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Toyota's Comprehensive Environmental Technology: Providing Choices for Sustainable Mobility

2011-11-04
In the pursuit of a sustainable transportation systems, Toyota is considering a comprehensive approach pursuing multiple advanced technologies to address three primary issues: GHG, Petroleum Use, and Air Quality. Vehicles must be ready for and affordable to the mass market to provide the customer choices to meet their transportation needs whether it is EV's, Hybrids, Plug-In Hybrids or Fuel Cell Hydrogen Hybrids. Our studies have shown that EVs have the potential to provide significant improvements in energy utilization especially combined with other advanced technologies. Toyota believes that a combination of these technolgies will provide complementary solution that enables a sustainable transportation system. Presenter Takehito Yokoo, Toyota Motor Corporation
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New Simulation Method Using Experimental Modal Analysis for Prediction of Body Deformation during Operation

2001-03-05
2001-01-0494
A method for predicting body deformation during operation, which cannot be measured by conventional methods, has been developed. The method creates a body model based on the characteristics extracted by modal analysis of the results of a vibration testing of an actual vehicle. The model is combined with a suspension model, using multibody dynamics software, and body deformation calculations are performed. In this paper, the influence of body deformation on vehicle controllability and stability is studied and the usefulness of the method is verified.
Technical Paper

Noise and Vibration Reduction Technology in Hybrid Vehicle Development

2001-04-30
2001-01-1415
The world's first mass production gasoline hybrid passenger car, the “Prius”, was introduced into the Japanese market in 1997. By the time it was introduced into the American and European markets in Mid-2000, its fuel consumption and exhaust emissions had been further improved while achieving superior NV performance compared with conventional vehicles with 1.5-liter engines even in these competitive markets. This paper describes NV reduction technology for problems peculiar to the hybrid vehicle such as engine start/stop vibration, drone noise and vibration at low engine speed and motor/generator noise and vibration. It also compares the overall NV performance of the hybrid vehicle with conventional gasoline engine vehicles.
Technical Paper

Development of “Virtual and Real Simulator” for Engine

2001-03-05
2001-01-1355
We developed a progressive system, “virtual and real simulator (V&R-S)” for engine. To innovate the process of engine development, the test system creates dynamic load of drivetrain, wheel, body and road with the virtual vehicle model. We set the phenomena such as drivetrain vibration for reproducing object of this system. The load is transmitted to the engine crankshaft end as torque with the connecting shaft made of fiberglass. The mainly developed technologies are the dynamometer with rotational inertia as low as engine, correction method of transmitted torque error of connecting shaft by H-infinity control. Thanks to these, we achieved the capability of optimization for most of dynamic characteristics (emission, fuel consumption, drivability) on engine test bench. And we now be able to limit real vehicle test to the final tuning. As a result, we have realized new engine evaluation and optimization process.
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Combustion Analysis on Piston Cavity Shape of a Gasoline Direct Injection Engine

2001-05-07
2001-01-2029
This paper describes the analyses to improve both stratified and homogeneous charge combustion of a gasoline direct injection engine. In this study, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and high-speed hydrocarbon (HC) measurement were employed to observe the mixture formation process. The analysis of the combustion flame propagation was conducted by in-cylinder visualization and ion current measurement. As a result of the analyses, the following conclusions were made: 1 An oval shaped wall cavity can direct the mixture gas to the vicinity of the spark plug better than a conventional shell-shaped wall cavity. The oval shaped wall cavity can improve fuel consumption and HC emission at stratified charge combustion. 2 A shallow cavity improves the homogenization of mixture gases and wide open throttle (WOT) performance.
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Oxidation Stability of Automatic Transmission Fluids -A Study by the International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) ATF Subcommittee

2001-05-07
2001-01-1991
The International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) ATF subcommittee members have compared the two oxidation bench test methods, Aluminum Beaker Oxidation Test (ABOT) and Indiana Stirring Oxidation Stability Test (ISOT), using a number of factory-fill and service-fill ATFs obtained in Japan and in the US. In many cases, the ATFs were more severely oxidized after the ABOT procedure than after the same duration of the ISOT procedure. The relative severity of these two tests was influenced by the composition of the ATFs. The bench test oxidation data were compared with the transmission and the vehicle oxidation test data.
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The Establishment of Laboratory Test Method for Gelation of Engine Oil Containing Magnesium Detergents

2001-05-07
2001-01-1986
It has been reported that engine oils containing magnesium detergents gel under special conditions. The authors have previously reported on the mechanism by which magnesium detergents form needle crystals, which is the main cause of the gelation[1]. For this article, the authors conducted tests in actual vehicles using several types of engine oils containing magnesium detergents, including oils for which gelation problems have been reported in the market. The gelation was reproduced, and the test oils were ranked by their propensity to gel. In addition, a laboratory test method was used in which water and CO2 were mixed into engine oil under controlled conditions, then left stored in a bottle for twenty days, after which the kinematic viscosity and the quantity of insolubles of the mixture were measured. The study demonstrated the correlation between the laboratory test method and the actual vehicle tests.
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Effects of Fuel Properties on Premixed Charge Compression Ignition Combustion in a Direct Injection Diesel Engine

