locations and different durations of the 4-strokes due to the mechanism.
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Influence of Elevated Injector Temperature on the Spray Characteristics of GDI Sprays

2019-04-02
2019-01-0268
When fuel at elevated temperatures is injected into an ambient environment at a pressure lower than the saturation pressure of the fuel, the fuel vaporizes in the nozzle and/or immediately upon exiting the nozzle; that is, it undergoes flash boiling. It is characterized by a two-phase flow regime co-located with primary breakup, which significantly affects the spray characteristics. Under flash boiling conditions, the near nozzle spray angle increases, which can lead to shorter penetration because of increased entrainment. In a multi-hole injector this can cause other impacts downstream resulting from the increased plume to plume interactions. To study the effect of injector temperature and injection pressure with real fuels, an experimental investigation of the spray characteristics of a summer grade gasoline fuel with 10% ethanol (E10) was conducted in an optically accessible constant volume spray vessel.
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Control-Oriented Modeling of a Vehicle Drivetrain for Shuffle and Clunk Mitigation

2019-04-02
2019-01-0345
Flexibility and backlash of vehicle drivelines typically cause unwanted oscillations and noise, known as shuffle and clunk, during tip-in and tip-out events. Computationally efficient and accurate driveline models are necessary for the design and evaluation of torque shaping strategies to mitigate this shuffle and clunk. To accomplish these goals, this paper develops two control-oriented models, i.e., a full-order physics-based model and a reduced-order model, which capture the main dynamics that influence the shuffle and clunk phenomena. The full-order model comprises several components, including the engine as a torque generator, backlash elements as discontinuities, and propeller and axle shafts as compliant elements. This model is experimentally validated using the data collected from a Ford truck. The validation results indicate less than 1% error between the model and measured shuffle oscillation frequencies.
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Process for Study of Micro-pilot Diesel-NG Dual Fuel Combustion in a Constant Volume Combustion Vessel Utilizing the Premixed Pre-burn Procedure

2019-04-02
2019-01-1160
A constant volume spray and combustion vessel utilizing the pre-burn mixture procedure to generate pressure, temperature, and composition characteristic of near TDC conditions in compression ignition engines was modified with post pre-burn gas induction to incorporate a premixed methane gas prior to diesel injection to simulate processes in dual fuel engines. Two variants of the methane induction system were developed and studied. The first used a high-flow modified direct injection injector and the second utilized auxiliary ports in the vessel that are used for normal intake and exhaust events. Flow, mixing and limitations of the induction systems were studied. As a result of this study the high-flow modified direct injection injector was selected because of its controlled actuation and rapid closure. Further studies of the induction system limits post pre-burn were conducted to determine the pressure and temperature limits of the methane autoignition.
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Computationally Efficient Reduced-order Powertrain Model of a Multi-mode Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle for Connected and Automated Vehicles

2019-04-02
2019-01-1210
This paper presents the development of a reduced-order powertrain model for energy and SOC estimation of a multi-mode plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with velocity and elevation inputs. Such a model is intended to overcome the computational inefficiencies of higher fidelity powertrain and vehicle models in short and long horizon optimization efforts such as Coordinated Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC), Eco Approach and Departure (Eco AND), Eco Routing, and PHEV mode blending. The reduced-order powertrain model enables Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) to utilize the onboard sensor and connected data to quickly react and plan their maneuvers to highly dynamic road conditions with minimal computational resources. Although overall estimation accuracy is less than neural network and high-fidelity models, emphasis on runtime minimization with reasonable estimation accuracy enables energy optimization of CAV without a need for computationally expensive server-based models.
Technical Paper

Control Strategy and Energy Recovery Potential for P2 Parallel Hybrid Step Gear Automatic Transmissions

2019-04-02
2019-01-1302
The purpose of this investigation is to present a control strategy and energy recovery potential for P2 parallel hybrid step gear automatic transmissions. The automatic transmission types considered for the investigation are rear wheel drive a dual clutch transmission and a 10 speed planetary automatic equipped each equipped with a significant electric motor between the engine and transmission. The governing equations of clutch-to-clutch upshift controls are presented for each transmission type and various strategies are explored for executing the upshift under various input torque levels, shift times and engine torque management approaches. A lumped parameter dynamic model including the P2 electrification system is utilized for each transmission type to represent dynamic behavior representative of that expected in vehicle for achieving various levels of shift quality assessed with vibration dose value.
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Application of Simplified Load Path Models for BIW Development

2019-04-02
2019-01-0614
Simplified load path models (SLMs) of the body in white (BIW) are an important tool in the body structure design process providing a highly flexible, idealized concept model to explore the design space through load path evaluation, material selection, and section optimization with rapid turnaround. In partnership with Altair Engineering, the C123 process was used to create and optimize SLMs for BIW models at FCA US LLC. These models help structures engineers to develop efficient load paths, sections, and joints for improved NVH as ultra-high-strength steels enable thinner gauges throughout the body structure. A few key differences in the SLM modeling method are contrasted to previous simplified BIW modeling methods. One such example is the parameterization of cross sections through response surface models rather than using contemporary finite element descriptions of arbitrary cross sections.
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Automotive HVAC Dual System Cool-down Optimization Using a DFSS Approach

2019-04-02
2019-01-0892
In automotive industry, the HVAC units and air distribution are an integral part of the climate control system and passenger comfort. Automotive AC systems are typically either single unit or dual unit systems, while the dual unit systems have an additional rear evaporator. The refrigerant evaporates inside these evaporators by taking heat and condensing the moisture from the recirculated or fresh air that is being pushed into the car cabin by air blowers. This incoming cold air in turn brings the cabin temperature and humidity to a level that is comfortable for the passengers. These HVAC units have their own thermal expansion valve to set the refrigerant flow, but both are connected to the main AC refrigerant loop. The airflows, however, are controlled independently for front and rear unit that can affect the temperature and amount of air coming into the cabin from each location and consequently the overall cabin cool-down performance.
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EVALUATION OF UNAGED GPF FILTRATION AND REGENERATION AS INFLUENCED BY SOOT MORPHOLOGY, REACTIVITY AND GPF LOADING

2019-04-02
2019-01-0975
As European tailpipe emission regulations for gasoline light-duty vehicles require reductions in particulate number, automotive manufacturers have begun equipping some vehicles with a gasoline particulate filter (GPF). Increased understanding of how soot morphology, reactivity and GPF loading interact and affect GPF filtration and regeneration characteristics is necessary for advancing GPF filtration performance. This study leverages changes in fuel injection parameters (likely to affect soot formation) to generate soot with variations in morphology and reactivity. Furthermore, this work sets out to explore the impact morphology, reactivity, and filter soot loading have on GPF filtration and regeneration. Soot morphology is explored using a transmission electron microscope (TEM), and soot reactivity is evaluated using a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) and isothermal oxidation events.
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