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Predictive piston motion control in a free-piston internal combustion engine

R. Mikalsen, E. Jones and A.P. Roskilly

Applied Energy, 2010, vol. 87, issue 5, 1722-1728

Abstract: A piston motion controller for a free-piston internal combustion engine is presented. To improve dynamic performance in the control of the piston motion and engine compression ratio, the controller response is determined from a prediction of engine top dead centre error rather than the measured value from the previous cycle. The proposed control approach showed superior performance compared with that of standard PI feedback control known from the literature due to a reduced control action time delay. The manipulation of fuel injection timing to reduce in-cylinder pressure peaks and cycle-to-cycle variations was also studied, indicating that with the piston motion estimation, the injection timing is a powerful control variable for this purpose.

Keywords: Free-piston; engine; Piston; motion; Compression; ratio; Control (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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