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1D-3D Coupled Analysis for Motor Thermal Management in an Electric Vehicle

2022-03-29
2022-01-0214
Motor thermal management of electric vehicles (EVs) is becoming more significant due to its close relations to vehicle aerodynamic performance and energy consumption, while computer aided engineering (CAE) plays an important role in its development. A 1D-3D coupled model is established to characterize transient thermal performance of the motor in an electric vehicle on a high performance computer (HPC) platform. The 1D motor thermal management model is integrated with the 1D powertrain model, and a 3D thermal model is established for the motor, while online data exchange is realized between the 1D and 3D models. The 1D model gives boundaries such as inlet coolant temperature, mass flowrate and motor heat generation to the 3D model, while 3D gives back boundaries such as heat transfer to coolant simultaneously. Transient simulations are performed for the 140kph(20℃) driving cycle, and the model is calibrated with experimental data.
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Demonstrating UVC LED Inside Automobile HVAC Chambers for Clean Cabin Air and Airborne Transmission Risk Reduction

2022-03-29
2022-01-0197
The COVID-19 pandemic affected mobility in many ways- from changing business models of moving passenger to delivering packages and food, developing cleaning protocols for interiors and increasing the awareness of consumers to the hidden dangers of pathogens and viruses in an enclosed space. A trend towards healthy cars is believed to remain after the current pandemic and has led to the emergence of new safety features, from CO2 gas sensors, to antimicrobial fabrics, and enhanced air purifiers. While air purifiers trap contaminants using cartridge filters, they are not particularly efficient at removing viral particles and create large pressure drops, which must be compensated with larger fans, increasing noise and power consumption, both of which are not optimal for vehicle HVAC systems. However, air purifiers act as a pressure head, which limits their utility. UVC was not previously an option because mercury lamps pose their own electrical and chemical hazards.
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Use of Thermally Conductive Electrically Insulative (TCEI) Materials in E-motor Slot Liner Applications

2022-03-29
2022-01-0198
Slot liners are commonly used in electric motors to electrically insulate the motor windings from the laminated core. However, thermal conductivity of materials commonly used as slot liners is very low compared to other components in the motor thus creating a barrier for heat transfer. This thermal barrier affects overall motor performance and efficiency. Also, slot liners typically lack intimate contact with the laminated core resulting in air gaps which further increase thermal resistance in the system. Slot liners are traditionally made from high temperature films/papers that are cut and slid into slots of motors. The proposed work looks at developing an injection moldable slot liner to minimize air gaps. Additionally, use of TECI materials further lowers thermal resistance. A thermal finite element model has been developed to evaluate effects of slot liner thermal properties and air gaps on temperature distribution within the motor.
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Development of Vehicle Thermal Management Model for Improving the Energy Efficiency of Electric Vehicle

2022-03-29
2022-01-0201
Recently, automobile manufacturers are interested in the development of battery electric vehicle (BEV) having a longer mileage to satisfy customer needs. The BEV with high efficiency depends on the temperature of the electric components. Hence it is important to study the effect of the cooling system in electric vehicle in order to optimize efficiency and performance. In this study, we present a 1-D vehicle thermal management (VTM) simulation model. The individual vehicle subsystems were modeled including cooling, power electric (PE), mechanical, and control components. Each component was integrated into a single VTM model and it would be used to calculate energy transfer among electrical, thermal, and mechanical energy. As a result, this simulation model predicts a plenty of information including the state of each component such as temperature, energy consumption, and operating point about electric vehicle depending on driving cycles and environmental conditions.
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A study on editing method of road load spectrum of automobile rubber isolator using time-frequency domain methods

2022-03-29
2022-01-0272
In order to enhance the efficiency of durability testing of automobile parts, a time-frequency domain accelerated editing method of road load time series of rubber mount on powertrain was discussed. Based on Stockwell Transform method and Accumulative Power Spectral Density, a new time-frequency domain accelerated editing method (ST-APSD) was proposed. The accumulative power spectral density was obtained by ST of the load time series signal of automobile powertrain rubber mounting force which is acquired by the real vehicle in the test field. Based on the accumulative power spectral density, the threshold value was proposed to identify and delete the small damage load fragments, and then the acceleration spectrum was obtained.
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Analysis on Irreversible Demagnetization Condition of Linear Oscillatory Actuator with Moving Magnets

