Modeling and Model-based Control of Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) Engine Dynamics

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The Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) principle holds promise to increase efficiency and to reduce emissions from internal combustion engines. As HCCI combustion lacks direct ignition timing control and auto-ignition depends on the operating condition, control of auto-ignition is necessary. Since auto-ignition of a homogeneous mixture is very sensitive to operating conditions, a fast combustion phasing control is necessary for reliable operation. To this purpose, HCCI modeling and model-based control with experimental validation were studied. A six-cylinder heavy-duty HCCI engine was controlled on a cycle-to-cycle basis in real time using a variety of sensors, actuators and control structures for control of the HCCI combustion in comparison. The controllers were based on linearizations of a previously presented physical, nonlinear, model of HCCI including cylinder wall temperature dynamics. The control signals were the inlet air temperature and the inlet valve closing. A system for fast thermal management was installed and controlled using mid-ranging control. The resulting control performance was experimentally evaluated in terms of response time and steady-state output variance. For a given operating point, a comparable decrease in steady-state output variance was obtained either by introducing a disturbance model or by changing linearization point. The robustness towards disturbances was investigated as well as the effects of varying the prediction and control horizons. Increasing the horizons had a very limited effect on the closed-loop performance while increasing the computational demands substantially. As shown in the paper, modeling constitutes a necessary element for embedded networked control design applied to HCCI combustion engine design.


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  • Control Engineering
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNester 2009: Networked Embedded and Control System Technologies: European and Russian R&D Cooperation, Proceedings
PublisherInsticc-Inst Syst Technologies Information Control & Communication
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch
Event1st International Workshop on Networked Embedded and Control System Technologies/European and Russian R&D Cooperation Workshop - Milan, Italy
Duration: 2009 Jul 42009 Jul 5


Conference1st International Workshop on Networked Embedded and Control System Technologies/European and Russian R&D Cooperation Workshop