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2017-04-30
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Eduardo Galindo, David Blanco, Chris J. Brace, Edward Chappell, Richard Burke
The use of the chassis dynamometer test cells has been an integral part of the vehicle development and validation process for several decades, involving specialists from different fields, not all of them necessarily experts in automotive engineering. CHASSIS DYNAMOMETER TESTING: Addressing the Challenges of New Global Legislation (WLTP and RDE) sets out to gather knowledge from multiple groups of specialists to better understand the testing challenges associated with the vehicle chassis dynamometer test cells, and enable informed design and use of these facilities.
2016-09-14
Technical Paper
2016-01-1878
Yuxiang Feng, Pejman Iravani, Chris Brace
Abstract The major contribution of this paper is the general description of a complete integrating procedure of autonomous vehicle system. Using Robot Operating System (ROS) as the framework, process from senor integration to path planning and path tracking were performed. Based on an off-road All-Terrain Vehicle, an Extended Kalman filter based autonomous control strategy was developed on the ROS. Both the position estimation and autonomous control were performed on the ROS platform. For the position estimation phase, sensory measurements from GPS, IMU and wheel odometry were acquired and processed on ROS. In accordance with the ROS architecture, separate packages were developed for each sensor to gather and publish corresponding measurements. Furthermore, Extended Kalman filtering was performed to fuse all sensory measurements to achieve an optimizing accuracy.
2016-04-05
Technical Paper
2016-01-0564
Pengfei Lu, Chris Brace, Bo Hu
Abstract The turbo-compounding has been extensively researched as a mean of improving the overall thermal efficiency of the internal combustion engine. Many of the studies aiming to optimize the turbo-compounding system lead to the unified conclusion that this approach is more suitable for the operation under constant high load condition, while it has little effect on improving the fuel economy under low load conditions. Besides, in a traditional series turbo-compounding engine, the increased back pressure unavoidably results in a serious parasitic load to the system by increasing the resistance to the scavenging process. In order to improve this situation, a novel turbo-compounding arrangement has been proposed, in which the turbocharger was replaced by a continuously variable transmission (CVT) coupled supercharger (CVT superchargedr) to supply sufficient air mass flow rate to the engine at lower engine speeds.
2016-04-05
Technical Paper
2016-01-1231
Dian Liu, Leon Rodrigues, Chris Brace, Sam Akehurst, Gary Kirkpatrick, Lloyd Ash
Abstract A range extended electric vehicle (REEV) has the benefit of zero pipeline emission for most of the daily commute driving using the full electric mode while maintaining the capability for a long-range trip without the requirement of stop-and-charge. This capability is provided by the on-board auxiliary power unit (APU) which is used to maintain the battery state of charge at a minimum limit. Due to the limited APU package size, a small capacity engine with low-cylindercount is normally used which inherently exposes more severe torque pulsation, that arises from a low firing frequency. By using vector control, it is feasible to vary the generator in-cycle torque to counteract the engine torque oscillation dynamically. This allows for a smoother operation of the APU with the possibility of reducing the size of the engine flywheel. In this paper, a series of motor/generator control torque patterns were applied with the aim of cancelling the engine in-cycle torque pulses.
2016-04-05
Technical Paper
2016-01-1055
Ashwini Agarwal, Andrew Lewis, Sam Akehurst, Chris Brace, Yash Gandhi, Gary Kirkpatrick
Abstract Range Extended Electric Vehicles (REEVs) are gaining popularity due to their simplicity, reduced emissions and fuel consumption when compared to parallel or series/parallel hybrid vehicles. The range extender internal combustion engine (ICE) can be optimised to a number of steady state points which offers significant improvement in overall exhaust emissions. One of the key challenges in such vehicles is to reduce the overall powertrain costs, and OEMs providing REEVs such as the BMW i3 have included the range extender as an optional extra due to increasing costs on the overall vehicle price. This paper discusses the development of a low cost Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) of c.25 kW for a range extender application utilising a 624 cc two cylinder automotive gasoline engine.
