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Overset Mesh-Based Computational Investigations on the Aerodynamics of a Generic Car Model in Proximity to a Side-Wall

2019-10-21
Abstract This article discusses an approach to simulating a generic idealized car model (Ahmed body) moving in close proximity to a side-wall, using a transient Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) method. This phenomenon is very important in motorsports, where racing close to the safety barrier is common. Driving in close proximity to a side-wall alters the aerodynamic characteristics of the vehicle significantly; however, only a handful of published works exist in this area. Additionally, the experimental studies conducted in the past suffer from certain inadequacies, especially in terms of simulating the side-wall. This casts some uncertainty as to the relevance of these studies to the real-world problem. The present study attempts to imitate the real-world flow phenomenon by taking a nontraditional CFD approach of translating the body relative to the stationary surrounding fluid and side-wall instead of the classical method of flowing air over a stationary vehicle model.
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Reduced-Order Modeling of Vehicle Aerodynamics via Proper Orthogonal Decomposition

2019-10-21
Abstract Aerodynamic optimization of the exterior vehicle shape is a highly multidisciplinary task involving, among others, styling and aerodynamics. The often differing priorities of these two disciplines give rise to iterative loops between stylists and aerodynamicists. Reduced-order modeling (ROM) has the potential to shortcut these loops by enabling aerodynamic evaluations in real time. In this study, we aim to assess the performance of ROM via proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) for a real-life industrial test case, with focus on the achievable accuracy for the prediction of fields and aerodynamic coefficients. To that end, we create a training data set based on a six-dimensional parameterization of a Volkswagen passenger production car by computing 100 variants with Detached-Eddy simulations (DES).
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Nondestructive Measurement of Residual Strain in Connecting Rods Using Neutrons

2019-10-15
Abstract Increasing the strength of materials is effective in reducing weight and boosting structural part performance, but there are cases where the residual strain generated during the process of manufacturing of high-strength materials results in a decline of durability. It is therefore important to understand how the residual strain in a manufactured component changes due to processing conditions. In the case of a connecting rod, because the strain load on the connecting rod rib sections is high, it is necessary to clearly understand the distribution of strain in the ribs. However, because residual strain is generally measured by using X-ray diffractometers or strain gauges, measurements are limited to the surface layer of the parts. Neutron beams, however, have a higher penetration depth than X-rays, allowing for strain measurement in the bulk material.
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Modeling and Simulation of Refueling Emissions from Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

2019-10-14
Abstract Vehicular evaporative emissions are an important source of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Moreover, the engines of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) may not start for a long time, causing the activated carbon canister to not purge well in-use and to become saturated with fuel vapor. Therefore, the problems of evaporative emissions and refueling emissions of PHEVs are still severe. The objectives of this article are to model and simulate the refueling emissions from PHEVs to shorten the design and development cycle. To achieve the goals, the release of refueling emissions is divided into two stages: the depressurization stage and the refueling stage. The mathematical model has been established by means of the ideal gas law and the gas mass transfer and diffusion law. Then, the numerical model is built and the volume of fluid (VOF) model was applied in the simulation.
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A Predictive Tool to Evaluate Braking System Performance Using Thermo-Structural Finite Element Model

2019-10-14
Abstract The braking phenomenon is an aspect of vehicle stopping performance where with kinetic energy due to the speed of the vehicle is transformed into thermal energy produced by the brake disc and its pads. The heat must then be dissipated into the surrounding structure and into the airflow around the brake system. The thermal friction field during the braking phase between the disc and the brake pads can lead to excessive temperatures. In our work, we presented numerical modeling using ANSYS software adapted in the finite element method (FEM), to follow the evolution of the global temperatures for the two types of brake discs, full and ventilated disc during braking scenario. Also, numerical simulation of the transient thermal analysis and the static structural analysis were performed here sequentially, with coupled thermo-structural method.
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Active Safety System for Connected Vehicles

2019-10-14
Abstract The development of connected-vehicle technology, which includes vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications, opens the door for unprecedented active safety and driver-enhanced systems. In addition to exchanging basic traffic messages among vehicles for safety applications, a significantly higher level of safety can be achieved when vehicles and designated infrastructure locations share their sensor data. In this article, we propose a new system where cameras installed on multiple vehicles and infrastructure locations share and fuse their visual data and detected objects in real time. The transmission of camera data and/or detected objects (e.g., pedestrians, vehicles, cyclists, etc.) can be accomplished by many communication methods. In particular, such communications can be accomplished using the emerging Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) technology.
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Gasoline Particulate Filter Substrate Heterogeneity Effects on Its Performance

2019-10-14
Abstract Continuously tightening Particulate Matter (PM) and Particulate Number (PN) regulations make Gasoline Particulate Filters (GPFs) with high filtration efficiency and low pressure drop highly desirable as Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines increase in market share. Due to packaging constraints, GPFs are often coated with three-way catalyst (TWC) materials to achieve four-way functionality. Therefore, it is critical to investigate the effects of various washcoating strategies on GPF performance. A three-dimensional (3D) Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model, along with an analytical filtration model was created. A User Defined Function (UDF) was implemented to define the heterogeneous properties of the GPF wall due to washcoating or ash membrane application. The model demonstrated the ability to predict transient filtration efficiency and pressure drop of uncoated and washcoated GPFs.
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Spring Calculations Using Noonan’s XymT Method and an Eccentric Force

