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Control of air/fuel ratio or fuel injection

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701 - Data processing: vehicles, navigation, and relative location

701001000 - VEHICLE CONTROL, GUIDANCE, OPERATION, OR INDICATION

701099000 - With indicator or control of power plant (e.g., performance)

701101000 - Internal-combustion engine

701102000 - Digital or programmed data processor

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
701104000 Controlling fuel quantity 275
701105000 Controlling timing 136
701108000 Exhaust gas circulation (EGC) 62
701109000 Detection of O2 concentration 40
701106000 Artificial intelligence (e.g., fuzzy logic) 37
701107000 Fail-safe system 8
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20110184628FUEL CORRECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A fuel control system for a vehicle comprises a fuel delivery module, a torque ratio determination module, and a correction factor module. The fuel delivery module supplies first and second amounts of diesel fuel to a cylinder of an engine during first and second combustion cycles for the cylinder, respectively. The second combustion cycle occurs after the first combustion cycle. The torque ratio determination module determines a torque ratio based on torque output by the engine during the first combustion cycle and a torque requested for the first combustion cycle. The correction factor module determines a fuel correction factor based on the torque ratio and adjusts the second amount based on the fuel correction factor.07-28-2011
20090210138CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control device for an internal combustion engine includes a fuel injection device that injects a fuel in accordance with a required injection amount that is required for combustion in a combustion chamber that is performed to produce an output of the internal combustion engine, and a fuel property specific determination device that specifically determines a fuel property of the fuel injected. The control device further includes a control device that performs an output correction process of controlling at least a portion of the internal combustion engine so as to correct the produced output based on a difference in the specifically determined fuel property. According to the control device and a control method thereof, driveability is secured even in the case where a blended fuel is used during a high load region of the internal combustion engine.08-20-2009
20090210137VALVE TIMING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A valve timing control apparatus includes a phase varying mechanism arranged to vary a relative rotational phase of a cam shaft with respect to a crank shaft; a driving mechanism arranged to provide a driving force to the phase varying mechanism by energization; a control mechanism configured to control a current applied to the driving mechanism; and a phase angle sensing mechanism arranged to sense the relative rotational phase of the cam shaft with respect to the crank shaft, and to have a detection period longer than a control period of the control mechanism in accordance with an engine operating state. The control mechanism is configured to repeat increasing and decreasing of the current applied to the driving mechanism when the phase varying mechanism continuously varies the relative rotational phase of the cam shaft with respect to the crank shaft by a predetermined angle or more.08-20-2009
20090210135INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CONTROLLER - A controller of an internal combustion engine operable by an alcohol-containing fuel includes: an alcohol concentration detecting unit, operable to detect an alcohol concentration of the alcohol-containing fuel; and a suppressing unit, operable to suppress a degree of change of an intake air amount of the internal combustion engine when the alcohol concentration, detected by the alcohol concentration detecting unit, is higher than a concentration.08-20-2009
20090210134INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CONTROLLER - A controller of an internal combustion engine operable by an alcohol-containing fuel, includes: an alcohol concentration detecting unit, operable to detect an alcohol concentration of the alcohol-containing fuel; a feedback controller, operable to perform feedback control to make an exhaust air-fuel ratio of the internal combustion engine become equal to a target air-fuel ratio in accordance with an operation region; and an operation region setting unit, operable to set a stoichiometric operation region, in which the target air-fuel ratio is stoichiometric, in an enlarged manner when the alcohol concentration, detected by the alcohol concentration detecting unit, is higher than a concentration.08-20-2009
20110208407HIGH-ACCURACY IMEP COMPUTATIONAL TECHNIQUE USING A LOW-RESOLUTION ENCODER AND AN INDIRECT INTEGRATION PROCESS - A method for computing indicated mean effective pressure (IMEP) in an internal combustion engine using sparse input data. The method uses an indirect integration approach, and requires significantly lower resolution crankshaft position and cylinder pressure input data than existing IMEP computation methods, while providing calculated IMEP output results which are very accurate in comparison to values computed by existing methods. By using sparse input data, the indirect integration method offers cost reduction opportunities for a manufacturer of vehicles, engines, and/or electronic control units, through the use of lower cost sensors and the consumption of less computing resources for data processing and storage.08-25-2011
20130085656METHOD FOR OPERATING A COMBUSTION ENGINE WHEN CHANGING FROM FULL ENGINE OPERATION TO PARTIAL ENGINE OPERATION - In a combustion engine, combustion chamber-specific deviations can be equalized by associating a specific adjustable air-fuel ratio with the individual combustion chambers. When changing from full engine operation to partial engine operation, the associated air-fuel ratios do not always remain optimal. A new air-fuel ratio, which is adjusted immediately when changing from full engine operation to partial engine operation, is then associated with the combustion chambers of a subgroup of combustion chambers to which an air-fuel mixture is applied in partial engine operation. The new individual air-fuel ratios can be easily computed, in particular, from the individual air-fuel ratios associated with full engine operation.04-04-2013
20090198433METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING A FUEL QUALITY AND FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND AN ENGINE CONTROL UNIT - A method for identifying the fuel quality and for operating an internal combustion engine, as well as an engine control unit, in which the temperature of at least one sheathed-element glow plug of the engine is controlled, an engine response after a temperature change is compared to an engine response before the temperature change, and from the result of this comparison, the fuel quality is derived.08-06-2009
20120173123Engine Idle Speed and Turbocharger Speed Control - Various methods are described for controlling engine operation for an engine having a turbocharger and direction injection. One example method includes performing at least a first and second injection in response to a driver action. The first and second injection may be performed during a cylinder cycle, the first injection generating a lean combustion and the second injection injected after combustion such that it exits the cylinder unburned into the exhaust upstream of a turbine of the turbocharger.07-05-2012
20120173122CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE INCLUDING VALVE STOP MECHANISM - A control apparatus which is capable of determining an abnormality of a stopping operation of an exhaust valve without using a dedicated sensor for detecting the abnormality in an internal combustion engine including a valve stop mechanism capable of maintaining the exhaust valve and an intake valve in a valve closed state is provided. It is discriminated whether or not there is a change to a rich side of a air fuel ratio of gas detected by a main A/F sensor at the time of a fuel cut for all the cylinders associated with a valve stop request for the exhaust valves and intake valves of all the cylinders. Then, when it is discriminated that there is the change to the rich side of the air fuel ratio of the gas, it is determined that the stopping operation of the exhaust valve is not performed in a normal manner in at least one cylinder.07-05-2012
20100017096VEHICLE STABILITY AND SURGE CONTROL - In one example, a method is described for operating an engine of a vehicle, the engine having a combustion chamber. The method may include controlling a stability of the vehicle in response to a vehicle acceleration; and adjusting dilution in the combustion chamber of the engine to reduce surge in response to the vehicle acceleration. The dilution may be adjusted by adjusting cam timing, for example.01-21-2010
20090093947INJECTION METHOD AND ASSOCIATED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In order to improve a combustion process of a motor vehicle, in particular with regard to emissions and/or the development of noise, a method for regulating an injection profile is provided, in which method a fuel is injected directly into a combustion chamber, wherein the regulation brings about a change in the injection profile (04-09-2009
20100010727SYSTEM FOR SUPPLY OF LPG, METHANE, AMMONIA, AND GAS IN GENERAL FOR PETROL OR DIESEL ENGINES WITH ELECTRONIC PRESSURE REGULATOR FOR CONTINUOUS VARIATION OF THE PRESSURE OF THE FUEL SUPPLIED TO THE INJECTORS - A system for supply of LPG/methane, ammonia, or gas for supply of petrol or diesel engines, which can be connectable to the electronic control unit (01-14-2010
20090192696 METHOD FOR EVALUATING THE QUANTITY OF FUEL INJECTED BY A FUEL INJECTOR IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, PARTICULARLY A DIESEL COMMON-RAIL ENGINE - A method is provided that includes, but is not limited to acquiring the crankshaft speed signal while one fuel injector is energized for a determined period of time (ET) in which all the other fuel injectors are de-energized, processing the acquired crankshaft speed signal so as to obtain signals or data (A) representative of the amplitude of a predetermined harmonic component of the crankshaft speed signal, and calculating the power (RMS/MS) of said harmonic component, and assuming the calculated power value (C) as an estimation of the quantity of fuel actually injected by the energized injector in said predetermined period of time (ET).07-30-2009
20090192695Fuel injection control apparatus for a vehicle, and method of using same - A fuel injection control apparatus includes a low-side driver, arranged electrically downstream of an injector and operable to drive the injector with a changeover of an ON-OFF state thereof in response to a drive signal from a CPU; a high-side driver, arranged electrically upstream of the injector and downstream of a power source, and having an ON-OFF state thereof which may be changed in response to the drive signal from the CPU; a high-side return signal detection unit and a low-side return signal detection unit. Each of the low-side and high-side drivers includes a transistor arranged inside an ECU. The CPU diagnoses a function of a drive circuit based on the presence or non-presence of return signals received from the high-side return signal detection unit and the low-side return signal detection unit with respect to predetermined driving states of both the low-side and high-side drivers.07-30-2009
20110196594CONTROLLER FOR FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM - A controller controls a control input of a fuel pump in such a manner that a fuel pressure in a delivery pipe agrees with a target fuel pressure. A correction input is computed for compensating a fuel pressure reduction except due to a fuel injection through the fuel injector. The control input of the fuel pump is controlled so that the fuel pump discharges the fuel according to the correction input.08-11-2011
20100082224LEAK DETECTION SYSTEM - An injection system includes an injector, first valve, second valve, and pressure sensing device. In an embodiment, first valve is in communication with an injector outlet and includes a closed position for at least partially stopping fluid flow from injector outlet. The second valve is in communication with an injector inlet and includes a closed position for at least partially stopping fluid flow to injector inlet. The pressure sensing device is configured for sensing an injector inlet pressure drop of the injector. The injection system may be configured to stop or impede fluid flow to injector inlet when the rate of pressure drop measured by the pressure sensing device is at least equal to a predetermined pressure value that represents a rate of pressure drop measured between injector inlet and second valve when the first valve and second valve are in the closed position.04-01-2010
20110202255METHOD FOR CORRECTING INJECTION QUANTITIES AND/OR TIMES OF A FUEL INJECTOR - In a method for individually correcting injection quantities and/or times (mf08-18-2011
20110202254ENGINE AUTOMATIC-STOP/RESTART SYSTEM - In an engine automatic-stop/restart system according to the present invention, in the case where an engine self-restoration determination unit determines that an engine can autonomously be restored, fuel supply by a fuel injection control unit is resumed so that the engine is autonomously restored; and in the case where the engine self-restoration determination unit determines that the engine cannot autonomously be restored, the fuel supply by the fuel injection control unit is resumed, and based on an engine rotation speed detected by the engine rotation speed detection unit, a pinion gear rotation speed detected by the pinion gear rotation speed detection unit, and the result of determination by the engine self-restoration determination unit, there is performed the energization or de-energization of the pinion gear driving unit and the starter motor.08-18-2011
20100076667VEHICLE AND FUEL FEED STOP CONTROLLER - A vehicle including an engine coupled to a transmission via a clutch, includes a fuel feed stop controller configured to stop fuel feeding to the engine when a first fuel feed stop condition is satisfied, and a clutch state detector configured to detect whether the clutch is engaged or disengaged, wherein the fuel feed stop controller is configured to resume the fuel feeding to the engine, when a second fuel feed stop condition continues to be satisfied and the clutch continues to be disengaged for a predetermined delay time from a time point when the first fuel feed stop condition is satisfied and the clutch state detector starts to detect that the clutch is disengaged.03-25-2010
20100076665Process for the open-and closed-loop control of an internal combustion engine with a common rail system including individual accumulators - For an internal combustion engine with a common rail system including individual accumulators, a process for open- and closed-loop control is proposed, in which the individual accumulator pressure (pE) is detected within a measuring interval and stored, an absolute minimum value of the stored individual accumulator pressure (pE) is interpreted as the end of the main injection, and on the basis of the end of the main injection, a mathematical function is used to calculate a virtual starting time for the main injection. In the measuring interval after the end of the main injection, the individual accumulator pressure (pE) is filtered within a time window, a local minimum value of the filtered individual accumulator pressure is interpreted as the end of a post-injection, and a mathematical function is used to calculate a virtual start of the post-injection.03-25-2010
20100076666TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PARTICULATE FILTER REGENERATION USING A HYDROCARBON INJECTOR - A control system includes a first module, a fuel determination module, a temperature error correction module, and a hydrocarbon injection control module. The first module determines a temperature difference between a desired inlet temperature of a particulate filter (PF) and an outlet temperature of a first catalyst. The fuel determination module determines an uncorrected desired fuel value based on the temperature difference, an ambient temperature, and a mass flow of exhaust gas. The temperature error correction module generates a desired fuel value based on the uncorrected desired fuel value. The hydrocarbon injection control module controls a hydrocarbon injector based on the desired fuel value.03-25-2010
20130085655Speed limiter - Provided is a speed limiter, wherein a vehicle speed is detected, and a speed limit displayed on a speed sign is detected based on an image captured by a front monitoring camera. A speed difference between the vehicle speed and the speed limit is calculated, and an accelerator sensitivity gain is set using the speed difference as a parameter. Then an accelerator opening degree is corrected with the accelerator sensitivity gain to obtain a pseudo accelerator opening degree. A target throttle opening degree is set based on the pseudo accelerator opening degree and an engine rpm.04-04-2013
20130080032PRESSURE SENSOR DIAGNOSING METHOD AND COMMON RAIL FUEL INJECTION CONTROL APPARATUS - Disclosed is a common rail fuel injection control apparatus that is used in an engine that drives power equipment, an actual measurement temperature difference that is a difference between a pre-pressurization temperature of the fuel and a post-pressurization release temperature of the fuel is obtained, and it is determined that a pressure sensor is failed when an absolute value of a difference between a representative temperature difference set in advance as a difference between the pre-pressurization temperature of the fuel and the post-pressurization release temperature of the fuel, and the actual measurement temperature difference exceeds a predetermined threshold value.03-28-2013
20130080031DECELERATION FUEL CUTOFF CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A system for a vehicle includes a rate of change module, a period estimation module, a deceleration fuel cutoff (DFCO) module, and an injection control module. The rate of change module determines a rate of change of an engine speed. While an engine is being fueled, the period estimation module determines an estimated period of a next DFCO event based on the rate of change of the engine speed. The DFCO control module selectively generates a DFCO signal based on the estimated period. The injection control module cuts off fuel to the engine when the DFCO signal is generated.03-28-2013
20130080030SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING ENGINE CYLINDER PEAK OPERATING PARAMETERS - A peak value of an operating parameter of an internal combustion engine cylinder is determined during each of a series of engine cycles. An engine position signal produced by an engine position sensor is processed to determine engine position relative to a reference engine position. A combustion portion of a current engine cycle is partitioned into a number of side-by-side combustion packets each having a packet duration of a predetermined change in engine position. The engine position is monitored, and for each of the number of side-by-side combustion packets of the combustion portion of the current engine cycle, the operating parameter of the cylinder is estimated. The peak value of the operating parameter of the cylinder during the current engine cycle is determined as a maximum-valued one of the number of estimated operating parameters of the cylinder, and the peak value of the operating parameter is stored in memory.03-28-2013
20130080029FAIL SAFE ELECTRONIC THROTTLE CONTROL PEDAL SENSOR - A system includes a pedal override module that receives a pedal position from an accelerator pedal position sensor, receives a pedal pressure from an accelerator pedal pressure sensor, compares the pedal position to the pedal pressure, and selectively outputs a pedal override signal based on the comparison between the pedal position and the pedal pressure. A throttle position control module controls a position of a throttle based on the pedal position and the pedal override signal.03-28-2013
20080319634Method for Determining a Correction Value for the Lambda Center Position in the Control of an Internal Combustion Engine - In a method for determining a correction value λk for the lambda center position λm which is specified in the control of the air/fuel ratio which is force-modulated between a first lean lambda value λ12-25-2008
20130041571CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control device for an internal combustion engine switches an air-fuel ratio of an air-fuel mixture in a cylinder from a first air-fuel ratio leaner than stoichiometry for normal operation to a second air-fuel ratio richer than the stoichiometry. During a switching period from beginning to end of the switching, the control device carries out intake throttling to control the air-fuel ratio of the air-fuel mixture in the cylinder to a third air-fuel ratio richer than the first air-fuel ratio and leaner than the stoichiometry, while learning a correction value for a fuel injection amount. During the switching period, before the intake throttling is completed, the control device carries out such a post-injection as prevents injected fuel from being combusted and learns the correction value. After the intake throttling is completed, the control device carries out such an after-injection as allows the injected fuel to be incompletely combusted and learns the correction value.02-14-2013
20100100302Method and Device For Dosing Fuel Which Is To Be Injected Into A Combustion Chamber Of An Internal Combustion Engine - Method for dosing fuel injected into an engine, with a fuel quantity for an injector, the fuel quantity being divided into pilot and main injections for respective activation duration having activation duration corrective value, the method may include storing correlation data between fuel injection quantity and activation time under at least a state parameter of the injector, wherein the fuel injection quantity includes reference total injection quantities determined for predetermined operating states of the engine, determining a present operating state of the engine, placing the engine into one of the predetermined operating states, determining a present total injection quantity and a reference total injection quantity in one of the at least a state parameter of the injector, and defining the respective activation duration corrective value for the pilot and main injection considering a difference between the reference total injection quantity and the present total injection quantity.04-22-2010
20090326786METHOD AND DEVICES FOR THE CONTROL OF THE AIR-FUEL RATIO OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - The present invention fall into the field of methods and devices therefor for controlling the normalised air-fuel ratio of an internal combustion engine, otherwise known, in technical terms, as Lambda. The present invention is based on the use of the ionisation current released by a device positioned on each cylinder of said engine. This ionisation current is measured by a Control Unit equipped with a low-pass filter and electronic means which implement the invention.12-31-2009
20130035840BLOCK HEATER DETECTION FOR IMPROVED STARTABILITY - A method of starting an internal combustion engine includes sensing a temperature of an engine coolant at an engine block of the internal combustion engine, and sensing a temperature of a secondary engine component remote from the engine block when the internal combustion engine is not running. A numerical difference between the temperature of the engine coolant and the temperature of the secondary engine component is calculated. A start parameter setting used to control the start of the internal combustion engine is adjusted based upon both the sensed temperature of the engine coolant and the numerical difference between the sensed temperature of the engine coolant and the sensed temperature of the secondary engine component.02-07-2013
20090157280METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In a method and device for operating an internal combustion engine with an intake tract, a switching device for modifying an effective intake pipe length and/or an effective intake tract volume is arranged. By a dynamic intake tract model an estimated intake pipe pressure is determined. The dynamic model is adapted dependent on a trimming value. If a switching position modification is controlled, an estimated old position intake pipe pressure on the one hand is determined with the previous switching position and preventing of the adaptive trimming value adjustment and on the other hand an estimated new position intake pipe pressure is determined with the modified switching position and prevention of the adaptive trimming value adjustment and dependent on a correlation check of the estimated old position pressure and the estimated new position pressure with respect to the measured pressure an actual switching position of the switching device is identified.06-18-2009
20100106391FULLY-CLOSED POSITION LEARNING METHOD AND VEHICLE MOTION CONTROL APPARATUS - Erroneous learning of an accelerator pedal fully-closed position is reliably detected, problems originating from the erroneous learning are prevented from arising, and further improvements in reliability of vehicle motion are achieved.04-29-2010
20090112440TECHNIQUES FOR DELIVERING FUEL TO A PISTON AIRCRAFT ENGINE - A piston aircraft engine assembly includes a piston aircraft engine, a fuel source, and a control system adapted to deliver fuel from the fuel source to the piston aircraft engine. The control system includes a mass airflow sensing apparatus adapted provide a pressure signal, an electronic engine controller coupled to the mass airflow sensing apparatus, and a set of fuel injectors. The electronic engine controller is adapted to (i) receive the pressure signal from the mass airflow sensing apparatus and (ii) generate a set of fuel injector signals based on the pressure signal received from the mass airflow sensing apparatus. The set of fuel injectors is adapted to meter the fuel in response to the set of fuel injector signals generated by the electronic engine controller.04-30-2009
20120185151SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FUEL INJECTION TO DECREASE PARTICULATE EMISSIONS DURING TRANSIENT ENGINE OPERATION - A control system for an engine includes a transient operation detection module, an injection determination module, and an injection control module. The transient operation detection module detects whether the engine is operating in a transient state. The injection determination module, based on an elapsed time since a fuel request and at least one of a plurality of engine operating parameters, at least one of (i) increases a number of fuel injections per combustion cycle to N, and (ii) adjusts periods for each of the fuel injections, wherein N is an integer greater than or equal to two. The injection control module controls fuel injection during the transient state based on at least one of (i) N fuel injections per combustion cycle and (ii) the adjusted periods.07-19-2012
20120185153METHOD FOR MANAGING THE TRANSITION BETWEEN TWO COMBUSTION MODES IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method is disclosed for managing the transition between a lean combustion mode and a rich combustion mode, or vice versa. After a regeneration demand, or at the end of the regeneration phase, the air mass flow is modified from a first set point to a new set point within a predetermined time depending on the engine conditions. An air mass percentage value is cyclically calculated and compared with a target value. When the target value is reached, the fuel path is then suddenly switched to compensate the torque change due to different combustion modes and to achieve the desired rich or lean condition.07-19-2012
20120185152FUEL RAIL PRESSURE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A fuel control system includes a target rail pressure module. The target rail pressure module determines a target fuel rail pressure of a fuel rail of a direct injection engine. An offset module determines an offset value based on an engine speed of the direct injection engine and at least one of an engine load and an air per cylinder. A modifier module determines a modifier value based on a temperature of the direct injection engine. A rail pressure control module adjusts a current fuel rail pressure of the fuel rail based on the target fuel rail pressure, the offset value and the modifier value.07-19-2012
20090192694APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING THE PERFORMANCE OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A passive control device is interposable between an oxygen sensor and an electric control unit of a motor vehicle to modify a reference voltage used by the electric control unit so that a richer fuel mixture is provided to an internal combustion engine of the motor vehicle than would otherwise be provided in absence of the passive control device. The passive control device directly passes the voltage signal from the oxygen sensor to the electronic control unit without modification. The passive control device works with the electronic control unit to provide a richer fuel mixture without reprogramming the electronic control unit.07-30-2009
20090125212ENGINE CONTROL APPARATUS - An object of the present invention is to provide an engine control apparatus that can perform combustion pattern changeover at a time point where fuel injection can be performed plural times in an engine operating state where fuel injection is performed plural times in each combustion.05-14-2009
20090125211Method of Controlling a Mechanical Compression Ratio, a Closing Timing of an Intake Valve and Air Stream - A spark ignition type internal combustion engine comprises a variable compression ratio mechanism able to change a mechanical compression ratio, a variable valve timing mechanism able to control a closing timing of an intake valve, and an air flow control valve controlling an air flow in a cylinder and able to control the amount of intake air fed into a combustion chamber. The mechanical compression ratio is made maximum so as to obtain the maximum expansion ratio at the time of engine low load operation and the actual compression ratio at the time of engine low load operation is made an actual compression ratio substantially the same as that at the time of engine medium and high load operation. When the engine load is in an extremely low load region, the air flow control valve is used to control an amount of intake air fed into the combustion chamber. Due to this, a high heat efficiency can be realized even in a region where the amount of intake air is difficult to control by changing the closing timing of the intake valve.05-14-2009
20090125210METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE DETERMINATION AND INPUT OF FUEL INTO AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE ON THE BASIS OF AN AIR-FUEL RATIO TARGET AND IONIC CURRENT SENSOR - The invention relates to the field of method and devices for determining and putting in fuel into an internal combustion engine on the basis of an air-fuel ratio in proximity to the stoichiometric value. The present invention is based on the use of the ion current released by a device, positioned on each cylinder of said engine. This ion current is acquired by a Control Unit equipped by means, preferably electronic ones, which implement the invention, repeated continually for each engine cycle and for each cylinder, characterized in that said method develops over various phases.05-14-2009
20090125208Plant Control System - In a system calculating control input Ucain based on the linear controller that calculates a provisional input Usl to converge an output of the plant to a desired value in accordance with response-specifying control algorithm based on the linear element and on the nonlinear compensator, the nonlinear characteristic adapter is provided for correcting the nonlinear compensator based on an error e_nl between an output estimated value Cain_est of the plant calculated by the controlled object model solely comprising the linear element and the output Cain of the plant. With this, even when the nonlinear characteristics of the plant change due to manufacturing variance or aging degradation, it becomes possible to accurately compensate the nonlinear characteristics by the nonlinear compensator.05-14-2009
20130046452MULTI-FUEL VEHICLE FUEL CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A method for a multi-fuel vehicle includes: determining a first target amount of fuel to be injected for a combustion event of a combustion chamber of an engine; determining first and second fractions for the combustion event based on at least one of engine speed, engine load, and engine temperature; determining a second target amount of liquid fuel for the combustion event based on the first target amount and the first fraction; determining a third target amount of gaseous fuel for the combustion event based on the first target amount and the second fraction; selectively injecting a liquid fuel directly into the combustion chamber for the combustion event based on the second target amount and using a first fuel injector; and selectively injecting a gaseous fuel into a port of the combustion chamber for the combustion event based on the third target amount and using a second fuel injector.02-21-2013
20090043481AIR-FUEL RATIO CONTROL DEVICE - An air-fuel ratio control device is provided for controlling the air-fuel ratio of an engine. The device includes an exhaust passage having a main catalytic converter and a bypass passage having a bypass catalytic converter, the bypass passage diverging from the exhaust passage at an upstream junction and rejoining the exhaust passage at a downstream junction. A valve mechanism disposed in the exhaust passage between the upstream junction and the downstream junction moves between a closed state and an open state. During a predetermined period of time after the valve mechanism opens to permit flow in the exhaust passage, the air-fuel ratio of the engine is controlled based on a signal from a first air-fuel ratio sensor in the bypass passage using a low response correction value that is less than a normal response correction value that would be used when the valve mechanism is closed.02-12-2009
20090043480FLUID INJECTION DEVICE - A fluid injection device includes a fluid supply unit that accommodates and supplies fluid, a fluid injection unit that injects fluid supplied from the fluid supply unit, and a driving waveform generating device which is equipped with at least one adjusting device, a one-input multiple-control parameter changing unit that simultaneously changes plural control parameters for determining a fluid injection condition of the fluid injection unit on the basis of a signal from the at least one adjusting device, and a driving waveform generator that generates and outputs a driving waveform of the fluid injection unit on the basis of the control parameters set by the one-input multiple-control parameter changing unit.02-12-2009
20090043478Method and device for monitoring an internal combustion engine with a duel fuel injection system - In a dual fuel injected internal combustion engine, the primary injected fuel is gasoline with a secondary fuel injected consisting of Ethanol, Methanol, a combination of Ethanol and Methanol or a mixture of either fuel with water. The method and device claimed is an electronic controller that monitors the flow rate and or effect of the secondary injected fuel though sensory input signals and outputs a control signal to an external device which will reduce the internal combustion engines power output to a safe level in the event that the flow of the secondary fuel injected is not within a predetermined specified range and or the effect of the secondary fuel injected is not within a predetermined range as detected by an automotive inlet air temperature sensor or automotive knock sensor there by preventing damage to the internal combustion engine from detonation or pre-ignition of the primary air fuel charge as a result of reduced quantity of secondary injected fuel. The external control device could reduce timing of the internal combustion engine spark event or reduce boost pressure of a forced induction system or increase fueling of the primary injected fuel upon receiving an output electrical signal from claimed monitoring device.02-12-2009
20090043477Ejector System for Vehicle - An ejector system controls the idle speed of an internal combustion engine by controlling an electric throttle valve system that adjusts the flow-rate of the intake air to be supplied to the internal combustion engine, and includes an ejector which generates a negative pressure of which the absolute value is larger than the absolute value of a negative pressure to be introduced from an intake manifold, a vacuum control valve which causes the ejector to operate or causes the ejector to stop operating, and an ECU that controls the vacuum switching valve. With the ejector system, even if the ejector is caused to operate or caused to stop operating, it is possible to appropriately suppress fluctuations in the idle speed, and appropriately obtain a negative pressure.02-12-2009
20110010074Methods Of Controlling An Internal Combustion Engine Including Multiple Fuels And Multiple Injectors - A method for controlling the start of combustion and peak burn rate of an internal combustion engine system on a cycle-to-cycle basis including multiple direct fuel injectors, multiple indirect fuel injectors, and multiple liquid fuels. The actual start of combustion and actual peak burn rate are calculated using in-cylinder pressure or ionization. A predetermined start of combustion and a predetermined peak burn rate are selected. The start of combustion and peak burn rate control algorithm includes controlling a fuel ratio, an injection ratio, and a residual gas recirculation ratio. A predetermined fuel ratio, a predetermined injection ratio, and a predetermined residual gas recirculation are calculated by combining feed forward ratios and closed loop control ratios corresponding to the three ratios. The predetermined ratios are employed so that the system achieves the predetermined start of combustion and predetermined peak burn rate.01-13-2011
20100138138METHOD TO OPERATE AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM USING ADAPTIVE IGNITION AND FUEL QUANTITY OPTIMIZATION WITH MINIMAL SENSOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STANDARD AND BIO-FUELS - A method to operate an internal combustion engine, comprising the steps of direct or indirect measurement in a cylinder and/or in a working cycle of the time or point or area/band where the combustion process of an internal combustion engine completes the ignition phase or nears the end of the ignition phase and begins or transits into the combustion phase, or which marks the beginning of the combustion phase, or otherwise marks that the combustion process has commenced.06-03-2010
20100138137METHOD AND DATA STORAGE MEDIUM FOR READING AND/OR STORING INJECTOR-SPECIFIC DATA FOR CONTROLLING AN INJECTION SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In a method for reading and/or storing injector-specific data for controlling an injection system of an internal combustion engine, an injector is charged by a control unit according to a predeterminable voltage curve and, depending on the case, is discharged directly by the control unit or by a power element located on a data storage medium and the voltage is measured by the control unit and by the data storage medium. Dependent upon a predeterminable voltage curve, a predeterminable amount of data is stored or read on a memory unit of the data storage medium.06-03-2010
20100138136CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - When a coolant temperature (06-03-2010
20100004846IGNITION COIL MODULE FUSE DIAGNOSTIC - A control system comprising an ignition fuse diagnostic module that determines a state of an ignition fuse associated with an ignition coil of an engine cylinder, and a fuel control module that selectively operates a fuel injector associated with the engine cylinder based on the state of the ignition fuse. A method comprising determining a state of an ignition fuse associated with an ignition coil of an engine cylinder, and selectively operating a fuel injector associated with the engine cylinder based on the state of the ignition fuse.01-07-2010
20090319153SYSTEM AND METHOD OF FUEL SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION - A method of optimizing a fuel system on a vehicle is provided. The fuel system includes a fuel tank configured to receive and contain a quantity of fuel, and the method includes determining a property associated with the quantity of fuel contained within the fuel system, comparing the determined property with a nominal value for that fuel property, and modifying at least one vehicle sub-system setting in response to the determined fuel property.12-24-2009
20090306876Control system for internal combustion engine - A control system for an internal combustion engine having a plurality of cylinders and a cylinder halting mechanism for halting operation of at least one of the plurality of cylinders by stopping operation of at lease one intake valve of the at least one cylinder. The control system includes an intake air control valve for controlling an amount of air supplied to the engine. An opening of the intake air control valve is changed when performing an increase in a number of operating cylinders in an idling condition of the engine. A basic opening of the intake air control valve is switched from a first basic opening corresponding to the number of operating cylinders before the increase in the number of operating cylinders to a second basic opening corresponding to the number of operating cylinders after the increase in the number of the operating cylinders. The basic opening is corrected in the closing direction during a predetermined time period when increasing the number of operating cylinders.12-10-2009
20090105929CONTROL METHOD FOR A DIRECT INJECTION SYSTEM OF THE COMMON-RAIL TYPE PROVIDED WITH A SHUT-OFF VALVE FOR CONTROLLING THE FLOW RATE OF A HIGH-PRESSURE - A control method of a direct injection system of the common-rail type provided with a shut-off valve for controlling the flow rate of a high-pressure fuel pump; the control method contemplates the steps of: feeding the pressurized fuel to a common rail by means of a high-pressure pump which receives the fuel through a shut-off valve; cyclically controlling the opening and closing of the shut-off valve for choking the flow rate of fuel taken in by the high-pressure pump; adjusting the flow rate of fuel taken in by the high-pressure pump by varying the ratio between the duration of the opening time and the duration of the closing time of the shut-off valve; determining a lower limit value of the opening time of the shut-off valve; and adjusting the driving frequency of the shut-off valve so that the real opening time of the shut-off valve is always over the lower limit value.04-23-2009
20120191322Controlling an Engine Having an Electronically-Controlled Turbocharger - A procedure for startup and shutdown of an internal combustion engine with an electronically-controlled turbocharger (ECT) is disclosed. The startup and shutdown procedures are determined to provide the desired lubrication to engine and ECT components and sufficient cooling of the engine and ECT. In one embodiment, the system includes an electric oil pump that can supply oil to the oil circuit in the engine and ECT independently of an engine-driven mechanical oil pump. In another embodiment, the oil circuit is provided with an oil accumulator to provide oil for cooling after engine rotation has stopped.07-26-2012
20090093945Controller and control system for internal combustion engine - An alcohol sensor detects alcohol concentration of a fuel stored in a fuel tank. When an internal combustion engine is started, a start timing of heating a sensor element by a heater is variably set based on the alcohol concentration.04-09-2009
20130073182METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING FUEL ECONOMY AND CONTROLLING ENGINE EMISSIONS - An engine controller for an engine configured for improving fuel economy and decreasing negative emission characteristics. The engine controller is operatively coupled to the engine and configured to intercept angular position sensor signals and generate an adjustable angular position sensor signal and output the adjusted signal to the engine control module operatively coupled to the engine. The engine control module is configured to control the fuel injector for the engine and is responsive to the adjusted angular position sensor signal. The engine controller is operatively coupled to a hydrogen injection module configured to deliver hydrogen to the engine in conjunction with the operation of the engine controller. According to another aspect, the engine controller is configured to intercept valve actuator signals from the engine control module intended to control variable valve actuators in the engine. The engine controller includes a module configured to adjust or modify the valve actuator signals in response to changes in the angular position of the engine and output the adjusted valve actuator signals to control the variable valve actuators in the engine.03-21-2013
20130073181CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine includes at least one air-fuel ratio detection unit; a feedback control unit configured to determine a fuel injection amount for each of cylinders by performing air-fuel ratio feedback control using a feedback control amount; a learning unit configured to learn the feedback control amount so as to obtain a learned value, and to update the learned value at an update rate; an estimation unit configured to estimate a degree of imbalance in the air-fuel ratio among the cylinders based on a detected air-fuel ratio; an initialization unit configured to initialize the learned value when a deviation between the estimated degree of imbalance and a previous value is equal to or greater than a predetermined value; and an update rate change unit configured to increase the update rate, relative to a standard value after initialization of the learned value.03-21-2013
20110015849INTAKE AIR CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICULAR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An apparatus is provided for controlling an intake valve of a vehicular internal combustion engine. The apparatus includes a variable valve operating mechanism configured to vary a valve lift and a valve phase angle of the intake valve, and a controller. The controller calculates a desired first target value at a current engine operating condition, a reacceleration estimated value based on an engine rotational speed and estimated operating load upon reacceleration, and a second target value at which engine torque is equivalent to engine torque at the first target value. The controller sets the first target value as a control target value, and then switches the control target value to the second target value when a minimum clearance between the intake valve and a piston is determined to become less than a permissible value during variation of the intake valve from the first target value toward the reacceleration estimated value.01-20-2011
20130060449IMBALANCE RE-SYNCHRONIZATION CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Fueling to one cylinder of an engine is selectively adjusted based on a correction associated with the cylinder. An instability module increments a counter value when the correction is equal to one of a first predetermined value and a second predetermined value and was previously equal to the other one of the first and second predetermined values. The instability module selectively generates a first indicator based on the counter value. A variance of imbalance values can be determined based on samples of an exhaust gas oxygen signal. Two variances are determined: one variance with adjustment based on the correction, one without adjustment based on the correction. A variance checking module selectively generates a second indicator based on the first and second variances. A re-synchronization module re-synchronizes the imbalance values with the cylinders, respectively, in response to generation of the first indicator and/or the second indicator.03-07-2013
20130060450Method and device for performing a control, in particular for use in a motor vehicle - A method for operating a boost pressure control in an engine system having a supercharged internal combustion engine, including the following: performing a boost pressure control based on a setpoint controller variable and an actual controller variable, ascertaining a setpoint controller variable from a provided setpoint boost pressure with a first and a second model, ascertaining an intermediate variable from a provided actual boost pressure with the first model, correcting the intermediate variable with a provided dynamic variable, which represents a dynamic change in the state of the engine system using a higher dynamics than the actual boost pressure, and ascertaining the actual controller variable from the corrected intermediate variable with the second model.03-07-2013
20110066356Rotation angle detecting apparatus - A rotation angle detecting apparatus to detect a rotation angle of a rotating member, including a housing, the rotating member being disposed so as to be rotatable relative to the housing; a fixing member to fix a magnet to the rotating member; and a sensor, fixed to the housing, to detect a rotation angle of the magnet, the rotating member including an abutting part with which the magnet abuts in a direction of a rotation axis of the rotating member, and a supporting part that faces the abutting part with the magnet interposed therebetween to support the fixing member located between the magnet and the supporting part, and the fixing member presses the magnet against the abutting part by coming into contact with the supporting part and the magnet without allowing a section contacting the supporting part and a section contacting the magnet to overlap with each other.03-17-2011
