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An Intelligent Alternator Control Mechanism for Energy Recuperation and Fuel Efficiency Improvement

2013-04-08
2013-01-1750
With the current state of ever rising fuel prices and unavailability of affordable alternate technologies, significant research and development efforts have been invested in recent times towards improving fuel efficiency of vehicles powered with conventional internal combustion engines. To achieve this, a varied approach has been adopted by researchers to cover the entire energy chain including fuel quality, combustion quality, power generation efficiency, down-sizing, power consumption efficiency, etc. Apart from energy generation, distribution and consumption, another domain that has been subjected to significant scrutiny is energy recuperation or recovery. A moving vehicle and a running engine provide a number of opportunities for useful back-recovery and storage of energy. The most significant sources for recuperation are the kinetic energy of the moving vehicle or running engine and to a lesser extent the thermal energy from medium such as exhaust gas.
Technical Paper

Development of Methodology to Perform Dual Side Roof Strength Analysis Using Virtual Tools

2014-04-01
2014-01-0531
The purpose of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 216 is to reduce fatalities and serious injuries when vehicle roof crushes into occupant compartment during rollover crash. Upgraded roof crush resistance standard (571.216a Standard No. 216a) requires vehicle to achieve maximum applied force of 3.0 times unloaded vehicle weight (UVW) on both driver and passenger sides of the roof. (For vehicles with gross vehicle weight rating ≤ 6,000 lb.) This paper provides an overview of current approach for dual side roof strength Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and its limitations. It also proposes a new approach based on powerful features available in virtual tools. In the current approach, passenger side loading follows driver side loading and requires two separate analyses before arriving at final assessment. In the proposed approach only one analysis suffices as driver and passenger side loadings are combined in a single analysis.
Technical Paper

Evaluation of Cabin Comfort in Air Conditioned Buses Using CFD

2014-04-01
2014-01-0699
The objective of the work presented in this paper is to provide an overall CFD evaluation and optimization study of cabin climate control of air-conditioned (AC) city buses. Providing passengers with a comfortable experience is one of the focal point of any bus manufacturer. However, detailed evaluation through testing alone is difficult and not possible during vehicle development. With increasing travel needs and continuous focus on improving passenger experience, CFD supplemented by testing plays an important role in assessing the cabin comfort. The focus of the study is to evaluate the effect of size, shape and number of free-flow and overhead vents on flow distribution inside the cabin. Numerical simulations were carried out using a commercially available CFD code, Fluent®. Realizable k - ε RANS turbulence model was used to model turbulence. Airflow results from numerical simulation were compared with the testing results to evaluate the reliability.
Technical Paper

Hardware-in-Loop for all Types of Hybrid Vehicles using Open Modular Hardware to Meet ISO 26262 Standard

2014-04-01
2014-01-0292
Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) simulation is a technique used extensively in the development and testing of complex real-time embedded systems. Most of the HILs built around the world focus on specific part of a vehicle. This paper describes an in house HIL system developed for the complete hybrid car. In this HIL, the focus was to have HIL based on open hardware which is low cost and modular. It is customizable as per complex interdisciplinary vehicle requirements from Original Equipment Manufacturer that reduces dependency on suppliers and allows testing in an integrated vehicle environment. Code for operating HIL is developed in house. This HIL allows engineers to access ECU and plant model simultaneously and generate test report automatically. It consists of a vehicle plant model developed using MathWorks® Tool chain-MATLAB and Simulink. FPGA Plugin consist of software implementation of vehicle sensors in LabVIEW™ software from National Instruments (NI).
Technical Paper

A Novel Approach for Diagnostics, End of Line and System Performance Checks for Micro Hybrid Battery Management Systems

2014-04-01
2014-01-0291
Micro Hybrid Systems are a premier approach for improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions, by improving the efficiency of electrical energy generation, storage, distribution and consumption, yet with lower costs associated with development and implementation. However, significant efforts are required while implementing micro hybrid systems, arising out of components like Intelligent Battery Sensor (IBS). IBS provides battery measurements and battery status, and in addition mission critical diagnostic data on a communication line to micro hybrid controller. However, this set of data from IBS is not available instantly after its initialization, as it enters into a lengthy learning phase, where it learns the battery parameters, before it gives the required data on the communication line. This learning period spans from 3 to 8 hours, until the IBS is fully functional and is capable of supporting the system functionalities.
Technical Paper

