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2015-01-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-9053
Tobias Breuninger, Jürgen Schmidt, Helmut Tschoeke, Martin Hese, Andreas Kufferath, Frank Altenschmidt
The spray-guided combustion process offers a high potential for fuel savings in gasoline engines in the part load range. In this connection, the injector and spark plug are arranged in close proximity to one another, as a result of which mixture formation is primarily shaped by the dynamics of the fuel spray. The mixture formation time is very short, so that at the time of ignition the velocity of flow is high and the fuel is still largely present in liquid form. The quality of mixture formation thus constitutes a key aspect of reliable ignition. In this article, the spray characteristics of an outward-opening piezo injector are examined using optical testing methods under pressure chamber conditions and the results obtained are correlated with ignition behaviour in-engine. The global spray formation is examined using high-speed visualisation methods, particularly with regard to cyclical fluctuations. In order to characterise the recirculation zone of the hollow cone spray that is relevant to the ignition behaviour, laser-optical measuring methods were used.
2015-01-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-9101
Susan Sawyer-Beaulieu, Edwin K.L. Tam
Abstract Life-cycle assessments (LCAs) conducted, to date, of the end-of-life phase of vehicles rely significantly on assumed values and extrapolations within models. The end phase of vehicles, however, has become all the more important as a consequence of increasing regulatory requirements on materials recovery, tightening disposal restrictions, and the rapid introduction of new materials and electronics, all potentially impacting a vehicle's efficacy for achieving greater levels of sustainability. This article presents and discusses selected research results of a comprehensive gate-to-gate life-cycle-inventory (LCI) of end-of-life vehicle (ELV) dismantling and shredding processes, constructed through a comprehensive and detailed case study, and argues that managing and implementing creative dismantling practices can improve significantly the recovery of both reusable and recyclable materials from end-of-life vehicles. Although the amount of parts and materials recovered and directed for reuse, remanufacturing or recycling may be as much as 11.6% by weight of the ELVs entering a dismantling process [1], greater rates of reuse and/or recycling may be achieved by the strategic management of the ELVs entering the dismantling process according to age.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0060
Giovanni Vichi, Luca Romani, Giovanni Ferrara, Luca Carmignani, Francesco Maiani
In the last years, the engineering in the automotive industry has been revolutionized by the continuous research in the reduction of consumption and pollutant emissions. On this topic there is the maximum attention both by the legislative bodies and by the costumers. The more and more severe limitations in pollutant and CO2 emissions imposed by international standards on the engine manufacturers and the increasing price of the fuel force the automotive research to more efficient and ecological engines. The standard approach for the definition of the engine parameters at the beginning of the design process is based on wide open throttle condition although, both in homologation cycles and in the real utilization, engines work mainly in partial load where the efficiency dramatically decreases. This aspect has recently become strongly relevant also for two-wheels vehicles especially for urban purpose. Within this context the authors developed an integrated numerical model, in MatLab Simulink ambient, in order to couple the engine simulation, performed by means of a 1D computer-aided engineering code, with the whole vehicle dynamic behaviour.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0063
Daniela Siano, Fabio Bozza, Danilo D'Agostino, Maria Antonietta Panza
In the present work, an Auto Regressive (AR) model and a Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT) are applied on vibrational signals, acquired by an accelerometer placed on the cylinder block of an internal combustion engine, for knock detection purposes. To this aim, vibrational signals are acquired on a four cylinder Spark Ignition engine for different engine speeds and spark advances. The same analysis is executed by also using the traditional MAPO (Maximum Amplitude of Pressure Oscillations) index, applied on the in-cylinder pressure waveforms. The results of the three methods are compared and in depth discussed to the aim of highlighting the pros and cons of each methodology. In particular, the problem of fixing a constant threshold level for each running condition is afforded and solved. The examples presented show the capability of the vibration based detection algorithms in accurately monitor the presence of heavy or soft knock phenomena, and to determine its intensity. Therefore, the possibility of implementation in modern on-board control units is foreseen, as well.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0073
Horizon Walker Gitano, Ray Chim, Jian Loh