2019-10-14
Abstract The usual method of calculating spring deflection is to assume the end force acts through the central axis of the spring. The author takes a different approach where he calculates the eccentricity of the end force and from this calculates the spring deflection due to combined bending and torsion using a completely new model which he names the Noonan XymT Method. Also, the usual method widely used, where a strain energy approach is used, is proven to be in error. That statement is proven using a special example. Rough measurements have shown that the displacements calculated using the Strain Energy Method, can have errors as high as 40%, at a position up 0.6 coils from the bottom of the spring, and 10% at the top of the spring. The reason for this error has been identified, and calculations using Noonan’s XymT Method greatly reduces, if not eliminates, this error. This is particularly relevant in calculating individual coil stiffness and binding.
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A Contribution to Improving the Thermal Management of Powertrain Systems

2019-10-08
Abstract This work presents a generalized methodology for the optimal thermal management of different powertrain devices. The methodology is based on the adoption of an electrically driven pump and on the development of a specifically designed controller algorithm. This is achieved following a Model Predictive Control approach and requires a generalized lumped-parameters model of the thermal exchange between the device walls and the coolant. The methodology is validated at a test rig, with reference to a four-cylinder spark-ignition engine. Results show that the proposed approach allows a reduction in fuel consumption of about 2-3% during the engine warm-up, a decrease in fuel consumption of about 1-2% during fully warmed operation, and an estimated fuel consumption reduction of about 2.5-3% in an NEDC. Finally, the investigation highlights that the proposed approach reduces the risk of after-boiling when the engine is rapidly switched off after a prolonged high-load operation.
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Effects of Water Injector Spray Angle and Injector Orientation on Emission and Performance of a GDI Engine - A CFD Analysis

2019-10-08
Abstract Higher water evaporation and proper water vapor distribution in the cylinder are very vital for improving emission and performance characteristics of water-injected engines. The concentration of water vapor should be higher and uniform near the walls of the combustion chamber and nil at the spark plug location. In direct water-injected engines, water evaporation, vapor distribution, and spray impingement are highly dependent on injector parameters, viz., water injector orientation (WIO), location, and spray angle. Therefore, in this article, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) investigation is conducted to study the effects of water injector spray angle (WISA), and WIO on the water evaporation, emission, and performance characteristics of a four-stroke, wall-guided gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine. The WISA is varied from 10° to 35°, whereas the WIO is varied from 15° to 35° in steps of 5°.
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ERRATUM

2019-10-07
The paper was originally published with the authors in the incorrect order. The correct author order should be as follows: Charlotte Fossier, Université de Lyon Dennis Barday, Volvo Group Christophe Changenet, Université de Lyon Fabrice Ville, Université de Lyon Vincent Berier, Volvo Group
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Optimization of Pneumatic Network Actuators with Isosceles Trapezoidal Chambers

2019-10-04
Abstract Soft actuators with pneumatic network have innovative potential applications in medical and rehabilitation areas. The performance of this kind of actuators is determined by the design of chambers and the properties of the active extensible layer and the passive inextensible layer. In this article, actuator with isosceles trapezoidal chambers is proposed. Orthogonal experiment design and finite element method are used to optimize the structure of actuators. Results indicate that adding constrain-limiting paper in the passive layer can significantly reduce the bending radius. Position of the paper in the passive layer also affects the bending radius. Actuators with trapezoidal chambers can have a smaller bending radius compared with that with rectangle chambers. The bending radius decreases as the ratio of short base to long base of trapezoid decreases. Increasing the number density of chambers can further reduce the bending radius.
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A Novel Metaheuristic for Adaptive Signal Timing Optimization Considering Emergency Vehicle Preemption and Tram Priority

2019-09-24
Abstract In this article, a novel hybrid metaheuristic based on passing vehicle search (PVS) cultural algorithm (CA) is proposed. This contribution has a twofold aim: First is to present the new hybrid PVS-CA. Second is to prove the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm for adaptive signal timing optimization. For this, a system that can adapt efficiently to the real-time traffic situation based on priority signal control is developed. Hence, Transit Signal Priority (TSP) techniques have been used to adjust signal phasing in order to serve emergency vehicles (EVs) and manage the tram priority in a coordinated tram intersection. The system used in this study provides cyclic signal operation based on a real-time control approach, including an optimization process and a database to manage the sensor data from detectors for real-time predictions of EV and tram arrival time.
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An Energy Management Strategy for Through-the-Road Type Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

2019-09-19
Abstract This article proposes an energy management strategy for a through-the-road (TTR) plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to achieve efficient fuel consumption performance. The target hybrid powertrain includes an electric traction motor, an integrated starter/generator (ISG), and a gasoline internal combustion engine (ICE) in the front axle and another electric motor in the rear axle. The energy management strategy is organized into six functional modules. The power mode is determined by the driver’s pedal demand, vehicle states, and the characteristics of the related power units to increase the overall system efficiency. The energy management strategy and the vehicle models are established in the Matlab/Simulink by using dSPACE Automotive Simulation Models (ASM) software. The proposed strategy is examined in terms of three test scenarios in the Model-in-the-Loop (MiL) simulations.
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Evaluation of Dynamic Wheel Alignment Audit System Performance