2022-03-29
2022-01-0281
In this paper, a linear oscillatory actuator with moving magnets used in active engine mount is modeled and theoretically analyzed considering its performance decline at high temperature. Firstly, a finite element model of the linear oscillatory actuator with moving magnets is established. The actuator force is decomposed to ampere force and cogging force through formation mechanism analysis. By using the finite element model, ampere force and cogging force of the linear oscillatory actuator with moving magnets under different current loads and different mover positions are calculated. The finite element model and calculation method are validated by bench level test. The voice coil constant and cogging coefficient at room temperature are identified, which indicates the actuator force is a linear model related to the current and the mover position.
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Remove unwanted Vibrations for HVAC by Altering Modal Frequency using Finite Element Modeling and Validating Experimentally

2022-03-29
2022-01-0316
The main Objective of this paper is to remove the abnormal noise by altering the modal frequency. From the numerical method, very high deflection is reported at HVAC assembly level, cause unwanted vibrations. Due to high deflection at low frequency (1st modal frequency), abnormal noise coming near blower assembly under experimentally dynamic conditions. Then, improved the design by adding the stiffeners on the flange to minimize unwanted vibrations and hence abnormal nose. Thereafter, modal frequency has been increased and reduced the high deflection. The same has been validated experimentally with proto sample and found no abnormal noise from the blower side. A good correlation between the numerical and experimental result is observed and matching numerical & experimental modal frequencies within the accuracy of ±10%.
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Numerical Investigation on the Internal Flow Field of Electronic Expansion Valve as the Throttle Element

2022-03-29
2022-01-0318
As one of the key components of the heat pump system, the electronic expansion valve mainly plays the role of throttling and reducing pressure in the heat pump system. The refrigerant flowing through the orifice will produce complex phase change. It is of great significance to study the internal flow field by means of CFD calculations. Firstly, a three-dimensional fluid model is established and the mesh is divided. Secondly, the phase change model is selected, the material is defined and the boundary conditions are determined. According to the principle of the fluid passing through thin-walled small holes, the flow characteristics of electronic expansion valve are theoretically analyzed. Then the flow characteristics of expansion valve are numerically calculated, and a bench for testing mass flow rate of the expansion valve is built. Then the theoretical value, CFD value and experimental value are compared to verify the correctness of the established three-dimensional fluid model.
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Numerical Assessment of Tribological Performance of Different Llow Viscosity Engine Oils in a 4-Stroke CI Light-Duty ICE

2022-03-29
2022-01-0321
Decreasing fuel consumption in Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) is a key target for engine developers in order to achieve the CO2 emissions limits during a standard cycle. In this context, reduction of engine friction can help meet those targets. The use of Low Viscosity Engine Oils (LVEOs), which is currently one of the avenues to achieve such reductions, is studied in this manuscript through a validated numerical simulation model that predicts the friction of the engine’s piston-cylinder unit, journal bearings and camshaft. These frictional power losses are obtained for four different lubricant formulations which differ in their viscosity grades and design. Results show a maximum friction savings of up to 6% depending on the engine operating condition, where the major reductions come from hydrodynamic-dominated components such as journal bearings, despite an increase in friction in boundary-dominated components such as the piston-ring assembly.
Technical Paper

An experimental approach for exploring electrified sliding wear of EVs powertrain gears in a pin-on-disc tester

2022-03-29
2022-01-0320
In contrast to conventional powertrains from internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEV), the tribological performance of powertrains of electric vehicles (EVs) must be further evaluated by considering new critical operation conditions such as electric environments. The operation of any type of electric motor produces shaft voltages and currents generated during rotation. Furthermore, the common application of inverters to convert DC voltage of the battery into AC voltage in EVs, intensifies this problem. It has been widely reported that the induced shaft voltages and currents can cause premature failure problems in a series of powertrain components such as bearings, seals, pads, and gears due to accelerated wear and/or fatigue. It is ascribed to effects of electric discharge machining (EDM), also named, sparking wear caused by shaft currents and poor dielectric strength of lubricants.
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Gasoline Direct Injector Deposits: Impacts of Fouling Mechanism on Composition and Performance

