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NOx Virtual Sensor Based on Structure Identification and Global Optimization

Institute of Design and Control of Mechatronic Systems, Johannes Kepler University Linz-Luigi del Re, Peter Langthaler, Christian Furtmueller
Institute for Formal Models and Verification, Johannes Kepler University Linz-Stephan Winkler, Michael Affenzeller
Published 2005-04-11 by SAE International in United States
On-line measurement of engine NOx emissions is the object of a substantial effort, as it would strongly improve the control of CI engines. Many efforts have been directed towards hardware solutions, in particular to physical sensors, which have already reached a certain degree of maturity.In this paper, we are concerned with an alternative approach, a virtual sensor, which is essentially a software code able to estimate the correct value of an unmeasured variable, thus including in some sense an input/output model of the process. Most virtual sensors are either derived by fitting data to a generic structure (like an artificial neural network, ANN) or by physical principles. In both cases, the quality of the sensor tends to be poor outside the measured values. In this paper, we present a new approach: the data are screened for hidden analytical structures, combining structure identification and evolutionary algorithms, and these structures are then used to develop the sensor presented. While the computational time for the sensor design can be significant (e.g. 1 or more hours), the resulting formula…
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