2015-09-06
Technical Paper
2015-24-2523
Calogero Avola, Colin Copeland, Tomasz Duda, Richard Burke, Sam Akehurst, Chris Brace
Abstract The adoption of two stage serial turbochargers in combination with internal combustion engines can improve the overall efficiency of powertrain systems. In conjunction with the increase of engine volumetric efficiency, two stage boosting technologies are capable of improving torque and pedal response of small displacement engines. In two stage sequential systems, high pressure (HP) and low pressure (LP) turbochargers are packaged in a way that the exhaust gases access the LP turbine after exiting the HP turbine. On the induction side, fresh air is compressed sequentially by LP and HP compressors. The former is able to deliver elevated pressure ratios, but it is not able to highly compressor low flow rates of air. The latter turbo-machine can increase charge pressure at lower mass air flow and be by-passed at high rates of air flow.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-1626
Qingning Zhang, Andrew Pennycott, Richard Burke, Sam Akehurst, Chris Brace
Abstract Nitrogen oxides emissions are an important aspect of engine design and calibration due to increasingly strict legislation. As a consequence, accurate modeling of nitrogen oxides emissions from Diesel engines could play a crucial role during the design and development phases of vehicle powertrain systems. A key step in future engine calibration will be the need to capture the nonlinear behavior of the engine with respect to nitrogen oxides emissions within a rapid-calculating mathematical model. These models will then be used in optimization routines or on-board control features. In this paper, an artificial neural network structure incorporating a number of engine variables as inputs including torque, speed, oil temperature and variables related to fuel injection is developed as a method of predicting the production of nitrogen oxides based on measured test data. A multi-layer perceptron model is identified and validated using data from dynamometry tests.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-1279
Pengfei Lu, Chris Brace, Bo Hu
Abstract After years of study and improvement, turbochargers in passenger cars now generally have very high efficiency. This is advantageous, but on the other hand, due to their high efficiency, only a small portion of the exhaust energy is needed for compressing the intake air, which means further utilization of waste heat is restricted. From this point of view, a turbo-compounding arrangement has significant advantage over a turbocharger in converting exhaust energy as it is immune to the upper power demand limit of the compressor. However, with the power turbine being located in series with the main turbine, power losses are incurred due to the higher back pressure which increases the pumping losses. This paper evaluates the effectiveness that the turbo-compounding arrangement has on a 2.0 litres gasoline engine and seeks to draw a conclusion on whether the produced power is sufficient to offset the increased pumping work.
2015-04-14
Journal Article
2015-01-1258
Bo Hu, Colin Copeland, Pengfei Lu, Sam Akehurst, Chris Brace, J.W.G Turner, Alessandro Romagnoli, Ricardo Martinez-Botas
Abstract Throttling loss of downsized gasoline engines is significantly smaller than that of naturally aspirated counterparts. However, even the extremely downsized gasoline engine can still suffer a relatively large throttling loss when operating under part load conditions. Various de-throttling concepts have been proposed recently, such as using a FGT or VGT turbine on the intake as a de-throttling mechanism or applying valve throttling to control the charge airflow. Although they all can adjust the mass air flow without a throttle in regular use, an extra component or complicated control strategies have to be adopted. This paper will, for the first time, propose a de-throttling concept in a twin-charged gasoline engine with minimum modification of the existing system. The research engine model which this paper is based on is a 60% downsized 2.0L four cylinder gasoline demonstrator engine with both a supercharger and turbocharger on the intake.
2015-04-14
Journal Article
2015-01-1282
J.W.G. Turner, A. Popplewell, D.J. Marshall, T.R. Johnson, L. Barker, J. King, J. Martin, A.G.J. Lewis, S. Akehurst, C.J. Brace, C.D. Copeland
Abstract The paper discusses investigations into improving the full-load and transient performance of the Ultraboost extreme downsizing engine by the application of the SuperGen variable-speed centrifugal supercharger. Since its output stage speed is decoupled from that of the crankshaft, SuperGen is potentially especially attractive in a compound pressure-charging system. Such systems typically comprise a turbocharger, which is used as the main charging device, compounded at lower charge mass flow rates by a supercharger used as a second boosting stage. Because of its variable drive ratio, SuperGen can be blended in and out continuously to provide seamless driveability, as opposed to the alternative of a clutched, single-drive-ratio positive-displacement device. In this respect its operation is very similar to that of an electrically-driven compressor, although it is voltage agnostic and can supply other hybrid functionality, too.
