Closed-Loop Combustion Control of HCCI Engines

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The HCCI engine, with its excellent potential for high efficiency and low NOx emissions, is investigated from a control perspective. Combustion timing, i.e., where in the thermodynamic cycle combustion takes place, is identified
as the most challenging problem with HCCI engine control. A number of different means for controlling combustion timing are suggested, and results using a dual-fuel solution are presented. This solution uses two fuels with different ignition characteristics to control the time of autoignition. Cylinder pressure measurement is suggested for feedback of combustion timing. A simple net-heat
release algorithm is applied to the measurements, and the crank angle of 50% burnt is extracted. Open-loop instability is detected in some high-load regions of the operating range. This phenomenon is explained by positive feedback between the cylinder wall heating and ignition
timing processes. Closed-loop performance is hampered by time delays and model uncertainties. This problem is particularly pronounced at operating points that are open-loop unstable.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Other Mechanical Engineering


  • HCCI, Combustion, Engine, Control
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNonlinear and Hybrid Systems in Automotive Control
EditorsRolf Johansson, Anders Rantzer
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Publication categoryResearch

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