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Abnormal SI Combustion, 2018

2018-04-03
The papers in this collection focus on abnormal SI combustion processes including spark knock and preignition. Papers cover both 4-stroke and 2-stroke engines characterized by 1) ignition by an external energy source that serves to control combustion phasing, and 2) a combustion rate that is limited by flame propagation.
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Combustion Control and Optimization, 2018

2018-04-03
The papers included in this collection cover engine combustion control and optimization techniques. Topics include engine combustion diagnostics as specialized for control, control methodologies and algorithms, optimization, related combustion sensing, etc.
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Abnormal SI Combustion, 2017

2017-03-28
The papers in this collection focus on abnormal SI combustion processes including spark knock and preignition. Papers cover both 4-stroke and 2-stroke engines characterized by 1) ignition by an external energy source that serves to control combustion phasing, and 2) a combustion rate that is limited by flame propagation.
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OBD Approval Process

2012-01-24
The OBD approval process can be a frustrating time for both manufacturer and ARB staff. For manufacturers, a long approval process can sometimes mean accepting deficiencies prematurely in exchange for an approval. For ARB staff, they are inundated with highly technical information which they must review, garner understanding of and then apply their experience to evaluate it for compliance. OBD approval anxiety can be minimized, if not avoided, when manufacturers understand ARB�s expectations. This presentation will take you through some unwritten rules and common pitfalls which can impede the approval process, thus providing a guideline to a less painful and more efficient certification document review and approval. Presenter Mark Frank, Winterpark Engineering Llc
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Monitoring NO2 Production of a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst

2012-01-24
A combination of laboratory reactor measurements and vehicle FTP testing has been combined to demonstrate a method for diagnosing the formation of NO2 from a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC). Using small cores from a production DOC and simulated diesel exhaust, the laboratory reactor experiments are used to support a model for DOC chemical reaction kinetics. The model we propose shows that the ability to produce NO2 is chemically linked to the ability of the catalyst to oxidize hydrocarbon (HC). For thermally damaged DOCs, loss of the HC oxidation function is simultaneous with loss of the NO2 production function. Since HC oxidation is the source of heat generated in the DOC under regeneration conditions, we conclude that a diagnostic of the DOC exotherm is able to detect the failure of the DOC to produce NO2. Vehicle emissions data from a 6.6 L Duramax HD pick-up with DOC of various levels of thermal degradation is provided to support the diagnostic concept.
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OBD Experiences: A Ford Perspective

2012-01-24
Some the OBD-II regulations have been around for a long time or seem to be intuitively obvious. It is easy to assume to assume that everyone knows how to implement them correctly, that is, until someone actually reads the words and tries to do it. Most often, these issues come up when modifying existing OBD features, not when creating completely new ones. This presentation contains a few examples of features that should have been easy to implement, but turned out not to be easy or simple. Presenter Paul Algis Baltusis, Ford Motor Co.
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Automated Diagnostics System Performance Assessment

2012-01-30
Powertrain Systems development is facing unprecedented challenges driven by the convergence of many factors: increasing government regulations for tailpipe emissions, diagnostics and fuel economy, increased competition, shorter development cycles, and tighter program budgets. Using telematics and information technology to automate the evaluation of a system�s robustness enables engineers to focus their time on problem areas during their normal development process and launch with quality. This presentation will use real world examples to detail how this methodology was jointly applied by Control-Tec and Ford Motor Company to identify and improve the system performance of Ford�s Air-Fuel Imbalance Monitor before production. Presenter Bill Leisenring, Control-Tec LLC
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Overview of Southwest Research Institute Activities in Engine Technology R&D

2012-05-10
The worldwide drive to improved energy efficiency for engine systems is being supported by several engine R&D programs at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). This research includes large programs in major-market engine categories, such as heavy-duty, non-road, and light-duty; and includes diesel, gasoline, and alternative fuel aspects. This presentation describes several key diesel engine programs being pursued under the SwRI Clean High Efficiency Diesel Engine consortium (CHEDE-VI), whose goal is to demonstrate future diesel technology exceeding 50% brake thermal efficiency. Additionally, SwRI?s High Efficiency Dilute Gasoline Engines consortium (HEDGE-II), is reviewed, where advanced technology for ultra-high efficiency gasoline engines is being demonstrated. The HEDGE-II program is built upon dilute gasoline engine research, where brake thermal efficiencies in excess of 42% are being obtained for engines applicable to the light-duty market. Presenter Charles E.
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Future Development of EcoBoost Technology

2012-05-10
Ford's EcoBoost GTDI engine technology (Gasoline Direct Injection, Turbo-charging and Downsizing) is being successfully implemented in the market place with the EcoBoost option accounting for significant volumes in vehicle lines as diverse as the F150 pickup truck, Edge CUV and the Lincoln MKS luxury sedan. A logical question would be what comes after GTDI? This presentation will review some of the technologies that will be required for further improvements in CO2, efficiency and performance building on the EcoBoost foundation as well as some of the challenges inherent in the new technologies and approaches. Presenter Eric W. Curtis, Ford Motor Co.
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Toyota Plug-In Hybrid (PHV) Demonstration Program Results