2014-10-13
Technical Paper
2014-01-2596
Bo Hu, Colin Copeland, Chris Brace, Sam Akehurst, Alessandro Romagnoli, Ricardo Martinez-Botas, J.W.G Turner
Abstract Engines equipped with pressure charging systems are more prone to knock partly due the increased intake temperature. Meanwhile, turbocharged engines when operating at high engine speeds and loads cannot fully utilize the exhaust energy as the wastegate is opened to prevent overboost. The turboexpansion concept thus is conceived to reduce the intake temperature by utilizing some otherwise unexploited exhaust energy. This concept can be applied to any turbocharged engines equipped with both a compressor and a turbine-like expander on the intake loop. The turbocharging system is designed to achieve maximum utilization of the exhaust energy, from which the intake charge is over-boosted. After the intercooler, the turbine-like expander expands the over-compressed intake charge to the required plenum pressure and reduces its temperature whilst recovering some energy through the connection to the crankshaft.
2014-10-13
Technical Paper
2014-01-2550
Bo Hu, Chris Brace, Sam Akehurst, Colin Copeland, J.W.G. Turner
Abstract The Divided Exhaust Period (DEP) concept is an approach which has been proved to significantly reduce the averaged back pressure of turbocharged engines whilst still improving its combustion phasing. The standard layout of the DEP system comprises of two separately-functioned exhaust valves with one valve feeding the blow-down pulse to the turbine whilst the other valve targeting the scavenging behaviour by bypassing the turbine. Via combining the characteristics of both turbocharged engines and naturally aspirated engines, this method can provide large BSFC improvement. The DEP concept has only been applied to single-stage turbocharged engines so far. However, it in its basic form is in no way restricted to a single-stage system. This paper, for the first time, will apply DEP concept to a regulated two-stage (R2S) downsized SI engine.
2014-04-01
Technical Paper
2014-01-1374
Huayin Tang, Richard Burke, Sam Akehurst, Chris Brace, Les Smith
Abstract Vehicle start-stop systems are becoming increasingly prevalent on internal combustion engine (ICE) because of the capability to reduce emissions and fuel consumption in a cost effective manner. Thus, the ICE undergoes far more starting events, therefore, the behaviour of ICE during start-up becomes critical. In order to simulate and optimise the engine start, Model in the Loop (MiL) simulation approach was selected. A proceduralised cranking test has been carried out on a 2.0-liter turbocharged, gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine to collect data. The engine behaviour in the first 15 seconds was split into eight different phases and studied. The engine controller and the combustion system were highly transient and interactive. Thus, a controller model that can set accurate boundary conditions is needed. The relevant control functions of throttle opening and spark timing have been implemented in Matlab/Simulink to simulate the behaviours of the controller.
2014-04-01
Journal Article
2014-01-1656
Bo Hu, Sam Akehurst, Chris Brace, Colin Copeland, James Turner
Fuel efficiency and torque performance are two major challenges for highly downsized turbocharged engines. However, the inherent characteristics of the turbocharged SI engine such as negative PMEP, knock sensitivity and poor transient performance significantly limit its maximum potential. Conventional ways of improving the problems above normally concentrate solely on the engine side or turbocharger side leaving the exhaust manifold in between ignored. This paper investigates this neglected area by highlighting a novel means of gas exchange process. Divided Exhaust Period (DEP) is an alternative way of accomplishing the gas exchange process in turbocharged engines. The DEP concept engine features two exhaust valves but with separated function. The blow-down valve acts like a traditional turbocharged exhaust valve to evacuate the first portion of the exhaust gas to the turbine.
