Methods of Pegging Cylinder Pressure to Maximize Data Quality
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)).