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Monitoring Urea Quantity Delivery for Diesel SCR After-treatment

2012-02-01
While providing significant benefits to vehicle operation and emissions, on board diagnosis comes at a cost. In many cases the additional cost comes in the form of reduced optimal performance. Often the additional cost can be mitigated by considering the OBD requirements early in the development stages. In this presentation we show these trade-offs in a number of case studies. We will point out where the ability to diagnose comes at the cost of suboptimal performance, and where system design decisions can facilate the OBD task. Presenter Michiel Van Nieuwstadt, Ford Motor Co.
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Ford: Driving Hybrid Efficiency

2012-03-23
Hybrid vehicles in the modern era were developed with a strong primary goal to increase fuel efficiency in the North American market. Over the last 15 years, this market has expanded from zero sales to as high as 3% of total US sales. Most recently, the portfolio of competitive offerings with HEV propulsion systems has grown even more to about 30 models on sale today. Some interesting features and attributes have evolved thru this wider array of products giving the customer much more choice of which characteristics to select to match their needs. Ford�s 3rd generation HEV system will be offered for sale this fall. With it, we have continued our focus on the Fuel Efficiency as the driving force for our efforts. The overall process for the system engineering and some of the relevant subsystem and component contributors to the Fuel Efficiency improvement reflected in the 2013 Model Year Fusion and CMAX Hybrids will be presented. Presenter Charles Gray, Ford Motor Co.
Technical Paper

Suppression of Sulfide Emission During Lean Nox Trap Desulfation

2001-03-05
2001-01-1299
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.
Technical Paper

Starter/Alternator Design for Optimized Hybrid Fuel Economy

2000-11-01
2000-01-C061
A Starter/Alternator (S/A) has been developed at Ford Research laboratories for hybrid electric vehicle applications. During development, the vehicle concept of operation and the system performance requirements were used to select the proper technology. The specification development, component selection and subsystem operation process is described. Subsystem performance and vehicle fuel economy are compared and evaluated using hybrid vehicle simulation analysis. These results can be used to identify potential subsystem modifications and alternative vehicle control strategies.
Technical Paper

Identification of the Optimum Vehicle Class for the Application of 42v Integrated Starter Generator

2000-11-01
2000-01-C073
Today nearly all automotive manufacturers are developing motor-generator systems for improved fuel economy by implementing idling-stop and other power train enhancements. It is said that powertrain technology has always pioneered the development of automotive electronic control throughout history. The integrated starter generator (ISG) promises to expand the scope of powertrain control further through fuel economy improvement, emissions reduction, longitudinal vehicle dynamics improvement and customer feature enhancements. At the present time the cost imposed by usage of an ISG system is very high due mainly to its need for a power optimized 42V battery and high power electronics. This paper takes a critical look at the vehicle benefits attributable to ISG and its implementation costs over various vehicle classes.
Technical Paper

A Comparison of the Emissions from a Vehicle in Both Normal and Selected Malfunctioning Operation Modes

1996-10-01
961903
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.
Technical Paper

Selection Families of Optimal Engine Designs Using Nonlinear Programming and Parametric Sensitivity Analysis

1997-05-01
971600
The selection process of key engine design variables to maximize peak power subject to fuel economy and packaging objectives is formulated as an optimization problem readily solved with nonlinear programming. The merit of this approach lies not in finding a single optimal engine, but in identifying a family of optimal designs dependent on parameter changes in the constraint set. Sensitivity analysis of the optimum to packaging parameters, fuel economy parameters, and manufacturing parameters is presented and discussed in the context of product development decisions.
Technical Paper

Exhaust Valve Seat Leakage

1997-05-01
971638
A 1.9L four cylinder engine was evaluated for leakage of cylinder charge through the exhaust valve seats. Fast FID HC analyzer traces reveal leakage. Static leakdown tests do not correlate with the Fast FID measurement, unlike previously published reports for a different engine. The causes of exhaust valve seat leakage are likely to be Flakes of cylinder deposits lodging in the valve seat Valve seat distortion due to the thermal and pressure loading of the cylinder head structure Because deposit related effects are very history dependent, it is very difficult to obtain quantitative results. Some experimental observations: Static pressure leakage measurements show variation of leakage area with cylinder pressure, caused by flexing of the valve head. Dynamic leakage results are history dependent. Leakage is reduced after running at high speed/load, and gradually build up during extended light load low speed operation.
Technical Paper

Wave Propagation in Catalytic Converters: A Preliminary Investigation

1997-05-20
971873
The present study investigates the wave propagation and attenuation in catalytic converters. The relationships for wave propagation in a catalytic monolith are derived first and then coupled to the wave propagation in tapered ducts. Analytical predictions are compared with experimental results to validate the theory.
Technical Paper

