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Test Bench Results of a Torque Pedal Interpretation with a CVT-Equipped Power Train

1997-02-24
970293
This paper presents the implementation of a torque pedal interpretation scheme in the CVT-equipped hybrid car which is currently being developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) as project Hybrid III. At partial load, a duty cycle operation mode is used in order to increase fuel efficiency. A flywheel is used to store excess power of the combustion engine as well as when the speed of the vehicle is decreased, recuperating the energy for reacceleration. A third mode, called highway operation, is used whenever the demanded power at the wheel exceeds a certain limit. A hierarchical controller scheme is implemented to maintain a comparable behavior of the vehicle in all operation modes. Beyond simulations, this controller operates successfully under real time conditions on the dynamic test bench. Test cycles with a human driver have successfully proven the effectiveness of the chosen set of controllers.
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Model Identification for the A/F Path of an SI Engine

1997-02-24
970612
Modern model-based control schemes and their application on different engines need mathematical models for the various dynamic subsystems of interest. Here, the fuel path of an SI engine is investigated. When the engine speed and the throttle angle are kept constant, the fuel path is excited only by the fuel injected. Taking the NO concentration of the exhaust gas as a measure for the air/fuel ratio, models are derived for the wall-wetting dynamics, the gas mixture, as well as for the air/fuel ratio sensor. When only the spark advance is excited, the gas flow dynamics can be studied. A very fast NO measurement device is used as reference. Its time constant is below the segment time of one single cylinder (180° crank angle for a 4-cylinder engine), therefore its dynamics are much faster than the time constants of the systems investigated. A model structure considering the muliplexing effects of the discrete operation of an engine is given for the fuel path of a BMW 1.8 liter engine.
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A New Model for Fuel Supply Dynamics in an SI Engine

1994-03-01
940208
In this paper we introduce an improved model for the fuel supply dynamics in an SI engine. First, we briefly investigate all the thermodynamic phenomena which are assumed to have a significant impact on fuel flow into the cylinder (i.e., fuel atomization, droplet decay, wall-wetting, film evaporation, and mixture flow back). This theoretical analysis results in a basic set of dynamic equations. Unfortunately, these equations are not convenient to use for control purposes. Therefore, we proceed to a simplified formulation. Several unknown parameters remain, describing phenomena which are difficult to quantify, such as heat and material transfer characteristics. These parameters are subject to operating conditions and are not discussed further. In order to validate the model dynamics, we refer to frequency and step response measurements performed on a 4-cylinder, 1.8 liter BMW engine with sequential fuel injection.
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Measurement of the Wall-Wetting Dynamics of a Sequential Injection Spark Ignition Engine

1994-03-01
940447
In this paper the fuel path of a sequentially injected gasoline engine is discussed. Since a fraction of the injected fuel suffers a delay due to the wall-wetting phenomenon, in transient phases a significant deviation of the air-to-fuel ratio from its setpoint can arise. The amount of fuel on the manifold wall and its rate of evaporation cannot be measured directly. Therefore, the effects of the wall-wetting on exhaust lambda and engine torque have to be considered for the identification of the dynamics. The dynamics of the exhaust-gas-oxygen (EGO) sensor is not negligible for the interpretation of the lambda measurement. Since both the dynamics and the statics of a ZrO2 Sensor are very nonlinear, a normal EGO-sensor is not suitable for these investigations. On the other hand, the engine torque is a good measure for the cylinder lambda when all other effects which lead to torque changes can be eliminated.
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Model-Based Adaptive Fuel Control in an SI Engine

1994-03-01
940374
This paper introduces a model-based adaptive controller designed to compensate mixture ratio dynamics in an SI engine. In the basic model the combined dynamics of wall-wetting and oxygen sensor have to be considered because the only information about process dynamics originates from measuring exhaust λ. The controller design is based on the principles of indirect Model Reference Adaptive Control (MRAC). The indirect approach connotes that explicit identification of the system parameters is required for the determination of the controller parameters. Due to nonlinearities and delays inherent in the process dynamics, an adaptive extended Kalman filter is used for identification purposes. The Kalman filter method has already been described in detail within an earlier paper [1]. It proves to be ideally suited to deal with nonlinear identification problems. The estimated parameters are further used to tune an adaptive observer for wall-wetting dynamics.
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Torque Pedal for a Car with a Continuously Variable Transmission