20110066355PROCEUDURE AND CONTROL UNIT FOR OPERATING A SELF-IGNITING OTTO ENGINE - Suggested is a procedure for operating a self-igniting Otto engine (OM) with at least one inlet valve (03-17-2011
20090287393DIRECT FUEL INJECTION CONTROL WITH VARIABLE INJECTOR CURRENT PROFILE - A direct fuel injection control for an internal combustion engine includes first and second controllers. The first controller has a microprocessor and generates injection timing and duration signals on injector select lines. The second controller is a state machine including injector controls that receive the injection timing and duration signals and control injector current according to sets of injector current profile defining parameters received from the first controller on a serial bus and stored in register sets in the second controller. The second controller includes switching apparatus that can quickly change the connection of each injector control between different register sets to select different injector current profiles in successive injection pulses. Several alternative ways of providing register select signals are disclosed, and these may be incorporated in the same second controller for selection by the first controller.11-19-2009
20090271092DIRECT INJECTION SPARK IGNITION INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME - A direct injection spark ignition internal combustion engine includes a fuel injection valve and fuel injection control device that controls fuel injection such that a fuel is injected from an upper area of an engine cylinder toward a top face of a piston through the fuel injection valve. The fuel injection control device switches a thrust force of the fuel injected from the fuel injection valve between at least two levels such that the thrust force of the injected fuel becomes weaker when the position of the piston is high than when the position of the piston is low.10-29-2009
20090271091FUEL INJECTION CONTROL APPARATUS AND FUEL INJECTION CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A fuel injection control apparatus for an internal combustion engine includes a fuel injection portion that performs each of first fuel injection for performing stratified-charge combustion, and second fuel injection for performing homogeneous-charge combustion; and an injection distribution ratio control portion that controls an injection distribution ratio. The injection distribution ratio control portion controls the injection distribution ratio to a target injection distribution ratio set based on a predetermined engine condition after start of the engine. An initial injection distribution ratio is set based on an engine condition at a time of start of the engine, and a change in the injection distribution ratio is controlled by referring to the engine condition after the start of the engine, when the injection distribution ratio is changed from the initial injection distribution ratio to the target injection distribution ratio.10-29-2009
20090271090SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SELECTING FUEL TYPE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CAPABLE OF COMBUSTING A PLURALITY OF FUEL TYPES - A system and method for improving fuel usage of a dual fuel engine is described. Fuel type is delivered to engine cylinders in response to operating conditions.10-29-2009
20090271089Reference Signal Generator and Method - A reference signal generator generating a reference signal for high-resolution measurement/control in real time includes a means for calculating the rotational trend, e.g. increase/decrease in the r.p.m., of an engine when a first tooth is detected by an angle sensor at the (n−1)-th cycle according to the mutual relation between the time interval between the first tooth and a second tooth just before the first tooth at the (n−1)-th cycle of the engine rotation and the time interval between the first tooth and a third tooth just after the first tooth, a rotation time predicting means for predicting the time interval between the first tooth and the third tooth at the n-th cycle by reflecting the rotational trend on the time interval between the first tooth and the second tooth at the n-th cycle, and a means for generating a reference signal by dividing a predicted time interval in correspondence with a predetermined angle resolution during the time after the first tooth is detected by the angle sensor at the n-th cycle till the third tooth is detected by the same.10-29-2009
20090070010Throttle Valve Control Apparatus of an Internal Combustion Engine - The invention provides a throttle valve control apparatus of an internal combustion engine having at least a first cylinder group (B03-12-2009
20090070009METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE TRAPPING EFFICIENCY AND/OR A SCAVENGING AIR MASS OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for determining the trapping efficiency and/or a scavenging air mass of an internal combustion engine has the steps of: for operating points (BP), in which a scavenging of a cylinder of the internal combustion engine with air takes places, an efficiency curve (η03-12-2009
20090070008Method And Apparatus For Operating A Dual Fuel Internal Combustion Engine - In an internal combustion engine that can burn two fuels, the main fuel may become unavailable, either temporarily or until the main fuel is replenished. The present apparatus determines when to fuel an engine with main fuel and secondary fuel, or secondary fuel alone. The apparatus includes a main-fuel supply system comprising a main-fuel injection valve that introduces main fuel into an engine combustion chamber; a secondary-fuel injection system comprising a secondary-fuel injection valve that introduces secondary fuel directly into the combustion chamber; a pressure sensor associated with the main-fuel supply system for determining injection pressure inside the main-fuel injection valve; and an electronic controller in communication with the pressure sensor and programmable to separately command actuation of the secondary-fuel and the main-fuel injection valve when injection pressure is greater than a predetermined threshold, and to otherwise command actuation of the secondary-fuel injection valve and not the main-fuel injection valve.03-12-2009
20090070007CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CYLINDER INJECTION TYPE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control apparatus for a cylinder injection type internal combustion engine wherein the variable lift mechanism lessens the lift of the intake valve so as to set the time of opening the intake valve in a retarded angle position, in cold starting of the engine. The time of closing the exhaust valve is accordingly set in a retarded angle position.03-12-2009
20090070006VALVETRAIN CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES WITH DIFFERENT INTAKE AND EXHAUST LEADING MODES - A valve control system for an internal combustion engine includes a valve actuation system. The valve actuation system actuates at least one of an intake valve and an exhaust valve between N open lift modes via lift control valves. The control module enables transitioning of at least one of the intake valve and the exhaust valve between the N open lift modes. The control module defines M valve leading modes that indicate whether the intake valve transitions between the N open lift modes before, during the same time period, or after the exhaust valve. The control module selectively transitions the intake valve and the exhaust valve based on a current one of the M valve leading modes. N and M are integers greater than one.03-12-2009
20090070004Fuel Injection Controller - A fuel injection controller used for a fuel injection device that pumps high-pressure fuel to an accumulator and distributes the high-pressure fuel accumulated in the accumulator to injectors mounted in respective cylinders of an internal combustion engine calculates an input quantity and an output quantity of the fuel to and from the accumulator and monitors fuel pressure in the accumulator with a pressure sensor attached to the accumulator. The fuel injection controller has a determination device that determines whether there is a deviation between a sensing value Pcob03-12-2009
20090070002Diesel Engine Control Device - In a diesel engine control device, a normal injection mode that implements normal combustion and a premixed injection mode that implements premixed combustion are set, the normal injection mode is implemented when the actual engine operating conditions are in the normal region, and the premixed injection mode is implemented when the actual engine operating conditions are in the premixed region. When one control mode is being implemented in the corresponding engine operating region, the control mode is forcibly switched to the other control mode when the engine enters a predetermined transition state. This makes it possible to switch earlier than normal, and in particular when accelerating, the desired acceleration performance can be obtained.03-12-2009
20080201057Method and Device for Determining a Corrective Value Used for Influencing an Air/Fuel Ratio - The invention relates to a method for the cylinder-selective control of an air/fuel mixture to be burnt in a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine, in which the lambda values for different cylinders or groups of cylinders are separately sensed and controlled, and also relates to a multi-cylinder internal engine suitable for carrying out the method. In accordance with the invention, the lambda values of the individual cylinders or groups of cylinders are simultaneously controlled to different required values using an integrating I-control proportion with variable integrator slope and/or a differentiating D-control proportion.08-21-2008
20090030589CONTROL APPARATUS OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND CONTROL METHOD OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control apparatus of an internal combustion engine in which a plurality of cylinders is divided into a first cylinder group (01-29-2009
20130066535METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SAMPLING INTAKE MANIFOLD PRESSURE - An engine system and method for improving sampling of a port throttle pressure sensor. In one example, the port throttle pressure sensor is sampled a plurality of times during a cylinder cycle and different engine operating conditions are determined from selected samples. The system and method may improve engine air-fuel control as well as engine diagnostics.03-14-2013
20120116653STOP CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - To provide a stop control system for an internal combustion engine, which is capable of accurately stopping a piston at a predetermined position while compensating for variation in the stop characteristic of the piston and aging thereof. The stop control system 05-10-2012
20080262699Control system for internal combustion engine - A control system for an internal combustion engine, which is capable of estimating a property of fuel accurately even when the engine is in an operating condition other than idling. An in-cylinder pressure sensor detects an amount of change in pressure in a cylinder #10-23-2008
20090037076METHOD OF INJECTING FLUID, A METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING INJECTION OF FLUID, AND AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In a method of injecting a fluid with a liquid-to-gas phase transition, the fluid is injected via a specified path of a change in an isobaric specific heat capacity per volume [Cp/V] of the fluid, the specified path leading from a temperature-pressure condition (i) to a temperature-pressure condition (ii). The condition (i) realizes an equality [Cp/V]=[Cp/V]L, where [Cp/V]L denotes an isobaric specific heat capacity per volume of the fluid in the liquid phase. The temperature-pressure condition (ii) realizes an equality [Cp/V]=[Cp/V]J, where [Cp/V]J denotes an isobaric specific heat capacity per volume of the fluid at timing of injection. The value [Cp/V]J is less than the value [Cp/V]L and included in a temperature-pressure region extending in close proximity to a high-temperature side of a temperature-pressure region corresponding to a temperature-pressure condition (iii) that realizes an isobaric specific heat capacity per volume [Cp/V]C greater than the value [Cp/V]L.02-05-2009
20090234557CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SPARK-IGNITION DIRECT-INJECTION INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - If two-split injection logic has been adopted, an engine ECU executes a program including the steps of calculating first injection start timing of the two-split injection logic, calculating second injection start timing of the two-split injection logic, calculating a first injection permitted time period A of the two-split injection logic, calculating a first injection required time period B of the two-split injection logic, and adopting single injection logic instead of the two-split injection logic if the first injection start timing A of the two-split injection logic is shorter than the first injection required time period B of the two-split injection logic.09-17-2009
20130166173VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS - Disclosed is a vehicle control apparatus that can concurrently achieve an improved drivability and an excellent restart performance of an internal combustion engine. The vehicle control apparatus includes an eco-run system that automatically stops the engine when an automatic stop condition is established and restarts the engine when a restart condition is established, a throttle motor that opens and closes a throttle valve adjusting air amount to be sucked into the engine, and a vehicle speed sensor that detects the vehicle speed. The vehicle control apparatus is adapted to control the throttle motor to enlarge the throttle valve opening degree in response to the higher vehicle speed, according to the vehicle speed information from the vehicle speed sensor (Step S06-27-2013
20130166174AIR-FUEL RATIO CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE FOR OUTBOARD MOTOR, AIR-FUEL RATIO CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT - An air-fuel ratio control device has an open loop controller which controls an air-fuel ratio to be a target air-fuel ratio, a feedback controller that shifts the target air-fuel ratio to a logical air-fuel ratio, and feedback controls the air-fuel ratio to be the logical air-fuel ratio by using a feedback correction coefficient determined based on an output of an O06-27-2013
20130166175SENSOR AND CONTROL DEVICE - A sensor may be configured to be disposed in a fuel tank. The sensor may comprise a density detecting unit and a temperature detecting unit. The density detecting unit may be configured to detect a density of a specific substance included in fuel in the fuel tank. The temperature detecting unit may be configured to be located below the density detecting unit and detect a temperature of the fuel.06-27-2013
20130166176CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - The present invention relates to a control device for an internal combustion engine including a first control subject (06-27-2013
20130166177METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - The invention relates to a method for stopping an internal combustion engine, wherein an amount of air which is supplied via an air metering device of the internal combustion engine, in particular a throttle flap (06-27-2013
20120232772ADAPTIVE AIR CHARGE ESTIMATION BASED ON SUPPORT VECTOR REGRESSION - Examples of the present invention include air charge estimation models using linear programming support vector regression (LP-SVR). Air model parameters may be updated during operation of a vehicle, allowing the air model performance to be improved in the presence of part-to-part variation and part aging.09-13-2012
20090012698Gas-Fueled Internal Combustion Engine and Control Method for Gas-Fueled Internal Combustion Engine - In a gas-fueled internal combustion engine, an ignition device (01-08-2009
20090012697Vehicle and Control Device and Control Method for the Same - A motorcycle includes a fuel supply device that supplies fuel to an intake passage, an ECU that controls an opening/closing valve that opens and closes the intake passage, an exhaust gas passage, a catalyst disposed inside the exhaust gas passage, and a switch of an engine. When the engine rotation speed is equal to or more than a determined rotation speed when the switch is turned off, the opening/closing valve is switched on to close the intake passage. When the engine rotation speed is less than the determined rotation speed, the opening/closing valve is switched off to open the intake passage. Thermal degradation of a catalyst is thereby inhibited and electric power consumption is reduced when an engine is turned off.01-08-2009
20100088006FUEL INJECTION APPARATUS - A fuel injection apparatus for an engine includes a fuel pump, a common rail, a fuel injection valve, and a pressure detector. The pressure detector detects pressure of fuel as actual fuel pressure. The apparatus compares the actual fuel pressure with target fuel pressure determined based on an operational state of the engine. The apparatus computes at least one of a lift amount, by which a nozzle needle of the valve is displaced from a valve seat of the valve, and a lifting speed, at which the nozzle needle is displaced from the valve seat, to be smaller with an increase of a difference between the target and actual fuel pressures when the actual fuel pressure is greater than the target fuel pressure. The apparatus applies the drive pulse to the drive unit based on the at least one of the lift amount and the lifting speed.04-08-2010
20100088007INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEM - After power supply from a backup power source to a volatile memory is restored from temporary suspension, a remaining data determining section determines whether data of change history remaining in the volatile memory is data that has been stored immediately before the suspension of the power supply. When it is determined that the data remaining in the volatile memory is not the data that has been stored immediately before suspension of the power supply, a reference value learning section moves an actuator to a limit position, assigns the reference value to an initial value, and clears the change history. When suspension of the power supply from the backup power source reoccurs before completion of the reference value learning by the reference value learning section, a control section invalidates the determination of the remaining data determining section and performs the reference value learning, after the power supply is restored.04-08-2010
20090198434ABNORMALITY DIAGNOSIS DEVICE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A cylinder causing an abnormal air-fuel ratio is specified. Injection ratio changing control for gradually changing a ratio between command injection quantities of two injectors of the abnormal cylinder while keeping the sum of the command injection quantities of the two injectors constant is performed on the abnormal cylinder. If the injection ratio changing control is performed under the same condition, a changing behavior of the actual sum injection quantity of the two injectors varies and a changing behavior of the air-fuel ratio varies depending on which one of the two injectors is abnormal. Therefore, the abnormal injector out of the two injectors is specified using a learning value of an air-fuel ratio feedback correction value based on an output of an exhaust gas sensor.08-06-2009
20100211289DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING DEGRADATION OF FUEL FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A transmittance sensor that detects the optical transmittance of biofuel is provided on a fuel tank that stores biofuel to be supplied to an internal combustion engine. An ECU periodically acquires the optical transmittance detected by the transmittance sensor, and calculates the amount of change from the previous value. In addition, the ECU calculates a degradation index value indicating the degree of degradation of the biofuel by accumulating the amount of change.08-19-2010
20120004827AIR-FUEL RATIO CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An air-fuel ratio control apparatus for an internal combustion engine includes an air-fuel ratio sensor having an output characteristic which is nonlinear with respect to the air-fuel ratio of exhaust gas. An output deviation converter is configured to convert an output deviation to a first predetermined value if an output value of the air-fuel ratio sensor is on a richer side of a predetermined target value and to a second predetermined value if the output value is on a leaner side of the target value. A control input calculator is configured to calculate a control input to feedback-control the output value of the air-fuel ratio sensor such that the output deviation converted by the output deviation converter is to be zero. An air-fuel ratio controller is configured to control the air-fuel ratio of exhaust gas using the control input calculated by the control input calculator.01-05-2012
20090099755EVEN FIRE 90A.degree.V12 IC ENGINES, FUELING AND FIRING SEQUENCE CONTROLLERS, AND METHODS OF OPERATION BY PS/P TECHNOLOGY AND IFR COMPENSATION BY FUEL FEED CONTROL - 90° V12 reciprocating, EFI/DIS fueled/fired, IC engines having a PCM controller operating the engine in an Even Fire ignition mode, in a novel fueling and firing sequence called Progressive Single/Pair (PS/P) firing, wherein the cylinders of each of a set of four pairs of internal cylinders are simultaneously fueled and fired in parallel to produce a pump-gas fueled power curve greatly improved over V6 and V8 engines. The inherent imbalance-induced transitory vibration in IFR RPM is compensated-for by fuel feed control, namely, leaning one cylinder of each pair-fired cylinder pair. The inventive 90° V12 retro-fits into the engine compartment of conventional vehicles and can use any liquid or gaseous fuel. The inventive 90° V12 has use in the exemplary fields of: automotive engines; heavy military and industrial equipment and vehicle engines; marine engines; aircraft engines; and stationary power sources; in both 2-cycle and 4-cycle modes, and in normally aspirated, super-charged and turbo-charged configurations.04-16-2009
20090204311METHOD FOR ADAPTING VARIATIONS IN CYLINDER-SELECTIVE INJECTION QUANTIFIES OF A DIRECT INJECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CYLINDER-SELECTIVELY CONTROLLING INJECTION - In a method for adapting variations in cylinder-selective injection quantities of a direct injection system of an internal combustion engine with a plurality of cylinders, factorial and additive adaptive values are determined in order to be able to reliably adjust a given lambda value for the entire engine even in the event of a multiple injection.08-13-2009
20100268442CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control device for an internal combustion engine employing PCCI combustion, capable of realizing high-stability operation of the engine throughout a large operation area, is provided. The engine control device comprises a fuel supply system which supplies light oil or mixed fuel containing light oil to the engine, a gas supply system which supplies hydrogen to the engine, and a required premixed gas calculating unit which previously stores and uses multiple combustion waveforms (changing depending on hydrogen addition concentration) as data. The required premixed gas calculating unit selects one of the combustion waveforms so as to achieve high thermal efficiency depending on the status of the engine and determines the hydrogen addition concentration (addition concentration of the hydrogen to be supplied to the engine) corresponding to the selected combustion waveform, by which the generation of PM and NOx can be reduced while also improving the thermal efficiency of the engine.10-21-2010
20100268440METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE CALIBRATION A PIEZO-ACTUATOR THAT IS ACTUATED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE FOR DRIVING A SWITCHING VALVE - In a method for calibration, a piezo-actuator (10-21-2010
20090150049INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH TORQUE ADJUSTABLE IN EACH CYLINDER - Multi-cylinder internal combustion engine wherein the intake valves, the injector means and the ignition means are controlled so as to adjust the enthalpy value of the exhaust gases produced by each cylinder independently from the other cylinders.06-11-2009
20090240418DUAL THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM WITH REDUCED STALLING - A system includes an out of correlation (OOC) detection module that detects an OOC error between a first throttle position sensor (TPS) and a second TPS. An out of range (OOR) detection module that detects first and second OOR errors for the first and second TPS, respectively. An OOC counter sets an OOC error when an OOC count is greater than or equal to a first OOC value. An OOR counter sets first and second OOR errors when first and second OOR counts, respectively, are greater than or equal to a second OOR value that is less than the first OOC value. A control module increments the counters when the respective errors occur and sets at least one of the first and second OOR counts equal to the OOC count when at least one of the first and second OOR errors occur after the OOC error.09-24-2009
20090138174TWO-CYCLE ENGINE - A 2-cycle engine 05-28-2009
20110125386FUEL INJECTOR INTERFACE AND DIAGNOSTICS - A method comprising receiving a fuel injection signal from a first driver circuit via a control line, feeding the fuel injection signal to a second fuel injector driver circuit, sending a control signal output from the second fuel injector driver circuit to a fuel injector, monitoring the fuel injector for degradation based on operation according to the control signal, and in response to degradation of the fuel injector, changing a state of the control line.05-26-2011
20100299050METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In a method for controlling an internal combustion engine comprising an intake pipe and a throttle valve that is arranged therein, the pressure in the intake pipe is regulated by modifying the opening angle of the throttle valve, and the desired pressure value is adjusted when the valve lift of the internal combustion engine changes. An apparatus for controlling an internal combustion engine has a mechanism for regulating the intake pipe pressure, the mechanism allowing the opening angle of the throttle valve to be influenced as a controlled variable. In addition, at least one device is provided for changing the valve lift of the internal combustion engine while a device is provided for adjusting the desired pressure value to the valve lift.11-25-2010
20110301826BI-FUEL ENGINE WITH VARIABLE AIR FUEL RATIO - A conventional gasoline engine is retrofitted to operate as a bi-fuel engine calibrated to burn Hydrogen gas as a primary fuel and gasoline as a secondary fuel at various acceptable air fuel ratios while avoiding forbidden air fuel ratios. The engine is preferably operated to burn Hydrogen fuel in a charged mode and in a lean mode at certain acceptable air fuel ratios where relatively very little NO12-08-2011
20120109499METHOD FOR REGULATING A GAS ENGINE - The invention relates to a method for regulating a gas engine (05-03-2012
20110112744Actuating device, controller for operating the actuating device and method for operating an actuating device - An actuating device for providing a physical output quantity includes: a control element for providing the physical output quantity; an actuator unit triggering the control element according to a triggering variable; and a communication unit receiving the triggering variable, which communication unit sends actuator information which contains an indication about a correlation between the provided physical output quantity of the actuating device and the triggering variable.05-12-2011
20090240421FUEL CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A fuel control device for an internal combustion engine determines that the internal combustion engine is in a transient state, by a criterion D, and makes fuel correction, where the transient-state criterion D is set to be a more relaxed criterion (=|ΔTHaf|) when forcible modulation control is being performed, compared with a normal criterion (=|ΔTHn|) used when the forcible modulation control is not being performed.09-24-2009
20110288745DUAL FUEL ENGINE CONTROL UNIT - A multi-mode engine system comprising an engine adapted to operate in a plurality of different modes including a first mode in which the engine is fuelled substantially entirely by a first fuel, and a second mode in which the engine is fuelled substantially entirely by a second fuel, or by a mixture of the first and second fuels, the engine comprising: a first engine control unit (ECU) for controlling the flow of the first fuel into the engine when the engine is operating in the first mode; a plurality of first sensors operatively connected to the first ECU, each of which first sensors is adapted to sense a first variable, and to emit a first input signal dependent on a value of the sensed first variable; and a second ECU operatively connected to the first ECU; wherein the first ECU comprises: a signal receiver for receiving the first input signals, and an output for emitting a first output signal dependent on the first input signals, which first output signal determines the amount of first fuel supplied to the engine; and the second ECU being adapted to modify the first output signal when the engine is running in the second mode to produce a first modified signal and a second calculated signal; the first modified signal determining the amount of first fuel supplied to the engine when the engine is operating in the second mode, and the second calculated signal determining the amount of second fuel supplied to the engine when the engine is operating in the second mode.11-24-2011
20110288748METHOD FOR OPERATING A FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In a fuel injection system of an internal combustion engine fuel is delivered into a fuel rail by a high-pressure pump. The quantity of the delivered fuel is influenced by a quantity control valve operated by an electromagnetic operating device. At least one parameter of a braking pulse of the electromagnetic actuating device depends on an efficiency of the electromagnetic actuating device and/or on a supply voltage of a voltage source and/or on a temperature, in particular of a component of the fuel injection system or of the internal combustion engine.11-24-2011
20110288747METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE IN A HOMOGENEOUS-CHARGE COMPRESSION-IGNITION COMBUSTION MODE - A method for operating an internal combustion engine includes determining an actual combustion heat release during ongoing engine operation, calculating an expected combustion heat release corresponding to engine operation associated with the actual combustion heat release during ongoing engine operation, determining a difference between the actual combustion heat release and the expected combustion heat release, and operating the internal combustion engine in a homogeneous-charge compression-ignition combustion mode to achieve a preferred combustion phasing during each combustion cycle in response to the difference between the actual combustion heat release and the expected combustion heat release.11-24-2011
20110288746CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING COLD STARTABILITY OF SPARK IGNITION DIRECT INJECTION (SIDI) ENGINES - A control system includes an engine enable module and a fuel control module. The engine enable module determines whether predetermined operating conditions of a spark ignition direct injection (SIDI) engine are satisfied and enables an engine prime mode when the predetermined operating conditions are satisfied. The fuel control module controls a fuel injector to deliver a prime pulse to a cylinder of the SIDI engine when the engine prime mode is enabled. The fuel injector delivers the prime pulse by opening for a pulse width to inject fuel directly into the cylinder when the SIDI engine is stopped.11-24-2011
20090150052Control Apparatus for Spark-Ignition Engine - Disclosed herein is a control apparatus for a spark-ignition engine that is capable of avoiding knocking at the time of high-load operation. With this control apparatus, a residual-gas suction unit or the like is not used, an exhaust gas does not deteriorate due to injection in a compression stroke, and a thermal efficiency also does not decrease.06-11-2009
20110295492Internal Combustion Engine Controller - At the time of drop of an injector current of an internal combustion engine controller, the drop is performed quickly while heat generation of a drive circuit is suppressed, and valve closing response speed of the injector is enhanced. The internal combustion engine controller includes a drive circuit which drives an injector current, and a boost circuit which boosts a battery voltage, and includes a peak current path for guiding a boost voltage of the boost circuit to an upstream side of the injector via a boost side switching element and a boost side protection diode, a holding current path for guiding the battery voltage to the upstream side of the injector via a battery side switching element and a battery side protection diode, a ground current path which is connected to a power supply ground from a downstream side of the injector via a downstream side switching element, and a regenerating circuit which allows the boost circuit to regenerate electric energy of the injector from the downstream side of the injector via a current regenerating diode, wherein the regenerating path is provided with a voltage regulating section in series with the current regenerating diode, and the drive circuit controls drive of the switching element.12-01-2011
20110295491CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - A control apparatus for an internal-combustion engine includes a diagnosis device. The diagnosis device includes a determination section and an exhaust flow rate calculator configured to calculate an exhaust flow rate that reflects a volume flow amount of exhaust gas. A filter is configured to filter a signal representing an air-fuel ratio so that a 0.5th-order frequency component of engine speed is extracted from the signal. An integrator is configured to accumulate a filtered signal for a predetermined period of time to compute an integration value. A corrector is configured to correct the integration value to compute a corrected integration value each time the integration value is computed by the integrator. The determination section is configured to determine that cylinder-to-cylinder air-fuel ratio imbalance occurs in cylinders if the corrected integration value is greater than a predetermined threshold value after the predetermined period of time has elapsed.12-01-2011
20110295490FUEL SUPPLY APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A fuel supply apparatus for an internal combustion engine having a plurality of cylinders, which supplies fuel through fuel injection valves provided corresponding to the plurality of cylinders. An amount of fuel supplied to the engine is controlled by changing a fuel injection period of said fuel injection valve, and performing a fuel injection with a plurality of injection modes including a reference injection mode. A fuel injection amount parameter for controlling a valve opening period of the fuel injection valve in the reference injection mode, is calculated according to an operating condition of said engine. When the injection mode is determined to be another injection mode which differs from the reference injection mode, the fuel injection amount parameter is corrected so as to compensate shortage or oversupply of the fuel injection amount according to a correction parameter indicative of a time period which affects a pressure change of the fuel supplied to the fuel injection valve caused by employing the other injection mode.12-01-2011
20090043482Method for controlling an internal combustion engine - A method for controlling an internal combustion engine having a common rail system together with individual accumulators. A rotational speed-control deviation (dn) is determined from a target rotational speed (nSL) that represents the set point for an outer control loop to control the rotational speed, as well as from an actual rotational speed (nIST). A target torque (MSL) is determined from the rotational speed-control deviation (dn) via a rotational speed controller as a master controller. A target injection duration (SD(SOLL)) is determined from the target torque (MSL). The target duration injection (SD(SOLL)) represents the set point for an inner control loop for controlling cylinder-specific injection duration. An injection duration deviation is determined from the target injection duration (SD(SOLL)) and from an actual injection duration. A correcting variable is determined from the injection duration deviation via an injection duration controller as a follow-up controller, and an injection duration is determined from the correcting variable and the target injection duration for activating the injectors.02-12-2009
20120022765FUEL INJECTION CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A fuel injection control system for an internal combustion engine, which is capable of properly performing instantaneous injection, thereby capable of attaining excellent exhaust emissions at the start of the engine, and performing prompt engine starting. In the fuel injection control system, the instantaneous injection that injects fuel to a predetermined cylinder is executed immediately when it is determined that a predetermined condition is satisfied after cranking of the engine is started. A leaning influence ratio which is a ratio of a time period during which vaporized fuel supplied to the predetermined cylinder becomes lean to a instantaneous injection time period which is a time period over which fuel is injected by the instantaneous injection is estimated. A threshold value is set based on temperature of the engine. When the leaning influence ratio is larger than the threshold value, the instantaneous injection is inhibited.01-26-2012
20110295489SELECTIVE CYLINDER DISABLEMENT CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - An engine control system for an auto-stop/start vehicle includes a mode control module and an actuator control module. The mode control module selectively initiates an engine startup event when an engine startup command is generated. The actuator control module cranks an engine during the engine startup event, provides fuel to a first cylinder of the engine while the engine is being cranked, and selectively disables fuel to a second cylinder of the engine while the engine is being cranked. The second cylinder is after the first cylinder in a firing order.12-01-2011
20110295488CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOW QUANTITY FUEL INJECTION - A control system for an engine includes a parameter determination module and a period determination module. The parameter determination module determines a first fuel injection parameter based on a rate of change of a quantity of fuel injected during a period, and determines a second fuel injection parameter based on an initial quantity of fuel injected during the period. The period determination module determines a desired fuel injection period based on a desired fuel injection quantity, the first and second fuel injection parameters, and at least one of mass air flow (MAF) rate, intake air temperature (IAT), fuel injector pressure (FIP), engine coolant temperature (ECT), and exhaust gas air/fuel (A/F) ratio.12-01-2011
20090088950FUEL CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GAS ENGINES - A gaseous carburetor or fuel control system includes a fuel metering assembly, a venturi mixer assembly, a throttle assembly, and an electronic control unit. The control unit controls the fuel metering assembly in a closed loop manner based on detected gas and air pressure to an air/fuel mixing venturi. An electronic governor which controls the throttle valve may also be controlled by the same control unit which controls the fuel metering assembly, using a separate control loop.04-02-2009
20100030450METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A V-TYPE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for controlling a V-type internal combustion engine with a separate common rail system on an A side and a separate common rail system on a B side of the internal combustion engine, in which a set injection quantity is computed at least as a function of an actual speed relative to a set speed. An injection time for controlling an A-side injector is computed by an injector map as a function of the set injection quantity and as a function of an A-side actual rail pressure. The injection time for controlling a B-side injector is computed by the same injector map as a function of the set injection quantity and as a function of a B-side actual rail pressure.02-04-2010
20110022290PRESSURE SENSOR FAILURE DIAGNOSIS METHOD AND COMMON RAIL TYPE FUEL INJECTION CONTROL APPARATUS - It is possible to perform a failure diagnosis of a pressure sensor with a simple structure without installing a dedicated circuit for the failure diagnosis.01-27-2011
20090299603Control Method and Control Apparatus for Internal Combustion Engine - When the engine load is in a high-load zone, an absolute value control is executed, wherein the actual values of valve timings of an intake valve and an exhaust valve and a valve duration of the intake valve are controlled to coincide with respective target values set based on the operating state of an internal combustion engine. When the engine load is in a low-load zone, a relative value control is executed, wherein an actual value of a valve overlap amount of the intake valve and the exhaust valve is controlled to coincide with a target valve overlap amount obtained based on the target values. Therefore, a control method for the internal combustion engine that is appropriate for the operating state of the engine when the operating state of the engine is in transition is obtained.12-03-2009
20110295493METHOD FOR OPERATING A FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A fuel injection system of an internal combustion engine delivers fuel into a fuel rail via a high-pressure pump. The quantity of the delivered fuel is influenced by a quantity control valve operated by an electromagnetic operating device. A trigger signal supplied to the electromagnetic operating device is defined by at least two parameters, and a) in an adaptation method with the second parameter defined, at least one first parameter of the trigger signal supplied to the electromagnetic operating device is varied successively up to a final value at which a closing or opening of the quantity control valve is at least indirectly no longer or just barely detected, b) the first parameter is subsequently defined at least temporarily based on the final value, and c) the temporarily defined first parameter is adapted based on at least one prevailing operating variable of the fuel injection system or the second parameter is adapted based on at least one prevailing operating variable of the fuel injection system and of the temporarily defined first parameter.12-01-2011
20100070153Engine Idle Control Using GPS Telematics - A vehicle reporting its position, typically derived from a global positioning or other navigation system, implements idle time limitation protocols based on its position. The particular protocol can be derived from a central, updated location using a telematics link.03-18-2010
20090125213Homogenous charge compression ignition engine - An HCCI engine operated in HCCI and SI combustion modes. The engine includes an external EGR apparatus for performing external EGR. A control unit executes combustion control by specifying either one of HCCI and SI combustion ranges based on the driving state of the engine and a combustion range map for specifying the combustion range in accordance with the driving state. The map includes the HCCI and SI combustion ranges and a switch preparation combustion range, which is included in the SI combustion range and extends along a boundary between the SI combustion range and the HCCI combustion range. The control unit lowers the temperature in the combustion chamber when the switch preparation combustion range is specified by reducing the amount of internal EGR or performing the external EGR.05-14-2009
20090138178Fuel injection control method of engine and fuel injection control device for same - In a fuel injection control method of an engine which an intake air flow rate is estimated by a predetermined calculating method, using data on detected intake pipe pressure and engine rotating speed, a fuel injection time is determined by a predetermined calculating method, using the intake air flow rate, and a deviation from a target engine rotating speed, and an injector driving signal is outputted by a fuel injection control device, the fuel injection time is obtained by adding a battery voltage fluctuation correction time, and a transient correction injection time which corrects a deviation from the target engine rotating speed, which is obtained by a predetermined calculating method, to a basic injection time obtained by a predetermined calculating method.05-28-2009
20100036587DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES - A device for controlling an internal combustion engine which uses, as the fuel, a heavy fuel, a light fuel, an alcohol fuel and a mixture thereof, comprising a heavy fuel/light fuel ratio detector 02-11-2010
20090299607METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH A TEMPERATURE-DEPENDENT INJECTION PARAMETER - In a method for controlling an internal combustion engine with direct fuel injection, an injection parameter is determined in dependence on a temperature of the internal combustion engine. The method is characterized in that a first value of the internal combustion engine temperature is determined which, in the event of changes in the operating point of the internal combustion engine, changes comparatively quickly to a value which is characteristic of the new operating point. A second value of the internal combustion engine temperature is formed which, in the event of changes in the operating point, changes comparatively slowly, and in that the injection parameter is defined in dependence on the first value and the second value.12-03-2009
20090299606METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A HIGH PRESSURE PUMP, PARTICULARLY FOR A DIESEL ENGINE FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM - In a fuel injection system of an internal combustion engine, including, but not limited to a high pressure pump adapted to deliver a fuel mass conveyed from a fuel tank to a high pressure region to which a plurality of injectors is connected, including a fuel metering device for adjusting the fuel quantity to be delivered to the high pressure region, a pressure sensor for measuring fuel pressure in the high pressure region; and an electronic control unit arranged for driving the fuel metering device through an energizing signal (Inom; Iact) as a function of the measured fuel pressure and the engine operating mode, where the electronic control unit is arranged for determining the energizing signal (Inom; Iact) for driving the fuel metering device according to a nominal characteristic curve (A) of the high pressure pump representative of a predetermined relationship between the energizing signal and the fuel mass delivered by the pump, the operating pressure is controlled by driving the fuel metering device with an energizing signal determined according to an updated characteristic curve (B) estimated by applying to the nominal characteristic curve (A) an offset between the actual energizing signal value (Iact) related to the controlled fuel mass delivered to the high pressure region in a predetermined engine operating point and a nominal energizing signal (Inom) related to the controlled fuel mass according to the nominal characteristic curve (A).12-03-2009
20110264354SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A STUCK VEHICLE ACCELERATOR AND REMEDIAL CONTROL - A control system for a vehicle includes an error detection module and a remedial control module. The error detection module detects whether an accelerator of the vehicle is stuck is based on vehicle speed, a position of the accelerator, and one of a pressure applied to a brake of the vehicle and a status of a parking brake of the vehicle. The remedial control module, when the accelerator is stuck, at least one of resets the position of the accelerator and decreases torque output of a powertrain system.10-27-2011
20110218727METHOD AND ASSOCIATED DEVICE FOR SENSING THE AIR/FUEL RATIO OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method of sensing the air/fuel ratio in a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine that may be easily implemented by a respective low-cost device includes a pressure sensor and a learning machine that generates a sensing signal representing the air/fuel ratio by processing the waveform of the pressure in at least one cylinder of the engine. In practice, the learning machine extracts characteristic parameters of the waveform of the pressure and as a function of a certain number of them generates the sensing signal.09-08-2011
20110218726UEGO SENSOR AIR-FUEL RATIO DETERMINATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method of determining an air-fuel ratio of an internal combustion engine in real-time includes: calibrating sensitivity of a universal exhaust gas oxygen sensor to a plurality of gases; inputting to a universal exhaust gas oxygen sensor controller a molecular composition of Hydrogen, Carbon, Oxygen, and Nitrogen which comprise a combustion fuel in use in the internal combustion engine; calculating with the universal exhaust gas oxygen sensor controller an air-to-fuel ratio by performing a chemical balance equation calculation based on the universal exhaust gas oxygen sensor sensitivity calibration and the input combustion fuel molecular composition; and transmitting the calculated air-to-fuel ratio to an engine control unit in real-time.09-08-2011