Calculating the Rate of Exothermic Energy Release for Catalytic Converter Efficiency Monitoring

1995-10-01
952423
This paper reports on the development of a new methodology for OBD-II catalyst efficiency monitoring. Temperature measurements taken from the center of the catalyst substrate or near the exterior surface of the catalyst brick were used in conjunction with macroscopic energy balances to calculate the instantaneous rate of exothermic energy generation within the catalyst. The total calculated rate of exothermic energy release over the FTP test cycle was within 10% of the actual or theoretical value and provided a good indicator of catalyst light-off for a variety of aged catalytic converters. Normalization of the rate of exothermic energy release in the front section of the converter by the mass flow rate of air inducted through the engine was found to provide a simple yet practical means of monitoring the converter under both FTP and varying types of road driving.
Technical Paper

Emissions from Diesel Vehicles with and without Lean NOx and Oxidation Catalysts and Particulate Traps

1995-10-01
952391
The regulated and non-regulated emissions of a current diesel passenger car and two light-duty diesel trucks with catalysts and particulate traps were measured to better understand the effects of aftertreatment devises on the environment. The passenger car, a 1.8 L IDI TC Sierra, was tested both with and without three different diesel oxidation catalysts (DOC) and with two fuel sulfur levels, 0 and 0.05 wt%. One light-duty truck, a 2.5 L DI NA Transit, was tested on one fuel, 0.05 wt% sulfur, with and without three different particulate trap/regeneration systems and with and without a urea lean NOx catalyst (LNC) system. A second similar Transit was tested on the 0.05 wt% sulfur fuel with an electrically regenerated trap system. The results are compared to each other, regulated emission standards, and to emissions from gasoline vehicles.
Technical Paper

Diesel Particulate Control System for Ford 1.8L Sierra Turbo-Diesel to Meet 1997-2003 Particulate Standards

1994-03-01
940458
Feasibility of wall-flow diesel exhaust filter trap particulate aftertreatment emission control systems to meet the U.S. Federal, CARB, and EC passenger car standards for 1997/2003 and beyond for the 1360 kg (3000 lb.) EAO (Ford European Automotive Operations) 1.8 liter Sierra Turbo-Diesel passenger car is investigated. Plain and Pd catalyzed monolith wall flow diesel particulate traps are examined using Phillips No. 2 diesel fuel (Reference Standard), low sulfur (0.05% S) diesel fuel and an ultra-low sulfur (0.001% S) diesel fuel. Comparisons are made with baseline FTP75 and Highway exhaust emissions and Federal and CARB mandated particulate standards for 1997 and 2003. Effectiveness of catalyzed traps, plain traps, copper octoate trap regeneration fuel additive, and fuel sulfur content on the particulate emissions is determined.
Technical Paper

Scavenging of a Firing Two-Stroke Spark-Ignition Engine

1994-03-01
940393
Current demands for high fuel efficiency and low emissions in automotive powerplants have drawn attention to the two-stroke engine configuration. The present study measured trapping and scavenging efficiencies of a firing two-stroke spark-ignition engine by in-cylinder gas composition analysis. Intermediate results of the procedure included the trapped air-fuel ratio and residual exhaust gas fraction. Samples, acquired with a fast-acting electromagnetic valve installed in the cylinder head, were taken of the unburned mixture without fuel injection and of the burned gases prior to exhaust port opening, at engine speeds of 1000 to 3000 rpm and at 10 to 100% of full load. A semi-empirical, zero-dimensional scavenging model was developed based on modification of the non-isothermal, perfect-mixing model. Comparison to the experimental data shows good agreement.
Technical Paper

Dual Equal VCT - A Variable Camshaft Timing Strategy for Improved Fuel Economy and Emissions

1995-02-01
950975
In the Dual Equal variable camshaft timing strategy, the intake and exhaust events are equally phase-shifted relative to the crankshaft as a function of engine operating conditions. The primary emphasis is on improved fuel economy and emissions at part load. The external EGR system is potentially eliminated, with consequent improvement in the transient control of residual dilution. Additional benefits with optimized phasing are moderate improvements in idle stability and full load performance. In this paper, the Dual Equal VCT strategy is described, and engine dynamometer test results are shown which illustrate the benefits at part load, idle, and WOT. Implications of the strategy on phase-shifter response requirements and on the engine control system are discussed.
Technical Paper