2012-03-27
From 2009 until present Toyota has had a demonstration program of Prius PHV which is comprised of 600 vehicles throughout Japan, Europe and in the US. The vehicles were given to government agencies, corporations, utility companies and private individuals to use. With these demo units Toyota wanted to understand the market reaction and real world impact of plug-in technology on gasoline displacement with increased use of electricity as a fuel. This presentation shows that approximately 50% of fuel was saved using the PHVs in the US. An experiment in Toyota City shows that if public infrastructure is optimized to be convenient and located where people normally park, there is a potential to achieve an ideal fuel savings of 61%. The demonstration program shows that plug-in technology in fact saves fuel and that the proper infrastructure can optimize the fuel savings of plug-in hybrids. Presenter Avernethy Francisco, Toyota
Technical Paper

Fault Diagnosis of an Engine through Analyzing Vibration Signals on the Block

2020-09-30
2020-01-1568
Unpredictable faults oriented from ambiguous reasons could occur in an engine of a vehicle. However, there are some symptoms from which an engine is working abnormally before the engine is stalled by faults. In this paper, methods for diagnosis of engine faults by using vibrations are proposed. Through bench tests, to extract features for fault diagnosis, various samples with normal and abnormal conditions are prepared and vibration signals from the block of an engine are measured and analyzed. To consider cost and performance of a sensor, vibrations from a knock sensor signal as well as accelerometers are analyzed. Measured vibration signals are synchronized with signal of the crank position sensor and analyzed to detect which event is involved. Modulation analysis and Hilbert transform are applied to extract features representing the symptoms of engine faults and to indicate when the abnormal event happens, respectively.
Technical Paper

How Can Active Exhaust Systems Contribute to the Reduction of CO2 Emission and Comply with Future Pass-by Noise Limits?

2020-09-30
2020-01-1534
The pass-by noise limits of passenger vehicles according to ISO 362 / R51.3 will be further reduced by 2 dB in 2024 in Europe. Since the pass-by noise is substantially influenced by exhaust noise, the effort for the exhaust system needs to be increased. This results in systems with larger mufflers or higher backpressure. However, the more stringent CO2-emission targets require ever more efficient powertrains, which calls for rather lower backpressure to optimize the engine design. This paper describes, how compact active exhaust lines can support a design for low backpressure and high acoustic attenuation at the same time. For two passenger vehicle with gasoline engines, active exhaust lines are investigated in detail and the results are compared to the series production exhaust lines. Thus, in one exemplary case, the pass-by noise of a limousine could be reduced from 70 dB(A) to 68 dB(A) without any change in the vehicle design except the improved exhaust system.
Technical Paper

Engine knock evaluation using a machine learning approach

2020-09-27
2020-24-0005
Artificial Intelligence is becoming very important and useful in several scientific fields. Machine learning methods, such as neural networks and decision trees, are often proposed in applications for internal combustion engines as virtual sensors, faults diagnosis systems and engine performance optimization. The high pressure of the intake air coupled with the demand of lean conditions, in order to reduce emissions, have often close relationship with the knock events. Fuels autoignition characteristics and flame front speed have a significant impact on knock phenomenon and producing high internal cylinder pressures and engine faults. The limitations in using pressure sensors in the racing field and the challenge to reduce the costs of commercial cars, push the replacement of a sensor redundancy with a software redundancy.
Technical Paper

The Influence of Fuel Characteristics on Engine Acceleration

1928-01-01
280043
SELECTION of a method and development of apparatus enabling precise and detailed measurement of engine acceleration is discussed in the first portion of this paper, the latter portion of which is concerned with the experimental results thereby obtained. Previous work on the influence of engine conditions on acceleration is generally substantiated. A method is described for approximately deriving the effective air-fuel ratio delivered to the cylinders during acceleration, practical applications are suggested, and limitations are discussed. The effect of fuel volatility on engine acceleration was studied, using six fuels: Aviation gasoline; commercial gasoline; a blend composed of equal parts of the two; and three especially prepared fuels, all of which have equal 20 and 90-per cent points but differ widely at the 50-per cent point. It is shown that the relative values of these fuels for acceleration depend upon the amount of vaporization in the manifold.
Technical Paper

Effect of a Centrifugal Supercharger on Fuel Vaporization

1929-01-01
290077
SUPPLEMENTING the results of an investigation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on supercharging a single-cylinder automobile engine which were presented at the 1928 Annual Meeting, this paper reports a study that was made to determine whether the mechanical action of a high-speed centrifugal supercharger improves engine performance by increasing the degree of atomization and vaporization of the fuel in the inlet manifold. While changes in the degree of fuel atomization and vaporization might be measured directly by sampling the gases as they pass to each cylinder, an indirect evaluation of these changes by measuring their effect on engine performance was considered more practicable. Tests were made on a six-cylinder automobile engine connected to an electric cradle-dynamometer.
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