2022-03-29
2022-01-0488
Gasoline Direct-Injection Spark-Ignition (DISI) injector performance is a key focus in the automotive industry as the vehicle parc transitions from Port Fuel Injected (PFI) to DISI engine technology. DISI injector deposits, which may impact the fuel delivery process in the engine, seem to accumulate over longer time periods and greater vehicle mileages than traditional combustion chamber deposits (CCD). These higher mileages and longer timeframes make the evaluation of these deposits in a laboratory setting more challenging due to the extended test durations necessary. The need to generate injector tip deposits for research purposes begs the questions, can an artificial fouling agent to speed deposit accumulation be used, and does this result in deposits similar to those formed naturally? Field testing was used to develop high-mileage injectors from DISI vehicles.
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A New Pathway for Prediction of Gasoline Sprays using Machine-Learning Algorithms

2022-03-29
2022-01-0492
The fuel spray process is of utmost importance to internal combustion engine design as it determines engine performance and emissions characteristics. While designers rely on CFD for understanding of the air-fuel mixing process, there are recognized shortcomings in current CFD spray predictions, particularly under super-critical or flash-boiling conditions. In contrast, time-resolved optical spray experiments have now produced datasets for the three-dimensional liquid distribution for a wide range of operating conditions and fuels. Utilizing these detailed experimental results, we have explored a machine learning approach to prediction of fuel sprays. The ML approach for spray prediction is promising because (1) it does not require phenomenological spray models, (2) it can provide time-resolved spray data without time-stepping simulation, and (3) it is computationally faster than CFD. In this study, a pixel-regression model has been developed and applied for gasoline spray prediction.
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Laser-Based In-Exhaust Gas Sensor for On-Road Vehicles

2022-03-29
2022-01-0535
Indrio Technologies has developed a novel on-board sensor, named Ignis, for detecting oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and ammonia (NH3) in diesel exhaust streams with sensitivities and molecular specificity unmet by existing technologies. This is a key technological need for diesel engine manufacturers, who face difficulty in precisely controlling their exhaust aftertreatment systems due to the lack of widely deployable sensors capable of differentiating between NOx, NH3 and other species in the exhaust stream. The successful incorporation of the proposed sensor can result in greater fuel efficiency improvements while matching new stringent 2027 California and 2030 EPA NOx emissions standards. Once the product has reached deep market penetration, the fleet-wide fuel economy improvements and NOx emissions reductions enabled by this product will lead to reduced carbon emissions and healthier air with lower amounts of NOx-induced smog, ground-level ozone, and acid rain.
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Impact of Chemical Contaminants on Stoichiometric Natural Gas Engine Three-Way Catalysts with high mileage history

2022-03-29
2022-01-0542
Stoichiometric natural gas engines with Three-way catalysts (TWCs) more efficiently reduce NOx and CH4 emissions compared to lean burn natural gas engines. Even though TWCs are well known, there is a need for deeper understanding beyond hydrothermal aging (HTA) to explain the real-world performance and aging behaviors. In this investigation, we characterized the real-world TWC to specifically identify the contribution of chemical aging to overall performance. The sulfur (S) species was evenly distributed throughout the whole catalyst volume, whereas phosphorous (P) contamination was mainly observed at the inlet section of the TWC and its concentration sharply declined along the axial length. Sulfur amount on the catalyst surface is quantified by TPD and ICP. Performance is measured pre and post sulfur removal on TWC to isolate the contribution of degradation due to HTA+P and that due to S.
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Fast Air-Path Modeling for Stiff Components

2022-03-29
2022-01-0410
Development of powertrain control systems frequently involves large-scale transient simulations, e.g. Monte Carlo simulations or drive-cycle optimizations, which require fast dynamic plant models. Models of the air-path—for internal combustion engines or fuel cells—can exhibit stiff behavior, though, causing slow numerical simulations due to either using an implicit solver or sampling much faster than the bandwidth of interest to maintain stability. This paper proposes a method to reduce air-path model stiffness by adding an impedance in series with potentially stiff components, e.g. throttles, valves, compressors, and turbines, thereby allowing the use of a fast-explicit solver. An impedance, by electrical analogy, is a frequency-dependent resistance to flow, which is used to suppress the high-frequency dynamics causing air-path stiffness, while maintaining model accuracy in the bandwidth of interest.
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A Review of Current Understanding of the Underlying Physics Governing the Interaction, Ignition and Combustion Dynamics of Multiple-injections in Diesel Engines

