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C-Max Energi - Ford's Plug-In Solution

Evolving the current state of the art Hybrid Technology for vehicles with plug-in capability will yield three significant results, the displacement of petroleum with electricity for transportation, improved efficiency and reduced emissions. As the technology evolves from the Ford Escape Hybrid Plug-In demo fleet, Ford is in the final stages of development of the C-Max Energi, which will be delivered in 2012 as a highly efficient, full purpose vehicle designed to meet customer expectations without compromise. Presenter Charles Gray, Ford Motor Co.

OBD Experiences: A Ford Perspective

Some the OBD-II regulations have been around for a long time or seem to be intuitively obvious. It is easy to assume to assume that everyone knows how to implement them correctly, that is, until someone actually reads the words and tries to do it. Most often, these issues come up when modifying existing OBD features, not when creating completely new ones. This presentation contains a few examples of features that should have been easy to implement, but turned out not to be easy or simple. Presenter Paul Algis Baltusis, Ford Motor Co.

Future Development of EcoBoost Technology

Ford's EcoBoost GTDI engine technology (Gasoline Direct Injection, Turbo-charging and Downsizing) is being successfully implemented in the market place with the EcoBoost option accounting for significant volumes in vehicle lines as diverse as the F150 pickup truck, Edge CUV and the Lincoln MKS luxury sedan. A logical question would be what comes after GTDI? This presentation will review some of the technologies that will be required for further improvements in CO2, efficiency and performance building on the EcoBoost foundation as well as some of the challenges inherent in the new technologies and approaches. Presenter Eric W. Curtis, Ford Motor Co.

Ford: Driving Electric Car Efficiency

The Focus Electric is Ford�s first full-featured 5 passenger battery electric vehicle. The engineering team set our sights on achieving best-in-class function and efficiency and was successful with an EPA certified 1XX MPGe and range XXX then the facing competition allowing for a slightly lower capacity battery pack and larger vehicle without customer trade-off. We briefly overview the engineering method and technologies employed to deliver the results as well as sharing some of the functional challenges unique to this type of vehicle. Presenter Charles Gray, Ford Motor Co.

Smart and Connected Electrification at Ford

Electrification is becoming a means of sustainable transportation to address global climate change and environmental concerns by reducing the dependency on fossil fuels for personal transportation; and to use renewable energy for transportation. Ford has incorporated Electrification as an important part of the company's sustainable strategy to provide sustainable transportation that is affordable environmentally, socially and economically. While offering customers Power of Choice for a wide range of Electrification products, Ford continues to exploit the potentials of Electrification by taking advantage of the advanced information technology to create smarter and greener vehicles customers want and value. This presentation will highlight some of the on-going research and development on smart and connected Electrification. Presenter Ming Lang Kuang, Ford Motor Co.
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Development and Validation of a Computational Process for Pass-By Noise Simulation

The Indirect Boundary Element Analysis is employed for developing a computational pass-by noise simulation capability. An inverse analysis algorithm is developed in order to generate the definition of the main noise sources in the numerical model. The individual source models are combined for developing a system model for pass-by noise simulation. The developed numerical techniques are validated through comparison between numerical results and test data for component level and system level analyses. Specifically, the source definition capability is validated by comparing the actual and the computationally reconstructed acoustic field for an engine intake manifold. The overall pass-by noise simulation capability is validated by computing the maximum overall sound pressure level for a vehicle under two separate driving conditions.
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Continuous measurement of soot and soluble organic fraction emission from advanced powertrain

Particulate matter (PM) emission from vehicles is one of the biggest issues in terms of environmental protection and influence to human body. Thus, a variety of measurement technologies have been develop so far. Currently, a gravimetric method is most commonly used in the automotive industry, partially because it is specified in the regulations. This method uses a combination of a dilution tunnel and a filter that collects the PM from the diluted sample gas with subsequent weighting by a micro balance. However, since this technique is a batch measurement, it is impossible to determine at what point of the emissions test the Soot, SOF (Soluble Organic Fraction), and the total PM are emitted. Thus the demand for real-time PM measurement under transient test conditions has increased.
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Development of a Desulfurization Strategy for a NOx Adsorber Catalyst System

