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Development of a Multi-Spark Ignition System for Reducing Fuel Consumption and Exhaust Emissions of a High Performance GDI Engine

The paper presents the development and real-time implementation of a combustion control system based on optimal management of multiple spark discharge events, in order to increase combustion stability, reduce pollutant emissions and fuel consumption, and avoid partial or missing combustion cycles. The proposed approach has been developed as a cost-effective solution to several combustion-related issues that affect Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines during cold start and part load operation. The problem of optimizing combustion efficiency and improving its stability during such operating modes is even more critical for high performance engines, which are designed to maximize charge efficiency especially at medium-high engine speeds.
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Real-Time Combustion Phase Optimization of a PFI Gasoline Engine

Combustion control is assuming a crucial role in reducing engine tailpipe emissions and maximizing performance. The number of actuations influencing the combustion is increasing, and, as a consequence, the control parameters calibrations is becoming challenging. One of the most effective factors influencing performance and efficiency is the combustion phasing: gasoline engines Electronic Control Units (ECU) manage the Spark Advance (SA) in order to set the optimal combustion phase. SA optimal values are usually determined by means of calibration procedures carried out on the test bench by changing SA values while monitoring Brake and Indicated Mean Effective Pressure (BMEP, IMEP), Brake Specific Fuel Consumption (BSFC) and pollutant emissions. The effect of SA on combustion is stochastic, due to the cycle-to-cycle variation: the analysis of mean values requires many engine cycles to be significant of the performance obtained with the given control setting.
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Development of A Control-Oriented Model of Engine, Transmission and Vehicle Systems for Motor Scooter HIL Testing

This paper describes the development of a mathematical model which allows the simulation of the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), the transmission and the vehicle dynamics of a motor vehicle equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) system. The aim of this work is to realize a simulation tool that is able to evaluate the performance and the operating conditions of the ICE, once it is installed on a given vehicle. Since the simulation has to be run in real-time for Hardware In the Loop (HIL) applications, a zero-dimensional (filling and emptying) model is used for modeling the cylinder thermodynamics and the intake and exhaust manifolds. The combustion is modeled by means of single zone model, with the fuel burning rate described by Wiebe functions. The gas proprieties depend on temperature and chemical composition of the gas, which are evaluated at each crank-angle.
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Automatic Combustion Control for Calibration Purposes in a GDI Turbocharged Engine

Combustion phasing is crucial to achieve high performance and efficiency: for gasoline engines control variables such as Spark Advance (SA), Air-to-Fuel Ratio (AFR), Variable Valve Timing (VVT), Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), Tumble Flaps (TF) can influence the way heat is released. The optimal control setting can be chosen taking into account performance indicators, such as Indicated Mean Effective Pressure (IMEP), Brake Specific Fuel Consumption (BSFC), pollutant emissions, or other indexes inherent to reliability issues, such as exhaust gas temperature, or knock intensity. Given the high number of actuations, the calibration of control parameters is becoming challenging.
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Thermal Management Strategies for SCR After Treatment Systems

While the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) is actually a quasi-standard equipment in the European Diesel passenger cars market, an interesting solution to fulfill NOx emission limits for the next EU 6 legislation is the application of a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system on the exhaust line, to drastically reduce NOx emissions. In this context, one of the main issues is the performance of the SCR system during cold start and warm up phases of the engine. The exhaust temperature is too low to allow thermal activation of the reactor and, consequently, to promote high conversion efficiency and significant NOx concentration reduction. This is increasingly evident the smaller the engine displacement, because of its lower exhaust system temperature (reduced gross power while producing the same net power, i.e., higher efficiency).
Technical Paper

Strategies to Evaluate Power Output in Racing Engines. Case Study: 2002 World Offshore Class I Regulations

To establish a fair competition between racing vehicles is not an easy task, if different types of engine are allowed to participate (within the same class). In the Motorsports world there are several Championships where the regulations leave to the project manager substantial freedom in the vehicle-engine layout definition: The 2002 World Offshore Class I Championship (WOCC) seems to be an excellent example, since both gasoline and diesel (naturally aspirated and turbocharged) engines are admitted to race. The paper presents a power output comparison method that could be useful both for the organizers to establish a fair competition as well as for the racing engineers to decide what's the optimal layout. Since the analysis regards the maximum power, BMEP and engine speed have to be evaluated under such condition for the engines to be compared.
Journal Article

Non-Intrusive Methodology for Estimation of Speed Fluctuations in Automotive Turbochargers under Unsteady Flow Conditions

The optimization of turbocharging systems for automotive applications has become crucial in order to increase engine performance and meet the requirements for pollutant emissions and fuel consumption reduction. Unfortunately, performing an optimal turbocharging system control is very difficult, mainly due to the fact that the flow through compressor and turbine is highly unsteady, while only steady flow maps are usually provided by the manufacturer. For these reasons, one of the most important quantities to be used onboard for optimal turbocharger system control is the rotational speed fluctuation, since it provides information both on turbocharger operating point and on the energy of the unsteady flow in the intake and exhaust circuits. This work presents a methodology that allows determining the instantaneous turbocharger rotational speed through a proper frequency processing of the signal coming from one accelerometer mounted on the turbocharger compressor.