1994-03-01
941010
For a new concept of a hybrid drive line developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), a torque pedal interpretation for the accelerator pedal is investigated. For this purpose, based on a simple nonlinear model of the drive line, a robust nonlinear controller is developed. The controller consists of a nonlinear feedforward controller supported by a nonlinear estimator and a simple linear feedback controller. The robust performance of the control system developed is confirmed by simulations.
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Differences in Pre- and Post-Converter Lambda Sensor Characteristics

1996-02-01
960335
The two characteristics of wide-range air/fuel ratio sensors when located in front of and behind a three-way catalytic converter are investigated. Input as well as output gas concentration measurements and sensor readouts are presented. Behind a new converter almost no oxygen can be measured for rich air/fuel ratios. The wide-range sensor's signal is sensitive to changes in the gas composition when keeping the air/fuel ratio constant at a rich value. Since the gas compositions up- and down-stream of the converter differ, the sensor signals are not identical for the same rich air/fuel ratio before and after the converter. The various diffusion coefficients of the exhaust gas species flowing through the porous coating of the sensor combinded with the different up- and downstream gas compositions are responsible for the different sensor characteristics.
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Wall-Wetting Parameters Over the Operating Region of a Sequential Fuel-Injected SI Engine

1998-02-23
980792
In modern engine control applications, there is a distinct trend towards model-based control schemes. There are various reasons for this trend: Physical models allow deeper insights compared to heuristic functions, controllers can be designed faster and more accurately, and the possibility of obtaining an automated application scheme for the final engine to be controlled is a significant advantage. Another reason is that if physical effects can be separated, higher order models can be applied for different subsystems. This is in contrast to heuristic functions where the determination of the various maps poses large problems and is thus only feasible for low order models. One of the most important parts of an engine management system is the air-to-fuel control. The catalytic converter requires the mean air-to-fuel ratio to be very accurate in order to reach its optimal conversion rate. Disturbances from the active carbon filter and other additional devices have to be compensated.
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On-Line Identification Scheme for Various Wall-Wetting Models

1998-02-23
980793
Modern engine management systems increasingly rely on on-line identification schemes. These are used either for self-tuning regulators or the rapid parametrization of controllers. In this paper the on-line parameter identification of the wall-wetting dynamics is studied in detail. The identification is performed by exciting the fuel path dynamics of the engine at a constant operating point. The amount of fuel injected serves as input and the air-to-fuel ratio, which is measured with a linear oxygen sensor, as output. In order to gain precise information about the amount of fuel in the cylinder, a new measurement concept is used. For one, the placement of the lambda sensor close to the exhaust valve minimizes the effects of gas mixing on the measurements. Additionally, by an appropriate collection of the data, the sensor dynamics are bypassed. This is also illustrated by a measurement with a very fast NOx sensor.
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Controlling a CVT-Equipped Hybrid Car

1995-02-01
950492
In order to achieve maximum fuel efficiency, the SI engine of the new CVT-equipped hybrid car developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) is operated in a high power regime (such as highway driving at speeds above 120 km/h) with its throttle in its 100-percent open position. Whenever an engine power which exceeds 11 kWs is demanded, there exists an equilibrium point between the engine torque and the torque induced by the drag. Any regulation of the vehicle speed has to be performed by altering the gear ratio of the CVT. If any acceleration is required, it is necessary to increase the engine speed. This requires that the vehicle has to be slowed down for a certain short period of time. If this characteristic behaviour of the car (which is typical for a non-minimum-phase system) is not accepted by a driver who demands and expects immediate acceleration, it might lead to critical situations.
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On-Line Identification of Air-to-Fuel Ratio Dynamics in a Sequentially Injected SI Engine

