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Identification of Automotive Cabin Design Parameters to Increase Electric Vehicles Range, Coupling CFD-Thermal Analyses with Design for Six Sigma Approach

FCA ITALY S.p.A.-Andrea Alessandro Piovano, Giuseppe Scantamburlo, Massimo Quaglino, Matteo Gautero
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-37-0032
To be published on 2020-06-23 by SAE International in United States
The ongoing global demand for greater energy efficiency plays an essential role in the vehicle development, especially in case of electric vehicles (EVs). The thermal management of the full vehicle is becoming increasingly important, since the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system has a significant impact on the EV range. Therefore the EV design requires new guidelines for thermal management optimization. In this paper, an advanced method is proposed to identify the most influential cabin design factors which affect the cabin thermal behavior during a cool down drive cycle in hot environmental conditions. These parameters could be optimized to reduce the energy consumption and to increase the robustness of the vehicle thermal response. The structured Taguchi’s Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) approach was coupled with CFD-Thermal FE simulations, thanks to increased availability of HPC. The first control factors selected were related to the thermal capacity of panel duct, dashboard, interior door panels and seats. Surface IR emissivity and solar radiation absorptivity of these components were then added to the study. Car glass with absorptive…
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Heat Pumps for BEVs: Architectures and Performance Analysis

Centro Ricerche Fiat SCpA-Walter Ferraris, Federica Bettoja, Mauro Casella, Matteo Rostagno, Angela Tancredi
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-37-0030
To be published on 2020-06-23 by SAE International in United States
Electric vehicles have never been more popular, yet fears around being left stranded by an exhausted battery remain a key reason why some car buyers resist making a purchase. Bigger batteries are not always the solution because of the direct link with higher costs and high impact on weight. A re-engineering of the most energy-consuming auxiliaries is mandatory and the thermal management function is on top of the redesign request list. Heat Pump solution is considered one of the best way to save energy and reduce the impact on vehicle range of heating and cooling function, but the automotive application requires a careful definition of the system features to avoid unjustified growing up of complexity as well as an unneeded system over-sizing. The paper aims to give an overview on the heat pump design best practices through a virtual performance comparison of different lay-out configurations, which have been selected starting from a benchmark analysis crossed with a detailed vehicle segment-oriented functions selection. Control strategies role, costs, and target requirements have been used as drivers for…
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A Methodology for Monitoring Real-World CO2 Emissions Compliance in Passenger Vehicles

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-Nikiforos Zacharof, Stylianos Doulgeris, Ioannis Myrsinias, Zisimos Toumasatos, Athanasios Dimaratos, Zissis Samaras
European Commission Joint Research-Georgios Fontaras
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-37-0034
To be published on 2020-06-23 by SAE International in United States
The road transport CO2 emissions reduction scheme in the European Union foresees mandatory targets for passenger vehicles. However, several studies have shown that there is a divergence between official and real-world values that it could be up to 40% in the NEDC. The introduction of the WLTP was expected to curb this divergence, but it is uncertain whether it can fully address the problem. In order to address this issue, future legislation aims at monitoring on-road fuel consumption and subsequently CO2 emissions by utilizing on-board fuel consumption meters. The current study investigates a monitoring approach that obtains and normalizes on-road vehicle operation data and estimate CO2 emissions through vehicle simulation. The first step is to create the vehicle’s engine fuel consumption map, based on laboratory vehicle measurements in order to use it as reference data. Subsequently, a methodology is developed to produce the vehicle’s engine map from signals retrieved through the OBD port in order to emulate data availability under a monitoring scheme. The methodology to derive the vehicle’s engine fuel consumption map includes an…
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Numerical Study of the Maximum Impact on Engine Efficiency When Insulating the Engine Exhaust Manifold and Ports During Steady and Transient Conditions

Universitat Politècnica de València-Alberto Broatch, Pablo Olmeda, Jaime Martin, Amin Dreif
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-37-0002
To be published on 2020-06-23 by SAE International in United States
In the present work, a study about the impact on engine performance, fuel consumption and turbine inlet and outlet temperatures adding thermal insulation to the exhaust ports, manifold and pipes before the turbocharger of a 1.6L Diesel engine is presented. First, a 0D/1D model of the engine was developed and thoroughly validated by means of an extensive testing campaign. The validation was performed by means of steady state or transient running conditions and in two different room temperatures: 20ºC and -7ºC d. Once the validation was complete, in order to quantify the significance of adding thermal isolations, the simulations were performed setting the exhaust air path before the turbine as adiabatic. This is evaluated the maximum gain of the technology. Results showed that the thermal insulation proved to have a great potential in regard to T4 increase since this would reduce the warm up time of the aftertreatment systems. However, its impact on engine efficiency was limited in both steady and transient conditions.
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Simulation of Driving Cycles by Means of a Co-Simulation Framework for the Prediction of IC Engine Tailpipe Emissions

Exothermia SA-Vasileios Tziolas, Nikolaos Zingopis
Politecnico di Milano-Gianluca Montenegro, Angelo Onorati, Gianluca D'Errico, Tarcisio Cerri, Andrea Marinoni
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-37-0011
To be published on 2020-06-23 by SAE International in United States
The current European legislation concerning pollutant emissions from IC engine vehicles is very stringent and demanding. In addition, the CO2 fleet emission must obey to a significant reduction path during the next decade, to cope with the prescribed targets recently agreed. The prediction of pollutant emissions from IC engines has been a challenge since the introduction of the emission regulation legislation. During the last decade, along with the more tightening limits and increased public concern about air quality, the capability of simulating different operating conditions and driving cycles with an acceptable computational effort has become a key feature for modern simulation codes. The role of 1D thermo-fluid dynamic simulation models is extremely important to achieve this task, in order to investigate the performances of the next generation of IC engines working over a wide range of operating conditions, under steady-state and transient conditions. This work is based on the idea of integrating two different 1D simulation tools in a co-simulation environment, realizing a strict numerical coupling between the two codes. The main goal is to…
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A Numerical Investigation on VVA Influence on the Combustion Phase for Premixed Combustion Engine Under Partial Load Conditions