2014-04-01
Journal Article
2014-01-1185
J.W.G. Turner, A. Popplewell, R. Patel, T.R. Johnson, N.J. Darnton, S. Richardson, S.W. Bredda, R.J. Tudor, C.I. Bithell, R. Jackson, S.M. Remmert, R.F. Cracknell, J.X. Fernandes, A.G.J. Lewis, S. Akehurst, C.J. Brace, C. Copeland, R. Martinez-Botas, A. Romagnoli, A.A. Burluka
The paper discusses the concept, design and final results from the ‘Ultra Boost for Economy’ collaborative project, which was part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, the UK's innovation agency. The project comprised industry- and academia-wide expertise to demonstrate that it is possible to reduce engine capacity by 60% and still achieve the torque curve of a modern, large-capacity naturally-aspirated engine, while encompassing the attributes necessary to employ such a concept in premium vehicles. In addition to achieving the torque curve of the Jaguar Land Rover naturally-aspirated 5.0 litre V8 engine (which included generating 25 bar BMEP at 1000 rpm), the main project target was to show that such a downsized engine could, in itself, provide a major proportion of a route towards a 35% reduction in vehicle tailpipe CO2 on the New European Drive Cycle, together with some vehicle-based modifications and the assumption of stop-start technology being used instead of hybridization.
2013-04-08
Technical Paper
2013-01-1760
Deepak Hari, Christian Brace, Christopher Vagg, Sam Akehurst, Lloyd Ash, Richard Strong
A large proportion of automotive engineering research is focused on the reduction of vehicle fuel consumption thereby reducing CO₂ emissions. One effective method is to use an electric motor in conjunction with the engine (hybrid electric vehicle). This paper details the development and performance characteristics of a low cost hybrid vehicle electric motor, originally developed for the retrofit hybrid vehicle market, although it is intended to be suitable for many applications. The motor is a low cost, scalable, high performance motor, primarily for automotive applications. The motor has been designed to make it stackable for higher power or torque requirements. The use of lightweight materials and innovative cooling designs are novel to this motor. Results obtained from extensive testing of the motor are detailed in the paper including the efficiency map, power and torque curves, continuous powers, etc.
2013-04-08
Technical Paper
2013-01-0935
Qingning Zhang, Chris Brace, Sam Akehurst, Richard Burke, Geoff Capon, Les Smith, Steve Garrett, Kai Zhang
The series sequential turbocharging technology is recently gaining attention as the new round of engine downsizing and emission control becomes imperative for the engine manufacturers. The technology is able to provide combined benefits of transient performance, engine downsizing, fuel efficiency and emissions reduction with foreseeable problems of control, packaging and cost. The matching and characterization of the two interactive turbochargers is a challenging exercise. Two important questions are, how should the two machines be sized and what is the best strategy for the turbochargers across the speed range of the engine at full load. This paper addresses these two questions by comparing a variety of matching sizes and presenting an attempt to identify an optimal valve operating schedule in order to achieve the target limiting torque curve.
2013-03-10
Technical Paper
2012-01-2087
Chris Vagg, Chris Brace, Deepak Hari, Sam Akehurst, Lloyd Ash
Driver behaviour can strongly affect fuel consumption, and driver training in eco-driving techniques has been shown to reduce fuel consumption by 10% on average. However the effects of this training can be short-lived, so there is an apparent need for continuous monitoring of driver behaviour. This study presents a driver advisory tool which encourages eco-driving, and its evaluation in the field. The system, developed by Ashwoods Automotive Ltd (UK) and the University of Bath (UK), is aimed at fleet operators of light commercial vehicles, where the driver is typically a company employee. A significant strength of the system is that it has been designed for easy integration with the vehicle CAN-bus, reducing complexity and cost. By considering the Inertial Power Surrogate (speed times acceleration) the core algorithm is able to identify behaviour which is likely to increase fuel consumption.
2010-04-12
Technical Paper
2010-01-0322
Andrew G. Lewis, Sam Akehurst, Chris Brace, Carlos Finol, Kevin Robinson
A modern high speed four cylinder Diesel engine equipped with high pressure common rail fuel injection equipment has been fitted with extensive instrumentation to allow the heat flux and coolant convective heat transfer coefficient through the cylinder walls to be estimated. The instrumentation was located around the circumference of the cylinder and longitudinally down the cylinder. The engine has been run through the new European drive cycle using a dynamic test stand. From the experimental results it was found that there was a strong correlation between the one dimensional heat flux through the cylinder wall and the engine speed. The changes in heat flux were found to be repeatable over the four repeated ECE sections of the drive cycle. It was also found that the magnitude of heat flux reduced down the length of the cylinder.
