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SAE International Journal of Alternative Powertrains

  • Journal
  • V128-8EJ
To be published on 2019-04-30 by SAE International in United States
This is the electronic format of the journal.

Methods of Pegging Cylinder Pressure to Maximize Data Quality

Michigan Tech APS LABS-Jeremy Worm
Michigan Technological Univ-Darrell Robinette
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-0721
To be published on 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
Engine cylinder pressure measured with piezo-electric pressure transducers must be referenced or pegged to a known pressure at some point in the engine cycle. Traditionally, the pressure has been pegged to the pressure in the intake manifold plenum at Bottom Dead Center (BDC) at the end of the intake stroke. However, an error in pegging induces an error in the cylinder pressure trace, which has an adverse effect on the entire combustion analysis. This research is focused on assessing the pegging error for several pegging methods across a wide range of engine operating conditions, and ultimately determining best practices to minimize error in pegging and its propagation to calculated combustion metrics. The study was conducted through 1D simulations run in the commercially available GT-Power. The points studied included variations of speed, load, intake runner length and intake valve timing (including Late Intake Valve Closing (LIVC) and Early Intake Valve Closing (EIVC)). Five different pegging locations were compared (intake manifold plenum, intake port, intake valve, exhaust valve, and exhaust manifold runner). For each of the five…

Cooling Fan Selection in Power Car Application: CFD/FEA Coupled Approach

Cummins Inc.-Mukesh Kumar, Vitthal Khandagale, Prashant Kelkar, Rohit Saha
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-0900
To be published on 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
This paper describes the methodology used to select application based fan that has optimum operating characteristics in terms of cooling air flow rate, fan power, noise and structural strength. The process uses 1D one-way CFD-FEA coupling approach in highly non-uniform actual flow field inside application. As part of different fan evaluation, full rail coach Underhood simulations were carried out using steady state 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach. For each fan option fan power, air flow rate and surface acoustic power is evaluated. Pressure profiles on fan blades are studied to assess effect of non-uniform downstream air passage designs. Surface acoustic power is calculated using Broadband noise source model in Fluent. Finite Element Analysis simulation is done in Ansys. Surface pressure profiles over fan blades are imported from 3D CFD are used in finite element analysis (FEA) simulations. Analyses are carried out blade linear and non-linear properties. Equivalent fully reversed stress is calculated based on Goodman program. It can be concluded from simulation study that, CFD-FEA coupled approach can be used to predict and optimize…

A Quasi-Dimensional Model of Pre-Chamber Spark-Ignition Engines

FEV Engine Technology-Knut Habermann
University of Naples-Fabio Bozza, Vincenzo De Bellis, Daniela Tufano, Enrica Malfi
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-0470
To be published on 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
Increasingly stringent legislations are inducing the car manufacturers to investigate innovative solutions to improve the vehicle fuel economy. Some of them act on the vehicle/engine interaction, such as the powertrain electrification, while other techniques directly affect the engine thermal efficiency. Among them, concerning the spark-ignition engines, a lean combustion showed the potential to improve the fuel consumption. This approach, on the other hand, causes some drawbacks, such as a combustion stability worsening and the impossibility for the TWC to optimally operate. A pre-chamber ignition system could represent an interesting solution to overcome the above issues. Especially in the case of an active system, a high fuel-air mixture ignitability, and an adequate combustion speed can be obtained even with a very lean mixture. In this work, a research single-cylinder SI engine equipped with an active pre-chamber is analyzed. A conventional gasoline fuel is injected in the main chamber while the pre-chamber is fed with CNG. In a first stage, an experimental campaign is carried out under various operating conditions, at various speeds, spark timings and air-fuel…

Heavy-duty aerodynamic testing for CO2 certification: A methodology comparison

Intl. Council on Clean Transportation-J. Felipe Rodriguez, Oscar Delgado
University of Technology Graz-Martin Rexeis, Martin Röck
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-0649
To be published on 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
Air drag testing is a key component of the CO2 certification schemes for heavy-duty vehicles around the world. This paper presents and compares the regulatory approaches for measuring the air drag coefficient of heavy-duty vehicles in Europe, which uses a constant-speed test, and in the United States and Canada, which use a coastdown test. Two European trucks and one North American truck were tested using the constant-speed and coastdown methods. When corrected to zero yaw angle, a difference of over 10% was observed in the measured drag coefficients from the US coastdown procedure and the EU constant-speed test. The differences in the measured air drag coefficient can be attributed to the data post-processing required by each methodology, the assumptions in the speed-dependence of the tire rolling resistance, unaccounted frictional losses in the differential axle and transmission, as well as the behavior of the automated manual transmission during the coastdown run.