20090248276FUEL INJECTOR WITH BUILT-IN FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR - A fuel injector for an internal combustion engine is provided which has a fuel supply path and a nozzle chamber. The fuel supply path extends a spray hole. The nozzle chamber is defined in the fuel supply path. A nozzle is disposed within the nozzle chamber to establish or block a fluid communication between the fuel supply path and the spray hole. A fuel pressure sensor is installed in the fuel injector so as to be exposed to the fuel in the nozzle chamber. Specifically, the fuel pressure sensor is located closer to the spray hole than a prior art structure in which the fuel pressure sensor is installed in a fuel supply pipe, thus resulting in increased accuracy in measuring a change in pressure of the fuel arising from the spraying of the fuel from the spray hole.10-01-2009
20100036586METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTING THE OPERATION PARAMETERS OF AN INJECTION THERMAL ENGINE WHILE REDUCING EFFLUENTS - The invention relates to a method for adjusting the operation parameters of an injection internal combustion engine (02-11-2010
20100036583Method and apparatus for controlling an engine capable of operating on more than one type of fuel - A control system for an engine capable of operating on more than one type of fuel includes an engine control unit that determines a default fuel volume to be injected into the engine based on relevant engine parameters and characteristics of a default fuel type. A default mass fuel flow rate is derived from the default fuel volume and relevant engine parameters. The actual mass fuel flow rate into the engine is inferred from the mass air flow rate into the engine and the exhaust gas air-to-fuel ratio, which is determined using a wide range oxygen sensor. A fuel correction factor is calculated from the default mass fuel flow rate and the inferred mass fuel flow rate. The fuel correction factor is used to increment or decrement the default fuel volume in a subsequent fuel injection cycle thereby incrementing or decrementing the inferred mass fuel flow rate toward the default mass fuel flow rate.02-11-2010
20090187327Liquid Pump Control System - Fuel or additive pump control system comprising a fuel or additive system control unit (FSCU(07-23-2009
20090150048Method of controlling fuel injection and ignition of an internal combustion engine, using monitored intake pressure - An engine control method, based on engine intake pressure, is operable to shorten a period from a start of cranking until a sequential fuel injection control is determined. Provisional and final stroke determinations are made for a plurality of cylinders from a synthetic manifold pressure waveform. The provisional stroke determination is made after a crankshaft is rotated 720 degrees after settlement of a crank reference position. The final stroke determination is made when the crankshaft rotates 1440 degrees after the provisional stroke determination. When the provisional stroke determination is made, fuel is injected into the cylinders based on a detected value of the engine intake pressure; and when the stroke determination is finally settled, the fuel injection and ignition of the engine are controlled based on the detected value of the engine intake pressure.06-11-2009
20090150046Method for controlling an internal combustion engine and internal combustion engine - A control method for an internal combustion engine with at least one pressure accumulator in which fuel is stored under pressure, in order to supply pressurized fuel to at least one injection valve, and at least two high-pressure pumps which are connected to the at least one pressure accumulator in such a way that they can supply fuel to this at least one pressure accumulator either jointly or separately, with, if at least one condition is fulfilled, the high-pressure pumps being operated in a special operating mode in which only one of the high-pressure pumps supplies fuel to the at least one pressure accumulator, and with the high-pressure pumps being otherwise operated in a normal operating mode in which the at least two high-pressure pumps jointly supply fuel to the at least one pressure accumulator.06-11-2009
20090150047High-Pressure Fuel Supply Apparatus and Control Apparatus for Internal Combustion Engine - In an internal combustion engine provided with a high-pressure fuel pump, if the discharging rate of the high-pressure fuel pump is greater than the injection quantity of fuel injected from a injector with the high-pressure fuel pump remaining uncontrollable due to failure or the like, it is probable that the fuel pressure in a common rail unintentionally rises to affect the injector. A high-pressure fuel supply apparatus is provided to solve such a problem.06-11-2009
20090319156INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An internal combustion engine is described herein. The engine may include a combustion chamber having a pair of intake ports arranged at one side, and an exhaust port arranged at the other side. The engine may also include a fuel injector configured to inject fuel into said combustion chamber from a side of said intake ports toward a side of said exhaust port, a variable flow restrictor capable of making flow resistance of said second intake port greater than flow resistance of said first intake port, a first spark plug arranged on a ceiling of the chamber and having its spark gap in the proximity of a center portion of said ceiling, and a second spark plug arranged on said ceiling and having its spark gap which is positioned closer to said first intake port in the axial direction of said crankshaft than said first spark plug.12-24-2009
20100268443Method and system for providing fuel to internal combustion engines - A method for providing fuel to internal combustion engines including fuel activation prior to injection, comprising: 10-21-2010
20100268441CONTROLLER FOR FUEL PUMP - When a starter is started, a start-control duration time is established based on a fuel pressure at engine starting and a target fuel pressure. The start-control duration time corresponds to a duration after the engine is started until a difference between an actual fuel pressure in an accumulator and a target fuel pressure becomes lower than a specified value in a case that the fuel pump discharges the fuel at a maximum rate. A fuel pump discharges the fuel at the maximum rate during the estimated start-control duration time.10-21-2010
20100268439CONTROL OF FUEL PUMP BY QUANTIFYING PERFORMANCE - An engine control system comprises a fuel pump control module and a diagnostic module. The fuel pump control module controls a pressure pump to inject fuel into a fuel rail. The diagnostic module determines an estimated pressure increase within the fuel rail based on the injected fuel, compares an actual pressure increase within the fuel rail to the estimated pressure increase, and indicates when the actual pressure increase is less than the estimated pressure increase.10-21-2010
20090088948Engine Control Apparatus - An engine control apparatus for controlling the amount of the air flowing into each cylinder in accordance with the amount of the fuel flowing into the cylinder at the time of starting the engine is disclosed. Further, at the engine starting time, the target amount of the air flowing into the cylinder is calculated and/or the amount of the air flowing into the cylinder is controlled, based on the amount of the fuel flowing into the cylinder. The amount of the fuel remaining in the neighborhood of the engine intake port or in the intake pipe is calculated by being separated into a balanced liquid film amount and unbalanced liquid film amount. Based on the unbalanced liquid film amount, the injection fuel amount is corrected so that the amount of the fuel flowing into the cylinder is controlled with high accuracy.04-02-2009
20090150054MULTI-CYLINDER INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH INDEPENDENT CYLINDERS - Internal combustion engine with variable actuation of the valves providing electronic control means which, when the engine is subject to an operating variation request from a first operating condition to a second operating condition, are adapted to select a cylinder to which to assign said second operating condition based on a determined programming delay only as a function of the engine speed.06-11-2009
20090150045FUEL INJECTION CONTROL DEVICE - A fuel injection control device that prevents a misfire is provided. The fuel injection control device comprises: target injection amount determination means 06-11-2009
20090150044FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME FOR AN ENGINE - A fuel injector is coupled to an engine. The fuel injector includes an injection opening configured to vary in cross-section between a open state and a fully closed state. The fuel injector is configured to provide a plurality of discrete commanded fuel injections into an engine cylinder by modulating the size of the injection opening without completely closing the opening to the fully closed state.06-11-2009
20080208433METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC CONTROL OF AIR/FUEL RATIO IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - Method for automatic control of air/fuel ratio λ in an internal combustion engine equipped with catalyst comprises the following steps: measuring the temperature of the exhaust gases, or of the catalyst; keeping the engine at a constant feed and speed whilst the air/fuel ratio λ is varied with increases or decreases; selecting a value of λ for the operation of the engine that:08-28-2008
20120239276FUEL PROPERTY DETERMINATION SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A fuel injection pressure at a timing at which an NOx concentration (combustion temperature) indicates a maximum value under the condition that a fuel injection timing is fixed to a first injection timing is recorded as a first NOx peak injection pressure. Similarly, a second NOx peak injection pressure is recorded under the condition that the fuel injection timing is fixed to a second injection timing. A cetane number and distillation property of fuel are determined on the basis of these NOx peak injection pressures.09-20-2012
20120109496FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM - A method for controlling the supply of a first fuel and a second fuel to an engine, which engine is fuelled by the first fuel only in a first mode of operation and by a mixture of the first fuel and the second fuel in a second mode of operation, the method comprising the steps of: 1) calculating the mass of first fuel Md required by the engine if running in the first mode; 2) calculating from the mass Md, the fuel energy Fe that the amount of mass Md would provide; 3) determining a minimum reduced amount of diesel fuel Fdmin with which it is desired to operate in the second mode; 4) calculating the amount of second fuel Msub, which together with the reduced amount of diesel fuel Fdmin will provide a fuel energy equivalent to Fe.05-03-2012
20100042307FUEL INJECTION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - This device is applied to an internal combustion engine that has a fuel injection valve for injecting fuel directly into the combustion chamber, a supercharger and an exhaust purification device. As a fuel injection from the fuel injection valve, a post-injection is executed separately from the fuel injection for torque generation. The device includes an air amount sensor provided on the intake passageway upstream of the supercharger, and a pressure sensor provided on the intake passageway downstream of the supercharger. A correction term calculated based on the rate of change of the air pressure detected by the pressure sensor. An upper-limit injection amount is set based on the engine rotation speed, the passageway air amount detected by the air amount sensor, the correction term and a main injection amount. Using the upper-limit injection amount, a target post-injection amount is restricted.02-18-2010
20090093942Control device of high-pressure fuel pump of internal combustion engine - A control device of a high-pressure fuel pump of an internal combustion engine capable of improving stability in controlling the drive of the high-pressure fuel pump by limiting the end timing of a drive signal of the high-pressure fuel pump and driving an actuator in a control effective range of the high-pressure fuel pump. The control device of the high-pressure fuel pump of the internal combustion engine has a fuel injection valve provided on a cylinder and the high-pressure fuel pump for pumping fuel to the fuel injection valve, wherein the high-pressure fuel pump comprises a pressure chamber, a plunger for pressurizing the fuel in the pressure chamber, a fuel valve provided in the pressure chamber, and the actuator for operating the fuel valve. The control device has means for calculating the drive signal of the actuator so as to realize the variable discharge of the high-pressure fuel pump. The means for calculating the drive signal has means for limiting the end timing of the drive signal of the actuator to a predetermined phase and/or means for limiting the output timing of the drive signal of the actuator to be within a predetermined phase range.04-09-2009
20090093941FUEL INJECTION CONTROL SYSTEM WITH EXEMPT AREA OF FUEL MAP - A fuel management system for fuel injected vehicles permits a user to modify vehicle performance without exceeding acceptable standards for vehicle emissions. A portion of the fuel management system fuel map is designated as an exempt area in which the user is not permitted to modify the fuel offset values.04-09-2009
20110118958METHOD FOR ADAPTING THE PERFORMANCE OF A FUEL PREFEED PUMP OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - In a method for adapting the performance of a fuel prefeed pump of a motor vehicle which has a common rail injection system and an internal combustion engine, after the ignition is switched on and before the internal combustion engine is started, adaptation values are determined and stored which are assigned to the fuel prefeed pump and describe its individual performance. After the internal combustion engine is started, the stored adaptation values are taken into consideration during the determining of an actuating signal for the prefeed pump.05-19-2011
20110137540Internal Combustion Engine and Method for Operating an Internal Combustion Engine of Said Type - During the operation of an internal combustion engine which has at least one sensor for measuring a hydrocarbon content and a mass flow rate of a gas flow through a line, the hydrocarbon content and the mass flow rate of the gas flow are determined. The gas flow through the line is controlled as a function of the determined values.06-09-2011
20120239275ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH ACTUATOR CONTROL - An engine control apparatus works to determine target values of a plurality of combustion parameters which represent combustion states of fuel in a combustion engine and are needed to achieve required performances of the combustion engine, calculate a combustion parameter deviation that is a deviation of an actual value of each of the combustion parameters from the target value thereof, select at least one of controlled parameters correlating with the combustion parameters as a function of a degree of a selected one of the combustion parameter deviations for minimizing the selected one of the combustion parameter deviations. The controlled parameters are parameters for controlling operations of actuators working to control the combustion states of the combustion engine. The engine control apparatus controls the one of the controlled parameters, as selected by the controlled parameter selector, to minimize the selected one of the combustion parameter deviations.09-20-2012
20090055076Gas-Mixture-State Estimation Apparatus for Internal Combustion Engine and Emission-Generation-Amount Estimation Apparatus - This apparatus equally divides an injection period TAU into three periods; i.e., front, intermediate, and rear periods, and assumes that first injection (mass Q(02-26-2009
20100100303Fuel Injection Control Device For Diesel Engine - A fuel injection control device for a diesel engine controls the first fuel injection timing so as to reduce the amount of white smokes generated in large amounts immediately after starting an engine. The fuel injection control device for the diesel engine comprised a high-pressure pump, a common rail for accumulating a highly-pressured fuel, injectors for injecting the fuel into a combustion chamber and a control means. Due to the fuel injection control device for the diesel engine, the fuel injection is performed after the cranking, without injecting the fuel for a certain period of time after an engine staring switch is turned on, in order that the pressure in the common rail becomes a setting value.04-22-2010
20110172897PLANT CONTROL APPARATUS - A plant control apparatus includes a plant model and a control input determining device. The plant model estimates a control variable of a plant based on an input including a control parameter to adjust a first control variable of the plant. The control input determining device is configured to correct a temporary value of the control parameter so that a first control variable model value satisfies a predetermined constraint. The control input determining device is configured to determine a control input for the plant based on the temporary value of the control parameter that has been corrected. The first control variable model value is defined as an estimated value of the first control variable calculated by the plant model when the temporary value of the control parameter is input to the plant model.07-14-2011
20090210136METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A start quantity adaptation value (ST_AD) is adapted as a function of a variable that is characteristic of a rotational speed profile during the start (ST) of the internal combustion engine. A lambda adaptation value (LAM_AD) is adapted as a function of at least one control parameter (LAM_RP) of the lambda controller if a preset condition (COND) is met, which presupposes the existence of a quasi-stationary operating state. An intermediate correction value (ZW_KOR) is adapted as a function of a change of the start quantity adaptation value (ST_AD) since a last adaptation of the lambda adaptation value (LAM_AD). A fuel mass (MFF) to be metered is determined as a function of at least one operating variable (BG) of the internal combustion engine. The fuel mass (MFF) to be metered is corrected during the start (ST) of the internal combustion engine by means of the start quantity adaptation value (ST_AD). The fuel mass (MFF) to be metered outside of the start (ST) of the internal combustion engine is corrected as a function of the lambda adaptation value (LAM_AD). The fuel mass (MFF) to be metered is corrected as a function of the intermediate correction value (ZW_KOR) until for the first time after the respective start (ST) the lambda adaptation value (LAM_AD) is adapted.08-20-2009
20090088951DEFECTIVE INJECTION DETECTION DEVICE AND FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME - A pressure sensor is located in a fuel passage, which extends from a pressure-accumulation vessel to a nozzle hole of a fuel injection valve. The pressure sensor is located closer to a nozzle hole than the pressure-accumulation vessel for detecting pressure fluctuated by injection of fuel through the nozzle hole. An instruction signal output unit outputs an injection instruction signal so as to instruct an injection mode of fuel to the fuel injection valve. A defective injection determination unit determines whether a detected pressure of the fuel pressure sensor is fluctuated in a fluctuation mode in a range assumed from the injection instruction signal. The defective injection determination unit determines that a defective injection occurs when determining that the detected pressure is out of the fluctuation mode in the assumed range.04-02-2009
20090088952FUEL INJECTOR HAVING ALGORITHM CONTROLLED LOOK-AHEAD TIMING FOR INJECTOR-IGNITION OPERATION - The present invention provides an injector-ignition fuel injection system for an internal combustion engine, comprising an ECU controlling a heated catalyzed fuel injector for heating and catalyzing a next fuel charge, wherein the ECU uses a one firing cycle look-ahead algorithm for controlling fuel injection. The ECU may further incorporate a look-up table, auto-tuning functions and heuristics to compensate for the rapid rotational de-acceleration that occurs near top dead center in lightweight small ultra-high compression engines as may be used with this invention. The ECU may further ramp heat input to the injector in response to engine acceleration requests and, under such circumstances, may extend its look-ahead for up to four firing cycles.04-02-2009
20090088944Electrical Assist for Reducing Emissions and Torsion Response Delay in a Hybrid Electric Vehicle - In a hybrid electric vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine that produces torque and an electric machine that produces torque, a method for operating the electric machine to produce electric assist to the engine includes determining a magnitude of power requested by the vehicle operator, determining a minimum power limit and a maximum power limit of the engine that will produce a response to a torque request within a desired period following the torque request, using the magnitude of power requested, the minimum and maximum power limits of the engine to determine the upper and lower limits of the electric power assist such that the requested torque will be provided within the desired period, and operating the electric machine to provide electric power assist within said upper and lower limits.04-02-2009
20100280741FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR PERFORMANCE DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEMS AND METHODS BASED ON HYDRODYNAMICS OF INJECTON - An engine control system comprises a model pressure determination module and a sensor diagnostic module. The model pressure determination module determines a modeled fuel rail pressure based on an injection duration of a fuel injector and a desired fuel mass injected by the fuel injector. The sensor diagnostic module generates a status of a fuel rail pressure sensor based on a comparison of the modeled fuel rail pressure and a sensed fuel rail pressure.11-04-2010
20090177367FUEL INJECTION CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - Disclosed herein is a fuel injection control apparatus for an internal combustion engine, capable of opening and closing accurately a valve of the fuel injector even when the quantity of injection required is small and a pulse duration of a driving pulse signal to the fuel injector is short.07-09-2009
20100125401CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATING ENGINE COOLANT HEAT LOSS - A control system for an engine includes an air calculation module that determines, based on a plurality of first coolant temperatures sensed during a period of engine operation, a first cumulative mass of intake air combusted by the engine during the period that corresponds to an estimated amount of heat dissipated by a cooling system of the engine during the period, and that determines, based on the first cumulative mass, a second cumulative mass of intake air of the engine that is required to raise a temperature of the engine from an initial temperature at a start of the period to a target temperature. The control system further includes a control module that selectively adjusts one of a diagnostic condition and an operating condition of the engine based on the second cumulative mass. A related method for controlling an engine is also provided.05-20-2010
20100125400FUEL TEMPERATURE ESTIMATION IN A SPARK IGNITED DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE - A fuel control system that includes a fuel injector control module that selectively applies a power source to a coil of a fuel injector. The fuel control system also includes a current determination module that selectively measures current flowing through the coil. The fuel control system also includes a fuel temperature estimation module that selectively calculates a resistance of the coil based on the measured current and a voltage value of the power source and that determines an estimated fuel temperature based on the resistance. The fuel injector control module controls operation of a fuel system based on the estimated fuel temperature.05-20-2010
20090276143METHOD FOR ESTIMATION OF INDICATED MEAN EFFECTIVE PRESSURE FOR INDIVIDUAL CYLINDERS FROM CRANKSHAFT ACCELERATION - A method for inferring Indicated Mean Effective Pressure as total transient indicated engine torque in an internal combustion engine, comprising the steps of acquiring at least one crankshaft time stamp for use in determining a cylinder-specific engine velocity; calculating an incremental change in engine kinetic energy from the previously fired cylinder (j−111-05-2009
20090276141Feed-Forward Control in a Fuel Delivery System & Leak Detection Diagnostics - A method for operating a fuel delivery system with a first pressure pump fluidly coupled to a second higher pressure pump and a fuel rail including adjusting pump operation of at least one of the first and second pumps during engine starting, the variation based on engine starting conditions. When the pressure rise during the start is correlated to an expected response, further adjusting pump operation based on measured fuel pressure, and when pressure rise during the start is less than the expected response, further adjusting pump operation independent from measured fuel pressure.11-05-2009
20090287392METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CLOSED LOOP LAMBDA CONTROL OF A GASEOUS FUELED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method and system in accordance with the present invention provides for improved lambda control utility that includes the following: the introduction of an inner control loop to the lambda control based on the pressure of the gaseous fuel downstream of the fuel control valve and upstream of the carburetor relative to the pressure of the air at the inlet of the carburetor, and the introduction of operating point based dynamic parameter scheduling in the lambda feedback control loop. The combination of these enhancements, working together, will allow an engine system to consistently meet the mandated performance requirements via tighter lambda control in the presence of set point changes and load disturbances.11-19-2009
20080275622Method for Auto-Ignition Operation and Computer Readable Storage Device for Use With an Internal Combustion Engine - A method for controlling an engine having a variable valve actuator, the method comprising of operating the engine in a first mode where the engine carries out spark ignition combustion of air and fuel; and changing operation to a second mode where the engine carries out homogenous charge compression ignition combustion of air and fuel, where said variable valve actuator unit is adjusted in response to said change to provide a shorter valve opening or lift.11-06-2008
20090088949Method for Operating an Internal Combustion Engine - In a method for operating an internal combustion engine with a crankcase breather venting into an intake tract, operating parameters of the internal combustion engine are measured 04-02-2009
20090088947FUEL VOLATILITY COMPENSATION FOR ENGINE COLD START SPEED CONTROL - A fuel control system includes devices that generate parameter signals. The parameter signals include an engine runtime signal and at least one of an engine load signal, a temperature signal and a barometric pressure signal. A modification module generates a modification signal based on the parameter signals. A control module compensates for a current fuel volatility by adjusting a current air/fuel mixture of an engine based on the modification signal.04-02-2009
20080208432Decoupling control strategy for interrelated air system components - A fluid control system for an engine is disclosed. The fluid control system may have a first fluid control component, a second fluid control component, and a controller in communication with the first and second fluid control components. The controller may be configured to determine an operational change associated with the first fluid control component to achieve desired operation of the engine. The controller may also be configured to determine an effect the operational change will have on performance of the second fluid control component, and adjust operation of the second fluid control component to accommodate the effect substantially simultaneously with implementation of the operational change.08-28-2008
20080208434 Internal Combustion Engine and Working Cycle - The invention is concerned with a method of deriving mechanical work from a combustion gas in internal combustion engines and reciprocating internal combustion engines for carrying out the method. The invention includes methods and apparatuses for managing combustion charge densities, temperatures, pressures and turbulence in order to produce a true mastery within the power cylinder in order to increase fuel economy, power, and torque while minimizing. polluting emissions. In its preferred embodiments, the method includes the steps of (i) producing an air charge, (ii) controlling the temperature, density and pressure of the air charge, (iii) transferring the air charge to a power cylinder of the engine such that an air charge having a weight and density selected from a range of weight and density levels ranging from below atmospheric weight and density to heavier-than-atmospheric weight and density is introduced into the power cylinder, and (iv) then compressing the air charge at a lower-than-normal compression ratio, (v) causing a pre-determined quantity of charge-air and fuel to produce a combustible mixture, (vi) causing the mixture to be ignited within the power cylinder and (vii) allowing the combustion gas to expand against a piston operable in the power cylinders with the expansion ratio of the power cylinders being substantially greater than the compression ratio of the power cylinders of the engine. In addition to other advantages, the invented method is capable of producing mean effective cylinder pressures ranging from lower-than-normal to higher-than-normal. In the preferred embodiments, the mean effective cylinder pressure is selectively variable (and selectively varied) throughout the mentioned range during the operation of the engine. In an alternate embodiment related to constant speed-constant load operation, the mean effective cylinder pressure is selected from the range and the engine is configured, in accordance with the present invention, such that the mean effective cylinder pressure range is limited, being varied only in the amount required for producing the power, torque and speed of the duty cycle for which the engine is designed.08-28-2008
20110172898INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE SYSTEM CONTROL DEVICE - A device with models constructed based on thermodynamics laws and fluid dynamics laws including the energy conservation law, momentum conservation law and mass conservation law. Compressor outflow flow rate calculation section calculates the flow rate of air that flows out of a compressor based on a relationship between an in-cylinder intake air flow rate during steady-state operation in an internal combustion engine system and supercharging pressure, which is pressure of air compressed by the compressor, and a value of the in-cylinder intake air flow rate calculated by in-cylinder intake air flow rate calculation section.07-14-2011
20110172895Condition Evaluation System for Engine-Driven Traveling Vehicle - A fuel consumption amount evaluation system is disclosed. The system includes a rotational speed detecting section (07-14-2011
20090276144CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A fuel supply system includes a first non-return valve for a low-pressure delivery connection pipe and a second non-return valve for a pump supply pipe. The former non-return pipe does not allow fuel to flow from the low-pressure delivery pipe to the low-pressure supply pipe. The second non-return valve does not allow fuel to flow from pump supply pipe to the low-pressure supply pipe. Upon determining that air purging is necessary, an engine ECU operates a feed pump for approximately one second and then opens, for dummy injection, an in-cylinder injector and an intake manifold injector.11-05-2009
20090281708PROCEDURE AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE COMPOSITION OF A FUEL MIXTURE - The procedure and device of the present disclosure enable an accurate determination of the composition of the fuel mixture at a self-igniting combustion engine on the basis of present sensor signals. The procedure and device of the present disclosure furthermore enable the detection and compensation of a combustion that is unstable due to the composition of the fuel mixture.11-12-2009
20090281707FUEL PRESSURE CONTROLLER AND FUEL PRESSURE CONTROL SYSTEM - An ECU estimates a variation amount of fuel which is actually suctioned by a fuel pump based on a fuel pressure in a common rail. Even though the fuel pressure in the common rail deviates from a target fuel pressure, when the estimated variation amount of fuel is substantially zero, an energization quantity to a solenoid of a flow control valve is compulsorily reduced.11-12-2009
20110172896CYLINDER INTAKE AIR AMOUNT CALCULATING APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A cylinder intake air amount calculating apparatus for an internal combustion engine is provided. The cylinder intake air amount calculating apparatus calculates a cylinder intake air amount which is an amount of fresh air sucked in a cylinder of the engine using an intake air pipe model equation which is obtained by modeling an intake pipe of the engine. An intake air flow rate which is a flow rate of fresh air passing through the intake pipe of the engine is obtained. The cylinder intake air amount is calculated by applying the intake air flow rate and a preceding value of the cylinder intake air amount to the intake pipe model equation. A predicted intake air flow rate which is a predicted value of the intake air flow rate is calculated. A predicted cylinder intake air amount which is a predicted value of the cylinder intake air amount is calculated by applying the predicted intake air flow rate and the cylinder intake air amount to the intake pipe model equation.07-14-2011
20090287391Engine Fuel Control System - A fuel control system is provided. The fuel control system includes an electronic control system coupled to a pair of control valves for blending pipeline fuel with waste fuel at a blend ratio for controlling fuel flow to an internal combustion engine. The fuel control system can estimate energy content of the fuel mixture to compensate the blend ratio. The fuel control system can use engine operational parameters to compensate the blend ratio. Typically, the system will use the operational parameter of output power or exhaust emissions to compensate the blend ratio. Further, the fuel control system can prioritize variation from the blend ratio or variation from a desired power output when the blend ratio cannot generate the desired power output. The fuel control system can also be equipped with engine speed/load controls, misfire, ignition timing and knock detection capabilities.11-19-2009
20090150051MULTI-CYLINDER INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH INDEPENDENT CYLINDERS - Internal combustion engine with variable actuation of the valves that provides electronic control means that considers the activation delays of the cylinders so that new operating conditions are assigned for the first time to a cylinder which firstly, following an engine operating variation request, is effectively able to satisfy such new operating conditions.06-11-2009
20090082937Fuel injection control device for engine - A fuel injection control device for an engine including a cylinder injector and an air intake passage injector is provided. The device changes a fuel injection style, from a compression stroke cylinder injection by the cylinder injector which is executed from a predetermined instant immediately after the beginning of the cold start of engine until a predetermined period has passed, to the combination of an air intake passage injection by the air intake passage injector, an intake stroke cylinder injection and a compression stroke cylinder injection by the cylinder injector which is executed after the predetermined period has passed. During the cold start of engine, the favorable combustion stability is obtained by the compression stroke cylinder injection before the predetermined period has passed, and an amount of HC is reduced after the passage of the predetermined period, promoting warming-up of catalyst.03-26-2009
20100131175FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INJECTING FUEL - The invention relates to a fuel injection system having at least one fuel injector, which includes an electrically operable actuator. In order to reduce the hydraulic distances between two injections, a voltage-smoothing or voltage-dampening electric device is connected in parallel to the actuator.05-27-2010
20100114457CONTROL SYSTEM FOR CONTROL SUBJECT HAVING COMBUSTION UNIT AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR PLANT HAVING BOILER - A control system includes a basic control command operating unit, a fuel data storage unit, a running results database for storing past running results values of a control subject, a data creating unit configured to calculate a distance between data of the past running results values and the data sets and determining data set in which a distance between data becomes minimum, a modeling unit configured to model a relationship between operation parameters of a combustion apparatus and components in combustion gas of the combustion apparatus by using the data set determined by the data creating unit and a correcting unit for calculating combustion apparatus operation parameters with which components having a better condition than that of the components in a current gas are provided by using a model of the modeling unit and correcting operation command values of the basic control command operating unit by calculated operation parameters.05-06-2010
20100114456Variable Intake System - A variable intake system may include a single plenum that is connected to runners and that has a space formed therein, a first barrier that divides the space inside the plenum into a first space and a second space, a first variable valve that is mounted on the first barrier to connect or isolate the first space and the second space to/from each other, a variable pipe of which one side thereof is connected to the plenum and the other side is closed, a second barrier that divides the variable pipe into at least two spaces, and a second variable valve that is mounted on the second barrier to connect or isolate the at least two spaces to/from each other to improve intake efficiency.05-06-2010
20090037080Pressure-maintaining function in a fully hybrid drive - A method for maintaining and/or adjusting a system pressure in a fuel injection system of an internal combustion engine, in which the internal combustion engine is a part of an hybrid power train, which includes in addition at least one further drive. A system pressure in a reservoir element of the fuel injection system is monitored using a pressure sensor. In operating modes in which the internal combustion engine is shut down and/or is separated from the hybrid power train, the maintaining or the adjusting of the system pressure takes place via a pressure-regulating valve. The activation of the pressure-regulating valve takes place directly or indirectly via a control unit or a vehicle control unit or a clutch control unit.02-05-2009
20090005955Controller for a Solenoid Operated Valve - A controller moves a solenoid operated valve with a first solenoid operating pulse during a travel time. After a time interval, the controller applies a second pulse, which moves the valve towards its original position. The time interval may be varied, and a characteristic indicative of the return of the valve to the original position may be detected based on a comparison of the pulses.01-01-2009
20100131177METHOD OF OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for operating an internal combustion engine in the form of an Otto engine, especially of a motor vehicle, selectively uses carburetor fuel, especially gasoline or ethanol (E85) by direct injection into at least one combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine by means of at least one fuel injector. Optionally, instead of injecting ignition spark engine fuel or in addition to injecting ignition spark engine fuel, the internal combustion engine is operated with gas, especially CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) or LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas). A mixture adaptation value is continuously determined during the operation of the internal combustion engine with spark ignition engine fuel. An actual mixture adaptation value is stored in a memory during the operation of the internal combustion engine with the spark ignition engine fuel and, after a predetermined minimum duration of operation with gas, an actual mixture adaptation value is compared with the stored mixture adaptation value during the operation of the internal combustion engine with ignition spark engine fuel. The fuel injectors are scavenged when a difference between the actual mixture adaptation value and the stored mixture adaptation value exceeds a predetermined difference value.05-27-2010
20080281499Fuel-injection-timing adapting method and apparatus for direct injection engine - A computer simulates a relationship between a fuel-rate of fuel which collides with the cavity of the piston and the fuel injection timing, and/or the relationship between the fuel-rate of fuel which collide with the cylinder inner wall and the fuel injection timing. A range of the fuel injection timing in which the combustion state is stable is computed based on the simulation results. This range of fuel injection timing may be defined as the measuring range in which the measure points are arranged. Furthermore, the fuel injection timing is varied gradually around an upper and lower limit values of the measuring range and the engine torque is measured. The measuring range is corrected so that the combustion state becomes stable.11-13-2008
20080281498Method for Operating an Internal Combustion Engine - The procedure is used for the operation of an internal combustion engine (11-13-2008
20080228378Method of operating a spark ignition internal combustion engine - In a method for operating a spark-ignition, direct-injection internal combustion engine, wherein fuel is injected into a cylinder of the internal combustion engine and is ignited by a spark plug as a function of at least the load of the internal combustion engine, a crank angle is determined at which a first amount of fuel is injected into the cylinder during the intake stroke whereby a lean mixture is formed in the cylinder, subsequently, as a function of at least the load of the internal combustion engine, a crank angle is determined at which a second amount of fuel is injected, whereby a mixture cloud, which is richer than the lean mixture is formed in the lean mixture and a third amount of fuel is injected in the form of a stratified injection for forming a locally enriched and ignitable fuel/air mixture in the region of the spark plug close to an ignition time which is then ignited by the spark plug causing also combustion of the mixture cloud and the lean mixture.09-18-2008
20080228377CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control device of an internal combustion engine includes: a target negative pressure setting section that set a target negative intake pipe pressure during cold acceleration to a negative intake pipe pressure larger than a negative intake pipe pressure prior to the cold acceleration; a throttle valve control section that controls a throttle valve so that the negative intake pipe pressure increases during cold acceleration; and an intake valve control section that controls a variable valve mechanism of an intake valve, based on the target negative intake pipe pressure, to obtain a target intake air amount.09-18-2008
20080228376ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEM AND INITIALIZATION METHOD OF THE SAME - An engine control system and an engine control method for improving the ability to start an engine by changing the execution timings of predetermined sumchecks in ROM to shorten the time required for initialization of the system. Upon starting an ECU with a power supply supplied from an AC generator as a result of an operation of a kick starter, a CPU initialization, which includes a hardware reset and a software initialization, is executed. An ignition timing calculation sumcheck, which is required for the calculation of an ignition timing, and injection timing calculation sumcheck, which is required for the calculation of an injection timing, are not executed in a period of the software initialization. Instead, they are executed during BG (background) processing after a movement to routine processing, which upon completion of the software initialization, starts the ECU to permit driving and controlling an igniter and a fuel injector.09-18-2008
20080228375SPARK IGNITION TYPE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A spark-ignition type internal combustion engine, including a main tank for storing a to-be-determined fuel having an unknown self-ignition property, an auxiliary tank for accumulating a reference fuel having a known self-ignition property, and a controller. The controller is programmed to supply to a combustion chamber a blended fuel prepared by blending the to-be-determined fuel and the reference fuel at a predetermined ratio, measure a self-ignition property of the blended fuel, and determine the unknown self-ignition property of the to-be-determined fuel based on the measured self-ignition property of the blended fuel, the known self-ignition property of the reference fuel and the ratio of the blended fuel. The controller is also programmed to introduce the to-be-determined fuel after the determination from the main tank to the auxiliary tank, and store the to-be-determined fuel in the auxiliary tank such that the to-be-determined fuel serves as a next reference fuel having a known self-ignition property.09-18-2008
20080288158CONTROL FOR KNOCK SUPPRESSION FLUID SEPARATOR IN A MOTOR VEHICLE - A fuel system for an engine of a vehicle and a method of operating the fuel system are described. As a non-limiting example, the fuel system includes a fuel tank; a fuel separator configured to separate a fuel mixture received at an inlet into a first separated fuel at a first outlet and a second separated fuel at a second outlet, where the first separated fuel has a higher alcohol concentration than the second separated fuel; a first fuel return passage fluidly coupling a first separator outlet passage to the fuel tank via a first valve; a second fuel return passage fluidly coupling a second separator outlet passage to the fuel tank via a second valve; and a control system configured to operate the first and second fuel injector groups to deliver the first and second separated fuels to the engine in different ratios responsive to an operating condition.11-20-2008
20080288157HIGH EFFICIENCY STOICHIOMETRIC INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE SYSTEM - A power system including a stoichiometric compression ignition engine in which a roots blower is positioned in the air intake for the engine to control air flow. Air flow is decreased during part power conditions to maintain the air-fuel ratio in the combustion chamber of the engine at stoichiometric, thus enabling the use of inexpensive three-way catalyst to reduce oxides of nitrogen. The roots blower is connected to a motor generator so that when air flow is reduced, electrical energy is stored which is made available either to the roots blower to temporarily increase air flow or to the system electrical load and thus recapture energy that would otherwise be lost in reducing air flow.11-20-2008
20080294326Method for Determining Fuel Injection Pressure - A method for determining fuel injection pressure or detecting a discrepancy in the fuel injection process of an internal combustion engine is provided. The engine includes a camshaft that actuates at least one fuel injector of the engine's fuel injection equipment. The method includes the step of determining a value T that is representative of the torque generated on the camshaft, such as the instantaneous torque or rotational speed of the camshaft, the torque being a resultant of accelerating and decelerating forces exerted on the camshaft by the at least one fuel injector during a phase of operation of the internal combustion engine. The method also includes the step of monitoring the value T for any increment, decrement or irregularity.11-27-2008
20100004847INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD - An internal combustion engine control apparatus controls an internal combustion engine including: an exhaust passage including branch portions provided for the left and right banks and a common portion in which an exhaust gas purification device is provided; and a fuel supply system that supplies fuel to the respective engine cylinders. In the internal combustion engine, in order to recover the exhaust gas purification device, a bank control is executed in which the air-fuel ratio of the cylinders of the left bank is made rich while the air-fuel ratio of the cylinders of the right bank is made lean. The internal combustion engine is capable of running on alcohol-containing fuel and has an alcohol concentration sensor. The amount of unburned fuel to be supplied to the exhaust gas purification device during the bank control is adjusted based on the alcohol concentration in fuel.01-07-2010