Recent concern over air quality has lead to increasingly stringent emissions regulations on ever smaller displacement engines, resulting in the application of Electronic Fuel Injection to the 100cc-200cc class 2-wheelers in many countries. In the pursuit of ever smaller and less expensive EFI systems, a number of unique technologies are being explored, including resistive type oxygen sensors. In this paper we investigate the application of a small resistive oxygen sensor to a small motorcycle EFI system. Measurements of the exhaust system temperatures, and Air/Fuel Ratio ranges are carried out, and compared to the sensors response over this range to create an estimate of the sensors in-use performance. Actual sensor and temperature measurements are then compared to both a standard zirconia switching type oxygen sensor, and a wide-band oxygen sensor. Results are analyzed and indicate that the resistive type oxygen sensor should be capable of allowing the EFI controller to successfully control the vehicles AFR in all operating modes with a faster “light off” time, and lower overall current draw when compared to the standard heated zirconia sensor.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0072
Kenta Sugimoto
Cost reduction is an important development goal for small motorcycles (1). As a way to reduce costs, we have developed an electronically controlled fuel injection (hereafter FI) system without a throttle position sensor (hereafter TPS). Ordinarily, the high throttle range is controlled and computed by TPS, and the low throttle range by manifold pressure sensor (hereafter MPS). The intake airflow is estimated with consistent high precision regardless of the engine load, and the basic fuel injection is executed accordingly. Also, transient correction monitors the size of TPS changes, to inject fuel immediately when a TPS change equal to or greater than a threshold value is detected. In our development, we replaced these functions with control by MPS. For calculation of basic fuel injection quantity by MPS, we carried on the conventional method. However, MPS transient correction control had some aspects with poor tracking. Thus, we constructed a new form of transient correction control, securing the following points. - To estimate changed intake airflow, we calculated the size of MPS value changes between the previous cycle and the current cycle in the crank intake stroke, securing precision. - We distributed the locations for transient correction into three before the completion of the intake stroke, making it possible to supply the calculated transient correction values to the current intake stroke regardless of the throttle input or engine state. - We subtracted the manifold pressure change due to engine speed fluctuation from the MPS change calculated at the transient correction execution positions, preventing unintended injection while lowering the threshold value for transient correction.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0075
Kazuyoshi Shimatani
Various sensors including throttle position sensors (TPS), manifold pressure sensors (MPS), crank angle sensors, engine temperature sensors, and oxygen sensors are mounted in electronically controlled fuel injection (FI) systems to accurately regulate the air-fuel ratio according to the operating state and operating environment. Among these vehicle-mounted sensors, TPS has functions for detecting a fully-closed throttle and estimating intake air volume by the amount of throttle opening. Currently, we have conducted a study on transferring TPS functions into the MPS (manifold pressure sensor) in order to eliminate the TPS. Here we report on detecting a fully-closed throttle for achieving fuel cut control (FCC) and idle speed control (ISC) in fuel injection systems. We contrived a means for fully-closed throttle detection during ISC and controlling changes in the bypass opening during FCC in order to accurately judge each fully-closed throttle state via the manifold pressure. A factor in causing fluctuations in manifold pressure in a fully-closed throttle state are changes in the engine RPM (also referred to as engine speed) and changes in the degree of opening of the bypass (hereafter simply bypass opening).
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0079
Yuta Kugimachi, Yusuke Nakamura, Norimasa Iida
Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engine has several advantages of high thermal efficiency and low emission over the conventional Spark Ignition (SI) engine and Compression Ignition (CI) engine. Although one way to achieve higher loads without knocking in HCCI engine is the combustion phasing retard, it is difficult to control a combustion-phasing since there is no external combustion trigger for controlling ignition like spark ignition and diesel fuel injection. Futhermore, recent researches show that too much combustion-phasing retard leads to unacceptable cycle-to-cycle variation of Pressure Rise Rate (PRR) and Indicated Mean Effective Pressure (IMEP). Therefore, it is necessary to construct a HCCI combustion control system to control a combustion-phasing at constant phasing in the expansion stroke accurately to get the high load without knocking. This study investigates the HCCI combustion control system and the algorithm as a means of extending the limit of IMEP of HCCI combustion at high load for realize HCCI engine fuelled with Dimethyl Ether (DME).
