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Wastegate Actuator Modeling and Model-Based Boost Pressure Control

Wastegate Actuator Modeling and Model-Based Boost Pressure Control Andreas Thomasson, Lars Eriksson, Oskar Leufvén, Per Andersson The torque response of an engine is important for driver acceptance. For turbocharged spark ignited (TCSI) engines this is tightly connected to the boost pressure control, which is usually achieved with a wastegate. A challenging scenario is when the throttle is fully open and the load is essentially controlled by the wastegate. First a model for the pneumatic wastegate actuator and air control solenoid is developed. The wastegate model consists of three submodels; the actuator pressure, the static position, and an additional position dynamics. A complete engine model is constructed by including the actuator model in a Mean Value Engine Model (MVEM) for a TCSI engine. This model describes the transient boost pressure response to steps in wastegate control inputs. The subsystems and complete MVEM are validated on an engine test bench and it explains the overshoot seen in the step responses. The model is used to study the system response and give insight into the dominating phenomena and it points out that the engine speed is important for the response. Further, for each speed it is sufficient to model the system as a second order linear system, that captures an overshoot. A controller consisting of a mapped feedforward loop and a gain scheduled feedback loop is developed together with a tuning method based on the IMC framework for the feedback loop. The controller and tuning method is shown to achieve the desired boost pressure behavior both on the complete MVEM and on real engines. The experimental validation is carried out both in an engine test cell and in a vehicle.

Andreas Thomasson, Lars Eriksson, Oskar Leufven and Per Andersson


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