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Minimum Backpressure Wastegate Control for a Boosted Gasoline Engine With Low Pressure External EGR

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Shima Nazari, Anna Stefanopoulou, Jason Martz

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Paper No. DSCC2016-9690, pp. V002T20A002; 8 pages
  • ASME 2016 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 2: Mechatronics; Mechatronics and Controls in Advanced Manufacturing; Modeling and Control of Automotive Systems and Combustion Engines; Modeling and Validation; Motion and Vibration Control Applications; Multi-Agent and Networked Systems; Path Planning and Motion Control; Robot Manipulators; Sensors and Actuators; Tracking Control Systems; Uncertain Systems and Robustness; Unmanned, Ground and Surface Robotics; Vehicle Dynamic Controls; Vehicle Dynamics and Traffic Control
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, October 12–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5070-1
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Turbocharging and downsizing (TRBDS) a gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine can reduce fuel consumption but with increased drivability challenges compared to larger displacement engines. This tradeoff between efficiency and drivability is influenced by the throttle-wastegate control strategy. A more severe tradeoff between efficiency and drivability is shown with the introduction of Low-Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation (LP-EGR). This paper investigates and quantifies these trade-offs by designing and implementing in a one-dimensional (1D) engine simulation two prototypical throttle-wastegate strategies that bound the achievable engine performance with respect to efficiency and torque response. Specifically, a closed-wastegate (WGC) strategy for the fastest achievable response and a throttle-wastegate strategy that minimizes engine backp-pressure (MBWG) for the best fuel efficiency, are evaluated and compared based on closed loop response. The simulation of an aggressive tip-in (the driver’s request for torque increase) shows that the wastegate strategy can negotiate a 0.8% efficiency gain at the expense of 160 ms slower torque response both with and without LP-EGR. The LP-EGR strategy, however offers a substantial 5% efficiency improvement followed by an undesirable 1 second increase in torque time response, clarifying the opportunities and challenges associated with LP-EGR.

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