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0078
Bo-Chiuan Chen, Yuh-Yih Wu, Wen-Han Tsai, Hsien-Chi Tsai, Huang-Min Lin, Yao-Chung Liang
Fuel film dynamics in the intake manifold are considered to develop air fuel ratio (AFR) control strategy with on-line system identification for a V2 engine in this paper. A1000 cc four-stroke two-cylinder, water-cooled port injection SI engine is used as the target engine to develop the engine model in Matlab/Simulink. The model which consists of charging, fueling, combustion, friction, and engine rotational dynamics is used to verify the proposed AFR control. Since the fuel film dynamics changes with different engine operating conditions, the fuel film parameters are often listed as look-up tables for fuel film dynamics calculation in the conventional AFR control. However, those parameters might be inaccurate during transient engine operation. Different intake port temperature will affect the accuracy of those fuel film parameters as well. In order to solve this problem, recursive least square (RLS) is used to identify those parameters on-line. Kalman filter is utilized to estimate the AFR using a narrow-band oxygen sensor.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0082
Stefano Frigo, Roberto Gentili, Franco De Angelis
Storing hydrogen is one of the major issues concerning its utilization on board vehicles. A promising solution is storing hydrogen in the form of ammonia that contains almost 18% hydrogen by mass and is liquid at roughly 9 bar at environmental temperature. As a matter of fact, liquid ammonia contains 1.7 times as much hydrogen as liquid hydrogen itself, thus involving relatively small volumes and light and low-cost tanks. It is well known that ammonia can be burned directly in I.C. engines, however a combustion promoter is necessary to support and speed up combustion especially in the case of high-speed S.I. engines. The best promoter is hydrogen, due to is opposed and complementary characteristics to those of ammonia. Hydrogen has high combustion velocity, low ignition energy and wide flammability range, whereas ammonia has low flame speed, narrow flammability range, high ignition energy and high self-ignition temperature. Another important point is the possibility to obtain hydrogen on board from ammonia, by means of a catalytic reactor.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0083
Akihiko Azetsu, Hiroomi Hagio
The objective of this study is to understand the fundamental spray combustion characteristics of fatty acid methyl ester, FAME, mixed with diesel oil, called bio diesel fuel hereafter. To examine the phenomena in detail, diesel spray flame formed in a constant volume high pressure vessel was visualized and the flame temperature and the soot concentration were analyzed by two color method of luminous flame. The composition of combustion gas was measured by a Gas analyzer to quantify the concentration of NOx and CO. The ambient high-pressure and high-temperature conditions inside the constant volume vessel were achieved by the combustion of hydrogen in an enriched oxygen and air mixture. The composition of the mixture was such that the oxygen concentration after hydrogen combustion was approximately 21% by volume. Following hydrogen combustion, fuel was injected into the vessel at the time when the ambient pressure reached the expected value, and the spray combustion was then examined. The fuel injection system used in the present study is an electronically controlled accumulator type fuel injection system developed by the authors.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0085
Takeshi Otaka, Kazuyo Fushimi, Eiji Kinoshita, Yasufumi Yoshimoto
Biofuel, such as biodiesel and bio-alcohol, is a renewable, biodegradable and nontoxic alternative fuel with the potential to reduce CO2 emissions. Biodiesel produced from vegetable oils and animal fats is utilized as an alternative diesel fuel. On the other hand, bio-ethanol produced by fermentation from various organic substances, such as agricultural crops and garbage, is utilized as an alternative fuel for SI engine. Bio-butanol also can be made by fermentation, but it is different fermentation, Acetone-Ethanol-Butanol (ABE) fermentation. It is possible to use alcohol for diesel engines with higher thermal efficiency if alcohol is blended with high cetane number fuels, such as conventional diesel fuel and biodiesel. Butanol has higher net calorific value and cetane number compared with ethanol. Therefore, butanol may be better alternative diesel fuel or diesel fuel additive than ethanol. Also, biodiesel has higher kinematic viscosity and boiling point compared with conventional diesel fuel.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0099
Ken Naitoh, Daiki Ikoma, Hiroki Sagara, Taro Tamura, Taiki Hashimoto, Yoshiyuki Nojima, Masato Tanaka, Kentaro Kojima, Kenya Hasegawa, Takuya Nakai, Shouhei Nonaka, Tomoaki Kubota
In our previous reports based on computational experiments and fluid dynamic theory, we proposed a new compressive combustion principle for an inexpensive, lightweight, and relatively quiet engine reactor that has the potential to achieve thermal efficiency over 50% even for small combustion chambers having less than 100 cc. This level of efficiency can be achieved with colliding supermulti-jets that create complete air insulation to encase burned gas around the chamber center. The P-V diagram for this engine concept is between the Otto and Lenoir cycles. We originally developed two small prototype engine systems for gasoline. First one having one rotary valve for pulsating the intake flow and also sixteen nozzles of jets colliding is for examining combustion occurrence. As this prototype has no pistons, the bore size can be varied easily between about 50mm and 15mm. Experimental data basically indicates combustion occurrence. Next, we developed the second one having a strongly-asymmetric double piston system with the supermulti-jets colliding, although there are no poppet valves.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0125
