Closed-Loop Combustion Control of a HCCI Engine with Re-Breathing EGR System

Yusuke Nakamura, Dong Won Jung, Norimasa Iida

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This study experimentally investigates the control system and the algorithm after constructing a HCCI combustion control system for the development of a small HCCI engine fuelled with Dimethyl Ether (DME). This system can control four throttles for the mixing ratio of three gases of in-cylinder (stoichiometric pre-mixture, hot EGR gas and cold EGR gas). At first, the combustion behavior for combustion phasing retarded operation with cold and hot EGR was examined. Then, the potential of model-based and feed back control for HCCI combustion with change of the demand of IMEP was investigated. In the end, the limit of combustion-phasing retard for IMEP and PRR was explored. Results shows that to get high IMEP with acceptable PRR and low coefficient of variation of IMEP, crank angle of 50% heat release (CA50) should be controlled at constant phasing in the expansion stroke. CA50 can be controlled by changing the ratio of pre-mixture, hot EGR gas and cold EGR gas with throttles. Due to the cycle-to-cycle variation, the change of total mass of fuel in cylinder has a big effect on IMEP. After misfire, unburned fuel and intermediates remain in exhaust gas, which is re-breathed as hot EGR gas, and unburned fuel and intermediates are supplied to next cycle. This leads to the total mass of fuel changes cycle-to-cycle. As a result of feedback control, transient performance is realized but high sensitivity of response cannot be achieved under the constant engine speed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSAE International Journal of Engines
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Fuel Technology


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