Underhood Thermal Management by Controlling Air Flow

1995-02-01
951013
A series of tests were conducted to determine the potential for reducing vehicle underhood temperatures by either 1) diverting the radiator fan air flow from the engine compartment or 2) by forced air cooling of the exhaust manifold in conjunction with shielding it or 3) by a combination of the two methods. The test vehicle was a Ford F-250 Light Truck with a 7.5L V-8 engine. The vehicle was tested in a dynamometer cell equipped with cell blowers to simulate road speed conditions. It was found that diverting the outlet air from the radiator will reduce underhood component temperatures when the vehicle is in motion and also at normal idle. However, if the vehicle is to be used for power takeoff applications requiring a “kicked” idle, then forced cooling of the exhaust manifolds is also required to maintain reduced underhood temperatures. A combination of these two techniques maximized the reduction of underhood temperatures for all operating conditions tested.
Technical Paper

Effects of Aging on Frictional Properties of Fuel Efficient Engine Oils

1995-10-01
952532
Obtaining the maximum benefits from advanced fuel efficient engine oils will require that those oils not only provide fuel efficiency when new but also throughout the service interval for the oil. The effects of laboratory and engine aging on the ability of an oil containing a molybdenum dialkyldithiocarbamate (MoDTC) additive to provide reduced friction have been investigated. Results of these studies show that the friction reducing capability of this oil, as measured in a laboratory test, was lost prior to depletion of the MoDTC. Interactions between MoDTC and other additives were found to be important with regard to providing friction reduction. Implications for development of advanced oils that will provide lasting fuel efficiency benefits are discussed.
Technical Paper

The Effect of Exhaust Gas Recirculation on Soot Formation in a High-Speed Direct-injection Diesel Engine

1996-02-01
960841
A number of tests were conducted on a 2.5 litre, high-speed, direct-injection diesel engine running at various loads and speeds. The aim of the tests was to gain understanding which would lead to more effective use of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) for controlling exhaust NOx whilst minimising the penalties of increased smoke emission and fuel consumption. In addition to exhaust emission measurements, in-cylinder sampling of combustion gases was carried out using a fast-acting, snatch-sampling valve. The results showed that the effectiveness of EGR was enhanced considerably by cooling the EGR. In addition to more effective NOx control, this measure also improved volumetric efficiency which assisted in the control of smoke emission and fuel consumption. This second of two papers on the use of EGR in diesel engines deals with the effects of EGR on soot emission and on the engine fuel economy.
Technical Paper

Exact Constraint Design of Vehicle Components

1996-08-01
961687
An important basis of the technology strategy of the Partnership of a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV), is the assumption that major advances in a number of different technologies must be made, before the realization of most of the challenging goals of the new generation of vehicles. One of those technologies is the reliance on lightweight alternative materials in order to produce lightweight components to achieve the projected fuel economy increases. However, this push toward lightweight components should not be on the basis of sacrificing vehicle performance, handling, reliability or safety. Toward this objective, engineers frequently are relying on super-fast computers as well as new approaches to achieve a new generation of designs of automotive components, based on some form of optimization techniques. These techniques however, usually imply increasing the number of constraints imposed on a particular design objective, which is the weight of the vehicle in this case.
Technical Paper

Performance of Plasmaspray Coated Bore 4.6L-V8 Aluminum Block Engines in Dynamometer and Fleet Vehicle Durability Tests

1997-02-24
970008
Application process, and performance in engine dynamometer and high mileage vehicle fleet durability tests of Plasmaspray coated bore aluminum block engines are discussed. Fuel economy, oil consumption, power and wear data for Ford 4.6L-V8 aluminum block engines utilizing very low cost iron/iron oxide base coatings, and stainless steel/BN solid film lubricant Plasmasprayed coatings are presented. Test results from Ford's 100 hour Piston & Gasket Engine Dynamometer Durability Tests, and Fleet Vehicle Durability Tests show ring/bore wear reductions of more than 40% relative to production cast iron bore systems with Oil Economy averaging more than 13,600 km/l (8000 mi/qt).
Technical Paper

Powertrain Development of the 1996 Ford Flexible Fuel Taurus

1995-12-01
952751
Two flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) using dielectric alcohol sensors have been designed and developed for mass production. One FFV will operate on gasoline or methanol up to 85% (M85). The second FFV will operate on gasoline or ethanol up to 85% (E85). Significant modification of a conventional dedicated gasoline engine was necessary in order to avoid major problems in the areas of preignition, engine wear and material compatibility. Operation on alcohol fuels provides for improved torque and horsepower over gasoline. Feedgas emission levels with alcohol fuels are lower than those with gasoline. However, this advantage is diminished at the tailpipe due to the long catalytic converter light-off times that result from the lower combustion temperatures which characterize alcohol fuels. Meeting evaporative emission regulations provided a challenge due to the high levels of vapor generated by low alcohol percentage fuel blends.
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