Mohd Al-Hafiz Mohd Nawi, Yoshiyuki Kidoguchi, Misato Nakagiri, Naoya Uwa, Yuzuru Nada, Seiji Miyashiro
High boosting technology is commonly applied to diesel engines in recent years. One the other hand, the study of spray behavior at ignition delay period is still an important role in diesel combustion. This study is focused on effect of ambient condition on diesel spray during ignition delay period. The study investigates both macro-scale and micro-scale dynamic behaviors of diesel spray affected by ambient density and temperature at early stage of injection. The experiment uses dual nano-spark shadowgraph method and rapid compression machine with constant volume chamber to understand dynamic behavior of evaporation diesel spray. This technique enables to capture images of both macro- and micro-scale structure of diesel spray using a still camera. Further, this system has two sparks that send high intensity light toward spray. When the sparks produce the luminescence at short time interval, images of the same diesel spray at different timing can be captured on separated films. The images show droplets formation, atomization and evaporation at spray boundary.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0123
Vishnu Kumar Kuduva Shanthulal, Kannan Marudachalam, V Pattabiraman, S Jabez Dhinagar, Chandramouli Padmanabhan
The diesel power train (engine and transmission) is the most significant mass contributor in a three- wheeled vehicle. High idling vibrations of a single cylinder four-stroke diesel engine causes discomfort for driver and passengers as vibrations from the engine get transmitted to the structure and the body panels through the engine mounts. The isolation of these vibrations by proper design of rubber mounts is the most effective engineering approach to improve ride quality of vehicle. In the present study, a mathematical model of the powertrain and mount system is developed; the engine and transmission are assumed to behave as a rigid body (6 degrees-of-freedom) and the compliance comes from the mounts. Both four and three mount configurations have been investigated, with the mounts being represented by three independent springs in the compression and shear modes. Since the mounts can be inclined, appropriate transformations are carried out from the local mount co-ordinate system to the global co-ordinate system.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0129
Giancarlo Chiatti, Erasmo Recco, Ornella Chiavola, Silvia Conforto
In the last years environmental issues of IC engines have promoted the need to assess new strategies in order to obtain a reduction not only of pollutants emission in atmosphere, but also of noise radiation. Engine noise can be classified into aerodynamic noise of intake and exhaust systems and surface radiated noise. Sources identification and analysis is essential to evaluate the individual contribution (injection, combustion, piston slap, turbocharger, oil pump, valves) to the overall engine noise with the aim of selecting appropriate noise reduction strategies. In previous papers, the attention was addressed towards the combustion related noise emission. The research activity was aimed at selecting the optimal placement for the microphone in which the signal was characterized by a strong correlation with the in-cylinder pressure development during the combustion process. The analysis and the processing of the sound emission allowed to isolate the acoustic contribution mainly due to the combustion event.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0127
Hideyuki Ogawa, Gen Shibata, Yuhei Noguchi, Mutsumi Numata
Simultaneous reductions of NOx and particulate emissions as well as the improvements in the thermal efficiency and the engine performance with emulsified blends of water and diesel fuel are reported. A reduction in combustion temperature and promotion of premixing with larger ignition delays due to vaporization of the water in the fuel has been suggested as the mechanism. However, details of the combustion process and the mechanism of the emission reduction is not fully elucidated. In this research diesel like combustion of emulsified blend of water and diesel fuel in a constant volume chamber vessel was visualized with high speed color video and analyzed with a 2-D two color method. The shadowgraph images were also recorded and the rate of heat release was obtained from pressure data in the combustion chamber. An emulsified blend of water and diesel fuel (JIS. No. 2) with 26 vol% water and 4 vol% surfactant was used as the test fuel, and the diesel fuel in the emulsion without water and the surfactant was used as a reference.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0135
Silvana Di Iorio, Agnese Magno, Ezio Mancaruso, Bianca Maria Vaglieco, Luigi Arnone, Lorenzo Dal Bello