20080312807Process for automatically controlling the rail pressure during a starting operation - A process for automatically controlling the rail pressure (pCR) in an internal combustion engine with a common-rail system during the starting operation, the process including: calculating control deviation from a nominal rail pressure and an actual rail pressure; calculating, in a pressure controller, a correcting variable for actuating a suction throttle on the basis of the control deviation; and the suction throttle determining the required quantity of fuel. After the engine has been started, an adaptation process is activated upon detection of a negative control deviation of the rail pressure (pCR) followed by a positive control deviation, as a result of which the correcting variable is changed temporarily in such way as to increase the amount of fuel being delivered.12-18-2008
20080312806ABNORMALITY DIAGNOSIS DEVICE AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An exhaust gas discharged from a combustion chamber of each cylinder flows near an air-fuel ratio sensor via a junction. An ECU estimates an air-fuel ratio of each cylinder based upon a sensing value of an air-fuel ratio sensor. When a variation in the air-fuel ratio among the cylinders is equal to or greater than a predetermined value, the ECU determines that an abnormality exists in the air-fuel ratio. When a quantity of the exhaust gas discharged from each cylinder is less than another predetermined value, an intake air quantity is increased and ignition timing is delayed before the determination of presence or absence of the abnormality.12-18-2008
20080312805CONTROLLER AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A requested injection time InjT that is necessary for a fuel injector to inject a fuel per one combustion cycle is computed in response to variables of an accelerator manipulated by a driver. An injectable time InjMax per one combustion cycle is computed on the basis of an engine speed, and whether the requested injection time InjT is larger than the injectable time InjMax is determined. Then, when it is positively determined that the requested injection time InjT is larger than the injectable time InjMax, the fuel pump is subjected to load-up operation so as to increase a fuel feed pressure.12-18-2008
20080312803Supercharging System for Internal Combustion Engine - An object of the invention is to provide a technique for excellently controlling a supercharger equipped with an electric motor. A supercharging system for an internal combustion engine according to the present invention is provided with a supercharger equipped with an electric motor, where rotation of the rotary shaft of the supercharger is assisted by the electric motor, and control unit for controlling assisting force of said electric motor in such a way that the rotation speed of the supercharger becomes a target rotation speed. The control unit determines the target rotation speed of the supercharger based on any one of (1) the degree of opening of the accelerator, (2) the degree of opening of the accelerator and the rotation speed of the internal combustion engine, (3) the actual degree of opening of a throttle valve and the rotation speed of the internal combustion engine, and (4) the target degree of opening of the throttle valve and the rotation speed of the internal combustion engine, and controls the assisting force by the electric apparatus in such a way that the target rotation speed is attained.12-18-2008
20090265080AUTOMOTIVE TURBOCHARGER SYSTEMS - A turbocharger system comprising first and second turbochargers, configured in series, where the turbochargers hand over control from one turbocharger to the other, which incorporates switching adjustment terms at the point of transition to ensure a smooth transition.10-22-2009
20090265079APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING ENGINE USING CRANK SIGNAL AND CAM SIGNAL - In an apparatus for controlling an engine, an input switching unit switches an input signal to be inputted to an input path from a crank signal to a cam signal when it is determined that the crank signal is abnormal. An event signal generating unit generates a crank-input event signal while it is determined that the crank signal is abnormal by an abnormality determining unit. The crank-input event signal has a level that repetitively changes in a predetermined direction. Each level change of the crank-input event signal is synchronized with a corresponding level change of the crank signal. A monitoring unit monitors a level change of the crank-input event signal while it is determined that the crank signal is abnormal by the abnormality determining unit.10-22-2009
20090265078METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method and a device for operating an internal combustion engine and an internal combustion engine are described, the fuel being injectable directly into a combustion chamber in particular via at least one first injector and also being injectable into an intake manifold in particular via at least one second injector. For injection of fuel in a full-load operating state of the internal combustion engine, a first selection is made from the at least one first injector and the at least one second injector having a first metering range, including a full-load injection quantity required for the full-load operating state. For injection of fuel in a partial-load operating state of the internal combustion engine, a second selection is made from the at least one first injector and the at least one second injector having a second metering range, including the adjustment of a minimum fuel injection quantity required for operating the internal combustion engine. The first selection and the second selection are made differently, in such a way that only the metering range of the first selection includes the full-load injection quantity and/or that only the metering range of the second selection covers the minimum fuel injection quantity required for operating the internal combustion engine.10-22-2009
20090265077CONTROL DEVICE FOR VARIABLE VALVE TIMING APPARATUS - A control device for a variable valve timing apparatus that changes valve timing of at least one of an intake valve and an exhaust valve of an internal combustion engine includes an actual valve timing computing unit and a valve timing controlling unit. The actual valve timing computing unit computes actual valve timing. The valve timing controlling unit controls the variable valve timing apparatus to maintain present valve timing during starting of the internal combustion engine before the actual valve timing computing unit becomes capable of computing the actual valve timing. The valve timing controlling unit controls the variable valve timing apparatus such that the actual valve timing becomes target valve timing during the starting of the internal combustion engine after the actual valve timing computing unit becomes capable of computing the actual valve timing.10-22-2009
20090265076CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - To improve accuracy of learning of a full-close reference position of a throttle valve while suppressing deterioration in startability and mechanical durability and power consumption, an ECU performs position learning processing and learning permission judgment processing as a part of opening and closing control for the throttle valve. In the learning permission judgment processing, the ECU judges whether all of a first learning permission condition, a second learning permission condition, and a third learning permission condition are satisfied. The third learning permission condition is a condition judged by the ECU as being satisfied when intake passage pressure MP exceeds a predetermined value kMP registered in the ECU in advance. The predetermined value kMP is a value for excluding an error due to negative pressure from throttle opening TP detected by a throttle opening sensor.10-22-2009
20080275621Internal Combustion Engine - An internal combustion engine 11-06-2008
20120296552SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FUEL INJECTION IN ENGINES CONFIGURED TO OPERATE USING DIFFERENT FUELS - A first control system for an engine includes first and second control modules. The first control module determines first and second fuel masses for first and second fuel injection systems of the engine, respectively, and that controls the first fuel injection system to inject a first fuel based on the first fuel mass. The second control module controls the second fuel injection system to inject a second fuel based on the second fuel mass. A second control system for an engine includes first and second control modules. The first control module controls a first fuel injection system of the engine to inject a first fuel and selectively disables at least one of a plurality of components of a second fuel injection system of the engine. The second control module controls the second fuel injection system to inject a second fuel.11-22-2012
20120296551Fuel Injector Control System and Method to Compensate for Injector Opening Delay - A fuel injector control system including a fuel injector, a sensing device configured to provide a transition signal indicative of a fuel injector transition from the closed-state to the open-state, and a controller configured to determine an injector control signal based on the transition signal. The injector control signal closing time can be adjusted base on the transition signal and so compensate for injector opening delay due to, for example, a stuck closed fuel injector, cold temperatures, or low injector drive voltages.11-22-2012
20120296553SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A STUCK FUEL INJECTOR - A control system for an engine is presented. The control system can include a transition period waveform monitor module, a stuck fuel injector detection module, and a fuel injection control module. The transition period waveform monitor module measures an electrical signal of a fuel injector upon deactivation of the fuel injector. The stuck fuel injector detection module detects a stuck fuel injector when an accumulated deviation of the electrical signal from a parameterized estimated reference waveform is outside of a predetermined range. The fuel injection control module controls fuel injection in the engine based on the detection of the stuck fuel injector.11-22-2012
20080208436Vehicle Control System - A method for controlling an engine having an intake manifold and an outlet control device coupled to the manifold for controlling flow exiting the manifold and entering at least one cylinder of the engine, the engine further having an inlet control device for controlling flow entering the manifold, the method comprising determining a driver torque command; calculating a desired cylinder charge based on said driver torque command; adjusting the outlet control device to provide said desired cylinder charge; and adjusting the inlet control device based on intake manifold pressure.08-28-2008
20080275623Air-fuel ratio controller for an internal combustion engine and diagnosis apparatus for intake sensors - A computer calculates an estimated cylinder-intake-air amount based on outputs from an airflow meter and a throttle position sensor, and then calculates a reference cylinder-intake-air amount based on an air-fuel ratio in an exhaust gas and fuel injection amount. An error of the estimated cylinder-intake-air amount is calculated by comparing the reference cylinder-intake-air amount with an estimated cylinder-intake-air amount base value. The error is low-pass filtered. The estimated cylinder-intake-air amount base value is corrected to obtain the final estimated cylinder-intake-air amount.11-06-2008
20080270007Control Apparatus for Direct Injection Type Internal Combustion Engine - An apparatus controls the quantity of fuel injection of an injector in accordance with the fuel pressure in the fuel rail of a direct injection type internal combustion engine. A reference value for controlling the injector is obtained on the basis of the difference and the fuel pressure in the fuel rail at the time of starting fuel injection out of injector.10-30-2008
20080270006Fuel Control System of Internal Combustion Engine - The invention precisely achieves an air fuel ratio control precision in each of operating regions of an engine, particularly a demand air fuel ratio at a time of an engine transition. In a fuel control system correcting a basic fuel amount in such a manner as to estimate a fuel adhered to an air intake pipe of an engine and an evaporated fuel from the adhered fuel so as to achieve a demanded air fuel ratio, a temperature of a fuel adhered portion is estimated on the basis of an amount relation between the fuel to be adhered and the already adhered fuel, or a heat quantity balance. A fuel adhesion amount and a fuel evaporation amount are determined on the basis of the estimated temperature.10-30-2008
20080270004ENGINE IDLE WARM-UP OF A HOMOGENEOUS CHARGE COMPRESSION IGNITION ENGINE - A homogeneous charge compression ignition engine is fueled within a warm-up region of engine temperatures using a minimally defined fuel mass schedule and injection timings and simple interpolative techniques.10-30-2008
20100145595SMALL ENGINE OPERATION COMPONENTS - A low pressure, low cost electronic fuel injection system (06-10-2010
20110270509FUEL CUTOFF TRANSITION CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - An engine control system includes a fuel cutoff (FCO) module, a fuel control module, and a spark control module. The FCO module, when a FCO event is disabled, determines a feed-forward (FF) number of cylinders to offset a delay period associated with supplying fuel to the cylinders of an engine and selectively maintains a FCO torque request at a predetermined torque. The fuel control module commands fuel be supplied to the FF number of cylinders of the engine when the FCO event is disabled. The spark control module maintains a spark timing of the FF number of cylinders at a fully retarded spark timing based on the FCO torque request.11-03-2011
20090088945Fuel Injection Strategy For Gasoline Direct Injection Engine During High Speed/Load Operation - A system and method for controlling operation of a multiple cylinder direct injection internal combustion engine include injecting fuel directly into the combustion chamber during the exhaust stroke at high engine speeds and loads to reduce the effect of intake airflow on the injection spray and improve fuel-air mixture homogeneity.04-02-2009
20090182483Method and device for controlling a self-igniting internal combustion engine - A method for controlling a self-igniting internal combustion engine includes: specifying a target combustion position; determining at least one actual combustion position of at least one cycle of the internal combustion engine; specifying a computing model for calculating a following combustion position as a function of the at least one actual combustion position; calculating the following combustion position using the computing model; comparing the calculated following combustion position with the specified target combustion position; and determining at least one operating quantity for operating the internal combustion engine for at least one cycle as a function of the comparison of the calculated following combustion position with the specified target combustion position.07-16-2009
20090030588CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An ignition timing is established according to alcohol concentration of fuel detected by an alcohol concentration sensor. In a torque control where a throttle opening is controlled in such a manner that an estimated torque follows an target torque, when obtaining the estimated incylinder filling air quantity, the throttle opening is varied by correcting the estimated incylinder filling air quantity according to the detected alcohol concentration. Thereby, the variation in torque due to the correction of the ignition timing according to the alcohol concentration can be compensated by the variation in torque due to the correction of the estimated incylinder filling air quantity (the throttle opening). The variation in output torque due to difference of the alcohol concentration of the fuel is decreased.01-29-2009
20090125209Process And System For Controlling Effective Compression Ratios In An Engine Cylinder - The present disclosure is directed at the control of an effective compression ratio setting in an engine which may use a variety of fuels or fuel blends. The effective compression ratio may be selected based upon information from a fuel sensor and stored information regarding the detected fuel composition. The effective compression ratio may be adjusted for a selected cylinder by intake or exhaust valve timing.05-14-2009
20100145596CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An engine ECU executes a program including detecting, when refueling with an alcohol fuel is performed, a refueling amount of the alcohol fuel based on a signal transmitted from a sender gauge, increasing DI ratio r that is a ratio between a fuel injection amount from an in-cylinder injector and a fuel injection amount from an intake passage injector, according to the refueling amount of the alcohol fuel, such that the ratio of the fuel injection amount from the in-cylinder injector is higher, and retarding the ignition timing according to the refueling amount of the alcohol fuel.06-10-2010
20090118975CONTROL FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE PROVIDED WITH CYLINDER HALTING MECHANISM - A control for an internal combustion engine having a fuel injection valve for directly injecting fuel to a combustion chamber of the engine, an ignition device for burning an air-fuel mixture containing the fuel injected from the fuel injection valve, and a variable cylinder management mechanism that is capable of changing the number of operating cylinders is provided. The control includes making a transition to an operating mode where the number of operating cylinders is decreased through the variable cylinder management mechanism. It is predicted based on an operating condition of the engine that an air-fuel ratio of an exhaust atmosphere of the engine becomes lean due to a stop of the fuel injection into one or more cylinders to be halted by the transition. If it is predicted that the air-fuel ratio of the exhaust atmosphere of the engine becomes lean, additional fuel is injected from the fuel injection valve to the one or more cylinders to be halted after ignition performed by the ignition device in a combustion cycle where the prediction is made.05-07-2009
20090118974Fuel Injection Control Apparatus And Fuel Injection Control Method Of Internal Combustion Engine - A fuel injection control apparatus of an internal combustion engine is provided with a fuel injection valve that injects fuel directly into a combustion chamber and a controller. When the engine is cold started (i.e., YES in step S05-07-2009
20090118973APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A DUAL FUELED SPARK IGNITION ENGINE - Described herein are various embodiments of an apparatus, system and method for operating a dual fueled spark ignition engine. For example, according to one illustrative embodiment, a method for operating a dual fueled spark ignition engine includes fueling the engine solely with a combustion promoter within a first engine load range between zero and an engine load associated with a target combustion condition selected from the group consisting of rough limit, knock limit, and any of various conditions between the rough limit and knock limit. Within the first engine load range, the amount of combustion promoter fueling the engine increases as the load increases. The method further includes fueling the engine on a mixture of ammonia and the combustion promoter within a second engine load range between the engine load associated with the selected target combustion condition and the engine load associated with a maximum operating pressure of the engine. Within the first engine load range, the amount of ammonia fueling the engine increases and the amount of combustion promoter fueling the engine remains substantially constant as the load increases.05-07-2009
20090138177Air-fuel ratio control method of engine and air-fuel ratio control apparatus for same - An engine revolution number is controlled by operating opening and closing of a throttle valve by an engine revolution number control means on the basis of a deviation between a detected engine revolution number and a target engine revolution number, and air-fuel ratio control means applies the engine revolution number and the intake air flow rate to a predetermined numerical formula which is derived from a plurality of sets of data groups including the intake air flow rate and air-fuel ratio, which are obtained from a predetermined experiment model, and expresses the relationship between each data, to thereby calculate a fuel injection time for realizing a target air fuel ratio. A target air fuel ratio is thus realized while minimizing any delay of a response even during a transient operation, and thus, good engine operability is always acquired.05-28-2009
20090138175METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In a method for controlling a fuel supply system of an internal combustion engine with at least one combustion chamber, into which fuel can be injected via a fuel injector, the fuel injector being activated for the implementation of a normal start-up with specified injection parameters when the fuel supply system is filled, the specified injection parameters are modified for the acceleration of an initial start-up of the internal combustion engine when a filling of the fuel supply system with fuel has been implemented to evacuate the air from said fuel supply system.05-28-2009
20090177366METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AN INJECTION VALVE OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In order to reduce the quantity deviation of a fuel injection valve, it is proposed according to the various embodiments that a test injection be carried out during an overrun cut-off phase of a motor vehicle in operation. In the process, the fuel rail (07-09-2009
20090177364FUEL INJECTION CONTROL METHOD FOR A DIRECT INJECTION SPARK IGNITION INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A direct injection spark ignition internal combustion engine including a controller that controls a fuel injector to perform a plurality of fuel injections to inject a necessary amount of fuel during an intake stroke, or from an intake stroke to a first half of a compression stroke, when homogeneous combustion is to be performed. The fuel injection control sets an injection prohibition period, in which injection of the fuel is prohibited, to a middle of the intake stroke. The injection prohibition period is decreased as the engine speed and as the intake air pressure increase. In addition, the amount of fuel injected before the injection prohibition period is reduced, and the amount of fuel injected after the injection prohibition period is increased, as the engine speed decreases.07-09-2009
20090118980CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An engine ECU (05-07-2009
20090118978COMBUSTION CONTROL SYSTEM OF A DIESEL ENGINE - A combustion control system of a diesel engine, which controls a fuel-injection timing by switching from one to another of a normal combustion mode, a premix combustion mode, and a transition mode of between these modes, and switches from the normal combustion mode to the transition mode if an intake oxygen density is equal to or lower than a predetermined value in the normal combustion mode.05-07-2009
20090118977CYLINDER FUELING COORDINATION FOR TORQUE ESTIMATION AND CONTROL - An engine control system comprises a torque control module and a fueling control module. The torque control module selectively generates a deactivation signal for a first cylinder of a plurality of cylinders of an engine based on a torque request. The fueling control module halts fuel delivery to the first cylinder based on the deactivation signal. The torque control module increases a spark advance of the engine at a first time after the fueling control module halts fuel injection for the first cylinder. The first time corresponds to an initial time combustion fails to occur in the first cylinder because fuel delivery has been halted.05-07-2009
20090138179Fuel injection system - A fuel injection system for an internal combustion engine comprises a plurality of pumps arranged to supply respective flows of pressurized fuel to a common accumulator volume that supplies the pressurized fuel in turn to a plurality of fuel injectors. An engine control unit controls the flow rate of pressurized fuel into the accumulator volume in response to engine load. The flow rate of pressurized fuel from at least one pump of the plurality is dependent upon engine speed; whereas at least one other pump of the plurality comprises a fuel output control responsive to the engine control unit enabling the flow rate of pressurized fuel from that pump to be varied independently of engine speed. In this way, the engine control unit controls the aggregate flow rate of pressurized fuel from the pumps into the accumulator volume, while controlling only one of the pumps. This reduces the cost of control apparatus and allows greater freedom of pump selection and flow circuit design.05-28-2009
20090138173EVAPORATIVE EMISSIONS PURGE CONTROL - A fuel vapor control module for a vehicle comprises a refill diagnostic module, a refill volume calculation module, a canister loading module, and a purge adjustment module. The refill diagnostic module diagnoses a refueling event when an engine is started. The refueling volume calculation module determines a refueling volume based on a difference between a first fuel volume measured before the refueling event and a second fuel volume measured after the refueling event. The canister loading module determines a canister loading value based on the refueling volume, wherein the canister loading value corresponds to a ratio of a volume of a vapor canister to a volume of fuel vapor within the vapor canister. The purge adjustment module adjusts a fuel purge rate from the vapor canister based on the canister loading value.05-28-2009
20090138176CONTROL DEVICE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A fuel cut failsafe function monitoring section of a microcomputer sets a fuel cut failsafe function diagnosis period in a period, in which an operation of an engine is stopped (e.g., a period before engine start), and sends a fuel cut failsafe execution command signal to a fuel cut failsafe execution section of an abnormality monitoring device during the fuel cut failsafe function diagnosis period. Thus, the fuel cut failsafe execution section is caused to output a fuel cut failsafe signal to an injector driver to stop an operation of the injector driver. The fuel cut failsafe function monitoring section monitors an output level of a disablement port of the injector driver at the time, thereby performing abnormality diagnosis of a fuel cut failsafe function.05-28-2009
20090138172Air-Fuel-Ratio Control Apparatus for Internal Combustion Engine - The air-fuel-ratio control apparatus for an internal combustion engine obtains a composite air-fuel ratio abyfs from a downstream-side correction value Vafsfb(k) based upon an output value Voxs from a downstream air-fuel-ratio sensor 05-28-2009
20100292909INJECTION ADVANCEMENT FOR PISTON COOLING IN SPARK IGNITION DIRECT INJECTION ENGINES - An engine system comprises a temperature determination module, a temperature comparison module, and a fuel injection control module. The temperature determination module determines an engine temperature. The temperature comparison module compares the engine temperature and a temperature threshold. The fuel injection control module adjusts a timing of fuel injection from a first range of an intake stroke to a second range of the intake stroke based on the comparison. The first range and the second range do not overlap.11-18-2010
20110144888ENGINE CONTROL WITH VALVE DEACTIVATION MONITORING USING EXHAUST PRESSURE - A system or method for controlling a multiple cylinder internal combustion engine operable in a reduced displacement mode with at least one valve or cylinder selectively deactivated include controlling the engine in response to detecting opening of an exhaust valve after deactivation based measured or inferred exhaust pressure changes after deactivation. In one embodiment, controlling the engine includes reactivating one or more deactivated cylinders/valves, inhibiting subsequent deactivation, and/or storing a diagnostic code in a computer readable storage medium in response to detecting valve opening after deactivation.06-16-2011
20090177365INJECTOR CALIBRATION METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for operating an internal combustion engine has the steps: (a) during an overrun phase of the internal combustion engine, activating an injector of a first combustion chamber for a predetermined activation time τ07-09-2009
20090048762METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CYLINDER CHARGE IN A HOMOGENEOUS CHARGE COMPRESSION IGNITION ENGINE - An internal combustion engine includes a controllable throttle control device and controllable engine valves. A method for controlling the engine includes monitoring engine operation and an exhaust gas feedstream, and estimating a cylinder charge temperature based upon the monitored engine operation. Oxygen concentration of the cylinder charge is determined based upon the monitored exhaust gas feedstream, and preferred oxygen concentration of the cylinder charge and preferred cylinder charge temperature are determined. The engine valves are controlled based upon the preferred oxygen concentration of the cylinder charge, the preferred cylinder charge temperature, the oxygen concentration of the cylinder charge, and the estimated cylinder charge temperature.02-19-2009
20090182486METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method and a device are provided for operating an internal combustion engine, which make possible an improved characteristics curve correction of an actuator in an air supply of the internal combustion engine. In the process, an air mass flow supplied to the internal combustion engine is influenced via the actuator in an air supply. For the setting of an actuating position of the actuator having a specified, e.g., minimum, air mass flow, starting from a specified actuating position, the actuator is moved by an offset value of the actuating position. The offset value of the actuating position is corrected as a function of an offset value for the air mass flow.07-16-2009
20090055078DIESEL TRANSIENT COMBUSTION CONTROL BASED ON INTAKE CABON DIOXIDE CONCENTRATION - An engine control module includes a target intake carbon dioxide (CO2) module that determines a target intake CO2 concentration. An intake CO2 estimation module estimates an actual intake CO2 concentration. The engine control module adjusts fuel injection based on the target intake CO2 concentration and the actual intake CO2 concentration.02-26-2009
20090143955Method and Apparatus for Controlling an Air-Fuel Mixture - In a method for controlling the composition of a combustible air-fuel mixture present in a combustion chamber of a spark-ignited internal combustion engine having external mixture formation, at least two fluids containing air are generated, of which at least one is an air-fuel mixture; the fluids are supplied to the combustion chamber, wherein the quantity proportions of the fluids are controlled such that their total composition corresponds to the predetermined composition.06-04-2009
20080306675Method of operating a compression ignition engine - It relates to a method of operating a compression ignition engine comprising:— 12-11-2008
20090030587VEHICLE-MOUNTED ENGINE CONTROL APPARATUS - In an vehicle-mounted engine control apparatus according to the present invention, a restart inspection means, which is simpler than an activation inspection means, is provided, and a means to be applied is selected by an initialization determination means. The contents of the restart inspection are limited to malfunction items detected by a periodic code inspection means during driving of the vehicle. As a result, the time that is required to restart a microprocessor when a malfunction occurs is shortened.01-29-2009
20110224887THROTTLE VALVE CONTROLLER FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A throttle valve controller is provided for an internal combustion engine, an electronic engine controller, via which an overrun cutoff of the fuel supply of the engine, is controllable, a throttle valve, which is displaceable using at least one electrical positioning motor, and a gas pedal having at least one potentiometer for recognizing the gas pedal position are provided. The throttle valve controller, if an overrun cutoff is activated and the position of the gas pedal is unchanged or reducing, brings the throttle valve using the positioning motor into a position in which the throttle valve throttles the gas stream flowing through it less than would be the case if the overrun cutoff were not activated in the respective gas pedal position.09-15-2011
20110224886ON-BOARD FUEL PROPERTY DETECTION USING PATTERN RECOGNITION AND POWER SPECTRAL ANALYSIS OF CYLINDER PRESSURE SIGNAL - Combustion pressure in a diesel combustion chamber is monitored to determine a combustion parameter as a function of the monitored pressure. A cetane number of the fuel combusted is determined as a function of a predetermined correlation between the combustion parameter and the cetane number.09-15-2011
20090240417Diagnosis Device for Electromagnetic Relief Valve In Fuel Delivery Device - A fuel delivery device 09-24-2009
20090024304CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine can learn an alcohol concentration of fuel in a fuel tank according to air fuel ratio feedback control, and accurately calculate, even upon interruption of learning, an alcohol concentration in an injector by estimating an alcohol concentration change delay from the fuel tank to the injector. The alcohol concentration in the fuel tank is estimated based on an air fuel ratio correction amount calculated from an air fuel ratio detected. A delay behavior of an alcohol concentration change until the fuel in the fuel tank reaches the injector is estimated. The alcohol concentration of fuel supplied to the engine is calculated from the estimated alcohol concentration in the fuel tank and the estimated delay behavior. An alcohol concentration correction coefficient is calculated based on the alcohol concentration, and an amount of fuel supplied to the engine is corrected by the correction coefficient.01-22-2009
20090024299System and Method for Controlling Fuel Injection - The operation of a fuel injector for an internal combustion engine is controlled, wherein the fuel injector has an on time comprising a pull-in time during which injector current increases to a pull-in current followed by a hold time during which the injector current is limited to a hold current that is less than the pull-in current. A control circuit receives a pressure signal from a pressure sensor that corresponds to a pressure of fuel supplied to the fuel injector for injection into the engine, correlates the pressure signal with fuel pressure, and decreases the pull-in time with increasing fuel pressure.01-22-2009
20090024301METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SYNCHRONOUS SWITCHING OF FUEL INJECTION CONTROL SIGNALS - An engine management and fuel delivery system allows an internal combustion engine to operate on liquid fuel such as gasoline, ethanol or a blend thereof, or compressed natural gas (CNG). A first set of fuel injectors is configured to deliver liquid fuel to the cylinders. A second set of fuel injectors is configured to deliver natural gas to the cylinders. An electronic controller is configured to generate fuel injection signals for one of the sets of injectors. An injector selector is configured to direct such fuel injection signals to either the first set of fuel injectors or the second set of fuel injectors based on a fuel type command. The fuel type command is indicative of a desired fuel type selected from either liquid fuel or CNG fuel. The fuel type command is synchronized in accordance with an engine crankshaft position signal in order to coordinate the switchover, for each one of the fuel injection signals, one by one, as each fuel injection event is completed.01-22-2009
20090024305ENGINE CONTROL METHOD AND ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEM - An engine control method and an engine control system that can inhibit the emission of NOx and reduce noise are provided. An engine control method in which an engine 01-22-2009
20090024302Procedure for the operation of an internal combustion engine - Procedure for the operation of an internal combustion engine, particularly a gasoline engine with direct gasoline injection and controlled self-ignition, whereby the internal combustion engine (01-22-2009
20090082942APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING FUEL INJECTION OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A first fuel injection valve is arranged in an intake port of an internal combustion engine and also a second fuel injection valve capable of exhibiting a spray property having a vaporization characteristic higher than that of the first fuel injection valve is arranged on the intake air flow downstream side of the first fuel injection valve, the fuel injection is performed by the second fuel injection valve at a cranking time, and after a predetermined time has elapsed from completion of the cranking, the share for the first fuel injection is gradually increased to thereby change-over the fuel injection to that by the first fuel injection valve. Further, at a time of the engine acceleration, a main fuel injection amount is injected by the first fuel injection valve and a fuel injection amount equivalent to an increasing amount for acceleration is injected by the second fuel injection, thereby eventually improving the fuel consumption as well as the exhausting performance.03-26-2009
20090082939Control Apparatus for Cylinder Injection Internal Combustion Engine with High-Pressure Fuel Pump - There is provided a control apparatus for a cylinder injection internal combustion engine which suppresses fuel pulsation caused by cam phase deviation and thereby prevents internal combustion engine exhaust deterioration, so that the reliability of a high-pressure fuel system using a high-pressure fuel pump is improved. The control apparatus for a cylinder injection internal combustion engine includes a high-pressure fuel pump that raises the pressure of fuel and discharges the fuel to a fuel rail, and a fuel pressure sensor that detects a pressure of fuel stored in the fuel rail. The control apparatus controls the high-pressure fuel pump based on the fuel pressure detected by the fuel pressure sensor. The control apparatus further includes a cam phase estimation means for estimating a phase of a cam shaft of the internal combustion engine which drives the high-pressure fuel pump, and based on the phase estimation value calculated by the cam phase estimation means, corrects the amount of controlling the high-pressure fuel pump.03-26-2009
20090082938Control Method of Exhaust Gas Purification System and Exhaust Gas Purification System - An exhaust gas purification system has an exhaust gas purification device (03-26-2009
20090198436FUEL INJECTION CONTROL SYSTEM AND VEHICLE COMPRISING THE SAME - A fuel injection control system for a motorcycle includes an ECU (Engine Control Unit) which calculates the amount of fuel to be injected by an injector based on data detected by various sensors. The fuel injection control system also includes a generator which supplies electric power to the injector and the ECU, and is driven in accordance with the engine, and a kick pedal for manually starting the engine by manually driving the generator with a user's foot. The ECU is configured to acquire data detected by the sensors at shorter intervals during a predetermined period before starting the engine than after the engine is started.08-06-2009
20090198435ENGINE-CONTROLLING UNIT AND ENGINE-CONTROLLING METHOD FOR AN INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINE - An engine-controlling unit/method for an internal-combustion engine with first and second combustion-chamber groups having a first and second catalytic exhaust-gas converter, respectively, having (a) a master control device that controls a combustion-air ratio for the first combustion-chamber group by forcibly exciting the first combustion-chamber group, further having (b) a slave control device that controls a combustion-air ratio for the second combustion-chamber group by forcibly exciting the second combustion-chamber group, and further having (c) a data link between the master and slave for control through the master. It is proposed (d) for the master to transmit a synchronizing signal to the slave over the data link during changeover between the rich and lean combustion-air ratio within the scope of forced excitation, and (e) on receipt of the synchronizing signal from the master for the slave to change over within the scope of forced excitation between the rich and lean combustion-air ratio.08-06-2009
20090198432CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH SUPERCHARGER - An air flow amount passing through a centrifugal compressor is acquired on the basis of outputs of an air flow meter. A surge limit compressor rotation speed is acquired on the basis of the obtained air flow amount passing through the compressor. A current compressor rotation speed (turbo rotation speed) is acquired by a turbo rotation speed sensor. A rotation speed of the compressor is controlled on the basis of the surge limit compressor rotation speed and the current compressor rotation speed. More specifically, while being limited so as to be equal or less than the surge limit compressor rotation speed, a target compressor rotation speed is controlled so as to be a value according to the operating conditions, such as accelerator opening and engine speed, of an internal combustion engine. In addition, the surge of the compressor is judged on the basis of the surge limit compressor rotation speed and the current compressor rotation speed.08-06-2009
20110144886DUAL STATE LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS ENGINE ASSEMBLY - An engine assembly may include an engine structure, an intake manifold, and a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fuel assembly. The engine structure may define a combustion chamber and the intake manifold may be in communication with the combustion chamber. The LPG fuel assembly may include a LPG fuel tank containing LPG fuel, a liquid LPG fuel injection system in communication with the LPG fuel tank and the combustion chamber, and a vapor LPG fuel injection system in communication with the LPG fuel tank and the intake manifold.06-16-2011
20110144887AXLE TORQUE BASED DRIVER INTERPRETATION WITH POWER SECURITY OF TRANSMISSION RATIOS - A control system includes an axle torque arbitration module, a power security module, a propulsion torque arbitration module, and an actuation module. The axle torque arbitration module determines an axle torque request based on a driver input and a vehicle speed. The power security module determines a secured torque request based on the axle torque request, the vehicle speed, and an engine speed. The propulsion torque arbitration module determines a propulsion torque request based on the axle torque request and the secured torque request. The actuation module controls at least one of air, spark, and fuel provided to a cylinder of an engine based on the propulsion torque request.06-16-2011
20090063012FUEL INJECTION CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A common rail type fuel injection system of an engine includes: a common rail for accumulating and holding high-pressure fuel; a fuel pump for pressure-feeding fuel to the common rail; and an injector for injecting the high-pressure fuel accumulated and held in the common rail. A pressure sensor is disposed in a fuel suction pod of the injector. An ECU sequentially detects a fuel pressure varied when the injector injects the fuel and sequentially detects a fuel pressure varied when the fuel pump pressure-feeds the fuel. When the injector injects the fuel the ECU computes injection pressure by the detection values of these pressures and computes injection characteristics by the injector on the basis of the injection pressure.03-05-2009
20090063011FUEL INJECTION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EXAMINING THE SAME - A fuel injection device includes a fuel injection valve for injecting fuel. A pressure sensor is configured to output detection signal correspondingly to pressure of the fuel. The fuel injection device further includes a storage unit for storing individual difference information, which indicates an output characteristic of the detection signal. The output characteristic is obtained by an examination. The individual difference information indicates a relationship between change in test pressure and change in detection signal. The test pressure is actually applied to the pressure sensor in the examination. The change in detection signal is attributed to the change in test pressure.03-05-2009
20090055080METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HEATING AT LEAST ONE INJECTOR OF AN ENGINE - An apparatus and a method that prevent sticking of a valve pin in a valve seat of an injector at low temperatures can be provided providing an engine control unit and an additional control device, wherein the engine control unit activates the additional control device, and activate the injector by the additional control device in such a way that the injector by moving its valve pin is heated and/or rendered viable.02-26-2009
20090055077Operating Method and Device for a Gas-Operated Internal Combustion Engine - The invention relates to an operating method and to a device for a gas-driven internal combustion engine. According to the invention, the pressure in a gas injection system is adapted to the operational state of the internal combustion engine. A higher pressure is adjusted in the gas injection system during a higher charge of the internal combustion engine. Said higher pressure enables a higher volume flow through the gas injection valves associated with the gas injection system. The power produced by the internal combustion engine can be optimized. A lower pressure in the gas injection system is adjusted in the event of a lower charge or if the internal combustion engine is switched off. The lower pressure emits lower pollutant emissions which are produced by the internal combustion engine. The invention is characterized by a bi-directional interface between a control device and a pressure reducer or pressure controller.02-26-2009
20090055081Control System for Internal Combustion Engine - A control system for an internal combustion engine, which is capable of enhancing the accuracy of fuel control and ignition timing control even when there is a possibility that the reliability of a calculated intake air amount lowers, and enables reduction of manufacturing costs. An ECU of the control system calculates a first estimated intake air amount according to a valve lift, a cam phase, and a compression ratio, calculates a second estimated intake air amount according to the flow rate of air detected by an air flow sensor. The ECU determines a fuel injection amount according to the first estimated intake air amount when an estimated flow rate Gin_vt calculated based on an engine speed, the valve lift, the cam phase, and the compression ratio is within the range of Gin_vt≦Gin02-26-2009
20090055079ABNORMALITY DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An abnormality diagnosis apparatus for an internal combustion engine includes an abnormality diagnosis unit, an other fuel contamination determination unit, and a misdiagnosis prohibition unit. The abnormality diagnosis unit determines whether there is an abnormality in a fuel system based on an output from an exhaust gas sensor mounted on an exhaust duct of the internal combustion engine. The other fuel contamination determination unit determines whether an other fuel contaminates a supply fuel supplied to the internal combustion engine. The misdiagnosis prohibition unit conducts one of (a) changing an abnormality determination condition for the abnormality diagnosis in the fuel system and (b) prohibiting the abnormality diagnosis in the fuel system, when the other fuel contamination determination unit determines that the other fuel contaminates the supply fuel.02-26-2009
20090093948METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A method for controlling an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle with an injection quantity correction unit is disclosed. The method includes the use of an electronic control device for controlling the internal combustion engine in a motor vehicle, for fault recognition with an irregular running determination unit and with an injection quantity correction unit, a defined group of cylinders being associated with a lambda probe, the injection quantity of a cylinder to be investigated of the defined group is adjusted in the direction of lean by a differential adjustment value associated with an irregular running differential value, and the injection value of at least one of the remaining cylinders, which are associated with the same lambda probe, is correspondingly adjusted in the direction of rich, so that in total a predetermined lambda value of this group of at least approximately 1 is reached. Homogeneous operation is thus ensured. The differential adjustment values may, for example, relate to the injection quantity itself, the injector stroke or the injection time. In this manner, a differential adjustment value individual to the cylinder is adjusted for each cylinder of the defined group. Correction values individual to the cylinder are then determined in that the differential adjustment values individual to the cylinder are related to one another. The correction values individual to the cylinder are compared for fault recognition with at least one threshold value.04-09-2009
20090093946METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND SYSTEM INCLUDING THE ENGINE - A method of controlling an internal combustion engine and system including the engine is provided. The method may include closing an exhaust valve of a combustion chamber of said engine during a cylinder cycle prior to opening an intake valve of said combustion chamber. The method may include, when a desired engine torque is a predetermined torque or greater, supplying a first pilot fuel into said combustion chamber after said exhaust valve closing and supplying a first main fuel into said combustion chamber after the combustion of said first preliminary fuel during the cylinder cycle. The method may include, when a desired engine torque is less than said predetermined torque, supplying a second pilot fuel into said combustion chamber after said exhaust valve closing during the cylinder cycle and supplying a second main fuel into said combustion chamber after the supplying of said second pilot fuel into said combustion chamber.04-09-2009