2019-09-03
Abstract Wheel alignment audit systems are used in vehicle service environments to identify vehicles which may benefit from a comprehensive evaluation on a precision static alignment measurement system. Non-contact dynamic wheel alignment audit systems acquire measurement data from vehicles in motion passing between sensors in an inspection lane. The dynamic nature of the moving vehicles introduces variables which are not present when auditing wheel alignment on a static vehicle. Measurement results are affected by changes in vehicle velocity, steering movement, suspension movement, floor surface conditions, tire sidewall profiles, and driver presence, as well as other variables.
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Brake Squeal Prevention through Suspension Design and Adaptive Suspension

2019-09-03
Abstract The brake squeal phenomenon has bothered automobile manufacturers for a long time. Although having no ill effects on the braking performance, the squeaky noise is often a nuisance and one of the major complaints of many customers. In order to design quality and noise-free automobiles, the brake squeal issue has to be permanently tackled. Controlling brake squeal by the addition of damping on the disk and shape optimization has been suggested by many researchers. Other methods proposed in the literature include the use of a different brake pad material or an anti-squeal paste. However, the effect of the type of brake pad suspension on brake squeal has not been studied. In this article, we demonstrate that the use of a 4-element viscoelastic support can help prevent brake squeal for the practical vehicle speed range. For a 2-element support, we have identified a suitable control parameter and proposed an efficient active control for squeal prevention based on that.
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Investigation of a Model-Based Approach to Estimating Soot Loading Amount in Catalyzed Diesel Particulate Filters

2019-08-26
Abstract In order to meet the worldwide increasingly stringent particulate matter (PM) and particulate number (PN) emission limits, the diesel particulate filter (DPF) is widely used today and has been considered to be an indispensable feature of modern diesel engines. To estimate the soot loading amount in the DPF accurately and in real-time is a key function of realizing systematic and efficient applications of diesel engines, as starting the thermal regeneration of DPF too early or too late will lead to either fuel economy penalty or system reliability issues. In this work, an open-loop and on-line approach to estimating the DPF soot loading on the basis of soot mass balance is developed and experimentally investigated, through establishing and combining prediction models of the NOx and soot emissions out of the engine and a model of the catalytic soot oxidation characteristics of passive regeneration in the DPF.
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Application of Optimal Control Method to Path Tracking Problem of Vehicle

2019-08-26
Abstract Path tracking is an essential stage for vehicle safety control. It is more newsworthy than ever in the automotive context and especially for autonomous vehicle. The study proposes an optimal control method for path tracking problem in inverse vehicle handling dynamics. The proposed method generates an expected trajectory which guarantees minimum clearance to the prescribed path by identifying the optimal steering torque input. Based on this purpose, the path tracking problem, which is treated as an optimal control problem, is then solved by local collocation method and mesh refinement. Finally, a real vehicle test is executed to verify the rationality of the proposed model and methodology. The results show that using control variables as a mesh refinement function can capture the dramatic changes in state variables, and the efficiency improvement is more significant as the number of the grid points increases.
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Numerical Study of Pore Size and Distribution Effects on Gasoline Particulate Filter Performance

2019-08-22
Abstract The improved brake thermal efficiency of Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines is accompanied by a significant increase in Particulate Matter (PM) mass and higher Particulate Number (PN) emissions as compared to (multi)Port Fuel Injected (PFI) engines. Gasoline particulate filters (GPFs) with high filtration efficiency and low backpressure will be required to meet the future, stringent PM/PN regulations. A two-dimensional (2D) CFD study was performed to determine the effects of pore size and distribution on the interdependent performance parameters of filtration efficiency and backpressure for clean GPFs. Simulation results show an on linear change infiltration efficiency as the pore size distribution tightens and determine a recommended distribution range, controlling the quantity of small-sized pores. Pore size distributions beyond this recommended range can cause a filtration performance loss or intolerable backpressure penalty for the GPF.
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Numerical Aspects Affecting Heat Transfer in ICE Applications and Definition of a Temperature Wall Function Accounting for the Boundary Layer Compressibility

2019-08-22
Abstract The heat transfer phenomena in Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs) are one of the main research topics that need to be addressed to enhance the performance in terms of power, efficiency, emissions and reliability. The present study is focused on the evaluation of the in-cylinder heat fluxes through the use of Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) simulations, with a wall function approach. In particular, the aim of this work is to present a new fully non-isothermal wall function obtained from the one-dimensional (1-D) energy balance equation for turbulent flows in the boundary layers, specifying all the steps and assumptions which have carried to the final fully compressible formulation. The new proposed wall function has been validated against experimental data of the General Motors (GM) Pancake Engine, representative of low Brake Mean Effective Pressure (bmep) operating point, comparing the results with other existing wall functions.
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