2022-03-29
2022-01-0445
This work is intended to be a comprehensive technical review of existing literature and a synthesis of current understanding of the governing physics behind the interaction of multiple fuel injectio ns, ignition and combustion behavior of multiple-injections in diesel engines. Multiple-injection is a widely adopted operating strategy applied in modern compression-ignition engines, which involves various combinations of small pre-injections and post-injections of fuel before and after the main injection and splitting the main injection into multiple smaller injections. This strategy has been conclusively shown to improve fuel economy in diesel engines while achieving simultaneous NOx, soot, and combustion noise reduction in addition to a reduction in the emissions of unburned hydrocarbons and CO by preventing fuel wetting and flame quenching at the piston wall.
Technical Paper

Development and validation of an EHN mechanism for fundamental and applied chemistry studies

2022-03-29
2022-01-0455
Autoignition enhancing additives have been used for years to enhance the ignition quality of diesel fuel, with 2-ethylexyl nitrate (EHN) being the most common additive. EHN also enhances the autoignition reactivity of gasoline, which has advantages for some low-temperature combustion techniques, such as Sandia’s Low-Temperature Gasoline Combustion (LTGC) with Additive-Mixing Fuel Injection (AMFI). LTGC-AMFI is a new high-efficiency and low-emissions engine combustion process based on supplying a small, variable amount of EHN into the fuel for better engine operation and control. However, the mechanism by which EHN interacts with the fuel remains unclear. In this work, a chemical-kinetic mechanism for EHN was developed and implemented in a detailed mechanism for gasoline fuels. The combined mechanism was validated against shock-tube experiments with EHN-doped n-heptane and HCCI engine data for EHN-doped regular E10 gasoline. Simulations showed a very good match with experiments.
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H2-ICE Technology Options of the Present and the Near Future

2022-03-29
2022-01-0472
At present, the hydrogen combustion engine has gained renewed interest from the heavy-duty internal combustion engine (ICE) industry as an enabler for fast decarbonization of well-to-wheel emissions and reinforced by the vast commitment of key stakeholders to establish a green hydrogen infrastructure. Past studies have often focused on partial substitution of the primary hydrocarbon fuel by hydrogen in spark ignition and compression ignition engines. Furthermore, the studied 100% hydrogen combustion engines are mostly of the premixed spark ignition type. However, the development of robust hydrogen ICE solutions for different heavy-duty applications will benefit from considering additional options. In this study, a wider look at other hydrogen ICE concepts has been taken that may bear high potential to overcome some of the limitations of using hydrogen for high power applications.
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Experimental Evaluation of Methane-Hydrogen Mixtures for Enabling Stable Lean Combustion in Spark-Ignition Engines for Automotive Applications

2022-03-29
2022-01-0471
Economy decarbonization will be one of the main goals for the following years. Research efforts are being focused on reducing carbon-based emissions, by increasing the efficiency of the transport power plants while developing new fuel production methods that reduce the environmental footprint of the refinement process. Consequently, the depletion of conventional fuels derived from petroleum with high carbon content, such as gasoline and diesel, motivated the development of propulsive alternatives for the automotive sector. In this paradigm, methane (CH4) fuel appears as a mid-term solution due to its low carbon content, if compared with traditional fuels, and the low CO2 emissions during its production from renewable sources. However, the intrinsic properties of methane compromise the combustion process, subsequently increasing the emission of CO2.
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An Accurate Analysis Method to Calculate Planetary Gear Set Load Sharing under Non-Torque Load

2022-03-29
2022-01-0653
Given their high-power density, large range of speed change, and reputation of being quieter than counter-shaft gear sets, planetary gear sets (PGS) have advantages to be applied in electric vehicle (EV) applications. Typical rear wheel drive automatic transmissions have only PGS in gearbox, and power is transferred by torque. Most electric drive units (EDU) equipped PGS are like a simplified front wheel drive automatic transmission. PGS is coupled with counter-shaft gear sets normally at planet carrier which has two functions: original planet pinion carrying and additional transfer gear mounting. The latter brings in non-torque power in PGS through the carrier. This condition hasn’t obtained enough attention by automotive gear researchers regarding to PGS load sharing calculation. Excluding non-torque load here causes underestimating gear and bearing uneven loads in both magnitude and variation. In extreme conditions, undersized parts would miss demanding durability requirements.
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