DMMM - Politecnico di Bari-Sergio Camporeale
DMMM - Politecnico di Bari, GNFM INDAM-Francesco Fornarelli
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-37-0005
To be published on 2020-06-23 by SAE International in United States
Nowadays, the vehicle hybridization and the use of more clean fuel in heavy-duty applications brings to a new beginning in the use of spark ignition engine. In standard intake system, the pre-mixed fuel air mixture is controlled by the injection of fuel after the throttle valve. Then, intake system, consisting in intake duct, valve number and geometry and cylinder head shape influence the characteristics of the intake flow within the cylinder up to the ignition of the combustion by the spark plug. The technology advancement in fluid-power and electrical actuation gives the opportunity to decouple the intake and exhaust valve actuation with respect to the standard cam shaft distribution. The Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) concepts is not new, but its application is now affordable and flexible enough to be applied in partial load conditions. Here, by means of three-dimensional numerical simulations the intake and combustion process is studied with a finite volume approach to solve the mass, momentum and energy equations together with an Extended Coherent Flamelet Model (ECFM). Two different approaches in driving the…
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On-Board Post-Combustion CO2 Capture in Light-Duty and Heavy-Duty transport

Politecnico di Milano-Davide Bonalumi, Stefano Campanari
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-37-0012
To be published on 2020-06-23 by SAE International in United States
The European Union set the CO2 emission limit in the transport sector that will decrease in the next years. The purpose of this work is to assess through technical analysis, a system that captures part of the CO2 from the exhaust gases of duty vehicles. Two distinct categories of vehicles are considered, those with a mass lower than 3.5 tons and those with a higher mass. For the light-duty category, the analysis is developed estimating the consumptions and emissions based on the WLTP homologation cycle by means of the software Excel. For the heavy-duty category, the consumptions and the emissions are determined by means of the software specifically developed by the European Union for heavy-duty vehicles named VECTO (Vehicle Energy Consumption calculation Tool). From a literature review, different technologies are considered. The most suitable technology is selected. A possible way is based on the adsorption through the metal-organic framework (MOF). A dedicated review to select the most promising material indicates which can assure the best performance. The performances are evaluated based on the features of…
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Natural Gas: Meeting CO2 Emission Targets Here and Now

Westport Fuel Systems-David Mumford
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-37-0024
To be published on 2020-06-23 by SAE International in United States
Global energy consumption trends are running counter to the need to rapidly and drastically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The increasing demand for energy and associated growth in emissions means that we must deploy market-ready, commercially-available solutions now. Europe’s recently enacted heavy-duty CO2 regulations require truck OEMs to achieve a fleet average CO2 reduction of 15% (by 2025) and 30% (2030) from the 2019 industry baseline, with significant fines for missing these targets. OEMs are under considerable pressure to abandon the internal combustion engine (ICE) and move toward fuel cells and battery electric solutions. This drive away from ICEs has gathered considerable momentum, but also misses the short term reality – the infrastructure and overwhelming mass of existing product is built on the ICE, and it will take time and considerable investment to replace. In the automotive sector, the path to electric vehicles is already starting to evolve, however cost-competitive, commercially available production solutions are still in their infancy for the commercial heavy-duty trucking sector. This paper will focus on alternative fuel options for heavy-duty…
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A Diagnostic Technology of Powertrain Parts that Cause Abnormal Noises using Artificial Intelligence

Hanyang University-Kyoungjin Noh, Joon-Hyuk Chang
Hyundai Motor Company-Insoo Jung, Dongchul Lee, Dongkyu Yoo, Kibeen Lim
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1565
To be published on 2020-06-03 by SAE International in United States
In general, when a problem occurs in a component, various phenomena appear, and abnormal noise is one of them. The service technicians diagnose the noise through the analysis using hearing and equipment. Depending on their experiences, the analysis time and diagnosis accuracy vary widely. The newly developed AI-based diagnostic technology diagnoses parts that cause abnormal noises within seconds when a noise is input to the equipment. To create a learning model for diagnosis, we collected as many abnormal noises as possible from various parts, and selected good and bad data. This process is very important in the development of diagnostic techniques. Artificial intelligence was learned by deep learning with selected good data. This paper is about the technology that can diagnose the abnormal noises generated from the engine, transmission, drivetrain and PE (Power Electric) parts of the eco-friendly vehicle through the diagnosis model composed of various methods of deep learning.
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High Speed Camera Based 3D Experimental Modal Analysis

University of Ljubljana-Domen Gorjup, Janko Slavic, Miha Boltezar
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1569
To be published on 2020-06-03 by SAE International in United States
High-speed camera systems in vibration measurements are typically limited to identifying motion perpendicular to the optical axis. Depth information, lost in the imaging process, can be recovered by using the recently introduced frequency domain triangulation and consequently full 3D deflection shapes can be obtained. This research presents the required theoretical background where the multiview image data is used for spatial small harmonic motion identification. Vibrations of an arbitrary-shaped specimen can be identified in the frequency domain using only a single, moving high-speed camera, extending the field-of-view of the established image-based vibration measurement methods. Real test cases are also presented.