The aggressive reduction of future diesel engine NOx emission limits forces the heavy- and light-duty diesel engine manufacturers to develop means to comply with stringent legislation. As a result, different exhaust emission control technologies applicable to NOx have been the subject of many investigations. One of these systems is the NOx adsorber catalyst, which has shown high NOx conversion rates during previous investigations with acceptable fuel consumption penalties. In addition, the NOx adsorber catalyst does not require a secondary on-board reductant. However, the NOx adsorber catalyst also represents the most sulfur sensitive emissions control device currently under investigation for advanced NOx control. To remove the sulfur introduced into the system through the diesel fuel and stored on the catalyst sites during operation, specific regeneration strategies and boundary conditions were investigated and developed.
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Suppression of Sulfide Emission During Lean Nox Trap Desulfation

Lean NOx traps are being extensively examined (Ref. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12) because they can be efficiently used to reduce the NOx emissions from port fuel injected and direct fuel injected spark ignited gasoline engines. A lean NOx trap (LNT) stores NOx during lean A/F engine operation. However, its storage capacity is limited and the LNT must be regenerated periodically by subjecting the LNT to momentary rich A/F operation for several seconds. The regeneration process releases the NOx that is chemically bonded to the washcoat and subsequently reduces it to N2 and O2. Fuel that contains a non-zero amount of sulfur will contaminate an LNT by significantly reducing its NOx storage capacity. Therefore, except for the case of a zero level of sulfur in the fuel, the LNT must be desulfated on a periodic basis. The desulfation process requires that the temperature of the LNT be raised to a temperature of about 650°C for several minutes.
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Correlating Stressed Environmental Testing of Structural Composites to Service

A compact in-situ tensile stress fixture was designed for the study of the combined effects of stress and automotive environments on structural glass fiber-reinforced composite materials. With this fixture, a standardized 300 hour laboratory screening test was developed to compare the residual property loss of composite materials due to concurrent exposure to stress and environment. It is of great importance that the data gathered in the laboratory have correlation to on-vehicle (in-service) performance, and that both lab and real world data be taken with a test system (in-situ test fixtures) capable of providing accurate and consistent results under either test condition.
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Estimating Real Time Diurnal Permeation from Constant Temperature Measurements

Using the results of Constant Temperature (CT) Permeation Measurements to estimate Real Time Diurnal (RTD) permeation emissions has a number of practical advantages. In particular, Constant Temperature measurements are easier to set up and control in a laboratory environment, and Constant Temperature measurements provide for data checks using simple self-consistency tests that are not possible with Real Time Diurnal measurements. Furthermore, there is no need to repeat permeation measurements for each separate real-time temperature profile of interest. The same two Constant Temperature measurements can be used to estimate permeation performance for many different temperature cycles - for example, the temperature cycles prescribed by CARB, EPA, and EEC, or the different temperature profiles experienced by separate fuel system components during a vehicle SHED test.
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Eliminating Piston Slap through a Design for Robustness CAE Approach

Piston slap is a problem that plagues many engines. One of the most difficult aspects of designing to eliminate piston slap is that slight differences in operating conditions and in part geometries from build to build can create large differences in the magnitude of piston slap. In this paper we will describe a design for robustness CAE approach to eliminating piston slap. This approach considers the variations of the significant control factors in the design, e.g. piston pin offset, piston skirt design, etc. as well as the variation in the noise factors the system is subjected to, e.g. assembly clearance, skirt collapse, peak cylinder pressure, cylinder pressure rise rate, and location of peak cylinder pressure. Using analytical knowledge about how these various factors impact the generation of piston slap, a piston design for low levels of piston slap can be determined that is robust to the various noise factors.
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On-line Oxygen Storage Capacity Estimation of a Catalyst

Presented in this paper is an on-line method for estimating the oxygen storage capacity contained within a catalyst. The oxygen storage capacity of a catalyst changes over time due to catalyst brick temperatures, poisoned catalyst sites, and thermal aging. Information regarding the current oxygen storage capacity of a catalyst is advantageous in the development of robust emission control strategies and on-board diagnostics. The method of collecting the oxygen storage capacity information is extremely important for measurement accuracy and repeatability. Furthermore, the information must be obtained in such a way that it is transparent to the operator and may be implemented on-line during normal drive cycles. This on-line method for estimation of oxygen storage capacity of a catalyst has been demonstrated on a Ford F150 platform with an underbody catalyst.
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Development of the Ford QVM CNG Bi-Fuel 4.9L F-Series Pickup Truck

