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Dynamic Modelling and Controller Design of Combustion Phasing for an RCCI Engine

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Kaveh Khodadadi Sadabadi

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Mahdi Shahbakhti

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

Paper No. DSCC2016-9696, pp. V002T20A004; 10 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


Reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI) is an advanced low temperature combustion strategy introduced to achieve near-zero NOx and soot emissions while maintaining diesel-like efficiencies. Precise control of RCCI combustion phasing is necessary in realizing high fuel conversion efficiency as well as meeting stringent emission standards. Model-based control of combustion phasing provides a powerful tool for real-time control during transient operation of the RCCI engine, which requires a computationally efficient combustion model that encompasses factors such as, injection timings, fuel blend composition and reactivity. In this work, physics-based models are developed to predict the combustion phasing of a 1.9-liter RCCI engine. A mean value control-oriented model (COM) of RCCI is developed by combining the auto-ignition model, the burn duration model, and a Wiebe function to predict combustion phasing. Development of a model-based controller requires a dynamic model which can predict engine operation, i.e., estimation of combustion phasing, on a cycle-to-cycle basis. Hence, the mean-value model is extended to encompass the full-cycle engine operation by including the expansion and exhaust strokes. In addition, the dynamics stemming from the thermal coupling between cycles are accounted for, that results in a dynamic RCCI control-oriented model capable of predicting the transient operation of the engine. This model is then simplified and linearized in order to develop a linear observer-based feedback controller to control the combustion phasing using the premixed ratio (the ratio of the port injected gasoline fuel to the total gasoline/diesel fuel injected). The designed controller depicts an accurate tracking performance of the desired combustion phasing and successfully rejects external disturbances in engine operating conditions.

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