A method for reducing the starting time and reducing the peak phase currents for an internal combustion engine that is started using an induction machine starter/alternator. The starting time is reduced by pre-fluxing the induction machine and the peak phase currents are reduced by reducing the flux current command after a predetermined period of time has elapsed and concurrent to the application of the torque current command. The method of the present invention also provides a strategy for anticipating the start command for an internal combustion engine and determines a start strategy based on the start command and the operating state of the internal combustion engine.
This invention was made with Government support under Prime Contract No. DE-AC36-83CH10093, Subcontract No. ZCB-4-13032-02, awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.