Experimental investigations on the influence of valve timing and multi-pulse injection on GCAI Combustion

Indian Institute of Technology Madras-Jensen Samuel, Santhosh Mithun, Kasinath Panda, A Ramesh
MSCE, RWTH Aachen University-Maximilian Wick, Jakob Andert
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-0967
To be published on 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
Gasoline Compressed Auto-Ignition (GCAI) technology, which can be categorized under Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI), is a low-temperature combustion system with promising benefits such as ultra-low in-cylinder NOx emissions and reduced brake-specific fuel consumption, which are the critical parameters in any modern engine. Since this technology is based on uncontrolled auto-ignition of a premixed charge, it is very sensitive to any change in boundary conditions during engine operation. Adopting real time valve timing and fuel-injection strategies can enable improved control over GCAI combustion. This work discusses the outcome of collaborative experimental research by the partnering institutes in this direction. Experiments were performed in a single cylinder GCAI engine with variable valve timing and Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) at constant indicated mean effective pressure (IMEP). In the first phase, intake and exhaust valve timing sweeps were investigated. It was found that the Intake Valve Closing (IVC) timing and Exhaust Valve Closing (EVC) timing have a dominant influence on combustion, performance and emission parameters. Retarding the IVC timing to a certain extent increased the mass of air…

TSCI with Wet Ethanol: an Investigation of the Effects of Injection Strategy on a Diesel Engine Architecture

SUNY-Stonybrook-Ziming Yan
Stony Brook University-Brian Gainey, James Gohn, Mozhgan Rahimi Boldaji, Benjamin Lawler
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1146
To be published on 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
Thermally Stratified Compressions Ignition (TSCI) is a new advanced, low temperature combustion concept that aims to control the thermal stratification in the cylinder in order to control the heat release process in a lean, compression-ignition combustion mode. This work in particular uses “wet ethanol”, a mixture of 80% ethanol and 20% water by mass, to increase thermal stratification beyond what naturally occurs, via evaporative cooling. TSCI with wet ethanol has previously shown the potential to increase the high-load limit when compared to HCCI. The experiments conducted in this paper aim to fundamentally understand the effect that injection strategy has on the heat release process in TSCI. TSCI employs a split-injection strategy in which an injection during the intake stroke allows the majority of the fuel to premix with the air and an injection during the compression stroke introduces the desired level of thermal stratification to control the heat release rate. Using a single injection at -350 deg aTDC was found to be the most effective way to introduce the fuel during the intake stroke. The…

Evaluation of Emissions from Light Duty Trucks with and without the Use of a Gasoline Particulate Filter

Environment and Climate Change Canada-Fadi Araji, Jonathan Stokes
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-0971
To be published on 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
The goal of this study was to investigate the emission impacts of replacing the OEM three way catalyst on light duty trucks using various, commercially available, gasoline particulate filter (GPF) configurations. The three test vehicles were; a Port Fuel Injection (PFI) PFI_1 and two Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) GDI_1 and GDI_2. The testing of these vehicles was conducted on a chassis dynamometer in a controlled test cell environment at two temperatures (25 °C and -7 °C) using the Federal Test Procedure (FTP-75) and the US06 test procedure. All three vehicles were tested in stock OEM configuration followed by testing PFI_1 and GDI_1 with a non-catalyzed GPF and GDI_2 with a catalyzed GPF. GDI_2 was also tested on-road using a portable emissions measurement system (PEMS) with and without the use of the catalyzed GPF. Results for the non-catalyzed GPF configuration on PFI_1 and GDI_1 showed a decrease in Total Particulate Matter (TPM) at both standard and cold temperatures, with the biggest decrease being 89.3% for GDI_1 during the FTP-75 at 25 °C. An increase in NOx…

The Physical and Chemical Effects of Fuel on Gasoline Compression Ignition

King Abdullah University of Science & Technology-R. Vallinayagam, Ponnya Hlaing, Abdullah S. AlRamadan, Yanzhao An, Bengt Johansson
Saudi Aramco-Jaeheon Sim, Junseok Chang
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1150
To be published on 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
In the engine community, gasoline compression ignition (GCI) engines are at the forefront of research and efforts are being taken to commercialize an optimized GCI engine in the near future. GCI engines are operated typically at Partially Premixed Combustion (PPC) mode as it offers better control of combustion with improved combustion stability. While the transition in combustion homogeneity from convectional Compression Ignition (CI) to Homogenized Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) combustion via PPC has been compressively investigated, the physical and chemical effects of fuel on GCI are rarely reported at different combustion modes. Therefore, in this study, the effect of physical and chemical properties of fuels on GCI is investigated. In-order to investigate the reported problem, low octane gasoline fuels with same RON = 70 but different physical properties and sensitivity (S) are chosen. Fuels with comparable sensitivity and RON are chosen to study the impact of physical properties on GCI. On the other hand, by keeping the same RON and physical properties, the effect of sensitivity on GCI is investigated. In this regard, three test…


Bauman Moscow Technical University-Revaz Kavtaradze
Institute of Machine Mechanics-Tamaz Natriashvili
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-0541
To be published on 2019-04-02 by SAE International in United States
The diesel engine with direct injection of hydrogen gas has clear advantages over the hydrogen engine with forced ignition of a hydrogen-air mixture. Despite of this, the concept of hydrogen-diesel engine has not investigated until now. In the paper, a detailed study of the working process of hydrogen-diesel engine carried out for the first time. Based on the results of the experimental studies and mathematical modeling, it has established that the behavior of thermophysical processes in the combustion chamber of hydrogen-diesel engine, in a number of cases, differs fundamentally from the processes that take place in the conventional diesel engines. There have been identified the reasons for their difference and determined the values of the operating cycle parameters of hydrogen diesel engine, which provide the optimal correlation between the indicator values and the environmental performance. For a single-cylinder hydrogen-diesel engine MAN (S/D=300/240 mm/mm) the concentration of nitrogen oxides in combustion products is: [NOx] = 920 ppm, the mean effective pressure pe=9.0 bar, and the indicator efficiency of hydrogen diesel engine ηi=0.48. Overall, it can be…