2003-05-19
2003-01-1815
Effects of fuel distillation characteristics and cetane number on premixed charge compression ignition (PCCI) combustion were investigated for the purpose of reducing NOx and PM emissions from a direct injection diesel engine. The test engine had a hole type injection nozzle for conventional diesel combustion at high load operation. A low compression ratio and cooled EGR were applied to the test engine in order to reduce the compression temperature for avoiding pre-ignition. The investigation results show that, in the case of ignition control by EGR, a light fuel with lower distillation characteristics had an advantage of reducing smoke at higher loads. This means that high volatility fuel is effective in promoting lean mixture formation of fuel and air during the ignition delay. Moreover, lowering the cetane number was effective in reducing NOx emissions by suppression of combustion temperature.
Technical Paper

Improvement of Heat Resistance for Bioplastics

2003-03-03
2003-01-1124
We studied the adoption of plastics derived from plants (bioplastics) such as poly(lactic acid) (PLA) for automotive parts in order to contribute to suppressing the increase in CO, emissions. For this application. major improvements of heat and impact resistance are needed. As a method to improve heat resistance, we developed PLA combined with clay of high heat resistance. As a result. we succeeded in synthesizing a PLA-clay nanocomposite using 18(OH)2-Mont. In-mold crystallization of PLA-clay nanocomposite lead to the great suppression of storage modulus decrease at high temperature. which in turn improved the heat resistance of PLA.
Technical Paper

Three-Dimensional Shape Measurement With High-Energy X-Ray CT-Scan

2003-03-03
2003-01-1033
Digital engineering has been utilized in product development to improve the quality. The actual object was measured and digitized into the three-dimensional (3-D) data, and the requirement of evaluating and analyzing the CAD data has been increased in these activities. So, we developed the technology that measures the actual object and obtains the 3-D model data for general automotive parts. The features of this new system are high-speed and high-accuracy by using high energy X-ray CT technology and 3-D model data technology. 3-D model data can be obtained for about 5 hours in case of the engine block and the error is 0.1mm or less. We also show the examples of the new automotive parts development using this technology.
Technical Paper

Improving Automatic Transmission Quality with High Performance Polyimide Rotary Seal Rings

1998-02-23
980734
The sensitivity of a rotary seal ring to transmission manufacturing operations and assembly techniques can effect the overall quality of an automatic transmission. In addition to those characteristics that make a seal functional in an automatic transmission there are other characteristics that facilitate the ease and simplicity of assembly in commercial manufacture. A combination of material properties, design, and manufacturing techniques combine to make thermoset polyimide seal rings an attractive alternative to other materials now in use.
Technical Paper

Optimal Idle Speed Control of an Automotive Engine

1998-02-23
981059
An optimal idle speed control (ISC) system for an automotive engine is introduced in this paper. The system is based on a non-linear model including time delay. This model is linearized at the nominal operating point. The effect of the time delay on control is compensated by prediction. This methodology is applied to a Chrysler 2.0 liter 4-cylinder SOHC (Single Overhead Cam) engine. All of the unknown parameters of the model are identified by using the normal operating data from the test engine. Based on these identified parameters, an optimal controller was designed and implemented using a rapid prototyping system. Numerous experiments of the optimal controller were carried out at the Chrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The performance was compared to that of the existing controller. The results showed that the optimal controller has the capability to effectively control the engine idle speed under a variety of accessory loads and disturbances.
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Development of Active Rear Steer System Applying H∞-μ synthesis

1998-02-23
981115
A new active rear steer (ARS) system has been developed. ARS is an electric four wheel steering system controlled by new logic(designed by H∞-μ synthesis) which maintains good control performance even if the vehicle parameters and /or road surface conditions are changed. ARS control is a typical technology to prevent vehicle side -slip in linear region of tire characteristic. This system offers easy control and reduces vehicle behavior of yawing motion before approaching critical limit. By combining ARS and vehicle stability control (VSC), it is possible to support driving precisely from normal driving to excessive driving. This paper describes the details of this new system which has been installed on 1997 model TOYOTA ARISTO for practical use in JAPAN.
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Development of the Hybrid/Battery ECU for the Toyota Hybrid System

