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Optimization of Control Parameters for a Heavy-Duty CNG Engine via Co-Simulation Analysis

2011-04-12
2011-01-0704
Internal combustion engines for vehicle propulsion are more and more sophisticated due to increasingly restrictive environmental regulations. In case of heavy-duty engines, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling coupled with Three-Way Catalyst (TWC) and Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) can help in meeting the imposed emission limits and preventing from thermal stress of engine components. To cope with the new issues associated with the more complex hardware and to improve powertrain performance and reliability and after-treatment efficiency, the engine control strategies must be reformulated. The paper focuses on the steady-state optimization of control parameters for a heavy-duty engine fueled by CNG and equipped with turbocharger and EGR. The optimization analysis is carried out to design EGR, spark timing and wastegate control, aimed at increasing fuel economy while reducing in-cylinder temperature to prevent from thermal stress of engine components.
Technical Paper

A Comprehensive Hybrid Vehicle Model for Energetic Analyses on Different Powertrain Architectures

2019-09-09
2019-24-0064
In the global quest for preventing fossil fuel depletion and reducing air pollution, hybridization plays a fundamental role to achieve cleaner and more fuel-efficient automotive propulsion systems. While hybrid powertrains offer many opportunities, they also present new developmental challenges. Due to the many variants and possible architectures, development issues, such as the definition of powertrain concepts and the optimization of operating strategies, are becoming more and more important. The paper presents model-based fuel economy analyses of different hybrid vehicle configurations, depending on the position of the electric motor generator (EMG). The analyses are intended to support the design of powertrain architecture and the components sizing, depending on the driving scenario, with the aim of reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Technical Paper

Experimental Test on the Feasibility of Passive Regeneration in a Catalytic DPF at the Exhaust of a Light-Duty Diesel Engine

2019-09-09
2019-24-0045
Diesel engines are attractive thanks to good performance in terms of fuel consumption, drivability, power output and efficiency. Nevertheless in the last years, increasing restrictions have been imposed to particulate emissions, concerning both mass (PM) and number (PN). Different technologies have been proposed to meet emissions standards and the wall-flow Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) is currently the most common after-treatment system used to trap PM from the exhaust gases. This technology exhibits good features such that it can be regenerated to remove any accumulation of PM. However, this process involves oxidation of the filtered PM at a high temperature through after and post fuel injection strategies, which results in an increase of fuel consumption and may lead to physical damages of the filter in the long term. This work deals with the experimental testing of a catalytic silicon carbide (SiC) wall flow DPF, aiming at decreasing the soot oxidation temperature.
Technical Paper

Control Oriented Modeling of SCR Systems for Automotive Application

2017-09-04
2017-24-0121
In the last decades, NOx emissions legislations for Diesel engines are becoming more stringent than ever before and the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) is considered as the most suitable technology to comply with the upcoming constraints. Model-based control strategies are promising to meet the dual objective of maximizing NOx reduction and minimizing NH3 slip in urea-selective catalytic reduction. In this paper, a control oriented model of a Cu-zeolite urea-SCR system for automotive diesel engines is presented. The model is derived from a quasi-dimensional four-state model of the urea-SCR plant. To make it suitable for the real-time urea-SCR management, a reduced order one-state model has been developed, with the aim of capturing the essential behavior of the system with a low computational burden. Particularly, the model allows estimating the NH3 slip that is fundamental not only to minimize urea consumption but also to reduce this unregulated emission.
Technical Paper

Enhancing Cruise Controllers through Finite-Horizon Driving Mission Optimization for Passenger Vehicles

2018-04-03
2018-01-1180
In the last few years, several studies have proved the benefits of exploiting information about the road topography ahead of the vehicle to adapt vehicle cruising for fuel consumption reduction. Recent technologies have brought on-board more road information enabling the optimization of the driving profile for fuel economy improvement. In the present paper, a cruise controller able to lowering vehicle fuel consumption taking into account the characteristics of the road the vehicle is traveling through is presented. The velocity profile is obtained by minimizing via discrete dynamic programming the energy spent to move the vehicle. In order to further enhance vehicle fuel efficiency, also the gear shifting schedule is optimized, allowing to avoid useless gear shifts and choose the most suitable gear to match current road load and keeping the engine in its maximum efficiency range. Despite the optimality of the solution provided, dynamic programming entails high computational time.
Technical Paper

Development and Experimental Validation of a Control Oriented Model of SCR for Automotive Application

2018-04-03
2018-01-1263
1 The Selective Catalytic reduction (SCR) using urea as reducing agent is currently regarded as the most promising after-treatment technology in order to comply with strict RDE targets for NOX and particulate in Diesel application. Model-based control strategies are promising to satisfy the demands of high NOX conversion efficiency and low tailpipe ammonia slip. This paper deals with the development of a control oriented model of a Cu-zeolite urea-SCR system for automotive Diesel engines. The model is intended to be used for the real-time urea-SCR management, depending on engine NOX emissions and ammonia storage. In order to ensure suitable computational demand for the on-board implementation, a reduced order one-state model of ammonia storage has been derived from a quasi-dimensional four-state model of the urea-SCR plant.
Technical Paper