Structural Evaluation of Ashcan and Performance Enhancement by Spring Optimization

2014-04-01
2014-01-0350
Ashcan contributes to the aesthetics and elegance of the vehicle interiors. It is used to store the ash. Generally the ashcan is fitted on the console of the car. The operational requirement of ashcan is to open with minimum force but not at very low accelerations experienced during the vehicle bump event. Also closing force should be comparatively higher. The closing of the ashcan lid should ensure positive locking, which may be achieved by using cam and follower locking mechanism. The other requirement is that it should be structurally durable enough to sustain the repetitive loading during its operation. Ashcan may undergo severe abusive loading during its operation. To simulate these operations and understand the physics of the problem, a multi-step non-linear analysis involving a complex contact situation is carried out. The scope of this paper is to explain the procedure of calculating the force required for closing and opening of the ashcan lid.
Technical Paper

Development of Exhaust Silencer for Improved Sound Quality and Optimum Back Pressure

2010-04-12
2010-01-0388
For an automotive exhaust system, noise level and back pressure are the most important parameters for passenger comfort and engine performance respectively. The sound quality perception of the existing silencer design was unacceptable, although the back pressure measured was below the target limit. To improve the existing design, few concepts were prepared by changing the internal elements of silencer only. The design constraints were the silencer shell dimensions, volume of silencer, inlet pipe and outlet tailpipe positions, which had to be kept same as that of the existing base design. The sound quality signal replaying and synthesizing was performed to define the desired sound quality. The numerical simulation involves 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with appropriate boundary condition having less numerical diffusions to predict the back pressure. The various silencer concepts developed with this preliminary analysis, was then experimentally verified with the numerical data.
Journal Article

Influence of Vehicle Front End Design on Pedestrian Lower Leg Performance for SUV Class Vehicle

2011-04-12
2011-01-0084
Accident statistics shows pedestrian accident fatalities as one of the important concerns globally. In view of this, new test protocols for pedestrian safety have been drafted in regulation as well as in consumer group. Also as per new ENCAP requirements, pedestrian safety assessment is used as one of the four assessment criteria's (Adult protection, child safety, pedestrian safety, safety assist) in deciding the overall vehicle safety. Hence today importance of pedestrian safety is perceived as never before in vehicle development program. Basically pedestrian safety evaluation involves subsystem level (head form, upper leg form and lower leg form) impact tests representing human body parts, at specific region on test vehicle with injury limits to decide the severity of impact. In general these injuries are governed by vehicle styling, vehicle stiffness, hard points clearances from vehicle exterior like bonnet, bumper etc.
Technical Paper

Vibration Analysis on Driver Seat for Small Cars

2011-01-19
2011-26-0119
In India, small car segment is having maximum sale, which includes cars like Maruti 800, SUZUKI Swift, Maruti Alto, Tata Indica, etc. Driver seat is one of the main aspects to be considered while defining comfort in a moving vehicle. The current analysis concentrates on driver seat because driver comfort is of main concern since it is the most occupied seat in any vehicle and the occupancy is for longer duration. In addition to sitting, the driver's job is to manipulate different controls and concentrate parallely on many aspects. The research work aims at studying the vertical vibrations transferred to the human body via seat. The work is an attempt towards studying dynamic characteristics of driver seat for comfort through objective evaluation. For objective evaluation, two tests were conducted; Seat Effective Amplitude Transmissibility (SEAT) test and Ride Comfort Index test under two different conditions, i.e., car level and seat level testing on Car "A" and Car "B."
Technical Paper

Experimental Studies on the Effect of Vaporizer Heating and Transition Temperature in a Bi-Fuel LPG Vehicle

