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Combustion diagnostic for active engine feedback control

United States Patent

October 2, 2007
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This invention detects the crank angle location where combustion switches from premixed to diffusion, referred to as the transition index, and uses that location to define integration limits that measure the portions of heat released during the combustion process that occur during the premixed and diffusion phases. Those integrated premixed and diffusion values are used to develop a metric referred to as the combustion index. The combustion index is defined as the integrated diffusion contribution divided by the integrated premixed contribution. As the EGR rate is increased enough to enter the low temperature combustion regime, PM emissions decrease because more of the combustion process is occurring over the premixed portion of the heat release rate profile and the diffusion portion has been significantly reduced. This information is used to detect when the engine is or is not operating in a low temperature combustion mode and provides that feedback to an engine control algorithm.
Green, Jr.; Johney Boyd (Knoxville, TN), Daw; Charles Stuart (Knoxville, TN), Wagner; Robert Milton (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
11/ 380,019
April 25, 2006
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with United States Government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-000R22725 between the United States Department of Energy and U.T. Battelle, LLC. The United States Government has certain rights in this invention.