2010-04-12
Technical Paper
2010-01-0802
Richard Burke, Chris Brace
Engine thermal management systems (TMS) are gaining importance in engine development and calibration to achieve low fuel consumption and meet future emissions standards. To benefit from their full potential, a thorough understanding of the effects on engine behavior is necessary. Steady state tests were performed on a 2.0L direct injection diesel engine at different load points. A design of experiments (DoE) approach was used to conduct exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and injection timing swings at different coolant temperatures. The effect of the standard engine controller and calibration was observed during these tests. The injection timing strategy included a significant dependency on coolant temperature, retarding injection by about 3° crank angle between coolant temperatures of 70°C and 86°C. In contrast, EGR strategy was essentially independent of coolant temperature, though physical interactions were present due in part to the EGR cooler.
2009-06-15
Technical Paper
2009-01-1976
A. Lewis, C. J. Brace, A. Cox
Increasing the number of cold-start engine cycles which could be run in any one day would greatly improve the productivity of an engine test facility. However with the introduction of forced cooling procedures there is the inherent risk that test-to-test repeatability will be affected. Therefore an investigation into the effects caused by forced cooling on fuel consumption and the temperature distribution through the engine and fluids is essential. Testing was completed on a 2.4 litre diesel engine running a cold NEDC. The test facility utilises a basic ventilation system, which draws in external ambient air, which is forced past the engine and then drawn out of the cell. This can be supplemented with the use of a spot cooling fan. The forced cool down resulted in a much quicker cool down which was further reduced with spot cooling, in the region of 25% reduction.
2007-01-23
Technical Paper
2007-01-0018
William J. Dunne, Christian J. Brace, Andrew Stodart
This paper describes the development and automated calibration of a compact analytically based model of the wall-wetting phenomenon of modern port fuel-injected (PFI) spark-ignition (SI) gasoline engines. The wall-wetting model, based on the physics of forced convection with phase change, is to be used in an automated model-based calibration program. The first stage of work was to develop a model of the wall-wetting phenomenon in Matlab. The model was then calibrated using experimental data collected from a 1.8-litre turbocharged I4 engine coupled to a dynamic 200kW AC dynamometer. The calibration was accomplished by adopting a two stage optimization approach. Firstly, a design of experiments (DoE) approach was used to establish the effect of the principal model parameters on a set of metrics that characterized the magnitude and duration of the measured lambda deviation during a transient.
2004-03-08
Technical Paper
2004-01-0054
H. H. Pang, C. J. Brace, S. Akehurst
This paper investigates the potential for reduced NOx emissions from the integration of thermal factors into the Diesel engine calibration process. NOx emissions from Diesel engines have been shown to be sensitive to engine operating temperature, which is directly related to the level of cooling applied to the engine, in addition to the main engine operating parameters such as injection timing and EGR ratio. Experimental engine characterization of the main engine parameters against coolant temperature set point shows that engine cooling settings can extend the feasible lower limits of fuel consumption and emissions output from Diesel engine. With the adoption of an integrated calibration methodology including engine cooling set point, NOx emissions can be improved by up to 30% at crucial high speed/load operating points seen in the NEDC drive cycle with a minor reduction in fuel economy and small increase in CO output.
2004-03-08
Technical Paper
2004-01-0139
A. C. McNicol, H. Figueroa-Rosas, C. J. Brace, M. C. Ward, P. Watson, R. V. Ceen
As emissions regulations become more stringent, an efficient and effective method of rig-based transient engine calibration becomes increasingly desirable. It is known that approximately 80% of total drive-cycle exhaust emissions can be produced in the initial warm-up phase before catalyst ‘light-off’ is achieved and catalyst conversion efficiency increases. During this period, there is a clear trade-off that can be made in the strategy between the amount of thermal energy that is delivered to the catalyst and the amount of exhaust emissions produced during the time before catalyst ‘light-off’ is achieved. This paper examines whether an automated expert-knowledge based decision-making methodology can be used to find a satisfactory trade-off between these two parameters whilst reducing the iteration time and level of input required from a calibration engineer.