2011-01-19
2011-26-0006
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)-powered vehicles use a pressure regulator/vaporizer to expand and modulate the gas pressure to meet the engine's operational demands. This expansion process is accompanied by a phase change wherein liquid LPG is converted to its gaseous form. This consequently reduces the temperature of the working fluid which may result in freezing (Joule-Thompson effect). In order to aid complete phase change and avoid any freezing, the vaporizer is heated either electrically or by the engine coolant circulation. Any inefficiency in the heating may lead to improper phase change and can result in a phenomenon known as "liquid carryover," wherein a liquid LPG gets entrained in the downstream gas circuit where the gaseous form is demanded. The liquid carryover (if any) leads to the improper engine functioning leading to driveability and emission issues.
Technical Paper

Challenges to Meet New Noise Regulations and New Noise Limits for M and N Category Vehicles

2013-01-09
2013-26-0107
New noise regulations, with reduced noise limits, have been proposed by UN-ECE. A new method which aims at representing urban driving of the vehicles more closely on roads is proposed and is considerably different from the existing one (IS 3028:1998). It is more complex; we also found that some of the low powered vehicles can not be tested as per this method. The paper proposes ways of improvement in the test method. The new noise reduction policy options will have a considerable impact on compliance of many categories of vehicles. Technological challenges, before the manufacturers, to meet all performance needs of the vehicle along with the cost of development will be critical to meet the new noise limits in the proposed time frame.
Technical Paper

Pedestrian Head Form and Lower Leg Impact Sensitivity Study Through CAE Simulations

2013-01-09
2013-26-0035
Pedestrian impact test procedures allow tolerances on test conditions of impact such as mass of the impactor, impactor position, impact speed etc. The variation in these parameters affects the injury measurements in a test. This paper focuses on sensitivity study of variations in these parameters, within specified tolerances, on head form impact and lower leg impact injury measurements. The aim of this sensitivity study is to find out the most influencing test parameter for the injuries. The exercise was carried out using Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) simulations.
Technical Paper

A Study on Improvements in Side Impact Test vs CAE Structural Correlation

2013-01-09
2013-26-0034
Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) plays an important role in the product development. Now a days major decisions like concept selection and design sign off are taken based on CAE. All the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are putting consistent efforts to improve accuracy of the CAE results. In recent years confidence on CAE prediction has been increased mainly because of good correlation of CAE predictions with the test results. Defining proper correlation criteria and using a systematic approach helps significantly in building the overall confidence level for predictions given by CAE simulations. Representation of manufacturing effects on material properties and material failure in the simulation is still a big challenge for achieving a good CAE correlation. This paper describes side impact test vs CAE correlation. The important parameters affecting the CAE correlation were discussed.
Technical Paper

Challenges in Selection of Restraints Sensing Configurations in Context of Real World Applications

2013-01-09
2013-26-0028
Restraints systems (airbags and seat belts) have been proven to be very effective in occupant protection in crashes. Timely deployment of these devices is very essential for meeting performance requirements. Precision and reliability in restraints deployments demand selection of a robust sensing configuration that caters to the wide variations of real world. This paper highlights complexities involved in engineering of restraints sensing configurations through different case studies on vehicle programs. The paper explains the need for restraints sensing configuration optimization and well defined sensing strategies for a robust solution in real world. A methodology is discussed to achieve good discrimination between crashes of different types and severities. Virtual and physical test data collected at different stages of vehicle development is used. It is found that criteria for threshold levels in restraints sensing requires efforts to identify real world usage variations.
Technical Paper

Performance Driven Package Feasibility of Side Restraints Using KBE Tools

2013-01-09
2013-26-0027
Integrating safety features may lead to changes in vehicle interior component designs. Considering this complexity, design guidelines have to take care of aspects which may help in package feasibility studies that consider systems performance requirements. Occupant restraints systems for protection in side crashes generally comprise of Side Airbag (SAB) and Curtain Airbag (IC). These components have to be integrated considering design and styling aspects of interior trims, seat contours and body structure for performance efficient package definition. In side crashes, occupant injury risk increases due to hard contact with intruding structure. This risk could be minimized by cushioning the occupant contact through provision of SAB and Inflatable IC. This paper explains the methodology for deciding the package definitions using Knowlwdge Based Engineering (KBE) tools.
Journal Article

Body Induced Boom Noise Control by Hybrid Integrated Approach for a Passenger Car