20090259388Supercharged internal combustion engine system - A supercharged internal combustion engine system wherein during periods of high power demand the weight of combustion chamber charge is increased by cooling a portion of intake air in a turboexpander using high-pressure air from a storage tank. In addition to increasing engine output power, cold air intake also reduces engine pre-ignition (knocking) thereby reducing emissions. Mechanical energy produced during expansion of high-pressure air may be used to operate a turbocompressor, which compresses intake air and further increases charge weight. Effective supercharging is achieved even at low engine speeds. One of the objects of the invention is to obtain more power from small displacement ICE and thus providing automotive vehicles with sufficient acceleration in addition to good fuel economy. Another object of the invention is to enhance turbocharged engines and reduce their response lag. Air storage tank may be recharged using energy recovered during vehicle deceleration.10-15-2009
20090093944Method of controlling fuel injection apparatus - A method and apparatus for controlling fuel injection in an engine is described. The apparatus comprises at least one fuel injector which is connected in an injector drive circuit powered by a power source. The method comprises determining an injection event sequence of the at least one fuel injector based on at least one engine operating parameter, determining a magnitude of a load parameter of the power source, comparing the magnitude to a predetermined threshold level for the load parameter, and determining a modified injection event sequence in the event that the magnitude is substantially equal to or greater than the predetermined threshold level.04-09-2009
20090093943FUEL PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - The engine ECU executes a program including the step (S04-09-2009
20090082943ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEM DESIGNED TO MANAGE SCHEDULE OF ENGINE CONTROL TASKS - An engine control system for managing a schedule of execution of engine control tasks is provided. The system works to schedule execution of the engine control tasks upon receipt of requests to initiate the engine control tasks. The system determines a sequence of execution of the engine control tasks and allocates execution times for which the engine control tasks are to be executed so as to provide chances of execution of the engine control task as evenly as possible. The system may determine required time-sharing ratios of the engine control tasks based on statuses of execution of the engine control tasks.03-26-2009
20090082944Process for controlling an internal combustion engine - A process for controlling an internal combustion engine, in which an actual position of a reciprocating gas valve is detected by a position sensor, a positional deviation is calculated from the actual position and a zero position, a total length change of the reciprocating gas valve is calculated as a function of the temperature of the reciprocating gas valve, a valve clearance of the reciprocating gas valve is determined from the positional deviation and the total length change, and the further operation of the internal combustion engine is determined on the basis of the valve clearance.03-26-2009
20120143477METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING FUEL INJECTION - Various systems and methods are provided for controlling fuel injection to an engine. In one example, fuel injection timing of a cylinder of the engine is adjusted during a hot engine restart such that a fuel injector is open only when the cylinder pressure is greater than a threshold cylinder pressure. The threshold cylinder pressure may be adjusted responsive to a fuel rail pressure.06-07-2012
20120143474SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING KNOCKING AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A system and method for preventing knocking prevents knocking by injecting a sub fuel including ethanol having high octane number to a combustion chamber in a case that the knocking occurs. The system for preventing knocking may include a cylinder, a piston moving in the cylinder reciprocally, forming a combustion chamber with the cylinder, and having a central axis, a first injector mounted at an upper surface of the cylinder with a distance from the central axis of the piston, and directly injecting a main fuel including gasoline into the combustion chamber, a second injector mounted at the upper surface of the cylinder on the central axis of the piston, and directly injecting a sub fuel including ethanol into the combustion chamber, and a spark plug disposed at the upper surface of the cylinder near the second injector.06-07-2012
20110231080CONTROL AND REGULATION METHOD FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE HAVING A COMMON RAIL SYSTEM - The invention relates to a control and regulation method for an internal combustion engine (09-22-2011
20110231079METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - According to a current operating state (BZ) of an internal combustion engine and/or a specified particle number emission limit (PE), a minimum hydrocarbon concentration (HCMK) of a combustion chamber exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine that is required to comply with the specified particle number emission limit is determined. An operation (B) of the internal combustion engine is specified to achieve a hydrocarbon concentration (HCK) of the combustion chamber exhaust gas that is at least as large as the determined minimum hydrocarbon concentration (HCMK).09-22-2011
20090082940INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CONTROL DEVICE - A control device of an internal combustion engine calculates a rotation increase amount caused in connection with a small injection based on a sensing value of a crank angle sensor and calculates an actual torque increase amount based on the calculated rotation increase amount. The control device senses fuel pressure fluctuation caused in connection with the small injection with a pressure sensor and calculates an actual injection quantity based on the sensed fuel pressure fluctuation. Then, the control device calculates a combustion rate by comparing the actual torque increase amount and the actual injection quantity and changes data (an injection pattern) of an injection control map in accordance with the combustion rate to achieve desired output torque and emission state.03-26-2009
20090099752Control Apparatus for Internal Combustion Engine - A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine includes a variable valve mechanism that changes the duration of an intake valve, and a controller that controls the variable valve mechanism to change the duration based on the operating state of the internal combustion engine. If a determination that there is a possibility of engine stalling is made when the internal combustion engine idling, the controller controls the variable valve mechanism so that the duration of the intake valve is made shorter than the duration which is achieved when the determination is made, only during the period until several four-stroke cycles of the internal combustion engine have elapsed after the determination is made. Thus, it is possible to appropriately suppress occurrence of engine stalling when the internal combustion engine is running at a low speed.04-16-2009
20120078490METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING THE ENGINE SPEED OF AGRICULTURAL VEHICLES FOR INCREASING ENGINE SPEEDS - An engine speed control system for an agricultural vehicle includes a variable throttle controller, a mode selector, and a control device. The variable throttle control permits an operator to select a variably adjustable engine speed and the mode selector permits the operator to select between a plurality of pre-set engine speeds. The control device receives output signals from the throttle controller, generates engine speed commands, and delivers the commands to an engine controller for controlling the speed of the agricultural vehicle's engine. The control device is operable to generate a first engine speed command associated with one of the pre-set engine speeds when an operator activates the mode selector and to temporarily or permanently override the first engine speed command with a second engine speed command associated with the throttle controller when the operator activates the throttle controller.03-29-2012
20120078489Method for controlling the air system in an internal combustion engine - The invention relates to a method for closed loop controlling the air system in an internal combustion engine, in particular a diesel internal combustion engine with a first actuating element for recirculated exhaust gas in the exhaust gas recirculation tract and a second actuating element for air in the inlet tract, the two actuating elements being adjusted as a function of each other. In order to increase the quality of closed loop control, provision is made for each actuating element to be controlled separately by its own respective controller, each controller being optimally configured for the respective controlled system, and a target value being provided for each controller.03-29-2012
20090099753Engine Control Apparatus - A control apparatus of an engine that includes an intake passage fuel injector and an in-cylinder fuel injector according to the invention is characterised by further including correcting means for selectively increase-correcting or decrease-correcting a fuel injection quantity to bring an air-fuel ratio close to a predetermined target air-fuel ratio; and switching means for dividing an increase amount or decrease amount of the fuel injection quantity into a distribution ratio that is to be divided between the two fuel injectors, and when executing a correction by the correcting means, making one of the fuel injectors responsible for the larger part of a ratio, making the other fuel injector responsible for the smaller part of the ratio, and switching the fuel injector responsible fore the larger part of the ratio according to the operating state of the engine.04-16-2009
20080262701ALTERNATE FUEL BLENDING SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - A fuel control system for controlling the use of primary fuel and alternate fuel in an internal combustion engine without cross-contamination of fuel types. Cross-contamination of fuel types may eliminate the ability to receive certain benefits or financial incentives associated with use of alternate fuel, including but not limited to RINs, credits, and subsidies. In one embodiment, primary and/or alternate fuel are controllably delivered from sources to a flow cell. If blending is desired, both primary and alternate fuels are delivered to the flow cell. The engine is fed with the resulting primary fuel, alternate fuel, or blended mixture of fuel from the flow cell. The flow cell contains a bypass inlet port adapted to receive excess fuel not consumed by the engine in lieu of the excess fuel being returned to the primary and/or alternate fuel sources. In this manner, cross-contamination of the fuel sources can be avoided.10-23-2008
20080262702FUEL SUPPLY AMOUNT CONTROL SYSTEM AND BOAT PROPULSION UNIT - In a fuel supply amount control system, during a period of engine startup from the time when a crankshaft starts to rotate by a starter motor to the time when the crankshaft stably rotates by fuel combustion, a fuel supply amount is controlled independently before and after a cylinder stroke determination. This enables determination of the fuel supply amount independently before and after the cylinder stroke determination. Accordingly, the required fuel amounts are provided respectively before and after the cylinder stroke determination. As a result, even if the required fuel amounts are different before and after the cylinder stroke determination, engine startup can be achieved in a short time.10-23-2008
20080262697Method For Operating An Internal Combustion Engine, Taking Into Consideration The Individual Properties Of The Injection Devices - A method for operating an internal combustion engine, in which fuel is injected using an injection device into a combustion chamber of a cylinder of the internal combustion engine, a fuel quantity to be injected being ascertained as a function of individual properties of the injection device, and in which functional monitoring is performed, in which an actual torque is ascertained on the basis of performance quantities of the internal combustion engine and monitored for a deviation from a permissible torque. The individual properties of the injection device are taken into consideration when ascertaining the actual torque, where the functional monitoring is improved.10-23-2008
20080262700HIGH-PRESSURE FUEL PUMP CONTROL DEVICE FOR ENGINE - A high-pressure fuel pump control device is capable of reducing current consumption, increasing pump durability, and promoting a rise of fuel pressure from startup. The high-pressure fuel pump control device comprises a fuel injector valve for directly injecting fuel in a common rail into a combustion chamber and a high-pressure fuel pump for feeding the fuel under pressure to the common rail. The high-pressure fuel pump comprises a pressurization chamber, a plunger for pressurizing the fuel in the pressurization chamber, a fuel passage valve disposed in the pressurization chamber, and an actuator for actuating the fuel passage valve. The control device includes a control unit for executing output control of a drive signal for the actuator to vary a discharge rate of the high-pressure fuel pump. The control unit starts outputting of the actuator drive signal during a period from operation start to a point in time at which the actuator drive signal becomes able to issue in a predetermined crank angle phase, and sets timing of stopping the outputting of the actuator drive signal to a point in time at which the fuel pressure in the common rail has boosted over a predetermined value per unit time.10-23-2008
20080262698METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE INSTANTANEOUS ENGINE POWER LOSS FOR A POWERTRAIN SYSTEM - There is provided a method and an article of manufacture comprising a storage medium having machine-executable code stored therein for estimating a power loss for an internal combustion engine at a point in time. The code includes code to determine engine operating conditions. A nominal power loss is determined based upon an engine operating point. A power loss correction to the nominal power loss is determined based upon barometric pressure, engine temperature, air/fuel ratio, and catalyst temperature. The power loss correction is determinable for: an engine air/fuel ratio mode, an engine cylinder activation mode, and, an engine operating temperature mode.10-23-2008
20080262696Method for Monitoring a Control Circuit and Actuating Device - A method for monitoring a control circuit of an actuating device with at least one actuator including an actuated part and an electric member controlling movement of the actuated part, the control circuit including a bridge, the controlling electric member being connected in the bridge. The method includes: powering the bridge, producing at least one measurement signal representing the position of the actuated part, and selectively interrupting conduction in at least one branch of the bridge in accordance with the measurement signal to maintain the measurement signal substantially in an operating zone defined between a low threshold and a high threshold during a phase activating the controlling electric member. Conduction is interrupted in at least one branch to place the controlling electrical member in short-circuit via two branches of the bridge when the measurement signal reaches at least one specific threshold above the low threshold.10-23-2008
20090012696Fuel Injection Control Method - The purpose of the invention is to improve responsibility of an engine with common rail system at the time of starting and to reduce whole vibration of a plurality of engines. With regard to fuel injection control method controlling fuel injection to a plurality of cylinders of an engine 01-08-2009
20090105930METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In order to operate an internal combustion engine, a fresh-air quantity, a residual-gas quantity and a fuel quantity are provided as a function of a load demand. During a change of load from a first to a second load demand, provision is made for the residual-gas quantity to first be provided according to the first load demand and for the fuel quantity to first be provided according to the second load demand.04-23-2009
20090105928METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In a method for controlling a fuel injection system of an internal combustion engine with at least one combustion chamber, wherein the fuel injection system comprises a high pressure pump, whose flow rate is controllable, a control parameter of the high pressure pump is evaluated during the operation of the internal combustion engine. Said control parameter makes a detection of a bottleneck with the high pressure pump with respect to fuel quantity possible.04-23-2009
20090210131Device For Controlling Internal Combustion Engine - An internal combustion engine to which the inventive device for controlling an internal combustion engine is applied includes an intake control valve provided in an air-intake path at a position upstream from an intake valve, the intake control valve being controlled to be either in an operative state operating in relation to the operation of the intake valve or in an non-operative state maintaining the air-intake path always open, and, in the operative state, closed at least prior to the opening of the intake valve and opened after the opening of the intake valve to generate the pressure difference between the upstream and downstream from the intake control valve. The device for controlling an internal engine includes a detector for detecting a value corresponding to an amount of intake air fed to the internal combustion engine, and correction means for correcting the value detected by the detector, in correspondence to the operation characteristics of the intake control valve when the intake control valve is in the operative state.08-20-2009
20090210132Method for Operating an Internal Combustion Engine - In an internal combustion engine, fuel is directly injected into at least one combustion chamber at least during a compression stroke in such a way that a stratified mixture is present in the combustion chamber. This mixture is then externally ignited. The fuel is introduced during the compression stroke by at least one main injection and an ignition injection, the ignition injection taking place immediately before an ignition and producing at least essentially no torque.08-20-2009
20090248273Method And Device For Adapting The Valve Characteristic Of A Fuel Injection Valve - The method and the device serve to adapt the valve characteristic of a fuel injection valve, which has a piezoelectrically driven nozzle needle and by which fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine, to production-related or age-related variations in the injection behaviour. The activation energy and the needle stroke of the fuel injection valve are controlled in such a way that the engine torque in the case of a fuel injection valve with a reference characteristic would not vary. Here, if an actually occurring variation in the engine torque is detected, then by varying the gradient of the activation-energy/valve-stroke characteristic curve of the fuel injection valve, the engine torque is matched to the engine torque generated with an injection valve with a reference characteristic.10-01-2009
20090248271Control Apparatus for Combustion Engine of Premixed Compression Self-ignition type - At high temperature, namely, when the temperature of intake air is higher than a predetermined normal temperature range, an ECU (10-01-2009
20090222194ADAPTIVE MILLER CYCLE ENGINE - A Miller cycle combustion engine capable of operating on multiple fuel types, and a method of operating the engine, is provided. The engine includes a fuel type determiner to determine the fuel type, and a compression adjustor to adjust the compression of a first cylinder of the engine to match the requirement of the determined fuel type. The compression adjustor is a variable valve timing system that provides a maximum compression when a fuel type requiring maximum compression is determined, and that advances or retards the opening of the intake valve to provide lower compression when a fuel type requiring lower compression is determined.09-03-2009
20110144889METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OPERATED WITH A GAS AS FUEL - A method for operating an internal combustion engine (06-16-2011
20080319635INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE SYSTEM, AND A METHOD IN SUCH AN ENGINE SYSTEM - An embodiment of the invention relates to an engine system, and a method in an engine system comprising an internal combustion engine having at least one cylinder (12-25-2008
20090222193METHOD OF FUEL INJECTION - The present invention relates to a method of operating an internal combustion engine. With reference to FIG. 09-03-2009
20090248277MULTICYLINDER ENGINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - In some cylinder deactivation modes (e.g. virtual V-four operation mode in which two cylinders of a V-six engine are deactivated), ignition/combustion may take place in operating cylinders at uneven intervals. In this case, the output torque varies between the immediately subsequent operating cylinders after the deactivated cylinders in the firing order and the other operating cylinders. A multicylinder engine includes an ignition timing adjustment unit. When the ignition takes place in the operating cylinders at uneven intervals during cylinder deactivation, the ignition timing adjustment unit adjusts ignition timing in each of the operating cylinders to smooth the output torque of the operating cylinders.10-01-2009
20090248275FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SUPPLYING FUEL - A fuel supply system supplies composite fuel containing alcohol and gasoline to multiple cylinders of an internal combustion engine. The composite fuel includes main-fuel and sub-fuel. The sub-fuel is lower than main-fuel in concentration of alcohol. Each of multiple first fuel injection valves is provided to each of the cylinders for injecting fuel. Each of multiple second fuel injection valves is provided to each of the cylinders for injecting fuel. A fuel inlet portion supplies at least sub-fuel to each of the first fuel injection valves and each of the second fuel injection valves. A selector control unit selects one of main-fuel and sub-fuel supplied through the fuel inlet portion to each of the first fuel injection valves.10-01-2009
20090248272Method for operating fuel injection system - A machine is disclosed. The machine may have an engine having a combustion chamber. The machine may also have a first sensor configured to generate a first signal indicative of a speed of the combustion engine. Additionally, the machine may have a second sensor configured to generate a second signal indicative of a desired supplied fuel quantity. The machine may also have a counter configured to generate a third signal indicative of a count. Additionally, the machine may have a fuel injection system having a controller. The controller may be configured to, based on the first, second, and third signals, select one of a plurality of shot modes and generate a corresponding fourth signal. The fuel injection system may also have a fuel injector configured to, based on the fourth signal, inject a quantity of fuel into the combustion chamber.10-01-2009
20090259387Apparatus and method for Controlling a Homogeneous Charge Compression-Ignited Internal-Combustion Engine - In a homogeneous charge compression-ignited internal-combustion engine, based on information regarding the operational state of the engine, a combustion mode switching discriminator selects a homogeneous charge compression-ignited combustion mode if engine operating conditions allow homogeneous charge compression-ignited combustion. If not, the combustion mode switching discriminator selects a spark-ignited combustion mode. Immediately after switching from spark-ignited combustion to homogeneous charge compression-ignited combustion, a combustion mode switching corrector outputs switching correction values for operating quantities for homogeneous charge compression-ignited combustion. The correction values are used to adjust the operating quantities for homogeneous charge compression-ignited combustion, and new operating quantities obtained from the adjustments are output as control quantities from a combustion mode selector.10-15-2009
20090259386Apparatus for and Method of Controlling Internal Combustion Engine Equipped With Turbocharger - A compressor flow rate is calculated using a compressor model, which is the physical model of a compressor. A plurality of the compressor models are provided, and the compressor model used for calculating the compressor flow rate is changed in accordance with an operational condition of an internal combustion engine.10-15-2009
20090254261FUEL INJECTION CONTROL DEVICE FOR DIESEL ENGINE - An electronic control unit 10-08-2009
20100274466INTAKE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An intake control system for an internal combustion engine, which is capable of suppressing a change in an intake pressure caused by a change in a target intake air amount even in a transient operating condition in which the target intake air amount is varied, thereby making it possible to control the intake pressure stably and accurately. The intake control system controls an intake air amount by an intake valve lift, and controls intake negative pressure by a throttle valve. The system limits a target intake air amount based on upper and lower limit values set according to the intake valve lift and an intake cam phase, and corrects the target intake air amount by averaging the same using averaging calculation such that the change therein is delayed. A throttle valve opening is set according to the corrected target intake air amount.10-28-2010
20100274465HCCI MODE SWITCHING CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A control system and method for operating an engine includes a transition module that commands engine control from a first homogeneous charge compression (HCCI) mode to a second HCCI mode. The control system also includes a fuel delivery module that operates the engine in a stratified charge operation mode after commanding engine control from the first HCCI mode to the second HCCI mode and discontinues the stratified charge operation thereafter.10-28-2010
20090248278MULTI-CYLINDER ENGINE - A multi-cylinder engine is configured to be able to perform a selected cylinder operation in which combustion is stopped in some cylinders. The multi-cylinder engine includes an ignition-timing adjustment section. This ignition-timing adjustment section retards ignition timing of each operating cylinder when the number of operating cylinders is small or when the engine operates in a selected cylinder operation mode in which explosion occurs at irregular intervals. In such a case, the peak of cylinder internal pressure is lowered by ignition timing retard. Thus, vibration and noise can be suppressed effectively.10-01-2009
20080300772HIGH EFFICIENCY INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for use in generating power in an internal combustion engine includes controlling a flow of a gas having an initial temperature and an initial pressure to a combustion chamber of the engine by a controller through an intake mechanism to provide a first mass of the gas to the chamber. The combustion chamber is expanded from a minimum volume to a maximum volume in an intake stroke. The maximum volume of the chamber exceeds a maximum compression volume of the chamber. The first mass of the gas in the chamber has a first pressure and a first temperature at the maximum compression volume. The chamber is reduced to the compression volume from the maximum volume in a compression stroke. The compression volume is about a volume of the chamber such that the first mass of the gas at the first pressure and the first temperature in the chamber is less than a maximum mass detonating with a fuel by the end of the compression stroke in a gasoline engine. In the case of a diesel engine, the compression volume is about a volume of the chamber such that the first mass of the gas at the first pressure and the first temperature in the chamber is greater than a minimum mass self-igniting with a fuel by the end of the compression stroke. The expansion of the chamber from the compression volume to the maximum volume during the intake stroke and the compression of the chamber to the compression volume during the compression stroke includes a process which is about adiabatic and about reversible. The gas has a second pressure and a second temperature during the process which are lower than the initial temperature and the initial pressure. A mixture of the gas and the fuel in the chamber is ignited to expand the chamber from the minimum volume to the maximum volume in a power stroke. The chamber is reduced to the minimum volume from the maximum volume in an exhaust stroke and exhaust gas and burned fuel are exhausted resulting from the igniting into a surrounding ambient environment. The chamber is expanded from the minimum volume to the maximum volume in a next intake stroke and the flow of the gas is controlled to provide the first mass of the gas to the chamber during the next intake stroke.12-04-2008
20100152993FUEL MONITORING METHOD AND SYSTEM - A fuel-monitoring system include a fuel source to supply an air and fuel mixture, a sensing device to receive the air and fuel mixture from the fuel source and require a compensatory power supply due to flow of the air and fuel mixture; and a processing device for determining an amount of fuel in the fuel source by relating the compensatory power supply required by the sensing device to the amount of fuel in the fuel source.06-17-2010
20100179744METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A CONTROL PARAMETER FOR A FUEL INJECTOR OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In a method for determining a control parameter for a fuel injector of an internal combustion engine, the problem of enabling more precise determination of the control parameter, even if the fuel pressure (FUP) present on the fuel injector varies, is solved in that the fuel pressure (FUP) present on the fuel injector during the injection (I07-15-2010
20100168983Internal combustion engine, control system and operating method for determining a fuel attribute - A method of operating a fuel injected multi-cylinder internal combustion engine includes electronically storing a first value or reference value indicative of an engine speed response to a commanded fueling duration change during fueling the engine with a first fuel or reference fuel, such as a known type of diesel fuel. The method further includes operating the internal combustion engine in a fuel testing mode during fueling with a second fuel or test fuel, such as an unknown type of diesel fuel. The fuel testing mode includes determining a second value or test value indicative of an engine speed response to a commanded fueling duration change, comparing the test value with the reference value and outputting a fuel attribute signal which is based at least in part on comparing the reference value and the test value. If a difference between the reference value and the test value satisfies corrective action criteria, a corrective action such as adapting fuel injector control signal duration or shutting down the engine can be taken. An engine and control system whereby the operating method is executed are also provided.07-01-2010
20090276142ENGINE VALVE OPERATION - Various approaches are described for operating an engine in a vehicle having variable valve operation for an intake and/or exhaust valve of the cylinder. In one example, a method comprises delivering a first fuel to a cylinder of the engine from a first injector; delivering a second fuel to the cylinder of the engine from a second injector, where a composition of at least one of the first or second fuels varies; and adjusting the variable valve operation responsive to the varying composition and further based on variation in the delivery of the first or second fuel.11-05-2009
20090088946SECURED THROTTLE POSITION IN A COORDINATED TORQUE CONTROL SYSTEM - A throttle control module comprises a primary throttle position module, a redundant throttle position module, and a remedial action module. The primary throttle position module transforms a primary throttle area signal indicating desired throttle area into a primary throttle position signal indicating a first desired throttle position of a throttle valve. The throttle valve is actuated based upon the primary throttle position signal. The redundant throttle position module transforms a redundant throttle area signal indicating desired throttle area into a redundant throttle position signal indicating a second desired throttle position of the throttle valve. The remedial action module selectively generates a remedial action signal based upon a comparison of the first and second desired throttle positions.04-02-2009
20090082941CONTROLLER FOR FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM - A fuel pressure sensor is provided to each fuel injector respectively and is disposed in a fuel passage between the accumulator and a fuel injection port of the fuel injector in such a manner as to be close to a fuel injection port relative to the accumulator. Output values of a plurality of fuel pressure sensors are acquired, and an average of the output values is computed. The output values are corrected in such a manner as to agree with the average.03-26-2009
20100262356INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE SYSTEM, AND VEHICLE - An internal combustion engine system includes: an internal combustion engine; a valve regulating exhaust gas flow rate to an intake system; an exhaust gas recirculation system opening the valve to recirculate the exhaust gas to the intake system; an intake air flow rate detecting device detecting air flow rate introduced into the engine; and a controller, when fuel injection is stopped, controlling the engine to start the fuel injection at a rate obtained by adding a first flow rate to a reference flow rate for a stoichiometric air-fuel ratio based on the detected air flow rate when the valve opening degree is lower than a predetermined degree, and controlling the engine to start the fuel injection at a rate obtained by adding a second flow rate, larger than the first flow rate, to the reference flow rate when the valve opening degree is no less than the predetermined degree.10-14-2010
20090299604Method for Operating an Internal Combustion Engine - In a method for operating an internal combustion engine, the fuel is supplied to at least one combustion chamber via at least one injector, which method includes the following steps: a) a total injection is divided into a basic injection and at least one measured injection; b) the injection time of the measured injection is successively decreased and the injection time of the basic injection is successively increased so that a total injection quantity ascertained from a valve characteristic curve remains the same.12-03-2009
20100185379METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - Actual values of a load variable are detected by a sensor during active model trimming under different valve pressure conditions, and a model of estimated values is created. Trimming values of a model parameter are determined depending on detected and modeled values such that when the model parameter is trimmed, the modeled values approximate the detected values. A function is determined depending on the different pressure conditions and approximated to the trimming values. At different pressure conditions first lambda control values are detected. A first controller value fitted function is determined depending on the pressure conditions and approximated. When the model trimming mode is not active, second lambda control values are detected at different pressure conditions. A second controller value fitted function is determined depending on the pressure conditions and is approximated. An error of the intake system is detected depending on the fitted functions.07-22-2010
20100185380INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD - An internal combustion engine control apparatus includes a fuel supplying mechanism supplying fuel to the internal combustion engine; an exhaust gas recirculating mechanism recirculating exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine to an intake side of the internal combustion engine; a flow adjuster selectively increasing and decreasing a strength of flow of the supplied fuel and the recirculated exhaust gas in a cylinder of the internal combustion engine; a stop controller controlling the fuel supplying mechanism to stop the supply of fuel and controlling the exhaust gas recirculating mechanism to stop the recirculation of exhaust gas, when the internal combustion engine is operated in a predetermined deceleration mode; and in-cylinder flow controller controlling the flow adjuster to increase the strength of the flow when the control to stop the supply of fuel is cancelled.07-22-2010
20100185378METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE COMBUSTION OF A DIESEL ENGINE - The invention is a method of controlling the combustion of a diesel engine comprising determining setpoint values for physical parameters linked with the intake of gaseous oxidizer in the combustion chamber, and a setpoint value θ07-22-2010
20100191440CETANE NUMBER DETECTION DEVICE AND CETANE NUMBER DETECTION METHOD - A cetane number detection device for an internal combustion engine includes: fuel injection devices that injects fuel individually into cylinders; control device that executes injection of fuel from at least one of the fuel injection devices at a predetermined injection timing when the internal combustion engine is started; combustion determination device; and detection device. The combustion state determination device determines whether the state of combustion in the combustion chamber of at least one cylinder into which fuel is injected by the at least one fuel injection device is an ignition state or a misfire state. The detection device detects the cetane number of the fuel on the basis of the state of combustion in the combustion chamber.07-29-2010
20100262355METHOD AND DEVICE FOR EXAMINING A VALVE LIFT SWITCHING PROCESS - In a method and a device for examining a valve lift switching process in a motor vehicle the occurrence or the number of switching errors is reduced. The method has the steps of detecting whether a switching error and/or an external event occurs that may influence the mode of operation of the valve lift switching; blocking the valve lift switching if a switching error and/or an external event has occurred; activating and examining the valve lift switching during at least one uncritical operating condition; releasing the valve lift switching if the valve lift switching does not show any abnormalities during monitoring.10-14-2010
20080215227Method for operating an internal combustion engine - A method for operating an internal combustion engine having a combustion method with homogeneous auto ignition. A driver's demand, predetermined by the gas pedal, is converted into a desired torque to be given off by the engine. A reference filling value for the air filling is determined by a working-point-dependent lambda value (λ09-04-2008
20100191439ENGINE CONTROL RESPONSIVE TO VARYING AMOUNTS OF ALCOHOL IN FUEL - Various systems and methods are described for operating an engine in a vehicle in response to fuel having varying amounts of alcohol. One example method comprises delivering fuel to the engine, limiting engine speed during vehicle operation to a maximum permitted engine speed, the maximum permitted engine speed responsive to the amount of alcohol in the fuel.07-29-2010
20100204899SYSTEM, METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PROVIDING IMPROVED ENGINE CONTROL - An apparatus for providing an antisurge operating mode for a turbocharged engine may include a processor. The processor may be configured to receive indications of engine operating parameters and engine accelerator pedal position, determine whether the received indications correspond to antisurge mode activation conditions, and, in response to a determination that the received indications correspond to antisurge mode activation conditions, initiate control of selected engine components by directing the selected engine components to operate based on stored engine operating parameters recorded a predetermined time prior to the determination.08-12-2010
20100152994METHOD FOR ASSESSING A METHOD OF FUNCTIONING OF A FUEL INJECTOR IN RESPONSE TO THE APPLICATION OF A CONTROL VOLTAGE, AND CORRESPONDING EVALUATION DEVICE - A method for assessing a method of functioning of a fuel injector in response to the application of a control voltage to at least one actuator of the fuel injector, including the steps of applying the control voltage to the at least one actuator of the fuel injector for a no-torque-generating injection into an engine, determining a fuel content in an exhaust tract disposed at an engine, comparing the determined fuel content with a specified comparison value, and assessing the method of functioning of the fuel injector based on the comparison result. Furthermore, also described is an evaluation device for assessing a method of functioning of a fuel injector in response to the application of a control voltage.06-17-2010
20090299605FUEL IGNITION QUALITY DETECTION - An engine control system comprises a fuel diagnostic module and a fuel control module. The fuel diagnostic module determines a pressure-ratio difference average (PRDA) based on a pressure in at least one cylinder and determines a cetane number (CN) of a fuel based on the PRDA. The fuel control module actuates fuel injectors based on the CN.12-03-2009
20100161199Fuel consumption saving system and a method of operation thereof - A fuel consumption saving system for an internal combustion engine incorporates a means for determining the actual load factor from a set of first sensors, determining an actual minimum load factor, and modifying the actual values of sensed data in response to the actual minimum load factor thereby to yield actual optimal values for transmission to an engine control unit for controlling the engine.06-24-2010
20100228464Method and Device for Controlling a Suction Pressure of an Internal Combustion Engine - A method device for controlling a suction pressure of an internal combustion engine, particularly a diesel engine having an exhaust gas turbocharger. The compressor is connected to a suction line of the internal combustion engine via an actuating section having an actuating element for changing a cross-section of the actuating section. In the first step, the current suction pressure in the suction line of the internal combustion engine is determined. A compressor pressure of the compressor is determined by pressure sensors and compared to the suction pressure. Values corresponding to current operating data of the internal combustion engine are identified and an actuation signal is generated using a controller, based on the comparison; and changing the cross-section of the actuating section is adjusted by adjusting the actuating element using the actuating signals.09-09-2010
20080208435INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND WORKING CYCLE - The invention is concerned with a method of deriving mechanical work from a combustion gas in internal combustion engines and reciprocating internal combustion engines for carrying out the method. The invention includes methods and apparatuses for managing combustion charge densities, temperatures, pressures and turbulence in order to produce a true mastery within the power cylinder in order to increase fuel economy, power, and torque while minimizing. polluting emissions. In its preferred embodiments, the method includes the steps of (i) producing an air charge, (ii) controlling the temperature, density and pressure of the air charge, (iii) transferring the air charge to a power cylinder of the engine such that an air charge having a weight and density selected from a range of weight and density levels ranging from below atmospheric weight and density to heavier-than-atmospheric weight and density is introduced into the power cylinder, and (iv) then compressing the air charge at a lower-than-normal compression ratio, (v) causing a pre-determined quantity of charge-air and fuel to produce a combustible mixture, (vi) causing the mixture to be ignited within the power cylinder and (vii) allowing the combustion gas to expand against a piston operable in the power cylinders with the expansion ratio of the power cylinders being substantially greater than the compression ratio of the power cylinders of the engine. In addition to other advantages, the invented method is capable of producing mean effective cylinder pressures ranging from lower-than-normal to higher-than-normal. In the preferred embodiments, the mean effective cylinder pressure is selectively variable (and selectively varied) throughout the mentioned range during the operation of the engine. In an alternate embodiment related to constant speed-constant load operation, the mean effective cylinder pressure is selected from the range and the engine is configured, in accordance with the present invention, such that the mean effective cylinder pressure range is limited, being varied only in the amount required for producing the power, torque and speed of the duty cycle for which the engine is designed.08-28-2008
20100217503APPROACH FOR ENHANCING EMISSIONS CONTROL DEVICE WARMUP IN A DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE SYSTEM - A method of controlling fuel supplied to an engine of a vehicle is provided. The method may improve engine starting during cold operating conditions. In one example, the type of fuel injected to the engine is changed in response to operating conditions.08-26-2010
20090099756FUEL INJECTION CONTROL DEVICE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An internal combustion engine including an in-cylinder injection injector and an intake port-injection injector. An ECU includes a fuel injection duration calculation portion that calculates a requested fuel injection duration and a fuel injection control portion that causes the in-cylinder injection injector to inject fuel during the compression stroke during the cold start of the engine, and that causes fuel to be injected also in a manner other than the fuel injection performed by the in-cylinder injection injector during the compression stroke if the requested fuel injection duration is longer than or equal to an interval time. Therefore, even if the requested fuel injection duration is longer than or equal to the interval time, the emissions can be reduced while a startability during a cold start of the internal combustion engine is secured.04-16-2009
20100179743COLD-START RELIABILITY AND REDUCING HYDROCARBON EMISSIONS IN A GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE - A method for starting an engine of a motor vehicle, the engine having an intake manifold, an intake throttle controlling admission of air into the intake manifold, and a plurality of combustion chambers communicating with the intake manifold, the method comprising providing a reduced pressure of air in the intake manifold prior to delivering fuel or spark to the engine, the reduced pressure of air responsive to a temperature of the engine; delivering fuel to one or more of the plurality of combustion chambers in an amount based on the reduced pressure of air; and delivering spark to the one or more combustion chambers to start the engine.07-15-2010
20110112743THROTTLE COMPENSATION FOR SECOND GEAR STARTS IN MANUAL TRANSMISSION VEHICLES - A system and method for throttle control during a second gear start in a vehicle with a manual transmission. A powertrain control module (PCM) is coupled to a throttle and is configured to control movement of the throttle according to a winter mode e-throttle map that is stored in the PCM. The PCM is configured to control the throttle based upon the winter mode e-throttle map upon detection of a second gear start condition.05-12-2011
20100235069APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE - It is possible to suppress fluctuations of an air intake amount when the open degree of an air intake control valve is unknown. An engine includes an impulse valve common to all the cylinders arranged in the engine. The impulse valve is arranged in a communicating tube provided at the downstream side of a serge tank. An ECU executes impulse valve drive control. In the control, the ECU judges whether a rotation angle sensor which detects the open degree of the impulse valve has failed. If it is judged that the rotation angle sensor has failed, the ECU controls a drive motor and a drive circuit for driving a valve body so that a valve body of the impulse valve rotates inside the communicating tube. Here, the rotor of the drive motor which defines the rotation speed of the valve body has an rpm which is set in accordance with the mechanical rpm NE of the engine.09-16-2010
20100228463FUEL IGNITION QUALITY DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - An engine control system includes an engine calibration module that sets fuel injection timing based on one of N cetane number (CN) values, wherein N is an integer greater than one. A combustion noise module generates a combustion noise signal based on cylinder pressure in a compression ignition (CI) engine during combustion. A fuel quality determination module compares the combustion noise signal to N predetermined combustion noise levels corresponding to the N CN values, and that selects the one of the N CN values based on the comparison.09-09-2010