The present paper describes the results of an experimental activity performed on a small diesel engine for quadricycles, a category of vehicles that is widespreading in Europe and is recently spreading over Indian countries. The engine is a prototype three-cylinder with 1000 cc of displacement and it is equipped with a direct common-rail injection system that reaches a maximum pressure of 1400 bar. The engine was designed to comply with Euro 4 emission standard that is a future regulation for these vehicles. It is worth underline that the engine can meet emission limits just with EGR system and an oxidation catalyst, without DPF. Various blends of biodiesels, 50%volume with diesel fuel, were tested; pure biofuels were also used. The investigation was performed at several engine speeds, at medium and full load, respectively. Combustion characteristics of biofuels were analysed by means of in-cylinder pressure and rate of heat release. Gaseous emissions were measured at the exhaust. A smoke meter was used to measure the particulate matter concentration.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0134
Giovanni Bonandrini, Rita Di Gioia, Luca Venturoli, Domenico Papaleo, Lucio Postrioti, Leonardo Zappalà
Diesel engine technology is continuously focused on higher performances and lower fuel consumption. Reduced costs and lower emission levels are key factors in engine development too, in particular for small diesel engine, both for on-road and non-road application. Nowadays, common rail injection systems with electronic actuation of the injector are widely used in diesel engines, due to the high flexibility in terms of calibration and the possibility to use advanced injection strategies. In fact, in order to fulfill emission legislation requirements, to improve engine performance and to reduce fuel consumption, the amount and timing of the injected fuel have to be controlled with high precision. Nevertheless, conventional common rail systems are quite complicated mainly due to the complex indirect actuation of the injector, and the engine fuel consumption can be penalized in low and medium load conditions due to the recirculation of significant quantities of pumped fuel at high pressure.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0132
Hiroki Ikeda, Norimasa Iida, Hiroshi Kuzuyama, Tsutomu Umehara, Takayuki Fuyuto
A combustion method called Noise Cancelling Spike (NC-Spike) Combustion has been reported in the co-author’s previous paper, which reduces combustion noise in pre-mixed charge compression ignition (PCCI) with split injection. This NC-Spike Combustion uses interference of the following “spike” of pressure rise (heat release) on the preceding peak of pressure rise. The overall combustion noise was reduced by lowering the maximum frequency component of the noise spectrum. The period of this frequency is two times of the time interval between the two peaks of the pressure rise rate. This maximum load range of conventional PCCI combustion is limited by the combustion noise, since the maximum pressure rise rate increases as the amount of injected fuel increases. The NC-Spike Combustion has a potential to extend of the operating range of PCCI combustion. In this paper, we investigates feasibility and controllability of the two-peak heat release rate during high temperature heat release by adding fuel in the adiabatic compression process of pre-mixed gas.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0143
Ken Fosaaen
Global concerns over pollution have led to increasingly strict emissions legislation targeting small engines, which currently pollute at a much greater level than modern multi-cylinder automotive engines. Closed-loop control may be required to meet many future legislation requirements; however, such systems can be impractical due to high added component costs. A necessary component for closed-loop engine control is an oxygen sensor. Existing automotive oxygen sensors are too large, require too much power, and far too expensive to be suitable for the vast majority of the global small engine applications; therefore, some manufacturers have developed smaller and/or unheated versions based on their existing sensors to meet this emerging need. The ability to miniaturize resistive based sensors well below that of traditional Nernst (zirconia based) oxygen sensors affords the opportunity to meet future emissions standards with less of an impact on cost. The performance of a novel low-cost, low-power narrow-band oxygen sensor was compared with several automotive as well as newer oxygen sensors developed for the small engine market.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0137
Ken Fosaaen
Global concerns over pollution have led to increasingly strict emissions legislation targeting small engines, which currently pollute at a much greater level than modern multi-cylinder automotive engines. Closed-loop control may be required to meet many future legislation requirements; however, such systems can be impractical due to high added component costs. A necessary component for closed-loop engine control is an oxygen sensor. Existing automotive oxygen sensors are too large, require too much power, and far too expensive to be suitable for the vast majority of the global small engine applications; therefore, some manufacturers have developed smaller and/or unheated versions based on their existing sensors to meet this emerging need. The ability to miniaturize resistive based sensors well below that of traditional Nernst (zirconia based) oxygen sensors affords the opportunity to meet future emissions standards with less of an impact on cost. In this study, a sub-miniature resistance-based narrowband oxygen sensor was developed and its response to various exhaust lambda values was characterized at various temperatures.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0138
Tetsuya Osakabe