2013-05-13
2013-01-1920
Vehicle incab booming perception, a low frequency response of the structure to the various excitations presents a challenging task for the NVH engineers. The excitation to the structure causing boom can either be power train induced, depending upon the number of cylinders or the road inputs, while transfer paths for the excitation is mainly through the power train mounts or the suspension attachments to the body. The body responds to those input excitations by virtue of the dynamic behavior mainly governed by its modal characteristics. This paper explains in detail an integrated approach, of both experimental and numerical techniques devised to investigate the mechanism for boom noise generation. It is therefore important, to understand the modal behavior of the structure. The modal characteristics from the structural modal test enable to locate the natural frequencies and mode shapes of the body, which are likely to get excited due to the operating excitations.
Technical Paper

CAE Simulation of Door Sag/Set Using Subsystem Level Approach

2013-04-08
2013-01-1199
The performance of door assembly is very significant for the vehicle design and door sag/set is one of the important attribute for design of door assembly. This paper provides an overview of conventional approach for door sag/set study based on door-hinge-BIW assembly (system level approach) and its limitation over new approach based on subassembly (subsystem level approach). The door sag/set simulation at system level is the most common approach adopted across auto industry. This approach evaluates only structural adequacy of door assembly system for sag load. To find key contributor for door sagging is always been time consuming task with conventional approach thus there is a delay in providing design enablers to meet the design target. New approach of door sag/set at “subsystem level” evaluates the structural stiffness contribution of individual subsystem. It support for setting up the target at subsystem level, which integrate and regulate the system level performance.
Technical Paper

Torsion Mode Achievement on BIW of Next Generation Land Rover - Freelander

2014-04-01
2014-01-0005
Achieving targeted global modes (torsion, vertical bending and lateral bending) is one of the main enablers in meeting desired NVH performance characteristics of a new vehicle program. The torsion mode of next generation Land Rover - Freelander was lagging behind its target while the development cycle was quite progressed beyond underbody freeze. There was a challenge to recover more than 8 Hz in BIW torsion mode. A combination of Nastran Sol 200 (design sensitivity and optimization) and iterative process was adopted to demonstrate how the mode could be recovered with optimum mass penalty to the program. The paper states the existing modal status when this work was taken up. Next it elucidates design sensitivity/optimization module outcome which identifies sensitive areas to improve torsion mode.
Technical Paper

Development of Cost Effective Non-Permeable and Leak-Proof Air Inlet System Ducting for Turbocharged Intercooled Modern Diesel Engine

2012-04-16
2012-01-0959
The modern trend of engine downsizing for CO₂ reduction coupled with stringent emission norms compel the engine air inlet system to outperform the conventional designs. Modern turbo diesel engine air inlet system handles higher & higher air flow, boost pressure and temperature. Air inlet system ducting designs have become complex due to oil particles (received through PCV system), engine movement and isolation for NVH. Air inlet ducting failures; like oil mist leakage through joints and seepage through hose wall cause high engine oil consumption and most predominantly environment damage. Also to some extent boost leakage in certain operating conditions. These failures reduce the reliability and performance of engine in certain conditions. This paper discusses design and development of cost-effective non-permeable and leak-proof hose-piping system for turbocharged diesel engine where PCV system was connected to air inlet system.
Technical Paper

Study of Parameters Influencing the Chest Deflection of Hybrid III Dummy in Crash Tests

2012-01-09
2012-28-0002
Anthropomorphic Test Devices (ATD) are the backbone of any crash research lab, their performance during the crash tests being of paramount importance to assess the vehicle performance. The Hybrid III 50th percentile dummy (H350) is one of the most recognized and accepted ATD for research in this field. However several unusual results of the dummy injuries in a vehicle crash test indicate some discrepancies exists in the dummy design. This prompted researchers to investigate such things and this paper is based on a project conducted to study the chest deflection of the hybrid 350 dummy. The project deals with assessing the dummy's chest deflection response sensitivity to load location as well as ambient operating conditions. The scope involved testing of the dummy chest by loading it quasi-statically on a UTM as well as dynamically impacting it on the dummy calibration rig. The chest deflection or thorax displacement data and loading data was gathered and analyzed further.
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