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Increasing the Efficiency of SI-Engines by Spark Advance Control and Water Injection


: In-cylinder pressure, ionization current, peak pressure position

By directly measuring in-cylinder parameters and adjusting the spark advance, the engine efficiency can be maximized. A feedback scheme for spark-advance control using the ionization current as sensed variable has earlier been presented. One issue is to verify that the algorithm works when the environmental conditions changes the burn rate. Humidity significantly affects the burn rate and active water injection is used to slow down the combustion giving a peak pressure position (PPP) that occurs too late. The ionization current based feedback-scheme adjusts the spark advance, and moves the PPP back to optimum. An additional result is that the engine efficiency can be increased by combining active supply of water to the combustion and the spark-advance control scheme.

Lars Eriksson


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