1998-02-23
981122
For energy saving and global warming prevention, Toyota has developed Toyota Hybrid System (THS) for mass-produced passenger cars, which achieves drastic improvement in fuel efficiency and reduction in exhaust emissions compared to conventional gasoline engine cars. The THS has two motive power sources which engage depending on driving conditions. It's power is supplied either from an engine (controlled by the engine ECU) or an electric motor (controlled by the motor ECU) which is powered by a high-voltage battery (monitored by the battery ECU). These ECUs are controlled by a hybrid ECU. Each ECU has been developed with a fail-safe system in mind, to ensure driver safety in case of vehicle breakdowns. Among these ECUs, this paper reports particularly on the newly introduced ECUs: hybrid ECU and battery ECU. In the development of these ECUs, special attention was focused on fail-safe performance.
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Global Regulatory Harmonization-One American Manufacturer's Perspective

1998-09-29
982266
This paper presents one American vehicle manufacturer's perspective on global regulatory harmonization, which is critically required for the future development and well being of the vehicle global market. The paper provides a brief overview of the past and present harmonization efforts and discusses some of the impediments in achieving agreements among different rulemaking bodies. Despite the often hampered goal of total harmonization, the paper submits that progress can be achieved with the reciprocal acceptance of functionally equivalent standards and other stop-gap measures to curb the ever spiraling requirements. The paper concludes on an optimistic note by citing some of the recent developments that bring the harmonization frontier closer to becoming a reality.
Technical Paper

Influence of New Engine Oil Additives on the Properties of Fluoroelastomers

1998-10-19
982437
Fluoroelastmers are well known for their resistance to heat and fluids, and have become major material for crankcase oil seals. On the other hand, new additive formulations are developed for engine lubricants used for fuel economic gasoline engines. In this paper, the effects of those additives on properties of fluoroelastmers are investigated. The results of the immersion tests of both test plaques and oil seal products indicate that dithiocarbamates, friction modifier, have hardening effects on fluoroelastmers. The fluoroelastmer deterioration mechanism is determined by analysis of elastmer samples after immersion in oil.
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Development and Introduction of Chrysler's New Automatic Transmission Fluid

1998-10-19
982674
Chrysler began a limited development program directed toward a new automatic transmission fluid (ATF) early in 1989 and launched a full time effort in 1994. The development process for the new ATF involved a significant level of bench testing and eventually vehicle tests to evaluate the durability and shift quality of the ATF. The bench tests included those that pertain to oxidation and shear stability, anti-wear, frictional properties and torque converter shudder. Vehicle tests were primarily extended durability in both internal vehicle fleets and at external taxi sites. The mileage accumulated in this phase of the development program exceeded two million miles, all with no fluid drains out to 100,000 miles. Additionally, shift feel tests were conducted in Chrysler vehicles to verify compliance to targets. This paper summarizes the tests and results that lead to the development of the new Chrysler fill-for-life automatic transmission fluid.
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A Comparison of Methods for Evaluating Automatic Transmission Fluid Effects on Friction Torque Capacity - A Study by the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) ATF Subcommittee

1998-10-19
982672
As part of the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee's (ILSAC) goal of developing a global automatic transmission fluid (ATF) specification, members have been evaluating test methods that are currently used by various automotive manufacturers for qualifying ATF for use in their respective transmissions. This report deals with comparing test methods used for determining torque capacity in friction systems (shifting clutches). Three test methods were compared, the Plate Friction Test from the General Motors DEXRON®-III Specification, the Friction Durability Test from the Ford MERCON® Specification, and the Japanese Automotive Manufacturers Association Friction Test - JASO Method 348-95. Eight different fluids were evaluated. Friction parameters used in the comparison were breakaway friction, dynamic friction torque at midpoint and the end of engagement, and the ratio of end torque to midpoint torque.
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Implementing Class A Multiplexing Functions with Industry Standard Components

1998-08-11
981896
Multiplexing systems have been used in automobiles for the past decade. The use of these systems has allowed manufacturers to reduce wiring harness size, eliminate redundant sensors, and achieve a level of communication not available before. While most applications of multiplexing have been inter-modular communication, there exist many more opportunities to utilize multiplexing. These opportunities include multiplexing various user activated/interacted switches, sensors, and actuators. Multiplexing of this type is defined by the SAE as a low speed sensor/actuator bus, or Class “A” bus. The Class “A” bus addresses issues, such as: the challenge of handling increasing wiring complexity, incorporating diagnostics and testability into automotive electronic designs, facilitating the use of new switch and actuator technologies, and allowing a higher degree of systems design flexibility.
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A Comparative Study of Energy Absorbing Foams for Head Impact Energy Management

1998-02-23
980972
A variety of energy absorbing foams were evaluated to address the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 201 extended rule requirements for automotive interior head impact protection. The methodology used for the comparative study was the “Fast Path System” developed in part by Chrysler Corporation to provide a quick and reliable procedure to compare different materials and designs for energy management. Polyurethane, expanded polypropylene and expanded polystyrene energy absorbing foams were evaluated in this study.
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