Application of Willans Line Method for Internal Combustion Engines Scalability towards the Design and Optimization of Eco-Innovation Solutions

2015-09-06
2015-24-2397
Main aim of this paper was to exploit the well-known Willans line method in a twofold manner: indeed, beyond the usual identification of Willans line parameters to enable internal combustion engine scaling, it is also proposed to infer further information from identified parameters and correlations, particularly aiming at characterizing mechanical and frictional losses of different engine technologies. The above objectives were pursued relying on extended experimental performance data, which were gathered on different engine families, including turbo-charged Diesel and naturally aspirated gasoline engines. The matching between Willans line scaled performance and experimental ones was extensively tested, thus allowing to reliably proceed to the subsequent objective of characterizing mechanical losses on the basis of identified Willans parameters.
Technical Paper

Development and Experimental Validation of a Control Oriented Model of a Catalytic DPF

2019-04-02
2019-01-0985
1 The wall-flow Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) is currently the most common after-treatment system used to meet the particulate emissions regulations for automotive engines. Today’s technology shows the best balance between filtration efficiency and back-pressure in the engine exhaust pipe. During the accumulation phase the pressure drop across the filter increases, thus requiring periodic regeneration of the DPF through after and post fuel injection strategies. This paper deals with the development of a control oriented model of a catalytic silicon carbide (SiC) wall flow DPFs with CuFe2O4 loading for automotive Diesel engines. The model is intended to be used for the real-time management of the regeneration process, depending on back-pressure and thermal state.
Technical Paper

Experimental Testing of a Low Temperature Regenerating Catalytic DPF at the Exhaust of a Light-Duty Diesel Engine

2018-04-03
2018-01-0351
The wall-flow Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) is currently the most common after-treatment system used to meet the particulate emission limits imposed by government regulations. Today’s technology shows the best balance between filtration efficiency and back-pressure in the engine exhaust pipe. Conventional filters consist in alternately plugged parallel square channels, so that the exhaust gases flow through the porous inner walls leading to particles trapping. During the accumulation phase the pressure drop across the filter increases, thus requiring periodic regeneration of the DPF through after and post fuel injection strategies. This paper deals with the experimental testing of a catalytic silicon carbide (SiC) wall flow DPFs with CuFe2O4 loading. The filter was built following an optimized procedure based on a preliminary controlled chemical erosion of the SiC porous structure.
Technical Paper

Development of a Cruise Controller Based on Current Road Load Information with Integrated Control of Variable Velocity Set-Point and Gear Shifting

2017-03-28
2017-01-0089
Road topography has a remarkable impact on vehicle fuel consumption for both passenger and heavy duty vehicles. In addition, erroneous or non-optimized scheduling of both velocity set-point and gear shifting may be detrimental for fuel consumption and performance. Recent technologies have made road data, such as elevation or slope, either available or measurable on board, thus making possible the exploitation of this additional information in innovative controllers. The aim of this paper is the development of a smart, fuel-economy oriented controller adapting cruising speed and engaged gear to current road load (i.e. local slope). Unlike traditional cruise controllers, the velocity set-point is not constant, but it is set by applying a mathematical transformation of the current slope, accounting for the mission time duration as well.
Journal Article

Development of recurrent neural networks for virtual sensing of NOx emissions in internal combustion engines

2009-09-13
2009-24-0110
The paper focuses on the experimental identification and validation of recurrent neural networks (RNN) for virtual sensing of NO emissions in internal combustion engines (ICE). Suited training procedures and experimental tests are proposed to improve RNN precision and generalization in predicting NO formation dynamics. The reference Spark Ignition (SI) engine was tested by means of an integrated system of hardware and software tools for engine test automation and control strategies prototyping. A fast response analyzer was used to measure NO emissions at the exhaust valve. The accuracy of the developed RNN model is assessed by comparing simulated and experimental trajectories for a wide range of operating scenarios. The results evidence that RNN-based virtual NO sensor will offer significant opportunities for implementing on-board feedforward and feedback control strategies aimed at improving the performance of after-treatment devices.
Journal Article

Rule-Based Optimization of Intermittent ICE Scheduling on a Hybrid Solar Vehicle

2009-09-13
2009-24-0067
In the paper, a rule-based (RB) control strategy is proposed to optimize on-board energy management on a Hybrid Solar Vehicle (HSV) with series structure. Previous studies have shown the promising benefits of such vehicles in urban driving in terms of fuel economy and carbon dioxide reduction, and that economic feasibility could be achieved in a near future. The control architecture consists of two main loops: one external, which determines final battery state of charge (SOC) as function of expected solar contribution during next parking phase, and the second internal, whose aim is to define optimal ICE- EG power trajectory and SOC oscillation around the final value, as addressed by the first loop. In order to maximize the fuel savings achievable by a series architecture, an intermittent ICE scheduling is adopted for HSV. Therefore, the second loop yields the average power at which the ICE is operated as function of the average values of traction power demand and solar power.
Journal Article

