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Signal Processing for Rough Road Detection

Journal Article
ISSN: 1946-4614, e-ISSN: 1946-4622
Published April 12, 2010 by SAE International in United States
Signal Processing for Rough Road Detection
Citation: Assaf, T., Mathews, D., and Naik, S., "Signal Processing for Rough Road Detection," SAE Int. J. Passeng. Cars - Electron. Electr. Syst. 3(1):81-87, 2010,
Language: English


Misfire diagnostics are required to detect missed combustion events which may cause an increase in emissions and a reduction in performance and fuel economy. If the misfire detection system is based on crankshaft speed measurement, driveline torque variations due to rough road can hinder the diagnosis of misfire. A common method of rough road detection uses the ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) module to process wheel speed sensor data. This leads to multiple integration issues including complexities in interacting with multiple suppliers, inapplicability in certain markets and lower reliability of wheel speed sensors.
This paper describes novel rough road detection concepts based on signal processing and statistical analysis without using wheel speed sensors. These include engine crankshaft and Transmission Output Speed (TOS) sensing information. Algorithms that combine adaptive signal processing and specific statistical analysis of this information are presented. Vehicle test results are shown to demonstrate the efficacy of these techniques to distinguish between rough road, smooth road, and misfire.