2004-03-08
Technical Paper
2004-01-0049
A. Vagenas, J. G. Hawley, C. J. Brace, M. C. Ward
A study has been undertaken to demonstrate the use and potential benefits of actively controlled coolant jets in a vehicle. Results have shown that active control of cooling jets has the potential to regulate the temperature of thermally critical areas of the cylinder head, in this case the exhaust valve bridge. In addition the temperature gradient across the head from the exhaust valves to the inlet valves is directly influenced. These capabilities offer improved control of the combustion process and enhanced durability. Furthermore the system allows heat to be rejected at much lower overall coolant flow rates than with a conventional arrangement. The technique relies on an adequate supply of coolant at a lower temperature than that within the engine and on the availability of a suitable measurement technology within the thermally critical region. Unlike passive precision cooling the active jets allow optimization of the cooling at all engine speed / load points.
2004-03-08
Technical Paper
2004-01-1616
M.C. Ward, C. J. Brace, N. V. Vaughan, G. Kennedy
More stringent legislative guidelines on emissions and fuel economy have led to an increased number of engine parameters to be optimised. Steady state engine mapping to produce an empirical engine model remains a fundamental step in this optimisation process. Recently statistical techniques such as design of experiments have been introduced to improve the efficiency of this modeling phase. Before undertaking an experimental design it is first necessary to determine the permissible envelope of the various design parameters. The importance of this limit space is two fold, firstly to ensure that the engine is not operated in regions, which may cause damage to it, and secondly so that subsequent experimentation yields test data wholly valid for the subsequent engine model. Currently this limit space is defined in a largely manual process, requiring expert input many times in the test and characterization process.
2004-03-08
Technical Paper
2004-01-1441
C. D. Bannister, J. G. Hawley, C. J. Brace, A. Cox, D. Ketcher, R. Stark
The measurement of vehicle modal emissions is technically challenging due to the major issue of determining exhaust gas mass flow rate and ensuring that it is synchronous with the emission measurement of that corresponding ‘slug’ of exhaust gas. This is very evident when attempting to measure small passive NOx catalyst conversion efficiencies. This paper highlights alignment issues with regard to the variation of time delays associated with engine and vehicle events and the CO2 tracer method for determining exhaust gas flows.
2003-03-03
Technical Paper
2003-01-0395
J. G. Hawley, C. J. Brace, A. Cox, D. Ketcher, R. Stark
Time-alignment sensitivity studies have been carried out to assess the accuracy of instantaneous mass NOx emissions on a chassis rolls dynamometer. The work is part of a larger project aimed at measuring passive NOx catalyst conversion efficiencies. Instantaneous NOx emissions are examined in relation to the NEDC vehicle speed trace at multi sampling points, and phase and time alignment issues are highlighted and discussed. It has been found that a small mismatch of the vehicle speed trace to the instantaneous mass of emissions of ± 2 seconds can lead to results indicating that the conversion efficiency is anywhere between 0-20%. Finally, examples are presented showing the difficulties of attempting to adjust the time alignment of raw emissions data.
2003-03-03
Technical Paper
2003-01-0614
A. Vagenas, J. G. Hawley, C. J. Brace, K. Robinson, N. A. F. Campbell, S. Joyce
A proof-of-concept study has been undertaken to demonstrate the use and potential benefits of actively controlled coolant jets in an IC engine cooling gallery simulator. Results have shown that substantial reductions in coolant volumes are possible and that the control of the liquid/metal surface temperature can be achieved within +/- 0.2°C in response to transient heat flux conditions.
2002-03-04
Technical Paper
2002-01-0615
M. C. Ward, C. J. Brace, N. D. Vaughan, R. Ceen, T. Hale, G. Kennedy
Steady state mapping is fundamental to optimizing IC engine operation. Engine variables are set, a predefined settling time elapses, and then engine data are logged. This is an accurate but time consuming approach to engine testing. In contrast the sweep method seeks to speed up data capture by continuously moving the engine through its operating envelope without dwelling. This is facilitated by the enhanced capability of modern test rig control systems. The purpose of this work is to compare the accuracy and repeatability of the sweep approach under experimental conditions, with that of steady state testing. Limiting factors for the accuracy of the sweep approach fall into two categories. Firstly on the instrumentation side - transducers have a characteristic settling time. Secondly on the engine side - thermal and mechanical inertias will mean that instantaneous measurements of engine parameters differ from the steady state values.
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