20100217501FUEL INJECTION CONTROL SYSTEM OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A fuel injection control system of an internal combustion engine includes a required injection setting mechanism, a rapid rotational speed change detector, and an injection controller. The required injection setting mechanism calculates a required number of injections and required injection times with regard to a plurality of fuel injections, based on operating conditions of the engine. The rapid rotational speed change detector determines whether the amount of change of the engine speed is equal to or larger than a predetermined value. When it is determined that the amount of change of the engine speed is equal to or larger than the predetermined value, the injection controller controls a fuel injection valve so as to reduce or eliminate differences between the actual injection times and the required injection times. Thereby, even when the engine speed changes rapidly, deteriorations in the driveability and exhaust emissions are prevented.08-26-2010
20100217502Fuel management system for a motor vehicle - A fuel management system for a motor vehicle has a means for shutting down the engine when the accelerator is released and the vehicle slows down, as measured by the engine's deceleration sensor. Moreover, when the transmission is put to park, or in the case of a manual transmission, when the parking brake is engaged, the engine shuts off.08-26-2010
20100217500DIESEL FUEL ENGINE INJECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFORE - Disclosed is a method of injecting LPG gas into a diesel fuel engine for combustion with diesel fuel therein. One aspect includes injecting LPG gas into an air-stream of an engine air intake or manifold, measuring the percentage of LPG gas injected into the airstream or other efficiency gauge, varying the rate of injection of LPG gas into the airstream in response to the measured percentage of LPG gas therein and injecting the LPG gas at a pre-determined rate so as to maintain an LPG gas concentration in the air intake stream in the range of 0.2% to 0.6% by volume of LPG gas.08-26-2010
20100222988METHOD OF DETECTING AND COMPENSATING FOR INJECTOR VARIABILITY WITH A DIRECT INJECTION SYSTEM - A method for controlling an injection of fuel to an engine is described. In one example, the different fuels are injected to an engine during different engine operating conditions. The method may improve engine starting and reduce engine emissions.09-02-2010
20100222985METHODOLOGY FOR EXTENDING THE HIGH LOAD LIMIT OF HCCI OPERATION BY ADJUSTING INJECTION TIMING AND SPARK TIMING - A method for operating an internal combustion engine including extended operation in a homogeneous charge compression ignition mode at high loads includes operating the engine in the homogeneous charge compression ignition mode including spark-assisted ignition, monitoring an engine load, monitoring an engine speed, determining the engine to be in a high ringing range based upon the engine load and the engine speed, and when the engine load is in the high ringing range, operating the engine in a reduced ringing mode. The reduced ringing mode includes modulating a fuel injection timing according to a calibrated maximum combustion chamber cooling fuel injection timing, determining a preferred combustion phasing value, and modulating a spark timing based upon the modulated fuel injection timing and the preferred combustion phasing value.09-02-2010
20090076714FUEL INJECTION CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A fuel injection control apparatus is provided with a fuel injection nozzle, a crank angle detector, a timer, and a control computer. The crank angle detector outputs a pulse signal corresponding to each tooth portion of a signal rotor and a pulse signal corresponding to a tooth missing portion. The control computer sets, as a fuel injection timing, a point of time at which a predetermined standby time period has elapsed from a point of time at which a reference tooth portion is detected. The control computer recognizes a tooth missing zone based on the pulse signal corresponding to the tooth missing portion. The control computer determines whether the fuel injection timing is set in a specific section in the tooth missing zone. When the fuel injection timing is set in a section outside the specific section, the control computer sets, as the predetermined standby time period, a remaining time period shorter than one inter-signal time period. In contrast, when the fuel injection timing is set to the specific section, the control computer sets, as the predetermined standby time period, a time period obtained by adding one or more inter-signal time periods to the remaining time period.03-19-2009
20090076713Gaseous fuel engine charge density control system - A spark ignited gaseous fuel engine including an exhaust gas recirculation system and method for operating a gaseous fuel engine are provided. The exhaust gas recirculation system has an adjustable flow and is operable to supply exhaust gas to at least one engine cylinder. The engine further includes means for determining a value indicative of a charge density of a combustion mixture that includes gaseous fuel, air and exhaust gas supplied to the at least one cylinder, and adjusting a flow quantity through the exhaust gas recirculation system based at least in part on the value. The charge density may permit the controller to set a NO03-19-2009
20090076712Device for the control of an internal combustion engine operable with liquid and/or gaseous fuel - Presented is a device for controlling an internal combustion engine operable with at least on of liquid and gaseous fuel. The device includes a rotational speed controller that outputs a control signal, which is dependent on the actual rotational speed of the engine and which influences the power output of the engine. The control signal includes a dimension for the total power to be output by the engine. The device further includes a dividing device configured for receiving the dimension, dividing the dimension for the total power according to a predetermined ratio into a contribution of the liquid fuel and a contribution of the gaseous fuel, and generating and outputting a second and a third control signal. The second control signal influences the liquid fuel quantity injected into the engine per unit time and the third control signal influences the gas fuel quantity injected into the engine per unit time.03-19-2009
20090076710Engine Starting for Engine Having Adjustable Valve Operation - A method for controlling an engine including at least a first cylinder having a first piston and a second cylinder having a second piston, at least one of said first and second cylinders having at least an adjustable valve, the method comprising before engine rotation: closing electrically actuated valves in at least the first and the second cylinder; fueling at least said first cylinder with a first fuel amount based on a position of the first piston and said second cylinder with a second fuel amount based on a position of the second piston; performing a first spark in at least one of said first cylinder and said second cylinder; and applying a starter motor to assist engine starting rotation; after engine rotation, firing each cylinder of the engine in a sequential firing order without changing a number of strokes in any cylinder of the engine.03-19-2009
20090076709Method and device for integrative control of gas engine - An integrative control method and device for controlling gas engines is proposed which load responsivity of the engine is improved while maintaining air fuel ratio control and stable control is performed when fuel gas of different calorific value is used. The control method comprises a speed control process for controlling engine rotation speed by controlling the fuel gas flow control valve based on deviation of actual engine rotation speed from a target command value of rotation speed, and an air fuel ratio control process for controlling air fuel ratio of fuel-air mixture by controlling throttle valve opening based on deviation of the actual mixture flow rate from the command value of mixture flow rate, whereby correction of theoretical air fuel ratio in accordance with exhaust temperature is performed in the air fuel ratio control process, the correction being done to correct the theoretical air fuel ratio used to calculate the command value of fuel-air mixture flow rate in accordance with exhaust temperature based on deviation of actual exhaust temperature from target exhaust temperature prescribed for various engine rotation speeds and load factors.03-19-2009
20090076706Control Device For Internal Combustion Engine And Straddle Type Vehicle Provided With The Same - Startability of an internal combustion engine using a mixed fuel of gasoline and alcohol is improved. An intake passage of the engine has a main flow channel provided with a throttle valve and a bypass flow channel for bypassing the throttle valve. A bypass quantity adjusting mechanism adjusts the bypass quantity in the bypass flow channel. A control device detects or estimates the mixing ratio of alcohol of the fuel and controls the bypass quantity adjusting mechanism so that a bypass quantity before a first explosion is smaller than a bypass quantity after the first explosion when the mixing ratio of alcohol is equal to or more than a predetermined value.03-19-2009
20090076705POWER MODULATED, DUAL FUEL, SMALL DISPLACEMENT ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEM - An engine capitalizes on the advantages of alternative fuels such as ethanol, E-85, and other alcohols, with a small displacement engine, two cylinders or more, and at least a divided fuel tank or alternatively two tanks. An electronic engine control module selects the fuel for operating conditions and delivers the fuel through separate injection systems. The module selects unleaded gasoline for starting, light load and light cruising conditions. Upon greater demands for engine power, the module adds or switches entirely to a secondary fuel such as alcohol, ethanol, E-85 or other ethanol/gasoline blends and reduces or eliminates the introduction of gasoline fuel. The secondary fuel provides more power than unleaded gasoline, thus reducing the engine displacement required for operating a vehicle under a variety of loads. The present invention seeks a substantial engine power increase, reduction in engine detonation, improved cold starting, re-evaluation of turbochargers, a decrease in gasoline consumption, and gasoline as the default fuel.03-19-2009
20100241335TORQUE CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE DRIVING UNIT - The prevention of the occurrence of a shock during acceleration is enabled without impairing acceleration response as to a control apparatus for a vehicle driving unit. By changing a control amount of a specific one or specific ones of the plurality of the control elements when a torque-up request is issued, the output torque of the vehicle driving unit is increased toward a target output torque. In this case, a torque gradient upon changing the control amount of the specific one or the specific ones of the control elements is estimated and calculated on the basis of a current output torque of the vehicle driving unit according to a calculation rule formulated in advance. The control amounts of the respective control elements including the specific one or the specific ones of the control elements are set such that the estimated torque gradient coincides with a predetermined target torque gradient.09-23-2010
20090043479INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An internal combustion engine (02-12-2009
20100235070VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - A vehicle includes: an internal combustion engine; an exhaust gas recirculation device; and a controller that controls the internal combustion engine and the exhaust gas recirculation device. When acceleration of the vehicle is greater than or equal to zero and is less than or equal to a predetermined acceleration, an ignition performed with a predetermined energy and a predetermined number of times of performance that enable the internal combustion engine to efficiently operate for one event of explosion and combustion of the internal combustion engine. When the acceleration of the vehicle is greater than the predetermined acceleration, the ignition performed with an energy that is greater than the predetermined energy and/or a number of times of performance that is greater than the predetermined number of times of performance for one event of explosion and combustion of the internal combustion engine.09-16-2010
20100235068CONTROL OF CONTROLLED-AUTO-IGNITION (CAI) COMBUSTION PROCESS - A method for controlling controlled-auto-ignition operation in an eternal combustion engine is described. The method includes the injection of air into a combustion cylinder at an appropriate time in the combustion cycle in response to measured conditions. The injection of air acts to alter the CAI-phasing, thus providing the ability to extend the CAI operation further into a vehicle speed/load range.09-16-2010
20100222986CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An exhaust valve early-closure control brings about blowback of exhaust gas into an intake system. However, if the exhaust valve early-closure control is executed, for example, during a first idle operation immediately following the startup of the engine, or the like, the amount of blowback exhaust gas becomes excessively large. Therefore, when the post-startup increase amount has decreased to or below a lower-limit criterion value, the ECU prohibits the exhaust valve early-closure control, and changes the control to a usual valve timing control. As a result, during a period during which the combustion state has a stability margin and the amount of emission of HCs and the like is large, the exhaust emission quality can be bettered by the exhaust valve early-closure control. Besides, when the post-startup increase amount has decreased, the combustion state can be stabilized by prohibiting the exhaust valve early-closure control.09-02-2010
20100211290ABNORMALITY DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE AND ABNORMALITY DIAGNOSTIC METHOD FOR MULTICYLINDER INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A fuel injection amount from fuel injection valves is actively controlled and an input air-fuel ratio is caused forcibly to oscillate. A system from the fuel injection valves to the air-fuel ratio sensor is simulated by a first order delay system, and a gain and time constant are identified on the basis of the input air-fuel ratio relating to the model and an output air-fuel ratio obtained from the air-fuel ratio sensor. The presence of an air-fuel ratio abnormal variation is diagnosed on the basis of whether or not the identified values of the gain and the time constant are less than a first and second predetermined values respectively.08-19-2010
20090024306Fast Burn and High Compression Ratio Fuel Management System for Minimization of Ethanol Consumption in Ethanol Boosted Gasoline Engines - Fuel management system for a spark ignition gasoline engine. The system includes a gasoline engine, a source of gasoline, a source of a second liquid fuel and a means for introducing gasoline into the cylinders of the engine. Injectors directly inject the second liquid fuel into the cylinders of the engine and a fuel management control system controls injection of the second fuel into the cylinder so that it is provided in an amount needed to prevent knock as torque increases or other conditions require. A means for providing fast burn is provided.01-22-2009
20100211288METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ENGINE STARTING - Methods and systems are provided for controlling a vehicle system including an engine that is selectively deactivated during engine idle-stop conditions and selectively reactivated during engine restart conditions. One example method comprises, during an engine restart from an idle stop, performing a first combustion event in a cylinder with a piston at an engine crankshaft position that is after a crankshaft position at which said cylinder's exhaust valve opens, and before a crankshaft position at which the cylinder's intake valve closes, during a cycle of said cylinder.08-19-2010
20090037077COMBUSTION CONTROL OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A controller (02-05-2009
20090248274FUEL INJECTION CONTROLLER FOR ENGINE - A fuel injection controller for an engine that injects fuel to an inlet passage in an upstream side of an inlet valve from a fuel injection unit, includes: a first calculator, configured to calculate a basic fuel injection quantity from the fuel injection unit based on an operating condition of the engine; a second calculator, configured to calculate a first direct transport rate of fuel directly transported into a cylinder of the fuel injected from the fuel injection unit when the inlet valve is closed; a third calculator, configured to calculate a second direct transport rate of fuel directly transported into a cylinder of the fuel injected from the fuel injection unit when the inlet valve is opened; and a corrector, configured to correct the basic fuel injection quantity based on the first direct transport rate and the second direct transport rate.10-01-2009
20100063709METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OFFSETTING BOUNCE EFFECTS IN A PIEZO-ACTUATED INJECTION SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - The invention relates to a method and a device for offsetting bounce effects in a piezo-actuated injection system of an internal combustion engine using a control valve actuated by a piezoelectric actuator. The inventive method comprises the following steps: detecting an actual bounce behavior of the control valve, and determining and offsetting a deviation between the actual bounce behavior and a desired bounce behavior of the control valve, thereby generating an actuation information for the control valve which influences a speed characteristic of a needle of the control valve. The invention also relates to a device for carrying out the inventive method. 03-11-2010
20120143476METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMPENSATING ENGINE THERMAL CONDITIONS - A method for compensating for thermal transient conditions of an engine that can cause valve growth or contraction is disclosed. In one example, the method provides cylinder air amount compensation during non-blow-through and blow-through conditions. The approach may improve cylinder air amount estimates, thereby improving engine emissions.06-07-2012
20120143475FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR GDI ENGINE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A fuel supply system for a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine may include an Engine Control Unit (ECU) that sets a desired fuel pressure and controls a fuel pressure of a section from a low-pressure fuel pump to a high-pressure fuel pump in accordance with the desired fuel pressure, and a fuel pressure sensor that measures the fuel pressure of the section from the low-pressure fuel pump to the high-pressure fuel pump and supplies the measured fuel pressure to the ECU for feedback-controls of the low-pressure fuel pump. The fuel supply system may further include a fuel pump controller disposed between the ECU and the low-pressure fuel pump to control the low-pressure fuel pump. A control method of the fuel supply system may include detecting the number of revolution of the engine and the load, setting the desired fuel pressure, and feedback controlling the low-pressure pump.06-07-2012
20120143473METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING FUEL INJECTION FOR VEHICLES - A method and system for controlling fuel injection for vehicles controls fuel injection amount according to change in kinetic energy of the vehicle or performs fuel cut control so as to improve fuel economy. The method may include setting a first energy line corresponding to energy loss due to running resistance when deceleration, setting a second energy line corresponding to energy loss due to engine friction, determining whether kinetic energy of the vehicle is above the first energy line after a predetermined time has elapsed, and injecting fuel by an amount generating energy corresponding to a sum of engine friction energy and braking energy in a case that the kinetic energy of the vehicle is above the first energy line.06-07-2012
20090150050FUEL INJECTOR AND FUEL INJECTION DEVICE HAVING SAME - A fuel injector is configured to inject gaseous fuel into a combustion chamber of an engine by using liquid fuel as a pressure transmission medium to open and close a nozzle hole. A nozzle portion has a fuel chamber and a tip end, which defines the nozzle hole. A first passage is configured to communicate the fuel chamber with a gaseous fuel passage to introduce gaseous fuel. A second passage is configured to communicate the fuel chamber with a liquid fuel passage to introduce liquid fuel. A passage switching valve is configured to switch the first passage and the second passage.06-11-2009
20100036585Programmable fuel pump control - A programmable fuel pump control for a fuel system includes integral sensors, an expansible fill chamber and a return chamber. The control can be used in either a return-style of returnless fuel system. The expansible fill chamber is in fluid communication with the fuel rail. A restrictable fuel passage connects the fill chamber to a return chamber that in a return-style fuel system can be optionally connected to a return line. The control includes an integral pressure transducer measuring fuel pressure relative to intake manifold pressure and one or more adjunct sensors that allow real time control of a fuel pump speed, and therefore fuel pressure, as a function of engine performance.02-11-2010
20090222195METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TWO CONSECUTIVE INJECTION PULSES IN AN ELECTRICALLY-ACTUATED FUEL INJECTOR SYSTEM FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, PARTICULARLY A DIESEL ENGINE - At each engine cycle, nearby the TDCC, an injector is driven so as to perform a fuel injection sequence according to a predetermined pattern (A-Z), including a plurality of successive, separate fuel injection pulses (pulse 09-03-2009
20090198431METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING MODE TRANSITION IN A SPARK-IGNITION DIRECT-INJECTION INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - The disclosure sets forth operating a spark-ignition, direct-fuel injection internal combustion engine, including transitioning the engine from operating in a stratified charge combustion mode to operating in a homogeneous charge combustion mode. External EGR flow is discontinued, and an in-cylinder trapped air mass and an in-cylinder EGR mass in an air intake system of the engine are estimated. Engine throttle position is controlled to achieve trajectories for air/fuel ratio and the in-cylinder EGR mass determined based upon the estimated in-cylinder trapped air mass and the in-cylinder EGR mass in the air intake system. A double-injection fueling strategy and a single-injection fueling are used during the transition.08-06-2009
20090319154Method and device for operating an internal combustion engine in the context of a combined direct and manifold injection, a computer program, a computer program product - In a control unit, a method, a computer program and a computer program product for operating an internal combustion engine in the context of a combined direct and manifold injection, fuel is injected by at least one first injection valve into an induction manifold and/or by at least one second injection valve directly into a combustion chamber for combustion. In at least one predefined operating state of the internal combustion engine, fuel is only injected by the at least one first injection valve into the induction manifold for a predetermined number of successive combustion cycles. In a subsequent combustion cycle, fuel is injected by the at least one first injection valve into the induction manifold and by the at least one second injection valve directly into the combustion chamber or only by the at least one second injection valve directly into the combustion chamber.12-24-2009
20090150053METHOD FOR ASCERTAINING THE GAS WORK PERFORMED BY THE CYLINDER PRESSURE ON THE PISTON OF A CYLINDER AND THE INTERNAL MEAN PRESSURE - To determine the gas work W06-11-2009
20090319155PROCEDURE AND DEVICE FOR A PRESSURE DETERMINATION - A method of determining a pressure at a dosing valve of a fuel metering device for metering fuel into an exhaust gas system of a combustion engine with a component of the combustion engine assigned to an exhaust gas system for a regeneration, a temperature impingement and/or a thermo management. The fuel is injected in a flow direction of the exhaust gas in front of the component, and metering of the fuel is determined by an injection valve from a cycle duration and a duty cycle relation for controlling a shut-off valve and the dosing valve depending on a difference pressure. The method includes determining a pressure before the dosing valve via acquisition and processing of at least one replacement value deduced from a pressure sensor signal of a pressure sensor arranged in a flow direction of the fuel behind the dosing valve for recording a measured pressure.12-24-2009
20090112441Method for Regulating an Air-Fuel Mixture For An Internal-Combustion Engine - A method of regulating the actual lambda value for an internal-combustion engine of a motor vehicle in a closed control loop is provided. A lambda setpoint is transferred to a controller for influencing an injection calculation for the internal-combustion engine, and an actual lambda value, which occurs at the output of a controlled system as a function of the injection calculation, is returned to the controller. At least one system parameter of the controlled system is determined, and the determined system parameter is transferred to a Smith predictor added to the controller for compensating the influence of the system dead time on the control loop characteristics.04-30-2009
20090112442Control apparatus and method for internal combustion engine and fuel property determining apparatus and method - A fuel feed chamber and a residual fuel chamber that are connectable to each other via a shutoff valve are provided in a fuel tank. When the fuel tank is refueled, the fuel feed chamber and the residual fuel chamber, which have been connected to each other so far, are disconnected and then fuel is fed only into the fuel feed chamber to refuel the fuel tank. When the engine is restarted after the refueling, only the fuel in the residual fuel chamber is supplied to the engine while the fuel feed chamber and the residual fuel chamber remain disconnected from each other, and the engine is controlled in accordance with the property of the fuel in the residual fuel chamber, which has been determined in advance.04-30-2009
20090143957Method for automatically controlling an internal combustion engine - The invention concerns a method for automatically controlling an internal combustion engine, wherein, in a first controller mode, a charge air temperature controller is set as dominant for a map-controlled thermostatic valve, and, in a second controller mode, a coolant temperature limit controller is set as dominant for the map-controlled thermostatic valve. Upstream of a recooler, a coolant flow is divided into a recooler coolant flow and a bypass coolant flow as a function of the position of the map-controlled thermostatic valve. Downstream of the recooler, the temperature of the charge air cooler coolant flow is determined from the combined fractions of the recooler coolant flow and the bypass coolant flow to control the charge air temperature (TLL) or to control the coolant temperature (TKM).06-04-2009
20110130944METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A a method for automatically controlling an internal combustion engine, in which an individual accumulator pressure (pE) of a common rail system is detected in a measurement interval and stored; in which an evaluation window is determined for the stored individual accumulation pressure (pE), within which window an injection was brought about; in which, in a first step, both a representative injection start and a trial injection end are determined in this evaluation window as a function of the detected pressure values, and, in a second step, both a trial injection start and a representative injection end are determined in this evaluation window as a function of the detected pressure values; in which the representative injection start is checked for plausibility against the trial injection start; and in which the representative injection end is checked for plausibility against the trial injection end.06-02-2011
20080281500INJECTION CHARACTERISTIC DETECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR THE SAME - A fuel injection characteristic detection apparatus is applied to a fuel feed system. The fuel feed system is configured to inject fuel into one of a cylinder, an intake passage, and an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine by using a fuel injection valve. The fuel injection characteristic detection apparatus includes fuel pressure obtaining unit for successively obtaining pressure of fuel supplied to the fuel injection valve. The fuel injection characteristic detection apparatus further includes pulsation pattern storing unit for associating a pulsation pattern of fuel pressure, which accompanies an injection operation of the fuel injection valve, with at least a fuel injection mode and a fuel pressure level at a present time point and for storing the associated pulsation pattern in a storage medium.11-13-2008
20080281501Method of Adapting an Internal Combustion Engine to the Quality of the Fuel Used - A method of controlling fuel supply means of an internal combustion engine, employed when the engine is started, this method includes: measuring at least one characteristic value (11-13-2008
20090112443Control system for internal combustion engine - A control system for an internal combustion engine in which fuel containing alcohol is used. In the control system, a maximum opening of a throttle valve of the engine is set, and a target opening of the throttle valve is set to a value which is equal to or less than the maximum opening. An opening of the throttle valve is controlled so as to coincide with the target opening. The maximum opening is according to a concentration parameter indicative of a concentration of alcohol in the fuel, a temperature parameter indicative of a temperature of the engine, and a number of ignitions performed after start of the engine.04-30-2009
20090182485METHOD FOR REGULATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND CONTROL UNIT - A method for regulating an internal combustion engine that is operable, at least in a part-load range, in an operating mode with auto-ignition and a combustion process of which is influenced by a manipulated variable, the method includes the steps of determining a desired value of a combustion position feature of the combustion process; determining the manipulated variable by predictive closed-loop control based on a modeling of the combustion position feature as a function of the manipulated variable in the combustion process; and determining, as the manipulated variable, a value at which the difference between the desired value of the combustion position feature and a model-based predicted combustion position feature is minimized.07-16-2009
20090182484METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND CONTROL UNIT - A method for operating an internal combustion engine, especially an internal combustion engine that is operable, at least in a part-load range, in an operating mode with auto-ignition, in which, at an abrupt change in load and/or at a changeover between an operating mode with auto-ignition and an operating mode without auto-ignition, a parameter of the combustion process correlating with the combustion noise is adapted stepwise over a plurality of combustion cycles from a first parameter value before the abrupt change in load or the changeover to a second parameter value after the abrupt change in load or the changeover, by influencing a combustion position of the combustion process.07-16-2009
20100318276Control Strategy For A Diesel Engine During Lean-Rich Modulation - The control system controls lean-rich modulation of fueling using a set of engine specific fueling parameter maps. One set of maps is a set of lean fueling maps, and another set is a set of rich fueling maps. The two map sets each comprise a fuel injection pressure map, an EGR valve opening map, and a VGT valve opening map, established for the particular diesel engine, with neither form of modulation requiring post injection. The strategy is represented by a flow diagram and is useful in regenerating an NOx adsorber catalyst in the engine exhaust system in a manner that controls torque so that the regeneration process is transparent to the operator of the vehicle, while producing significant fuel savings.12-16-2010
20100305831METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ADAPTING SMALL FUEL INJECTION QUANTITIES - A method and system for controlling an engine includes a normal individual cylinder fuel correction determination module determining normal pulse mode individual cylinder fuel corrections in a normal pulse mode. The system also includes a split pulse enable module operating the fuel injectors in split pulse mode having a linear pulse and a ballistic pulse smaller than the linear pulse. The system also includes a split pulse individual cylinder fuel correction determination module determining split pulse mode individual cylinder fuel corrections in the split pulse mode. The system also includes a ballistic pulse adaptation module adjusting ballistic pulse calibration values in response to the normal pulse mode individual cylinder fuel corrections and the split pulse mode individual cylinder fuel corrections to form adjusted ballistic pulse calibration values.12-02-2010
20090070012Method and Device for Operating an Internal Combustion Engine - In a first operating state, the fuel metering of one of the cylinders is controlled in first metering pulses with the same pulse characteristic during a respective one working cycle, and the metering of fuel into the other cylinders by at least one second metering pulse with a different pulse characteristic. The first pulse number and characteristic is predefined such that the same fuel mass should be metered based on an assumed injection valve characteristic as with the one second metering pulse. Depending on the measurement signal, a correction value for the one cylinder is determined. To meter the fuel based on the assumed injection valve characteristic, a single first metering pulse would be generated during a respective one working cycle. The correction value for the one cylinder is used during the rest of the operation to adapt the first metering pulse in the second operating state.03-12-2009
20090070011Control for an internal-combustion engine - A control for an engine having a variable valve actuation mechanism is provided. A map indicating a correlation among a rotational speed, a gauge pressure of an intake manifold, a lift amount of an intake valve, a phase of the intake valve and an intake air amount of the engine under a reference condition of a predetermined reference atmospheric pressure and a predetermined reference intake air temperature is defined. An intake air amount for the reference condition is determined as a reference intake air amount by referring to the map based on a current rotational speed, a current gauge pressure, a current lift amount and a current phase. The reference intake air amount is corrected with a ratio between an air density under a current condition of a current atmospheric pressure, a current intake air temperature and a current gauge pressure and an air density under the reference condition to calculate an intake air amount for the current condition.03-12-2009
20090037079Air-fuel ratio control apparatus and method for an internal combustion engine - When an internal combustion engine including a plurality of cylinders is operating steadily, an index value relating to an actual hydrogen content in exhaust gas downstream of a portion where exhaust passages from the cylinders merge, and upstream of a catalyst is detected. When an index value relating to the actual hydrogen content in the exhaust gas is larger than a determination index value relating to a hydrogen content corresponding to a permissible limit of air-fuel ratio variation, it is determined that there is abnormal air-fuel ratio variation between the cylinders.02-05-2009
20090037078AIR-FUEL RATIO CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In a system where an air-fuel ratio feedback correction amount is learned when its variation width is within a stable determination value, the stable determination value is set at larger value when a deviation amount of the correction amount becomes larger When the air-fuel ratio feedback correction amount is rapidly changed after the learning is completed, the stable determination value is increased to moderate the learning condition and accelerate the learning speed (update speed of the learning value). Hence, the air-fuel ratio feedback correction amount is immediately learned. Furthermore, when a behavior of the airfuel ratio feedback correction amount is stable, the stable determination value is made small to avoid an erroneous learning of the air-fuel ratio feedback correction amount.02-05-2009
20130138325METHOD OF CONTROLLING LOW-PRESSURE FUEL PUMP FOR GDI ENGINE - A method of controlling a low-pressure fuel pump for a GDI engine includes setting predetermined driving conditions that affect a drivability of the GDI engine in situations that are generated in a vehicle in which the GDI engine is mounted, open-loop controlling the low-pressure fuel pump when one or more of the predetermined driving conditions occur, and when none of the predetermined driving conditions occurs, close-loop controlling the low-pressure fuel pump according to a signal from a fuel pressure sensor such that a target fuel pressure provided from an engine controller is pursued.05-30-2013
20130138326Air/Fuel Ratio Controller and Control Method - An air/fuel ratio controller (05-30-2013
20130138327FUEL INJECTION CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An object of the invention is to provide a technology that enables to make the feed pressure as low as possible without inviting a misfire or a deviation of the air-fuel ratio, in a fuel injection control system for an internal combustion engine equipped with a low pressure fuel pump and a high pressure fuel pump. According to the invention, to achieve the object, in a fuel injection control system for an internal combustion engine in which fuel discharged from a low pressure fuel pump is supplied to a fuel injection valve with its pressure boosted by a high pressure fuel pump, while a lowering process of lowering feed pressure or the discharge pressure of a the low pressure fuel pump, the lowering process is suspended and restarted with reference to the tendency of change in an integral term used in a proportional-integral control of the duty cycle of the high pressure fuel pump.05-30-2013
20130144507LOW PRESSURE FUEL PUMP CONTROL METHOD OF GDI ENGINE - A low pressure fuel pump controlling method for a fuel feeding system of a GDI engine that includes a low pressure system and a high pressure system including controlling the low pressure fuel pump against various problems that may occur during the driving of the engine by variable control of the low pressure fuel pump of the low pressure system for the improvement of fuel efficiency of a vehicle. In various situations, the method drives the low pressure fuel pump under a relatively higher pressure than the fuel efficiency pressure.06-06-2013
20130144508METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - Methods and apparatus for operating an internal combustion engine are provided. The engine has an engine block defining a cylinder accommodating a reciprocating piston coupled to rotate a crankshaft, a fuel injector for injecting fuel inside the cylinder, and a crank position sensor positioned proximal to the crankshaft. A method includes commanding the fuel injector to perform a test fuel injection with a predetermined energizing time and using the crank position sensor to determine a crankshaft acceleration signal during the test fuel injection. The crankshaft acceleration signal is filtered and a value of an amplitude of a fundamental frequency component of the filtered crankshaft acceleration signal is determined. A correction factor of the predetermined energizing time is determined based on a difference between the determined value of the amplitude and a preset value thereof. The correction factor is used to correct an energizing time of subsequent fuel injections.06-06-2013
20110010075METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM TO MEASURE, RECORD, AND CONTROL EXHAUST PRODUCTS FROM AN ICE - A method, apparatus, and system to measure, record, and control exhaust products from an internal combustion engine (ICE) are disclosed. Measurements of the exhaust products of an ICE are recorded and made available. The measurements provide the inputs for one of a variety of different algorithms to determine the proper flow rates for a first and a for second fuel being feed to an ICE to achieve one or more goals relating to at least one of the measured exhaust products. These flow rates are then enforced to control the exhaust products.01-13-2011
20110010076METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In a method and a device for operating an internal combustion engine, a first variable characterizing the air-mass flow to the internal combustion engine is determined, and a second variable characterizing the air-mass flow is determined. The second variable characterizing the air-mass flow is used to derive a third variable characterizing the air-mass flow, which is delayed in time with respect to the second variable characterizing the air-mass flow. A difference is formed between the second variable characterizing the air-mass flow and the third variable characterizing the air-mass flow. The first variable characterizing the air-mass flow is corrected by the difference.01-13-2011
20110022287Control Chip for Providing the Basic Functionality of a Control Unit - A control chip for providing the basic functionality of a control unit includes a voltage supply having at least two, in particular three, output voltages; at least two, in particular three, sensor power supplies, in particular having 5-V and/or 3.3-V output voltage; at least one driver for bidirectional interfaces; a CAN driver; a follower control; a main relay output stage having a diagnostic function; at least one bidirectional serial interface for controlling the output stages and for communicating with a microcontroller; at least six power output stages, in particular having rated currents of 0.6 A to 3 A; at least one low-level signal output, in particular having a rated current of 50 rtiA, and four ignition drivers.01-27-2011
20110246046STOP-START CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A stop/start control device (10-06-2011
20100161200FUEL CONTROL SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - A fuel control system for controlling the purging of alternate fuel in an internal combustion engine at shutdown includes: at least one valve device configured to deliver a fuel supply to the engine; a first fuel source configured to provide a primary fuel to the valve device; a second fuel source configured to provide an alternate fuel to the valve device; and a controller connected to the valve device and adapted to be connected to an ignition system. The controller is configured to control the valve device responsive to a status of one of the engine and the ignition system.06-24-2010
20110035133METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A system and method are disclosed for controlling an internal combustion engine in which actual concentration of combusted gas in the intake is compared with desired concentration of combusted gas in the intake. When a difference is detected, at least one of start of injection timing and quantity of fuel injected is adjusted in accordance with the difference. The actual concentration of combusted gas in the intake is estimated based on engine sensors such as an oxygen sensor coupled to an engine intake. The adjustment of injection timing and/or quantity of fuel is performed, according to some embodiments, during a transition between a low temperature combustion mode and a standard diesel combustion mode.02-10-2011
20110040472METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FUEL INJECTION CONTROL TO REDUCE VARIATION - A method and system for controlling an engine includes a desired fuel mass determination module that determines fuel mass for injection into a cylinder. The system also includes a split determination module that splits the fuel mass into split fuel masses and a pulsewidth determination module that converts the split fuel masses into injection pulsewidths outside of an injector operation exclusion zone.02-17-2011
20090063015FUEL INJECTION CONTROL APPARATUS - A fuel injection control apparatus includes: an internal combustion, engine; a fuel injection unit provided in the internal combustion engine; an intake state detection unit that detects an intake state value indicating an intake state of the internal combustion engine, and that outputs an intake state signal; and a control unit to which the intake state signal is input, that determines based on the intake state signal whether or not the internal combustion engine is on an intake stroke, and that controls the fuel injection unit so that an initial fuel injection is performed in order to start up the engine when the control unit determines that the engine is on an intake stroke.03-05-2009
20090063013FUEL INJECTION CHARACTERISTIC SENSING DEVICE AND FUEL INJECTION COMMAND CORRECTING DEVICE - A fuel injection characteristic sensing device obtains an injection characteristic of a target injector (an injector of each cylinder of a multi-cylinder engine) at each time. The device has a program for sequentially sensing fuel pressure at a sensing point corresponding to a fuel pressure sensor, which is provided at a fuel inlet of each injector, based on an output of the fuel pressure sensor. The device has a program for detecting predetermined timings (injection timings such as an injection start timing and an injection end timing) in a series of operations concerning fuel injection of the injector of each cylinder based on the sequentially sensed fuel pressure. Thus, the injection characteristic at each time including a temporal characteristic change can be obtained.03-05-2009
20090063017Apparatus for controlling quantity of fuel to be actually sprayed from injector in multiple injection mode - In an apparatus, an actual fuel spray characteristic obtaining unit obtains, based on an operation of a learning fuel injection instructing unit in a learning mode, an actual fuel spray characteristic of an injector relative to a variable of a target interval period within at least one section in a usable range therefor. A phase difference calculating unit calculates a phase difference between a reference fuel spray characteristic and the obtained actual fuel spray characteristic. A phase correcting unit shifts the reference fuel spray characteristic by the calculated phase difference such that the reference fuel spray characteristic is corrected to approach the obtained actual fuel spray characteristic.03-05-2009
20090063016INJECTION CONTROL DEVICE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A fuel injection control device (ECU) for controlling injection supply of fuel to an engine is applied to an injector that has a valve body formed with a fuel injection hole, a needle accommodated in the valve body for opening and closing the injection hole, and a piezoelectric element for driving the needle such that the needle reciprocates and that can continuously adjust an injection rate in accordance with an injection command signal to the piezoelectric element. The fuel injection control device senses a fuel pressure waveform indicating a transition of fuel pressure fluctuation accompanying a predetermined injection of the injector based on an output of a fuel pressure sensor and calculates an injection command signal for approximating a predetermined injection parameter concerning the predetermined injection to a reference value of the parameter based on the sensed fuel pressure waveform.03-05-2009
20090063014CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine, includes: a fuel injection unit; an ignition unit; a crank angle detection unit; a fuel pump; a booster unit; an ignition discharge unit; and a control unit that controls the fuel injection unit, the ignition unit, and the fuel pump, that ascertains ignition timings based on crank signals output from the crank angle detection unit, and that performs a startup control sequence that is made up of fuel injection processing, voltage boosting processing, ignition processing, and fuel supply processing.03-05-2009
20090063010FUEL INJECTION CONTROL DEVICE - A fuel injection control device (ECU) for controlling injection supply of fuel to a target engine has a program for sequentially sensing fuel pressure fluctuating with injection of a predetermined injector a program for detecting an injection centroid of a diagram as a profile of a transition of an injection rate of the injector at a present time based on a transition of the sequentially sensed fuel pressure, and a program for varying an injection command (injection timing) of the injector based on the detected injection centroid and an injection centroid of a predetermined basic diagram such that a relative positional relationship between the injection centroids of the diagram as the actual profile of the injection rate transition and the basic diagram becomes a relationship, in which timings of the injection centroids are close to each other.03-05-2009