Real-Time Estimation of Intake O2 Concentration in Turbocharged Common-Rail Diesel Engines

2013-04-08
2013-01-0343
Automotive engines and control systems are more and more sophisticated due to increasingly restrictive environmental regulations. Particularly in both diesel and SI lean-burn engines NOx emissions are the key pollutants to deal with and sophisticated Engine Management System (EMS) strategies and after-treatment devices have to be applied. In this context, the in-cylinder oxygen mass fraction plays a key-role due its direct influence on the NOx formation mechanism. Real-time estimation of the intake O₂ charge enhances the NOx prediction during engine transients, suitable for both dynamic adjustments of EMS strategies and management of aftertreatment devices. The paper focuses on the development and experimental validation of a real-time estimator of O₂ concentration in the intake manifold of an automotive common-rail diesel engine, equipped with turbocharger and EGR system.
Journal Article

Modeling Analysis of Waste Heat Recovery via Thermo Electric Generators for Fuel Economy Improvement and CO2 Reduction in Small Diesel Engines

2014-04-01
2014-01-0663
This paper deals with modeling and analysis of the integration of ThermoElectric generators (TEG) into a conventional vehicle, specifically aimed at recovering waste heat from exhaust gases. The model is based on existing and commercial thermoelectric materials, specifically Bi2Te3, having ZTs not exceeding 1 and efficiency below 5%, but a trade-off between cost and performance that would be acceptable for automotive applications. TEGs operate on the principle of thermoelectric energy conversion via Seebeck effect, utilizing thermal gradients to generate electric current, with exhaust gases at the hot side and coolant at the cold side. In the simulated configuration the TEG converters are interfaced with the battery/alternator supporting the operation of the vehicle, reducing the energy consumption due to electrical accessories and HVAC.
Technical Paper

A Methodology to Enhance Design and On-Board Application of Neural Network Models for Virtual Sensing of Nox Emissions in Automotive Diesel Engines

2013-09-08
2013-24-0138
The paper describes suited methodologies for developing Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN) aimed at estimating NOx emissions at the exhaust of automotive Diesel engines. The proposed methodologies particularly aim at meeting the conflicting needs of feasible on-board implementation of advanced virtual sensors, such as neural network, and satisfactory prediction accuracy. Suited identification procedures and experimental tests were developed to improve RNN precision and generalization in predicting engine NOx emissions during transient operation. NOx measurements were accomplished by a fast response analyzer on a production automotive Diesel engine at the test bench. Proper post-processing of available experiments was performed to provide the identification procedure with the most exhaustive information content. The comparison between experimental results and predicted NOx values on several engine transients, exhibits high level of accuracy.
Technical Paper

A Comprehensive Powertrain Model to Evaluate the Benefits of Electric Turbo Compound (ETC) in Reducing CO2 Emissions from Small Diesel Passenger Cars

2014-04-01
2014-01-1650
In the last years the automotive industry has been involved in the development and implementation of CO2 reducing concepts such as the engines downsizing, stop/start systems as well as more costly full hybrid solutions and, more recently, waste heat recovery technologies. These latter include ThermoElectric Generator (TEG), Rankine cycle and Electric Turbo Compound (ETC) that have been practically implemented on few heavy-duty application but have not been proved yet as effective and affordable solutions for the automotive industry. The paper deals with the analysis of opportunities and challenges of the Electric Turbo Compound for automotive light-duty engines. In the ETC concept the turbine-compressor shaft is connected to an electric machine, which can work either as generator or motor. In the former case the power can satisfy the vehicle electrical demand to drive the auxiliaries or stored in the batteries.
Technical Paper

Modeling and Optimization of Organic Rankine Cycle for Waste Heat Recovery in Automotive Engines

2016-04-05
2016-01-0207
In the last years, the research effort of the automotive industry has been mainly focused on the reduction of CO2 and pollutants emissions. In this scenario, concepts such as the engines downsizing, stop/start systems as well as more costly full hybrid solutions and, more recently, Waste Heat Recovery technologies have been proposed. These latter include Thermo-Electric Generator (TEG), Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and Electric Turbo-Compound (ETC) that have been practically implemented on few heavy-duty applications but have not been proved yet as effective and affordable solutions for passenger cars. The paper deals with modeling of ORC power plant for simulation analyses aimed at evaluating the opportunities and challenges of its application for the waste heat recovery in a compact car, powered by a turbocharged SI engine.
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