1993-03-01
930857
The problem of adaptively controlling the mixture ratio can be reduced to the problem of identifying the respective non-linear system dynamics [ 19]. In the present paper, convenient models of the significant dynamic processes, i.e., intake manifold, wall-wetting and oxygen sensor dynamics, arc deduced. We will separate the analysis in terms of an air and a fuel path. Concerning the fuel path we restrict our attention exclusively to linear sensor models in order to keep the modelling overhead small. Nevertheless, considering the overall dynamics, we will have to deal with some inherent non-linearities. Suitable parametrizations of these models with respect to the demands imposed by the filtering techniques are then introduced. In the case of linear dynamics we aim to achieve a linear regression form whereas in the case of non-linear dynamics, we will augment the system state and apply extended Kalman filter theory.
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An Easily Tunable Wall-Wetting Model for PFI Engines

2004-03-08
2004-01-1461
In modern spark-ignited engines the accurate estimation of the amount of fuel to be injected is an important issue, in particular if a specific air-to-fuel ratio is required. The knowledge of the events occurring between the intake duct (injectors) and the exhaust duct (λ-sensor) is thus very important. Among all the systems that play a role, the best studied are the wall-wetting dynamics. Nowadays, the wall-wetting effects are compensated on the basis of simple linear models that are tuned with the help of a large number of measurements. These models are quite effective but they cannot be used universally.Their extrapolation for a non-measured operating point can lead to unsatisfactory results. Other problems arise at operating points where direct measurements are difficult, e.g., at cold start. Complex models already exist, but usually they require a lot of work in the parameterization phase.
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Exhaust-Gas Dynamics Model for Identification Purposes

2003-03-03
2003-01-0368
The burned gas remaining in the cylinder after the exhaust stroke of an SI engine, i.e. the residual gas fraction, has a significant influence on both the torque production and the composition of the exhaust gas. This work investigates the behavior of the residual gas fraction over the entire operating range of the engine. A combined discrete-continuous linear model is identified, which describes the dynamic effects of the gas composition from when the gases enter the cylinder up to the measurement with a specific sensor. In this investigation, that sensor is a fast NO measurement device. The system is modelled by three elements in series: the in-cylinder mixing, the transport delay, and the exhaust mixing. The resulting model contains three elements in series connection: the in cylinder mixing, the transport delay, and the exhaust gas mixing. The model is able to calculate the fuel mass entering the cylinder during a fuel injection transient.
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A Model for the Unsteady Motion of Pollutant Particles in the Exhaust System of an I.C. Engine

2003-03-03
2003-01-0721
The measurement of the various pollutant species (HC, CO, NO, etc.) has become one of the main issues in internal combustion engine research. This interest concerns not only their quantitative measurement but also the study of the mechanism of their formation. In fact, pollutant species concentration can be used as an indicator for the combustion characteristics. For instance, it enables the determination of a lean or a rich combustion, the percentage of EGR, etc. The purpose of this research is to investigate the behavior of pollutant gas particles in the first part of an engine exhaust system through a detailed study of the unsteady flow in the exhaust pipe. The results are intended to designate the appropriate sensor positions which ensure accurate measurement results. This investigation wants to track an inert component in the exhaust system, namely the NO gas.
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Model-Based Engine Calibration for Best Fuel Efficiency

1995-02-01
950983
Today's engine management systems for SI engines consist of static and dynamic control algorithms. The static functions of the engine management guarantee the correct stationary operation of the engine in all the possible operating points. The static functions are contained mainly in two lookup tables, one for the spark advance and one for the metered depending on engine speed and load. Usually these lookup tables are determined with experiments on the engine test bench. In this paper, a model-based method for the evaluation of the fuel-optimal maps for spark advance and metered fuel is described. The method can be divided into several steps: 1. Measurement and identification of all the engine parameters in a reference point (including the pressure in one cylinder) Calculation of the burn-through function (progress of the combustion) Iterative calculation of the amount of residual exhaust gas Approximation of the definitive burn-through function with the Vibe equation 2.
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