A bi-fuel (Compressed Natural Gas [CNG] and gasoline) pickup truck has been developed using the Ford Alternative Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) process. The base vehicle's 4.9L engine has been specially modified for improved durability on gaseous fuels. The base vehicle's configuration has been designed for conversion to bi-fuel CNG operation. A complete CNG fuel system has been designed and qualified, including fuel tanks, fuel system, and electrical interface. The completed vehicle has been safety and emission certified, demonstrating CARB Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) emissions in MY95. This paper details the design objectives, development process, CNG components, and integration of the two fuel systems.
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A Comparison of the Emissions from a Vehicle in Both Normal and Selected Malfunctioning Operation Modes

A 1990 Ford Taurus operated on reformulated gasoline was tested under three modes of malfunction: disabled heated exhaust gas oxygen (HEGO) sensor, inactive catalytic converter, and controlled misfire. The vehicle was run for four U.S. EPA UDDS driving schedule (FTP-75) tests at each of the malfunction conditions, as well as under normal operating conditions. An extensive set of emissions data were collected. In addition to the regulated emissions (HC, CO, and NOx), a detailed chemical analysis was carried out to determine the gas- and particle-phase non-regulated emissions. The effect of vehicle malfunction on gas phase emissions was significantly greater than it was on particle phase emissions. For example, CO emissions ranged from 2.57 g/mi (normal operation) to 34.77 g/mi (disable HEGO). Total HCs varied from 0.22 g/mi (normal operation) to 2.21 g/mi (blank catalyst). Emissions of air toxics (1,3-butadiene, benzene, acetaldehyde, and formaldehyde) were also significantly effected.
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Effect of Fuel Preparation on Cold-Start Hydrocarbon Emissions from a Spark-Ignited Engine

Total and speciated, engine-out, hydrocarbon (HC) emissions have been measured as a function of time after a 23°C cold start of a gasoline-fueled, V-8 engine. Hydrocarbon emissions from two fuel injection systems were compared: a production port-fuel-injection (PFI) system; and a pre-vaporized (heated) central-fuel-injection (PV-CFI) system. The results indicate that, for this particular engine at the chosen operating conditions, the effect of fuel preparation on HC emissions during cold start is minimal at low load (2.57 bar IMEP (gross), MAP = 0.34 bar) but becomes significant at higher load (5.15 bar IMEP, MAP = 0.58 bar) early in the cold start. Comparison of the relative contribution to the exhaust HC of a series of fuel-derived alkanes suggests that fuel absorption in oil films is a minor contributor to HC emissions from this engine during a 23°C cold start.
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A New Transient Passenger Thermal Comfort Model

This paper presents a new transient passenger thermal comfort model. The model uses as inputs the vehicle environmental variables: air temperature, air velocity, relative humidity and mean radiant temperature all of which can vary as a function of time and space. The model also uses as inputs the clothing level and the initial physiological state of the body. The model then predicts as a function of time the physiological state of the body and an effective human thermal sensation response (e.g. cold, comfort, hot, etc.). The advantage of this model is that it can accurately predict the human thermal sensation response during transient vehicle warm-up and cooldown conditions. It also allows design engineers the ability to conduct parametric studies of climate control systems before hardware is available. Here we present the basis of the new thermal comfort model and its predictions for transient warm-up and cooldown conditions.
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Spectrogram Analysis of Accelerometer-Based Spark Knock Detection Waveforms

Spark knock pressure oscillations can be detected by a cylinder pressure transducer or by an accelerometer mounted on the engine block. Accelerometer-based detection is lower cost but is affected by extraneous mechanical vibrations and the frequency response of the engine block and accelerometer. The knock oscillation frequency changes during the expansion stroke because the chamber geometry is changing due to the piston motion and the burned gases are cooling. Spectrogram analysis shows the time-dependent frequency content of the pressure and acceleration signals, revealing characteristic signatures of knock and mechanical vibrations. Illustrative spectrograms are presented which yield physical insight into accelerometer-based knock detection.
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Determination of Vehicle Interior Sound Power Contribution Using Sound Intensity Measurement

For vehicle interior noise abatement and noise treatment, it is desirable to quantitatively determine sound power contribution from each vehicle component because: (1) Sound packages can be designed with maximized efficiency if sound power contribution into a vehicle is known; (2) Acoustic leakage inside a vehicle can be determined by comparing sound power contributions from adjacent vehicle components; and (3) Sound power flow information can be used to verify Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) model. Simple sound pressure measurement does not produce any information about sound power flow and is unsuitable for these purposes. This paper describes an in-situ determination of sound power contribution inside a vehicle using sound intensity measurements. Sound power contribution from each vehicle component was determined for engine noise at idle speed. Acoustic leakage in the vehicle was also determined.