As gasoline prices have crept up in recent years, demand for higher fuel efficiency has increased also for motorcycles. Growing attention has been paid to how we can comprehensively improve fuel efficiency by raising the efficiency of the generator and other auxiliary equipment. This paper describes how we improved the power generation efficiency of a single-phase motorcycle generator of outer-rotor type by reducing electric losses (i.e. iron loss and copper loss) and improving magnetic flux through electromagnetic field analysis. Through electromagnetic field analysis, we first distinguished iron loss and copper loss. Then, focusing on the iron loss that we found inferiority, we modified the thickness and material of the stator core and improved power generation efficiency. Another source of iron loss was the non-magnetic protection cover of the magnets in the rotor. We reduced iron loss by drilling holes of that cover into where the magnet and the stator core faced each other and the magnetic flux passed through.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0139
Ryutaro Shinohara
We have tentatively manufactured the prototype model of exhaust heat recovery heat exchanger and carried out the heat transfer and pressure drop performance tests on it. This prototype (P.T.) is characterized that the overall heat transfer coefficient is less affected by the change of the hot air mass flow rate than that of the mass-produced model (M.P.) and overall heat transfer coefficient of the prototype exceeds that of the mass-produced under the Rel range of 1500. We have found that the changes of overall heat transfer coefficient are caused by the variation of the thermal resistance of hot air side and the thermal resistance consists of the fin effective heat transfer coefficient and the tube hot air side heat transfer coefficient from equation of the thermal conductance. We have calculated the fin effective heat transfer coefficient using Pohlhausen equation and fin efficiency, and obtained the tube hot air side heat transfer coefficient from the test results. We have compared these coefficients and found that the fin effective heat transfer coefficient of the prototype is much lower, but the tube hot air side heat transfer coefficient of the prototype is much higher than that of the mass-produced.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0017
R Varunprabhu, Himadri Bushan Das, S Jabez Dhinagar
The steering system of a 3-wheeler vehicle comprises a single column steering tube. The steering inclination at handle bar end is converted to wheel slip or inclination by the steering column. A compromise in either ride or handling is considered in the functional requirement of the 3-wheeler vehicle. The three wheeled vehicle under study is designed for ride comfort and the handling levels are compromised. Variants of the vehicle under study are meant for public passenger transport requirements. Drivers’ ride comfort is considered as the primary functional requirement during design and driver’s steering fatigue is not given importance. For the comfort of driver, steering effort has to be less without compromise in handling characteristics. The driver of this type of vehicle drives the vehicle for 15-18 hours a day. Driver’s feedback suggests high steering effort as a human fatigue failure mode and also a cause of shoulder pain. In this project, a DC motor assisted steering mechanism with an electronic control module has been designed.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0048
Stefania Falfari, Claudio Forte, Federico Brusiani, Gian Marco Bianchi, Giulio Cazzoli, Cristian Catellani
Faster combustion and lower cycle-to-cycle variability are the two mandatory tasks in the naturally aspirated engines for lowering the emission levels and for increasing the efficiency. Generally speaking the promotion of a stable and coherent tumble structure is largely believed in literature to enhance the in-cylinder turbulence accelerating combustion process. In small PFI engine layout and weight constraints limit the adoption of more advanced concepts. The turbulence generation process is strictly related to the tumble vortex deformation process: during the compression stroke the tumble vortex is deformed, accelerated and its breakdown in smaller eddies leads to the turbulence enhancement process. The prediction of the final level of turbulence for a particular engine operating point is crucial during the engine design process because it represents a practical comparative means for different engine solutions. The tumble ratio parameter value represents a first step toward the evaluation of the turbulence level at ignition time, but it has an intrinsic limit.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0051
Akira Ishibashi, Muneaki Nakamura, Hitoshi Muramatsu
Fuel economy improvement has become the most important issue in automobile engine developments nowadays. For the purpose of improving fuel economy due to the higher thermal efficiency, the enhancement of compression ratio and the reduction of thermal loss through cooling have been conducted widely. Those efforts exerted in the ongoing developments to improve thermal efficiency increase the thermal load on pistons. Considering the reliability of the pistons and anti-knocking capacity of engines, it is necessary to make a better understanding of piston temperature distributions through accurate measurement under various engine operating conditions. Thus, direct and indirect measurement methods have been developed to estimate the actual piston temperature. The direct method, such as linkage-type is not typically available under higher engine speed due to the durability of linkages. The indirect method, such as material hardness-type can neither measure real-time piston temperature nor measure temperature of piston skirts which are thin-walled.    