20110125389METHOD FOR THE DETERMINATION OF THE ACTUAL QUANTITY OF FUEL INJECTED IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method is provided for the determination of the actual quantity of fuel injected in an internal combustion engine, in particular a Diesel engine. The engine includes, but is not limited to an inlet line and an exhaust line, at least one cylinder and at least an injector for each of the cylinders. The method includes, but is not limited to, during a fuel cut-off state of the engine, at least an injection into one of the cylinders of a nominal fuel test quantity and, in correlation to the test injection, a determination of the air flow quantity MAF at the inlet of the engine, a determination of the parameter λ in the exhaust line of the engine, and a calculation of the actual quantity of fuel Q05-26-2011
20110246047METHOD OF CONTROLLING A VEHICLE ENGINE SYSTEM - A method of controlling a vehicle engine system is described. The method involves sensing a pressure in the engine; generating a signal indicative of the sensed pressure; encrypting the signal to generate an encrypted data message containing information indicative of the sensed pressure; transmitting the encrypted data message to an engine control means; decrypting the encrypted data message to obtain the information indicative of the sensed pressure; and controlling the vehicle engine system in dependence upon the information contained in the encrypted data message. A pressure sensor for use in the method, and a suitably programmed electronic control unit are also described.10-06-2011
20110087422Internal Combustion Engine Having Common Power Source For Ion Current Sensing and Fuel Injectors - An electrical power system for an engine powered at least in part by a battery having a battery voltage and including a fuel injector and at least one ionization sensor includes at least one common power supply connected to the fuel injector and the ionization sensor and supplying a voltage higher than the battery voltage for operation of the fuel injector and the ionization sensor at least during an ionization sensing period after spark discharge.04-14-2011
20110213546METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING AN INJECTION SYSTEM FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for operating an injection system has the following steps: determining, based on a pilot control characteristic, a prefeed value depending on an internal combustion engine operating parameter; initializing a correction value for the prefeed pump by a safety value predetermined for compensating deviations from a predetermined delivery behavior of the prefeed pump, which deviations lie within a predetermined tolerance range, for guaranteeing a sufficient pump delivery rate; controlling the prefeed pump depending on the prefeed and the correction values; adapting the correction value effecting the delivery behavior of the prefeed pump depending on a variable of the system the value or value curve of which indicates that a desired pressure can be generated in the fuel accumulator, namely in the sense of reducing the delivery output of the prefeed pump, as long as the value indicates that the desired pressure can be generated in the fuel accumulator.09-01-2011
20090076708Method and device for integrative control of gas engine - An integrative control method and device for controlling gas engines is proposed which is improved load responsivity of the engine in transient operation. The control method comprises a speed control process for controlling engine rotation speed by controlling the fuel gas flow control valve based on deviation of actual engine rotation speed from a target command value of rotation speed, and an air fuel ratio control process for controlling air fuel ratio of fuel-air mixture by controlling throttle valve opening based on deviation of the actual mixture flow rate from the command value of mixture flow rate, whereby at least either fuel gas flow correction or fuel-air mixture flow correction is performed when time-series variation of input signals relating to performance change of the gas engine exceeds a reference range determined beforehand, the fuel gas flow correction being performed by correcting control variables of the fuel gas flow control valve in the speed control process, and the mixture flow correction being performed by correcting opening of the throttle valve in the air fuel ratio control process.03-19-2009
20110144890METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR DETECTING THE DIRECTION OF ROTATION OF A DRIVE SHAFT OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - In a method for determining the direction of rotation of a drive shaft (06-16-2011
20100057330MULTI-PULSE ENABLE DETERMINATION AND TRANSITION CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A coordinated torque control (CTC) system is provided that includes an engine capacity module, a multi-pulse enable module, and a catalyst light off torque reserve module. The engine capacity module determines a torque capacity of an engine and generates a maximum engine torque capacity signal. The multi-pulse enable module enables a multi-pulse mode that includes the injection of at least two pulses of fuel into a cylinder of the engine during a combustion cycle. The multi-pulse enable module generates a multi-pulse desired signal to operate in the multi-pulse mode based on the maximum engine torque capacity signal, a catalyst light off signal, and a brake torque request signal. The catalyst light off torque reserve module generates a torque reserve corrected signal based on the multi-pulse desired signal.03-04-2010
20100036582Internal Combustion Engine Camshaft Scheduling Strategy for Maximum Pumping Loss Reduction - A method of camshaft scheduling is disclosed which includes measuring a driver input; calculating a driver requested torque based on a measured driver input; and scheduling the camshaft based upon the driver requested torque. In one example, the driver input is an accelerator pedal position, which is related to a percentage of driver torque requested. The cam position is selected based on the driver requested torque and the cam position is adjusted to provide one of a best fuel economy cam position and a best torque output cam position based upon the percentage of driver torque requested.02-11-2010
20090210133METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An internal combustion engine includes a plurality of cylinders, into whose combustion chambers the fuel is introduced individually for each cylinder. It is proposed that, during a time period a setpoint fuel quantity is varied individually for each cylinder in such a way that the average formed over the time period equals, at least approximately, a normal setpoint fuel quantity which would have to be injected without the above-mentioned variation for inducing or maintaining a setpoint operating state of the internal combustion engine.08-20-2009
20090240420VARIABLE VALVE SYSTEM, AND ENGINE SYSTEM AND VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME - A cam sensor is provided in a position opposing one surface side of a cam driven sprocket in a valve timing control device. When the valve timing control device is in a high revolution state, a weight is pivoted by centrifugal force caused by the rotation. This allows a projection at the weight to be detected by the cam sensor. In this case, for each rotation of the valve timing control device, the projection of the weight passes the detectable position of the cam sensor and a pulse is generated in a cam signal to be transmitted from the cam sensor to an ECU.09-24-2009
20100023241Emissions reductions through multiple fuel injection events - A method is disclosed including operations to interpret an engine load level for a reciprocating piston internal combustion engine. In response to determining the engine load level is less than 40% of a maximum engine load level, the method further includes operations to performing a first fuel injection event including less than 25% of a combustion fuel amount, the first fuel injection event occurring before 10 degrees after top dead center (TDC), to perform a second fuel injection event including between 15% and 65% of the combustion fuel amount, the second fuel injection event occurring after 10 degrees after TDC, and to perform third fuel injection event comprising between 10% and 85% of the combustion fuel amount, the third fuel injection event occurring before 63 degrees after TDC.01-28-2010
20090048761METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ENGINE INTAKE AIRFLOW - An internal combustion engine includes a controllable throttle and controllable engine valves and is selectively operative in one of a plurality of combustion modes. An engine control method includes monitoring engine operation, determining a desired air flow, estimating a cylinder air charge, and estimating an intake air partial pressure. The throttle control device and engine valves are controlled based upon the intake air partial pressure and the cylinder air charge to achieve the desired air flow.02-19-2009
20090048758Apparatus for Adjusting Valve Timing When Starting Internal Combustion Engine - An internal combustion engine includes a plurality of variable valve timing mechanism (VVTs), each corresponding to one of a pair of banks. When an abnormality is detected in a VVT corresponding to one of the banks, the valve closing timing of the intake valves during starting of the engine in the bank corresponding to the normally functioning VVT is adjusted to valve timing that increases the power generated by combustion compared to the engine power generated during normal starting of the engine. Specifically, the valve closing timing of the intake valves during starting of the engine in the bank corresponding to the normally functioning VVT is brought closer to the bottom dead center of the intake stroke of the engine. As a result, deterioration of the starting performance of the engine due to the abnormality of the VVT is compensated for.02-19-2009
20090048759PHASE AND FREQUENCY ERROR BASED ASYMMETRICAL AFR PULSE REFERENCE TRACKING ALGORITHM USING THE PRE-CATALYST O2 SENSOR SWITCHING OUTPUT - A fuel control system of an engine system comprising a pre-catalyst exhaust gas oxygen (EGO) sensor and a control module. The pre-catalyst EGO sensor determines a pre-catalyst EGO signal based on an oxygen concentration of an exhaust gas. The control module determines a dither signal. The control module determines a fuel command based on the pre-catalyst EGO signal and the dither signal.02-19-2009
20090048763Control Apparatus and Control Method of an Internal Combustion Engine - During a fuel cut, a recommended reactivated cylinder and a reactivatable cylinder are determined based on the stopped positions of an intake valve and an exhaust valve (step 02-19-2009
20090048760METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMBUSTION MODE TRANSITIONS IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An internal combustion engine is selectively operative in one of a plurality of combustion modes. A method for controlling the engine includes commanding the engine operation to transition from a first combustion mode to a second combustion mode. Engine valve operation is commanded to a desired valve overlap and valve overlap is monitored. Engine operation is changed to the second combustion mode when the engine valve overlap achieves a predetermined range or threshold.02-19-2009
20090312936Apparatus and Method for Controlling Engine - An engine controller capable of reducing torque fluctuation and the like in change between spark ignition combustion and homogeneous charge compression ignition combustion is provided. Spark ignition burning mode or homogeneous charge compression ignition burning mode is selectively set as burning mode according to the operating state of an engine. In spark ignition burning mode, a spark plug is used. In homogeneous charge compression ignition burning mode, fuel is burned utilizing pressure rise in a combustion chamber in conjunction with the ascent of a piston. The burning mode is changed between these modes. In transition for change between the spark ignition burning mode and the homogeneous charge compression ignition burning mode, the following measure is taken: a period during which the lift amount and/or the valve opening period (IVevent) of an intake valve is made smaller than a set value for the homogeneous charge compression ignition burning mode is provided.12-17-2009
20090312935METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SUPPLYING FUEL OF LPG CAR HAVING LPI SYSTEM - Disclosed is method and apparatus for supplying fuel of LPG car having LPI system. More particularly, the present invention generates a gas fuel injection signal based on a gasoline fuel injection signal and directly injects LPG fuel within a fuel tank to a combustion chamber using the generated gas fuel injection signal to drive an engine. Therefore, an engine can be easily changed, the manufacturing cost of a duel car of LPG and gasoline can be reduced, and the manufacturing process thereof can be simplified.12-17-2009
20100131173Engine control system having fuel-based adjustment - A control system for an engine having a cylinder is disclosed having an engine valve configured to affect a fluid flow of the cylinder, an actuator configured to move the engine valve, and an in-cylinder sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of a characteristic of fuel entering the cylinder. The control system also has a controller in communication with the actuator and the sensor. The controller is configured to determine the characteristic of the fuel based on the signal and selectively regulate the actuator to adjust a timing of the engine valve based on the characteristic of the fuel.05-27-2010
20090216422Electronic Fuel Injection Controller - The fuel injection controller is an electronic device for the “Generation I” Chevrolet V8 engine. The fuel injection controller measures rotational position and rotational speed for both the crankshaft and the camshaft. The uniqueness of this design is that it repackages the internal components from a standard front-mount location “Optispark” distributor normally found on a “Generation II” Chevrolet engine into a housing that mounts the components internally in a top rear-mount location on “Generation I” Chevrolet engines. The fuel injection controller then allows use of a standard production Chevrolet “Generation II” fuel injection computer (not a part of this patent) for a “Generation I” Chevrolet fuel injected engine. Because of insufficient information for rotational position and rotational speed for both the crankshaft and the camshaft, “Generation I” Chevrolet engine fuel injection computers were restricted to operate in “batch fire”. Batch fire means all the injectors on one bank of a V8 fire, then all the injectors on the other bank fire, etc. This fuel injection controller and associated Chevrolet “Generation II” fuel injection computer (not a part of this patent) allows sequential control of the fuel injectors on a “Generation I” Chevrolet fuel injected engine so that each injector fires only when the intake valve is opening. The fuel injection controller and associated Chevrolet “Generation II” fuel injection computer also allow electronic “flash” programming of engine control parameters where previous “Generation I” Chevrolet fuel injection computers required reprogramming via changing a replaceable EPROM.08-27-2009
20090216423FUEL MIXTURE AUTOIGNITION CONTROL METHOD, NOTABLY FOR DIESEL TYPE INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINES, AND ENGINE USING SAME - The present invention relates to a method for controlling autoignition of a fuel mixture, notably for a diesel type internal-combustion engine, according to which a fuel mixture is made in at least one combustion chamber (08-27-2009
20090216427METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - Methods and systems for controlling an internal combustion engine are provided. One example method may include closing an intake valve later during a cylinder cycle than a timing with which an amount of air inducted into a cylinder from an air intake passage would be maximized, and earlier during the cylinder cycle as a desired amount of air to be inducted into the cylinder increases, while an engine is operating at a given engine speed. The method may further include closing the intake valve earlier during a cylinder cycle as the engine speed increases when the desired amount of air to be inducted into the cylinder is at a maximum.08-27-2009
20090216425CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STARTING AN ENGINE WITH PORT FUEL INJECTION AND A VARIABLE PRESSURE FUEL SYSTEM - A fuel control system includes a pressure comparison module that generates a pressure control signal when a fuel supply pressure is greater than a predetermined pressure value, a temperature comparison module that generates a temperature control signal when a temperature of an engine is greater than a predetermined temperature value, and a pre-crank fuel module that selectively dispenses pre-crank fuel prior to cranking the engine based on the pressure control signal and the temperature control signal. A related fuel control method is also provided.08-27-2009
20090216424DEVICE FOR A FUEL SYSTEM AT AN ENGINE POWERED VEHICLE - A device for a fuel system for a combustion, engine (M), in which a validation unit (V) is connected to a supply line (L) between a fuel reservoir (D) and the combustion engine (M), including means (DR08-27-2009
20100070156Fuel Management System for Variable Ethanol Octane Enhancement of Gasoline Engines - Fuel management system for efficient operation of a spark ignition gasoline engine. Injectors inject an anti-knock agent such as ethanol directly into a cylinder of the engine. A fuel management microprocessor system controls injection of the anti-knock agent so as to control knock and minimize that amount of the anti-knock agent that is used in a drive cycle. It is preferred that the anti-knock agent is ethanol. The use of ethanol can be further minimized by injection in a non-uniform manner within a cylinder. The ethanol injection suppresses knock so that higher compression ratio and/or engine downsizing from increased turbocharging or supercharging can be used to increase the efficiency of the engine.03-18-2010
20100063710Method of Controlling Internal Combustion Engine - A method for controlling an internal combustion engine, in which a traveling with reduced cylinders is controlled according to the idle-speed after the engine starting, so as to restrain the discharge of white smokes at the time lag for temperature equilibration soon after a cold starting. The method comprises a coolant water temperature detecting means 03-11-2010
20110178694CONTROL DEVICE FOR VARIABLE VALVE ACTUATION SYSTEM - A control device for a variable valve actuation system includes: an engine valve; a variable valve actuation mechanism that variably controls a valve timing of the engine valve and at least one of a valve operating angle and valve lift of the engine valve; a variable setting unit that variably sets a control range, in which at least one of the valve operating angle and the valve lift is controlled by the variable valve actuation mechanism, on the basis of the valve timing; a detecting unit that detects a plurality of valve timings of the engine valve in different modes in such a manner that the control range is changed; and a control range setting unit that variably sets the control range using one of the plurality of detected valve timings.07-21-2011
20110178693METHOD AND APPARATUS TO MONITOR A MASS AIRFLOW METERING DEVICE IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for operating an internal combustion engine configured to operate in a controlled auto-ignition combustion mode and equipped with a mass airflow metering device includes monitoring an engine combustion state, monitoring states of engine operating parameters, calculating a nominal intake air mass flowrate corresponding to the states of the engine operating parameters, estimating an intake air mass flowrate corresponding to the nominal intake air mass flowrate and the engine combustion state, measuring intake air mass flowrate with the mass airflow metering device, comparing the estimated and measured intake air mass flowrates, and detecting a fault related to the mass airflow metering device when a difference between the estimated and measured intake air mass flowrates exceeds a predetermined threshold.07-21-2011
20100057329MULTI-PULSE SPARK IGNITION DIRECT INJECTION TORQUE BASED SYSTEM - A control system is provided and includes a catalyst module that generates a multi-mode enable signal based on a catalyst light off enable signal. A transition control module controls transitions between a single pulse mode and multi-pulse mode based on the multi-mode enable signal. The transition control module receives a first torque signal and generates a second torque signal based on the first torque signal. The engine torque control module generates an air per cylinder signal, a throttle area signal, and a spark timing signal based on the second torque signal. The single pulse mode is associated with a single fuel injection pulse per combustion cycle. The multi-pulse mode is associated with multiple fuel injection pulses per combustion cycle.03-04-2010
20100057331AIR QUANTITY CONTROL DEVICE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An ECU calculates actual intake air quantity suctioned into a combustion chamber or a value correlated with the actual intake air quantity as an actual measurement data based on a measurement value of an airflow meter. The ECU calculates intake air quantity estimated to be suctioned into the combustion chamber or a value correlated with the estimated intake air quantity as an estimation data based on a drive state of a throttle actuator. The ECU detects an abnormality in the throttle actuator based on a deviation degree between the actual measurement data and the estimation data. In the abnormality detection, the ECU changes at least one of an abnormality determination value used in the abnormality determination using the deviation degree, the actual measurement data and the estimation data based on a fuel property sensed with a fuel property sensor.03-04-2010
20100057328LEAN NITROGEN OXIDE EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A control system comprising an NH03-04-2010
20100057327Engine Combustion Control Using Ion Sense Feedback - A system and method for operating an engine having at least two spark plugs per cylinder include controlling at least one actuator to alter combustion within a selected cylinder such that the combustion burn rate determined by ion sense current signals associated with the at least two spark plugs of the selected cylinder approaches a desired combustion burn rate. A desired combustion burn rate is determined based on current engine/vehicle operating and ambient conditions with ion sense signals from each spark plug analyzed to determine combustion timing relative to corresponding ignition timing. Ignition timing and/or other actuators are controlled in response to provide a desired combustion burn rate.03-04-2010
20100057326Fuel Injection Amount Learning Control Method - A fuel injection amount learning and controlling method capable of learning the amount of fuel injection independent of whether accessories are operated or not and without being affected by environmental conditions such as coolant temperature. The fuel injection amount learning and controlling method obtains, using an idle injection amount standard value as the standard, a fuel injection amount learning valve so that the speed of an internal combustion engine (03-04-2010
20080255750Air/Fuel Ratio Control Apparatus Of An Internal Combustion Engine - Apparatus and method for air/fuel ratio control for smoothening variation of air/fuel ratio among a plurality of cylinders of an internal combustion engine including a sensor for measuring output of the internal combustion engine. A device calculates a correlation function of each cylinder by taking cross-correlation of values measured by the sensor and a reference signal for each cylinder. A device then calculates a smoothing target value which is common for all of the cylinders. Cylinder controllers produce control input to the respective cylinders such that the correlation function converges to the smoothing target value.10-16-2008
20100070154Single Nozzle Injection of Gasoline and Anti-Knock Fuel - Fuel management system of operation of a spark ignition engine. The system includes a source of gasoline and a source of anti-knock fuel. A proportioning valve receives the gasoline and the anti-knock fuel to discharge a mixture having a controlled gasoline/anti-knock fuel ratio. A single high pressure pump receives the mixture and delivers the mixture to an injector. A fuel management control system controls the proportioning valve and the injector for injection of the mixture into a cylinder of the engine to control knock. A preferred anti-knock fuel is ethanol.03-18-2010
20110251779FUEL INJECTION CONTROL APPARATUS - A fuel injection control apparatus of the invention includes: a temperature acquisition portion that estimates the present temperature of a catalyst and the convergence temperature of the catalyst; an increase value calculation portion that calculates a base OT increase value that is an increase value for the fuel injection amount that a fuel injection valve provided in an internal combustion engine needs to inject, on the basis of the present temperature and the convergence temperature of the catalyst estimated by the temperature acquisition portion; a correction portion that calculates an OT increase correction-reflected value by correcting the base OT increase value on the basis of the present temperature and the convergence temperature if the present temperature is lower than the convergence temperature; and an increase value determination portion that selects one of the base OT increase value and the OT increase correction-reflected value as the OT increase value for the fuel injection amount that the fuel injection valve needs to inject, on the basis of the base OT increase value and the OT increase correction-reflected value.10-13-2011
20110251776FUEL ACCUMULATOR AND FUEL SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A fuel accumulator is provided to assist restarting a direct injection engine fuel system. The fuel accumulator includes a central guide post with a fuel passage. A cup shaped plunger with a closed end is slideably disposed on the central guide post. A seal means is disposed between the plunger and the central guide post to define a substantially sealed fuel chamber. A biasing means is provided to urge the plunger onto the central guide post. A fuel admission valve selectively prevents and permits fuel from entering and exiting the fuel accumulator. When a fuel system stop is commanded, pressurized fuel is admitted into the fuel chamber, thereby compressing the biasing means which maintains a restart pressure. When a fuel system start is commanded, pressurized fuel is expelled from the fuel accumulator.10-13-2011
20090099754Method and Device for Optimizing Combustion of Diesel Fuels with Different Cetane Numbers in a Diesel Internal Combustion Engine - The invention relates to a method and a device for optimizing combustion of diesel fuels with different cetane numbers in a diesel internal combustion engine. It is provided that cylinder pressures are measured in at least one cylinder of the internal combustion engine during the combustion period, that at least one part of the measured cylinder pressures is evaluated in order to derive a characteristic value for the diesel fuel that is fed into the cylinder of the internal combustion engine, and that the characteristic value is used to change parameters that determine the combustion in the cylinders of the internal combustion engine.04-16-2009
20110077839SYSTEM AND METHOD TO OPERATE A FUEL CELL IN THE EXHAUST OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A system for a vehicle having an engine with an exhaust comprises a fuel cell coupled in the engine exhaust wherein the fuel cell has an output circuit; a battery coupled with the fuel cell; and a controller receiving a signal indicative of an electric output of the fuel cell output circuit, and adjusting one of the fuel amount and the air amount supplied to the engine in response to said signal to affect air-fuel ratio of the exhaust of the engine.03-31-2011
20110077838EGR FLOW COMPENSATION FOR A DIESEL AIR HANDLING SYSTEM - A method is disclosed for adjusting a target EGR mass flow in response to a current charge flow and target EGR fraction. The method includes interpreting an air-fuel ratio and a target air-fuel ratio. The method further includes interpreting a charge flow and a target EGR fraction. The method further includes determining an adjusted target EGR mass flow based on the air-fuel ratio, the target air-fuel ratio, the charge flow, and the target EGR fraction. The method further includes controlling an actuator based on the adjusted target EGR mass flow.03-31-2011
20090018752METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MOTOR VEHICLE USING A NETWORK OF NEURONES - Disclosed is a method which can detect an endotoxin derived from a gram negative bacterium in a sample in which it has been difficult to detect or quantify the endotoxin accurately or the like by the method described in the Handbook of the Japanese Pharmacopoeia, 14th ed., Hirokawa Publishing Co., 2001:B-63. A test method for an endotoxin using a lysate reagent comprising the step of adding the lysate reagent to a sample in the presence of albumin and/or globulin and then performing the determination.01-15-2009
20090018749Method for operating an internal combustion engine - In an internal combustion engine, gasoline is injected directly into a combustion chamber and ignited by auto-ignition. The characteristics map range within which fuel is ignited by auto-ignition is enlarged by supercharging the internal combustion engine.01-15-2009
20110251778FUEL INJECTION CONTROL APPARATUS - A fuel injection control apparatus, which is applied to a cylinder-injection internal combustion engine directly injecting fuel into a cylinder from a fuel injection valve, includes an injection control unit which issues a command to perform injection control for the fuel injection valve by using an injection command signal, a drive circuit which drives the fuel injection valve based on the injection command signal outputted from the injection control unit, and a temperature information obtaining unit which obtains temperature information associated with temperature in the fuel injection control apparatus. The injection control unit issues a command to perform injection control for reducing heat generation of the drive circuit by using the injection command signal based on the temperature information obtained by the temperature information obtaining unit.10-13-2011
20110029217FUEL INJECTION PIN DISPLACEMENT PROFILE INTERPOLATION - According to various embodiments of the invention, a map of injection pin profiles is experimentally determined at various locations spanning an engine operating plane. Injector pin profiles at points within the continuum spanned by the experimentally determined profiles are determined by interpolating between surrounding experimentally determined injector pin profiles. Various methods are used to adjust the interpolation procedure in cases where one injector pin profile has more or fewer points than the other injector pin profile02-03-2011
20110029219ALTERNATE FUEL BLENDING SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - A fuel control system for controlling the use of primary fuel and alternate fuel in an internal combustion engine without cross-contamination of fuel types. Cross-contamination of fuel types may eliminate the ability to receive certain benefits or financial incentives associated with use of alternate fuel, including but not limited to RINs, credits, and subsidies. In one embodiment, primary and/or alternate fuel are controllably delivered from sources to a flow cell. If blending is desired, both primary and alternate fuels are delivered to the flow cell. The engine is fed with the resulting primary fuel, alternate fuel, or blended mixture of fuel from the flow cell. The flow cell contains a bypass inlet port adapted to receive excess fuel not consumed by the engine in lieu of the excess fuel being returned to the primary and/or alternate fuel sources. In this manner, cross-contamination of the fuel sources can be avoided.02-03-2011
20110029218Engine Control Apparatus - The present invention performs correction appropriately according to errors in the fuel system and air system respectively and corrects both variations in the air-fuel ratio and torque. When the difference between a target air-fuel ratio and a real air-fuel ratio is equal to or below a predetermined value when feedback control based on the air-fuel ratio of an exhaust manifold 02-03-2011
20110257869FUEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system includes an engine and a controller. The engine is capable of multiple operating modes, and each mode has a relatively different fuel ratio such that as the engine is changed from a first operating mode having a first ratio of a first fuel to a second fuel to a second operating mode having a second ratio of the first fuel to the second fuel. The controller is operable to change the engine from one operating mode to another operating mode.10-20-2011
20100305830CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FUEL AND SECONDARY AIR INJECTION - An engine control system comprises an actuator control module and a tertiary injection module. The actuator control module provides secondary air to an exhaust system when a catalyst light-off mode is enabled and provides first and second injections of fuel to a cylinder during each engine cycle while the catalyst light-off mode is enabled. The tertiary injection module selectively provides a third injection of fuel to the cylinder during an exhaust phase of each engine cycle while the catalyst light-off mode is enabled. The first, second, and third injections are each separated by a period of time.12-02-2010
20100305829ETHANOL CONTENT DETERMINATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A combustion control system for a vehicle comprises a position determination module and an ethanol determination module. The position determination module determines a crankshaft angle where a predetermined percentage of a fuel was combusted within a cylinder of an engine during an engine cycle based on one of pressure within the cylinder measured by a cylinder pressure sensor during the engine cycle and torque on a crankshaft measured by a torque sensor during the engine cycle. The ethanol determination module determines an ethanol content of the fuel based on the crankshaft angle.12-02-2010
20110178695CONTROL DEVICE OF AUTOMATIC ENGINE STOP AND START - In a control device, an engine self-restart means tries the engine restart when an engine restart request is issued while the engine rotation speed is within a first rotation speed range. A pre-gear synchronizing control means executes gear rotation speed synchronization between pinion and ring gears, and then retries the engine restart when the engine restart request is issued while the engine rotation-speed is within a second rotation speed range. A pre-gear meshing control means executes gear-meshing between the pinion and ring gears and then retries the engine restart when the engine restart request is issued while the engine rotation speed is within a third rotation speed range. On detecting the engine-restart failure of the engine self-restart control, the control device prohibits the execution of pre-gear synchronizing control until a predetermined time counted form the failure detection time is elapsed, and executes the pre-gear meshing control after the predetermined time period is elapsed.07-21-2011
20110160983 METHOD FOR CORRECTING THE CYLINDER UNBALANCING IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method is provided for correcting the cylinder unbalancing in an internal combustion engine. The method includes, but is not limited to the steps of acquiring the crankshaft or engine speed signal while a fuel injector is energized for a determined period of time in which all other fuel injectors are de-energized, generating a square wave signal by scanning said markings with the detector, the signal having a predetermined period, performing a first period-summing step so as to obtain first segments of the periods, performing a digital anti-aliasing filtering of the first segments, performing a segment-summing step so as to obtain second, larger segments, performing a band-pass filtering step on predetermined harmonic components thus obtaining intermediate values, creating filtered correction values representative of an ideal crankshaft wheel speed signal, correcting the intermediate values using the filtered correction values thus obtaining final values, performing a proportional and integral control, component by component, based on the final values, summing (06-30-2011
20110153180ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN LOADS IN ENHANCED FAIL SAFE MANNER - A first judgment circuit and a second judgment circuit are adapted to set a judging signal high when a judgment data sent from a microprocessor indicates failure. The high level judging signal triggers a forced idle command connected to a motor driver, to be high level whereby the motor is forcibly suspended. Subsequently, when a reset command is accidentally transmitted by the microprocessor due to an unexpected fault, a first judging signal from the first judgment circuit is reset to low level. However, a second judging signal from the second judgment circuit remains high level. As a result, the forced idle command stays high level.06-23-2011
20120203443Fuel-Based Injection Control - Systems and methods of operating an engine, the engine including an injector configured to directly inject fuel into an engine cylinder. One example method comprises, during an engine cold start, performing compression direct fuel injection, and retarding a timing of the compression injection as a fuel alcohol content of the fuel increases.08-09-2012
20090259389CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING BOTH FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM AND EXHAUST GAS CLEANING SYSTEM - A control apparatus is disclosed which controls both a fuel injection system and an exhaust gas cleaning system for an internal combustion engine. The fuel injection system includes at least one fuel injector for injecting fuel from a fuel source into a cylinder of the engine. The exhaust gas cleaning system includes a fuel adding device for adding fuel from the fuel source to the exhaust gas from the engine. The control apparatus includes determining means and stopping means. The determining means determines whether operation of the fuel adding device for adding the fuel to the exhaust gas interferes with control by the control apparatus of the fuel injection system. The stopping means stops the operation of the fuel adding device when it is determined by the determining means that the operation of the fuel adding device interferes with the control by the control apparatus of the fuel injection system.10-15-2009
20090240419Pre-Delivery Strategy for Diesel-Engine Vehicles - A method to supply fuel to an engine of a vehicle is provided. The method includes adjusting a direct injection of fuel into a cylinder of the engine based on whether the vehicle is in a pre-delivery state. In one example, the method includes reducing an amount of fuel in a post injection. In other examples, the method includes changing a timing of a post injection. In still other examples, the method includes changing an amount and/or a timing of a main injection of fuel, or suppressing a post injection. By using a modified post injection schedule during pre-delivery, cylinder bore wetting effects may be reduced. After pre-delivery, a normal post injection schedule may be used to reduce emissions. Pre-delivery may be identified in a variety of ways: based on a number of miles driven, a maximum vehicle speed, an engine run time, or combinations thereof, as examples. Further, a vehicle retailer may actuate a delivery-indicating signal once the vehicle has been delivered.09-24-2009
20080243361CONTROL OF IN-CYLINDER CONDITIONS OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OPERATING WITH MULTIPLE COMBUSTION MODES - A method of controlling a diesel engine that is capable of multiple combustion modes and equipped with a turbocharger and EGR loop. The control method avoids a singularity condition inherent in turbocharged diesel engine having multiple combustion modes. For different combustion modes, different system states, control variables, and actuators are carefully chosen for different controllers based on the characteristics of the corresponding combustion mode as well as sensor and measurement limitations.10-02-2008
20080243362Air-fuel ratio detection apparatus of internal combustion engine - In a multi-cylinder engine, to compute the air-fuel ratio of each cylinder by an air-fuel ratio sensor disposed in an exhaust pipe, a cylinder is determined by a crank angle detected by a crank angle sensor. A deviation in the air-fuel ratio of each cylinder is detected on the basis of the output signal of the air-fuel ratio sensor disposed in the exhaust pipe and the forcibly changed quantity of the air-fuel ratio.10-02-2008
20090216426PLUG-IN HYBRID EVAP VALVE MANAGEMENT TO REDUCE VALVE CYCLING - A control module for an engine of a vehicle includes a mode determination module that determines whether the vehicle is in a fuel-saving mode based on an acceleration of the vehicle. A diurnal control valve (DCV) control module selectively closes a DCV a predetermined time after at least one of determining that the vehicle is in the fuel-saving mode and determining that the engine is stopped.08-27-2009
20090143956CONTROL METHOD FOR MIXTURE RATIO IN A MULTI-CYLINDER INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE EQUIPPED WITH AT LEAST TWO LAMBDA SENSORS PLACED UPSTREAM OF A CATALYTIC CONVERTER - Control method for the mixture ratio in a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine, the control method providing for the following: reading a first real value of the mixture ratio via a master lambda sensor associated with a first cylinder group, reading a second real value of the mixture ratio via a slave lambda sensor associated with a second cylinder group, calculating a first amount of fuel to inject into the cylinders of the first cylinder group to track a mixture ratio target value by using the first real value of the mixture ratio as a feedback variable, calculating the mean of the second real value of the mixture ratio in the detection window, calculating a correction value for the amount of fuel to inject based on the difference between a target value and the mean of the second real value of the mixture ratio, and calculating a second amount of fuel to inject into the cylinders of the second cylinder group by applying the correction value to the first amount of fuel to inject into the cylinders of the first cylinder group.06-04-2009
20110213545MODIFICATION OF ENGINE CONTROL SIGNAL TIMING BY EMULATION OF ENGINE POSITION SENSORS - The timing of a controlled event is advanced or retarded in an IC engine by emulating the engine speed and position signal pattern prior to transmission of that signal pattern to an output such as a fuel injector. In a multi-controller engine in which a second controller is controlled at least in part by signals delivered by first controller, the signal preferably is emulated in the first controller prior to transmission to the second engine controller in order to allow the shifting of a timing of a controlled event without direct data transfer from the second controller to the first controller. The technique is particularly well-suited for controlling diesel fuel injection in a dual fuel or other multi-fuel engine. In this case, the first controller must be a dual fuel controller and the second controller may be a diesel controller.09-01-2011
20110213543INTEGRATION OF ELECTRONICS FUEL REGULATOR IN A SINGLE UNIT FOR 4 CYCLE ENGINES - A fuel injection system for a hydro carbon engine is provided with a simplified electronic governor system for controlling the maximum speed of the engine. The governor system is operatively associated with an electronic control unit (ECU) for operating the engine. A pulse width modulated fuel valve is provided with a pressure intensifier device enabling the fuel system to use low pressure signals in providing a fuel supply to the engine. The fuel system further is provided with a throttle body having the ECU, the fuel valve and the governor system integrated with on another in a single package for mounting on the engine.09-01-2011
20080319633Device and Method for Controlling Internal Combustion Engine - The internal combustion engine has a valve driving mechanism (VM) capable of changing the valve-opening characteristic of at least one of an intake valve (Vi) and an exhaust valve (Ve), an in-cylinder pressure sensor for detecting the in-cylinder pressure in a combustion chamber and ECU. ECU calculates the variation amount of the in-cylinder pressure caused by the valve-overlap of the intake valve (Vi) and the exhaust valve (Ve), and based on this variation amount of the in-cylinder pressure and the in-cylinder pressure detected at a predetermined timing in the compression stroke, calculates an amount of air sucked in the combustion chambers, as well as, based on this calculated intake air amount, determines the ignition timing. The amount of air sucked in the combustion chamber is accurately and costlessly calculated, and the ignition timing is optimally determined by using the calculated air amount.12-25-2008
20090118979THROTTLE CONTROLLING APPARATUS FOR DIESEL ENGINE WITH SUPERCHARGER - An apparatus for controlling a throttle opening degree of a diesel engine with a supercharger is disclosed. The apparatus includes an electronic control unit having functions of detecting section, a computing section, a correcting section, and a correction limiting/inhibiting section. The detecting section detects the atmospheric pressure, and the computing section computes an atmospheric pressure correction value with respect to the throttle opening degree based on the detected atmospheric pressure. The correcting section corrects the throttle opening degree in accordance with the atmospheric pressure correction value. When the degree of separation of an actual charging pressure from a target charging pressure in the supercharger is les than a predetermined value, the correction limiting/inhibiting section limits or inhibits correction of the throttle opening degree in accordance with the atmospheric pressure correction value.05-07-2009
20090118976FUEL INJECTION QUANTITY CONTROL SYSTEM FOR GENERAL-PURPOSE ENGINE - A fuel injection control system corrects the amount of fuel injected by fuel injection valves toward an increased side when an acceleration state resulting from operation of a throttle occurs. A control unit includes a detector, an acceleration state determinor, and an acceleration corrector. When an increase in the detected value is a predetermined value or more within a first predetermined time period, the acceleration state determiner determines that a state is an acceleration state and inputs a signal inducing fuel-amount-increase correction to the acceleration corrector. When the state where an amount of change in the detected value reaches a predetermined value or more in an increasing or decreasing direction within a first predetermined time period continuously occurs a predetermined number of times or more before a second predetermined time period expires, determination of the acceleration state is stopped until a third predetermined time period passes.05-07-2009
20110160981Method for Operating a Drive Unit and Drive Unit - The invention relates to a method for operating a drive unit, wherein the drive unit has an internal combustion engine, which is provided with at least one fuel pump, which is controlled and/or regulated by a pump control unit and which is intended for introducing fuel into a pressure accumulator; a metering system for introducing fuel, which has been metered by means of a lambda function unit, from the pressure accumulator into the internal combustion engine; and a pressure sensor for determining the pressure in the pressure accumulator; and wherein the output variables of the pump control unit and the lambda function unit are evaluated in order to determine a malfunction of the internal combustion engine. In this case, it is provided that additionally the pressure sensor is subjected to at least a defined test pressure for at least a short period of time and that the pressure that is measured with the pressure sensor is compared with the defined test pressure, in order to determine or rule out a malfunction of the pressure sensor. Furthermore, the invention relates to a drive unit.06-30-2011
20110257867METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING TURBO LAG IN AN ENGINE - A method and control module for controlling an engine includes a requested torque module that generates a requested torque and a turbo boost level module that determines a desired boost level based on the driver requested torque. The control module further includes a pulse determination module that determines a primary fuel injection pulsewidth and a secondary fuel injection pulsewidth based on the driver requested torque and the desired boost level and controls a first injection into the cylinder with the primary fuel injection pulsewidth and a second injection into the cylinder with the secondary fuel injection pulsewidth.10-20-2011
20100280742CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ENGINE IN RESPONSE TO DETECTING AN OUT OF RANGE PRESSURE SIGNAL - A method and control module for operating an engine that includes a pressure range determination module that determines a pressure value for a pressure sensor in a fuel rail is out of range. A fuel rail pressure estimate module that determines a predicted pressure value. An engine control module that operates the engine using the predicted pressure value.11-04-2010