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0054
Toshio Watanabe, Hiroki Sakamoto
It is well known that for high-speed planing craft with outboard motor, cavitation occurs around the lower unit(gear case) and propeller blades. There are several kinds of cavitation; (1)Tip vortex cavitation (2)Hub vortex cavitation (3)Sheet cavitation (4)Cloud cavitation (5)Root cavitation Among them ,Cloud cavitation and root cavitation lead to erosion damage on the surface of lower unit and propeller. To prevent from poor appearance or performance deterioration of outboard motor by erosion damage, It is important to simulate the occurrence of erosion in advance at the design stage. In this paper, we propose the new method of predicting the area that erosion occurs using CFD (computational fluid dynamics). In order to simulate cavitation phenomena, basically, we have implemented the CFD analysis using the barotropic model. But the area that cavitation occurs does not correspond to the position of erosion damage. Therefore, we focus on the bubble nucleus which is due to cavitation. First, we predict cavitation phenomena on the basis of single-bubble motion with Rayleigh plesset model.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0012
Yoshimoto Matsuda
As for electric automobile, the mass production period has begun by the rapid progress of the battery performance. But for the electric motor cycle(MC), it is limited for the venture companies’ releases. To study the feasibility of the electric MC, we developed the prototypes in the present technical and suppliers’ environments and evaluated them by the practical view points. The developed electric MC has the equivalent driving performance of the 250cc inner combustion engine(ICE) MC and a cruising range of 100km in normal use. In the prototype development, the reliability and the ability of protection design of the battery in the whole vehicle against the environmental loads are mainly studied, especially, fever and cold, water, shock, and the accident impact. In addition, it is carried out the performance improvement by the heat management design of the motor to meet the practical use condition. From the usage points as MC, we developed the function of the 4-speeds dog gear MT and its electric control, reward ride function, the regenerative brake control, and the quick charge.
2014-11-11
Technical Paper
2014-32-0013
Stefano Frigo, Gianluca Pasini, Silvia Marelli, Giovanni Lutzemberger, Massimo Capobianco, Paolo Bolognesi, Roberto Gentili, Massimo Ceraolo
As a result of growing environmental concerns, in the last years more stringent regulations for vehicle fuel consumption and exhaust emissions have been developed. Car manufacturers have focused their attention on developments of hybrid configurations of their conventional vehicles. To this aim, advanced powertrains for efficient utilization of energy are adopted in order to recover energy release during braking and, as well, to enable the ICE to operate within its highest efficiency region. Additionally, depending on the hybrid powertrain architecture (i.e., series hybrid, parallel hybrid, range extended, etc.), the ICE can also be significantly downsized thus reducing fuel consumption. The application of a turbocharging system allows to further downsize the ICE, still keeping a reasonable power level. Besides, the possibility to couple an electric drive to the turbocharger (electric turbo compound) to recover the residual energy of the exhaust gases is becoming more and more attractive, as demonstrated by several studies in the open literature and by the current application in the F1 Championship.
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