20130158837VARIABLE-IGNITION DIESEL-GASOLINE DUAL FUEL POWERED COMBUSTION ENGINE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OF THE SAME - A variable ignition diesel-gasoline dual fuel powered combustion engine can select spark ignition (SI) or compression ignition (DI) depending on the engine's operating range. The engine may include a cylinder block formed of at least one cylinder each being connected to an air intake manifold supplying air or a gasoline fuel-mixed air and an exhaust manifold exhausting an exhaust gas after combustions; and an ECU controlling the combustion modes. The ECU is configured to judge the engine's operating ranges of an engine depending on the speed and load of the engine, and when the range is the high load range, only the diesel fuel is combusted, and when the range is the low load range, only the gasoline fuel is combusted, and when the range is between the high load range and the low load range, the diesel and gasoline fuels are mixed and combusted.06-20-2013
20100299048ENGINE FOR AN AGRICULTURAL HARVESTER HAVING ISOCHRONOUS TORQUE CURVE WITH POWER BULGE - A method of operating an IC engine in an agricultural harvester includes the steps of: operating the IC engine in a normal mode with a base torque curve as a function of engine operating speed and engine power output, the base torque curve being generally isochronous at a rated operating speed over a power output range terminating at a rated power output; and operating the IC engine in a boost mode with a boost torque curve when a power boost is required above the rated power output, the boost torque curve having a power output which is above the base torque curve over a predefined range of the operating speed.11-25-2010
20080255753Method and System for Automatically Adjusting Electronic Fuel Injection in Response to Fuel Type - An engine control unit is configured to provide a fuel injector pulse width signal. A signal modifier comprises a fuel-type identifier in communication with the engine control unit. The signal modifier is configured to provide a 25% greater, modified pulse width signal to the fuel injector component in response to a parameter input to the fuel-type identifier. The pulse width signal is optimized for a gasoline blend and, more particularly, to an E85 fuel blend.10-16-2008
20100318279SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ENGINE DURING TRANSIENT EVENTS - Systems and methods for controlling an internal combustion engine include adjusting fuel delivered to a cylinder during a transient event by an amount indexed by number of combustion events after detecting the transient event. A base fueling parameter may be adjusted by an adaptive correction value indexed by combustion events after the transient event is detected, with the adaptive value determined using air/fuel ratio difference of previous combustion events during similar transient operating conditions associated with the same combustion event index number. Ionization sensor signal characteristics may be used to determine actual air/fuel ratios used to determine the air/fuel ratio difference and corresponding adaptive correction values. The adaptive values may be modified in response to a vehicle refueling event based on an amount of added fuel relative to existing fuel in the vehicle fuel tank.12-16-2010
20090222192Straddle-Type Vehicle and Combustion Controller for Straddle-Type Vehicle - A straddle-type vehicle 09-03-2009
20120203442FUEL INJECTOR INTERFACE AND DIAGNOSTICS - A method comprising receiving a fuel injection signal from a first driver circuit via a control line, feeding the fuel injection signal to a second fuel injector driver circuit, sending a control signal output from the second fuel injector driver circuit to a fuel injector, monitoring the fuel injector for degradation based on operation according to the control signal, and in response to degradation of the fuel injector, changing a state of the control line.08-09-2012
20080255752Internal Combustion Engine Having Variable Valve Lift Mechanism - Methods and systems for controlling an internal combustion engine are provided. The method may include opening and closing an intake valve respectively at first opening and closing timings of a cylinder cycle during an engine start when a temperature of the internal combustion engine is below a predetermined temperature, and opening and closing the intake valve respectively at second opening and closing timings of a cylinder cycle during an engine start when a temperature of the internal combustion engine is above the predetermined temperature. The second closing timing may be later than the first closing timing and after a bottom dead center of an intake stroke of the cylinder cycle. The second opening timing may be earlier than the first opening timing, and a difference between the first and second closing timings may be greater than a difference between the first and second opening timings.10-16-2008
20080255751Process and Device for Controlling an Internal Combustion Engine - In a process for controlling an internal combustion engine (10-16-2008
20080243360Method and System for Adjusting Electronic Ignition for Multiple Fuel Types - An engine control unit is configured to provide a fuel injector pulse width signal. A signal modifier comprises a fuel-type identifier in communication with the engine control unit. The signal modifier is configured to provide a 25% greater, modified pulse width signal to the fuel injector component in response to a switch selection. The pulse width signal is optimized for a gasoline blend and, more particularly, to an E85 fuel blend.10-02-2008
20110054761CYLINDER-TO-CYLINDER AIR/FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE DETERMINATION SYSTEM OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A cylinder-to-cylinder air/fuel ratio imbalance determination system obtains an imbalance determination parameter that increases or decreases as a difference between the air/fuel ratios of different cylinders increases, based on output values of an air/fuel ratio sensor, and makes a cylinder-to-cylinder A/F imbalance determination, based on the result of comparison between the imbalance determination parameter and a threshold value for imbalance determination. The determination system changes the amount of fuel injected into one or more of the cylinders so as to create a forced imbalance condition in which the air/fuel ratio of a particular cylinder deviates from the air/fuel ratio of the remaining cylinders, and obtains an air/fuel ratio sensor evaluation parameter (e.g., rate of change ΔAF of the detected air/fuel ratio) in this condition. Then, the determination system determines whether the air/fuel ratio sensor is adequate for making a cylinder-to-cylinder A/F imbalance determination, by comparing the evaluation parameter with a reference parameter (an evaluation parameter obtained based on output values of a reference air/fuel ratio sensor in the same forced imbalance condition).03-03-2011
20110022288CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control device that is used with an internal combustion engine to improve both the response and controllability of torque generated by the internal combustion engine. The control device calculates an operation amount of an intake actuator in accordance with a demanded air amount. The control device then calculates a torque that is generated when the intake actuator is operated by the calculated operation amount at a predetermined ignition timing setting, and calculates an ignition timing retard amount that is necessary to achieve a demanded torque in accordance with the difference between the calculated torque and the demanded torque. The control device ensures that the demanded torque and a demanded efficiency are both reflected in the demanded air amount.01-27-2011
20110257868PRESSURE CONTROL IN THE COMMON RAIL SYSTEM OF A COMBUSTION ENGINE - The apparatus and method according to the invention comprise a controller (10-20-2011
20110137539Multi-Component Transient Fuel Compensation - A method adjusts fuel injection to account for fuel puddling in the engine intake. The fuel is adjusted based on the ethanol content of the fuel in the puddle, and the make-up of the various fuel components in the puddle. In this way, it is possible to better account for the effects of these parameters on puddle evaporation.06-09-2011
20100292910METHOD FOR REDUCING DIESEL ENGINE EMISSIONS, AND DIESEL ENGINE - A method for controlling combustion in a multi-cylinder engine includes injecting fuel into at least one cylinder of the multi-cylinder engine and, for each cylinder, separately controlling at least one fuel injection parameter to produce a desired exhaust composition for that cylinder. A multi-cylinder engine is also disclosed.11-18-2010
20110118956INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE FUEL INJECTION CONTROL METHOD - In an internal combustion engine provided with a fuel injection valve for injecting fuel into an intake air flow path for each cylinder, there is performed a plurality of fuel injections during one cycle for each cylinder, one injection thereof being performed in synchronization with a period during which an intake valve is being opened and reverse flow of in-cylinder gas into the intake air flow path occurs.05-19-2011
20110118955SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ENGINE TORQUE - An engine control system for a vehicle includes a power request determination module, a desired speed determination module, and a torque control module. The power request determination module determines a power request for an engine based on a request from a driver of the vehicle and a speed of the vehicle. The desired speed determination module determines a desired speed of the engine based on a speed of a turbine in a torque converter of the engine, a state of a clutch in the torque converter, and one of the power request, a first amount of clutch slip, and a second amount of clutch slip. The torque control module determines a desired engine torque based on the desired engine speed and the power request and controls torque output of the engine based on the desired engine torque.05-19-2011
20110040473METHOD FOR REGULATING AN AIR/FUEL RATIO AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING A FUEL QUALITY - In a method for regulating an air/fuel ratio, and in a method for recognizing a fuel quality, a lambda sensor is provided in the exhaust of the internal combustion engine, wherein after fueling of the tank the second adaption value is first adjusted due to a deviation of the lambda signal from the target signal occurring such that the lambda signal oscillates again about the target value, wherein the second adaption value is determined as a function of the current adaption value and as a function of the currently determined quality of the fuel. In a method for recognizing a fuel quality, particularly of a mixture ratio of two types of fuel, the lambda signal of the lambda sensor is analyzed for recognizing the quality.02-17-2011
20110125388METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN INDEX OF THE FUEL COMBUSTION IN AN ENGINE CYLINDER - A method is provided for determining an index representing the crank angle at which a given fuel mass fraction has been burnt in a cylinder of the engine during an engine cycle. The method includes, but is not limited to sampling the pressure within the cylinder during the engine cycle, using the pressure samples for determining the heat release rate curve during the engine cycle, using the heat release rate curve for determining the cumulative heat release curve during the engine cycle, determining a minimum value and a maximum value of thee cumulative heat release curve, using the given fuel mass fraction for calculating a target value of the cumulative heat release between the minimum and maximum values, finding a goal point of the cumulative heat release curve that corresponds to the target value, assuming the crank angle corresponding to the goal point as the index. The method further includes, but is not limited to determining an opening angle within the crank angular range corresponding to compression stroke of the engine cycle, determining a closing angle within the crank angular range corresponding to the expansion stroke of the engine cycle, using the opening and closing angles for delimiting between them a first angular window, and limiting the determination of the minimum and maximum values of the cumulative heat release curve within the first angular window.05-26-2011
20110125387FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM HAVING PRESSURE CONTROL VALVE - A pressure control valve is provided in a fuel return pipe connected between a high pressure fuel pipe and a fuel pressurizing chamber of a high pressure pump. A pressure relief valve is opened when fuel pressure in a fuel delivery pipe is higher than a first pressure. A first valve body of the pressure relief valve is brought into contact with a stopper so that a movement of the first valve body is limited. A pressure holding valve, which is provided in an inside of the first valve body, is opened when the fuel pressure in the fuel delivery pipe is larger than a second pressure. When the pressure relief valve is opened and the first valve body crashes into the stopper, a lifting amount of a second valve body of the pressure holding valve is increased by inertia of the second valve body, so that extraneous material attached to the second valve body can be removed.05-26-2011
20100235067VARIABLE VALVE TIMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - In valve timing control after issuance of an engine stop instruction with a prescribed value set as a target phase, an ECU delays permission of an engine stop process within a prescribed time period while an intake valve phase has not yet reached the target value, so that a valve timing control operation is continued while the engine operation is continued in an idle state. After the lapse of a prescribed time period from the issuance of the engine stop instruction, however, the ECU permits the engine stop process no matter whether the intake valve phase has reached the target value or not. As a result, the amount of valve timing that can be changed by the valve timing control in the engine stop operation can be increased, without causing any uncomfortable feeling of the driver.09-16-2010
20100324801SYSTEM FOR SUPPLY OF LPG/AMMONIA FOR DIRECT-INJECTION PETROL OR DIESEL ENGINES - A system for supply of LPG/ammonia for direct-injection petrol or diesel engines comprises, in combination: an electronic control unit for regulation and control of the strategies (12-23-2010
20100324802ABNORMALITY DETECTION APPARATUS AND ABNORMALITY DETECTION METHOD FOR AIR/FUEL RATIO SENSOR - An abnormality detection apparatus includes: an air/fuel ratio control portion that performs a control of fluctuating the air/fuel ratio between rich and lean states; a data acquisition portion that acquires, as data for detecting abnormality, a parameter that corresponds to responsiveness during change of output of the A/F sensor between rich and lean peaks during the control; a straight line setting portion that sets a straight line that represents a tendency of change of the parameter relative to change in intake air amount of the engine based on the data acquired by performing acquisition of the data a plurality of times; and an abnormality determination portion that determines the presence/absence of abnormality of the A/F sensor based on comparison between the gradient of the set straight line and an abnormality criterion value.12-23-2010
20090171551SECONDARY AIR SUPPLY SYSTEM AND VEHICLE - A secondary air supply system includes a CPU, a first air supply pipe, a second air supply pipe, a first shut-off valve, and a second shut-off valve. First ends of the first air supply pipe and the second air supply pipe are connected to an air cleaner box and the other ends thereof are connected to an exhaust port. The CPU controls opening/closing of the first shut-off valve and the second shut-off valve based on a state of an engine. The first shut-off valve and the second shut-off valve are selectively opened by the CPU, so that air in the air cleaner box is supplied to the exhaust port through the first air supply pipe and/or the second air supply pipe.07-02-2009
20090171552Engine Control Device, Engine Control Method, and Motorcycle - An engine control device includes an engine revolution speed information acquisition device for acquiring the revolution speed of an engine, an accelerator opening sensor for detecting the opening of an accelerator operated by a rider of a vehicle mounted with the engine, a throttle opening control unit configured to control an opening of a throttle of the engine on the basis of the opening of the accelerator and other information, and an ignition control unit configured to limit ignition at a crank position before a compression top dead center on the basis of the opening of the accelerator and the revolution speed of the engine.07-02-2009
20100121556Torque-Based Hybrid Electric Vehicle Powertrain Control System and Method - The invention comprises a control method for a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain having a throttle-controlled engine and an electric motor, a battery and a generator. Compensation is made for differences between driver commanded torque and actual engine torque due to engine throttle contamination using a closed-loop control strategy that creates a throttle setting correction.05-13-2010
20120310508SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING FAILURES OF MASS AIRFLOW SENSORS IN A PARALLEL INTAKE ENGINE - A system for a parallel intake engine includes first, second, third, and fourth modules. The first module estimates a total mass air flow (MAF) into the engine based on a cross-sectional area of a throttle and a pressure ratio across the throttle. The second module estimates first and second MAFs through first and second induction paths, respectively, based on the estimated total MAF and a factor. The third module calculates first and second differences between the estimated first and second MAFs and first and second MAFs measured by first and second MAF sensors, respectively. The fourth module detects failures of the first and second MAF sensors based on the first and second differences and first and second thresholds, respectively.12-06-2012
20100082221THERMAL-PROTECTION BASED ENGINE PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT - An engine control module includes a power module and a turbine temperature module. The power module controls engine power output based on a turbine temperature. The turbine temperature module determines the turbine temperature based on a turbine inlet temperature. The power module decreases the engine power output when the turbine temperature is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold temperature.04-01-2010
20100082222Fuel Sulfur Content-Based Operation Control of a Diesel Engine - Over a diesel engine's lifetime, engine efficiency may be reduced and some of this may be attributable to sulfur deposit accumulation in the engine. A method for controlling operation of a diesel engine operating on a fuel is provided. The method may include adjusting an injection of fuel to the engine in response to a sulfur content of the fuel.04-01-2010
20100082223HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - There is provided a high pressure fuel pump control system for an internal combustion engine which enables fuel pressure control with high precision without being restricted by the number of cylinders of the internal combustion engine or the number of phase sensor signals and the number of cam noses which vertically drives a plunger of a high pressure fuel pump even when a camshaft phase varies by a variable valve timing mechanism by using the high pressure fuel pump with a solenoid valve. The control system has a means which changes an effective stroke by driving the solenoid valve in the high pressure fuel pump, and has a means which changes the drive timing of the high pressure fuel pump based on a cylinder recognition value of the internal combustion engine with the cam angle detecting means as an origin.04-01-2010
20090292445Method for determining the quality of the fuel for an internal combustion engine - A method for determining the quality of the fuel for an internal combustion engine, in particular a direct-injection internal combustion engine in a vehicle, which is characterized by the following be performed: the internal combustion engine is operated in idle mode under predefinable operating conditions, the curve of the injection quantity, necessary for idling, over the engine temperature is determined, and the fuel quality is inferred from the curve of the injection quantity over the engine temperature.11-26-2009
20090292450Method and Vehicle Electric System for a Motor Vehicle With a Pre-Emptive Temporary Torque Restriction of the Internal Combustion Engine - A method for reducing energy consumption of a motor vehicle having an internal combustion engine and a vehicle electric system, to which at least a first electric consumer is connected. To achieve an efficient vehicle electric system with a reduced energy consumption, the internal combustion engine is operated in a first operating mode with a first injection quantity and a first ignition timing. In a second operating mode, the internal combustion engine is operated with a second injection quantity that is higher than the first injection quantity and with a second ignition timing. The second ignition timing at the second injection quantity is not as favorable to the performance of the internal combustion engine as the first ignition timing. In a third operating mode, the internal combustion engine is operated with the second injection quantity and predominantly the first ignition timing so that the performance of the internal combustion engine is higher in the third operating mode than in the second operating mode. A driving situation detection device recognizes an imminent specific driving situation on the basis of the previous behavior of the driver in controlling the vehicle and/or the behavior of the vehicle in advance and initiates a switch in the operating modes of the internal combustion engine from the first operating mode to the second operating mode.11-26-2009
20090292449POWER OUTPUT APPARATUS, VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING POWER OUTPUT APPARATUS - In a power output apparatus, when the fuel vapor concentration is high and the target purge rate is high, an operating point on a purge priority operating line is selected as a target operating point of an engine. As a result, the intake manifold negative pressure greater than that when an operating point on an optimum fuel efficiency operating line is selected, so that the flow rate of purge gas released from a canister is increased. When the fuel vapor concentration does not fall within a high-concentration range, the necessity to immediately purge fuel vapor trapped in the canister into the intake pipe is low, and thus an operating point on the optimum fuel efficiency operating line is selected to keep the engine operating at high fuel efficiency.11-26-2009
20090292448Engine Controller - An engine controller capable of optimizing both the air-fuel ratio and the ignition timing to provide HC-minimized performance under the relevant driving conditions (environmental conditions) in order to minimize the amount of HC emitted from an engine at the time of start-up (before catalyst activation) is provided. The engine controller includes: air-fuel ratio control means for controlling the air-fuel ratio to be within a predetermined range (for example, 14.5 to 16.5) when the engine is operated at a certain driving condition (for example, in a state in which the catalyst is not activated such as the time of starting a cooler, or idling time); and ignition timing correction means for correcting the ignition timing to the retard side when the engine is operated at the certain driving condition and the air-fuel ratio is within the predetermined range.11-26-2009
20090292447FUEL CONTROL FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A fuel injection control for an internal combustion engine is provided. Fuel is injected into a cylinder of the internal combustion engine. The fuel injection is divided into main injection and pilot injection in advance of the main injection. An actual compression ignition timing is detected based on a combustion state in the cylinder. A fuel injection timing of the main injection is controlled based on the actual compression ignition timing. An amount of heat release based on the pilot injection is computed. A fuel injection amount of the pilot injection is corrected based on the computed heat release amount.11-26-2009
20090292446CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control apparatus of an internal combustion engine performs control to warm up a catalyst. More specifically, the control apparatus keeps a wastegate valve open when the temperature of the catalyst is less than a predetermined temperature and closes the wastegate valve when the temperature of the catalyst becomes equal to or greater than the predetermined temperature. The control apparatus executes control to increase and decrease the fuel injection quantity such that the internal combustion engine alternately switches between lean burn and rich burn when the wastegate valve is closed. Accordingly, rich gas and lean gas can be reliably mixed in the catalyst, and CO can be reliably combusted in the catalyst. Therefore, the catalyst can be promptly warmed up while CO, HC, and the like can be appropriately suppressed from flowing through the catalyst.11-26-2009
20090292443APPROACH FOR REDUCING OVERHEATING OF DIRECT INJECTION FUEL INJECTORS - A method of controlling fuel supplied to an engine is provided. The engine includes at least one cylinder having a port injection fuel injector being supplied with fuel from at least one of a first fuel storage tank and a second fuel storage tank and a direct injection fuel injector being selectively supplied with fuel from one of the first fuel storage tank and the second fuel storage tank. The method includes at a first condition, supplying at least some of a second type of fuel from the second fuel storage tank to the direct injection fuel injector and supplying at least some of a first type of fuel from the first fuel storage tank to the port injection fuel injector, and at a second condition, supplying at least some of the first type of fuel from the first fuel storage tank to the direct injection fuel injector.11-26-2009
20090292442APPROACH FOR ENHANCING EMISSIONS CONTROL DEVICE WARMUP IN A DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE SYSTEM - A method of controlling fuel supplied to an engine of a vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes a first fuel storage tank to store a first type of fuel, a second fuel storage tank to store a second type of fuel, and an emissions control device. The engine includes at least one cylinder having a direct injection fuel injector being selectively supplied with the first type of fuel from the first fuel storage tank and the second type of fuel from the second fuel storage tank. The method includes supplying the first type of fuel from the first fuel storage tank to the direct injection fuel injector in response an engine start condition of the vehicle, and supplying the second type of fuel from the second fuel storage tank to the direct injection fuel injector, in response to an increase in engine output exceeding a threshold increase or a temperature of the emissions control device exceeding a threshold temperature.11-26-2009
20090292441Control Apparatus for Internal Combustion Engine - A control apparatus (11-26-2009
20090292444BOOSTED ENGINE CONTROL RESPONSIVE TO DRIVER SELECTED PERFORMANCE - Various systems and methods are described for operating an engine in a vehicle in response to a driver performance/economy mode. One example method comprises delivering a first fuel to a cylinder of the engine from a first injector, delivering a second, different, fuel to the cylinder of the engine from a second injector, varying a relative amount of said first and second fuel as an operating condition varies; and adjusting delivery of at least said second fuel based on a driver-selected performance mode.11-26-2009
20090204312CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - The engine operational region in which the cylinder deactivation operation is performed in the cylinder deactivation control is switched between the cylinder deactivation region AP08-13-2009
20110191007Method and System for Pre-Ignition Control - Methods and systems are provided for addressing cylinder-to-cylinder imbalances in the incidence of pre-ignition and/or knock. Engine cylinders are fueled based on each cylinder's pre-ignition count to balance the incidence of pre-ignition in each cylinder. The fueling is adjusted to maintain engine exhaust at stoichiometry.08-04-2011
20110191009CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - To balance between air-fuel ratio controllability and torque response performance in a control device for an internal combustion engine performing a throttle delay control. An air quantity requirement is calculated based on torque required of an internal combustion engine. A throttle opening for achieving the air quantity requirement is calculated by using an inverse model of an intake system model that models response of a cylinder intake air quantity relative to an operation of a throttle. A throttle opening delayed by a predetermined delay time Td is outputted as an operation amount to the throttle. When, however, there is no allowance for introducing the delay time Td between the response time of the cylinder intake air quantity to a throttle operation to be achieved at a current engine speed and a torque response time requirement, the delay processing of the throttle opening is restricted by, for example, making the delay time Td zero or shortening the delay time Td.08-04-2011
20110191008SUPPLEMENTARY FUEL SYSTEM FOR DELIVERY OF HYDROGEN GAS TO AN ENGINE - A method and system of a supplementary fuel system for delivering hydrogen to an engine is described.08-04-2011
20110191006ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION ESTIMATION AND DETECTION APPARATUS FOR AN ENGINE - In an alcohol concentration estimation apparatus for an engine, a first crank angular speed (ω08-04-2011
20100030449FUEL INJECTION CONTROL DEVICE OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An ECU executes a program including injecting fuel only by an intake passage injector when an engine is idling, starting an addition-type PFI timer, resetting the PFI timer when a count of the PFI timer reaches a set value that is set shorter as the fuel is lighter in fuel property, and injecting the fuel only by an in-cylinder injector.02-04-2010
20100030448METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING UNBURNED FUEL AND OIL FROM EXHAUST MANIFOLDS - Methods and systems are provided for operating an internal combustion engine having an exhaust system and a plurality of cylinders that utilize fuel and/or oil for combustion and engine lubrication purposes. In one example, a method comprises, while the engine is operating in a low-load mode or an idle mode, successively operating distinct subsets of said cylinders at a cylinder load sufficient to increase an exhaust temperature for burning unburned fuel and/or oil deposited in the cylinders or engine exhaust system. Herein, each successively operated subset comprises at least one but fewer than all of the plurality of cylinders, and the cylinders that are not currently being operated in a subset are operated in a low- or no-fuel mode.02-04-2010
20100023243METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for operating an internal combustion engine, in which at least one first influence variable influences a state variable of the air in the intake manifold. The state variable of the air in the intake manifold is ascertained while taking into account a plurality of influence variables, which influence the state variable, while using a first physical relationship. The same state variable is ascertained while taking into account a plurality of influence variables, which influence the state variable of the air in the intake manifold while using a second physical relationship. A specific adjusting parameter, which represents a specific error in the influence variable, is linked to each influence variable. The adjusting parameters are learned and monitored in the operation of the internal combustion engine. A certain adjusting parameter is learned and monitored in an operating range of the internal combustion engine in which the other adjusting parameters have a lesser influence on the state variable than that certain adjusting parameter, and in this context, the certain adjusting parameter is adjusted in such a way that the state variable ascertained by using the first physical relationship is at least approximately equal to the state variable ascertained by using the second physical relationship.01-28-2010
20100023242VALVE TIMING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A valve timing control apparatus for an internal combustion engine includes a variable valve timing mechanism. The valve timing control apparatus sets target valve timing based on an operational state of the engine. The valve timing control apparatus detects actual valve timing. The valve timing control apparatus computes a control amount based on a deviation between the target valve timing and the actual valve timing and based on a hold control amount. The valve timing control apparatus determines whether a learning execution condition for executing a learning operation of the hold control amount is satisfied based on a change direction of the detected actual valve timing. The valve timing control apparatus executes the learning operation when the learning execution condition is satisfied.01-28-2010
20100023240METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMBUSTION NOISE IN A COMPRESSION-IGNITION ENGINE - Combustion noise in a compression-ignition engine is controlled by measuring in-cylinder pressure of a cylinder of the compression-ignition engine, determining a combustion noise level based on the in-cylinder pressure measurement, and modifying a combustion control parameter based on the combustion noise level.01-28-2010
20100017099SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PUMP CONTROL - The present invention is a method and system for controlling a motor attached to a variable displacement pump for providing a supercritical fuel and fuel pressure to a plurality of fuel injectors of a vehicle engine. The system includes: a pump having a motor; a tachometer sensor for measuring a rotational displacement of a motor shaft and for sending a tachometer count value to a memory device; an engine control unit configured to generate a rotational displacement vs. pressure profile of the pump based on the displacement value and pressure value; an accumulator attached to the output of the pump; and a control method that allows for a look ahead and prediction of the pump requirements needed in a future cycle based on current demand to allow for an efficient fuel injection pump.01-21-2010
20100017098Diagnostic Control Apparatus for Internal Combustion Engines - Disclosed is a diagnostic control apparatus for internal combustion engines capable of accurately diagnosing the presence and extent of air/fuel ratio variations in engine cylinders, even when the system has no part for detecting the air/fuel ratio in each cylinder. The diagnostic control apparatus measures the time required for the crankshaft to rotate to a specified angle for each cylinder; and based on this measured, required time, derives the 0.5 order component as the rotation fluctuation component for each two rotations of the crankshaft per each cylinder or the 1.0 order component as the rotation fluctuation component for each single rotation of the crankshaft; and also counts the number of times the 0.5 order component or 1.0 order component deviates from the preset range in the period set for each cylinder, and diagnoses an error in the output or in the air/fuel ratio for a particular cylinder when that count value exceeds a specified value.01-21-2010
20100017097FUEL BASED ENGINE OPERATION CONTROL - Methods are provided for operating an engine with a variable fuel blend in a cylinder, where the variable fuel blend varies a peak achievable engine torque for a given operating condition. One example method comprises selectively operating an engine actuator that affects engine torque and engine fuel economy at the given operating condition, and extending operation of the actuator to higher engine torques as a peak engine torque for the given operating condition increases.01-21-2010
20100318277MULTI-FUEL ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - Various example approaches are described, one of which includes a method for adjusting relative delivery of liquid and gaseous fuel to a cylinder of the engine to effect rapid changes in cylinder air charge via changes in the displacement of fresh air by the gaseous fuel. In one particular approach, turbocharger lag is addressed by decreasing gaseous fuel injection while increasing liquid fuel injection to increase cylinder fresh air over and above any changes to fresh air via the throttle, wastegate, and/or turbocharger.12-16-2010
20110106405METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING OPERATING ERRORS IN A VARIABLE VALVE TIMING ENGINE - A method and control module includes a manifold absolute pressure comparison module that determines a function of the manifold absolute pressure and an average manifold absolute pressure for a plurality of cylinders and that compares the manifold absolute pressure parameter to a manifold absolute pressure threshold. The control module includes a misfire event module that compares the misfire parameter to a misfire threshold. A hardware remedy module performs a valve actuation hardware remedy in response to comparing the manifold absolute pressure and comparing the misfire parameter.05-05-2011
20090187326ELECTRIC MOTOR FOR FUEL PUMP WITH IMPROVED SHUTDOWN FEATURES - An electric motor for a fuel pump is provided with a shutdown switch positioned intermediate an inverter, and its control coil. In this location, the shutdown function can be achieved without heavy components. In another feature, when the fuel pump is shut down, a signal is sent upstream to a voltage regulator associated with a generator, such that the voltage supplied downstream by the generator can be reduced to eliminate any potential voltage spike due to the shutdown of the electric motor. The electric motor with shutdown switch enables low weight fault tolerant flux regulated machines.07-23-2009
20110118957System and method for preparing an optimized fuel mixture - Aspects of the present invention relate to systems and method for converting ozone and fuel into mechanical energy and waste products. In some embodiments, a super-combustor may be used to provide a combustion engine with an improved ability to combust fuel. Certain embodiments of the invention may provide for an improved spark plug or modified engine having a super-combustor built in.05-19-2011
20090018753SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A VOLUMETRIC EFFICIENCY MODEL FOR ALL AIR INDUCTION CONFIGURATIONS - A system and method for controlling an engine involves providing a model for volumetric efficiency. The model recognizes that volumetric efficiency (VE) has stronger dependency on intake pressure than on exhaust pressure. The model allows tuning of the relative importance of intake pressure to exhaust pressure, specifically, by reducing the relative importance of the exhaust pressure to intake pressure in the composite volumetric efficiency load variable. The model provides for a calculation where the exhaust pressure term of the engine pressure ratio is de-rated through the use of an exponent less than one.01-15-2009
20090076707FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM WITH INJECTION QUANTITY LEARNING FUNCTION - A fuel injection system for an internal combustion engine which is designed to determine an instantaneous engine speed in a cycle of, for example, 30° CA of the engine to learn an actual injection quantity that is the quantity of fuel actually sprayed from a fuel injector. The system filters the instantaneous engine speed using a band-pass filter to extract a cyclic component which varies in synchronism with an engine operating cycle to produce an engine speed change which has arisen from the spraying of fuel into the engine from which unwanted noise components are removed and uses it to determine the actual injection quantity.03-19-2009
20090076711Control method for a direct injection system of the common-rail type provided with a shut-off valve for controlling the flow rate of a high-pressure fuel pump - A control method of a direct injection system of the common-rail type; the control method contemplates: feeding the pressurized fuel to a common rail by means of a high-pressure pump which receives the fuel through a shut-off valve; cyclically controlling the opening and closing of the shut-off valve for choking the flow rate of fuel taken in by the high-pressure pump; driving the shut-off valve synchronously with respect to the mechanical actuation of the high-pressure pump by means of a driving frequency of the shut-off valve having a constant integer synchronization ratio, predetermined according to the pumping frequency of the high-pressure pump; estimating a perturbation intensity of the fuel pressure inside the common rail; and varying the phase of the commands of the shut-off valve with respect to the phase of the mechanical actuation of the high-pressure pump if the perturbation intensity of the fuel pressure inside the common rail is higher than a predetermined threshold value.03-19-2009
20120041664Method for powering an apparatus - An internal combustion engine is coupled to a supercharger operable to supply varying amounts of air to the engine responsive to the load on the engine. The supercharger has a pair of screw rotors driven by the engine to move air to the engine and a control apparatus for varying the mass and pressure of air supplied to the engine.02-16-2012
20110022289METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN ELECTRICALLY ASSISTED TURBOCHARGER - Suitable for retrofitting conventional turbo charged engines, an electrically controlled turbocharger is installed in a Compression Ignition Direct Injection (CIDI) Engine and controlled to maintain a predetermined optimal air/fuel ratio throughout the operating range of the engine. Electrical energy is applied to the motor/generator of the turbocharger to boost its operation when the engine is being operated at relatively low speeds or under high torque loads and the engine exhaust gases applied to the turbine are insufficient to drive the turbocharger to maintain the predetermined air/fuel ratio. Electrical energy is produced by the motor/generator of the turbocharger when the engine is being operated at higher speeds and the engine exhaust gases applied to the turbine are excessive in driving the turbine to maintain the predetermined air/fuel ratio. By capturing the electrical energy produced by the motor/generator and adjusting the load, the turbine is slowed down to maintain the predetermined air/fuel ratio.01-27-2011
20120065868FUEL SUPPLY APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - In control executed by a fuel supply apparatus having a delivery passage that delivers fuel to a fuel injection valve, a fuel pump that pumps the fuel from a fuel tank to the delivery passage, and a check valve that allows the fuel to flow out of the delivery passage into the fuel tank, that opens when a first fuel pressure on the delivery passage is higher than a second fuel pressure on the fuel tank by at least a set pressure, when the first fuel pressure is lower than a lower limit pressure being higher than the set pressure in a case where fuel injection is to be stopped, the fuel pump is controlled so that the first fuel pressure rises to or above the lower limit pressure, and after the first fuel pressure has reached or exceeded the lower limit pressure, the abnormality diagnosis is executed on the check valve.03-15-2012
20120065866VEHICLE ACCELERATION WHEN IN AN AIR RESTRICTION MODE - A method of controlling an engine of a vehicle having a particulate filter and operable in an air restriction mode wherein air inflow to an air intake throttle is restricted includes determining if the engine is operating in the air restriction mode, sensing a position of an accelerator pedal, and sensing a speed of the vehicle. The method further includes removing the restriction to the air intake throttle when the engine is operating in the air restriction mode, one of a change in position of the accelerator pedal over a period of time is greater than a pre-defined pedal acceleration rate or the position of the accelerator pedal is equal to a pre-defined pedal limit, and the speed of the vehicle is less than a pre-defined speed limit.03-15-2012
20120041665METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH GAS AS A FUEL - A method for operating an internal combustion engine is provided. The method comprises, during low and medium load conditions, introducing fuel from a fuel tank by intake pipe injection into at least one intake air line coupled to at least one cylinder, and during high load conditions, introducing the fuel from the fuel tank by direct injection into the at least one cylinder. In this way, the method of fuel delivery may be optimized based on the load conditions.02-16-2012
20100070155Gasoline Engine System Using Variable Direct Ethanol Injection and Engine Shutdown - Fuel management system for operation of a spark ignition gasoline engine. The system includes a gasoline engine powering the vehicle and a source of gasoline for introduction into the engine. A source of an anti-knock fuel such as ethanol is provided. An injector directly injects the anti-knock fuel into a cylinder of the engine and the control system shuts down the engine by stopping gasoline and anti-knock agent flow into the engine during vehicle deceleration and idling and restarts the engine upon driver demand. Direct ethanol injection and engine shutdown results in efficiencies similar to those of full hybrid vehicles.03-18-2010
20080312804Fuel injection control apparatus for engine - A fuel injection control apparatus for an engine which carried out a fuel injection control according to a speed density system which estimates an intake air amount from detected engine rotational speed value and intake pipe pressure value to decide a fuel injection amount, the control apparatus preventing an air fuel ratio from becoming lean due to clogging of an air cleaner, by calculating an intake pipe pressure differential pressure value between an intake pipe pressure average value and an intake pipe pressure minimum value which are continuously detected, and by correcting the fuel injection amount according to a predetermined procedure while using the differential pressure value of the intake pipe pressure.12-18-2008
20120004830CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An internal combustion engine (01-05-2012
20120004831CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSION ENGINE - An internal combustion engine uses, as the fuel, ammonia and gasoline (supporting fuel) for promoting the combustion of the ammonia. The ammonia is injected from an ammonia injector into an intake pipe, and the gasoline is injected from a gasoline injector into the intake pipe. An electronic control unit for drivingly controlling the ammonia injector and the gasoline injector stops the injection of the ammonia from the ammonia injector and allows the injection of the gasoline from the gasoline injector when the temperature of a cooling water of the internal combustion engine detected by a cooling water temperature sensor is equal to or lower than a predetermined temperature.01-05-2012
20120004826DIESEL ENGINE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DIESEL ENGINE - A diesel engine is provided, which includes an engine body to be supplied with fuel containing diesel fuel as its main component, a geometric compression ratio being set to 15:1 or below, a fuel injection valve arranged in the engine body so as to be oriented toward a cylinder of the engine body and for directly injecting the fuel into the cylinder, and a control module for controlling a mode of injecting the fuel into the cylinder through the fuel injection valve. The control module performs a main injection where the fuel is injected to cause a main combustion mainly including a diffusion combustion and performs a plurality of pre-stage injections where the fuel is injected prior to the main injection to cause a pre-stage combustion prior to the main combustion. The control module controls the injection mode of the injections to adjust a heat release rate.01-05-2012
20120004824NATURAL GAS AND DIESEL FUEL BLENDING SYSTEM - An electronically controlled fuel blending system that injects compressed natural gas into the air intake of a diesel engine resulting in lower emissions, increased fuel economy is disclosed.01-05-2012
20120004825Method for the Operation of an Internal Combustion Engine Comprising an Emission Control System that Includes an SCR Catalyst - A method for operating an internal combustion engine comprising an exhaust gas cleaning system that includes a SCR catalyst. In conjunction with a cold start and/or a warm-up of the internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine is operated using a cold start engine operation method having predefineable values for predefineable operating parameters of the internal combustion engine. An amount of nitrogen oxides stored in the SCR catalyst is estimated, and the cold start engine operation method is activated when the estimation indicates that the nitrogen oxide storage amount exceeds a predefineable nitrogen oxide storage amount limit value.01-05-2012
20120004829Fuel Injection Control During Start-Up - A method of operation of an internal combustion engine including an intake valve coupled to a combustion chamber, and a port fuel injector positioned upstream of the intake valve in an intake manifold including a throttle, the port fuel injector fluidly coupled to a fuel rail included in a fuel delivery system housing a fuel at least partially composed of alcohol. The method including, during a start-up operation when the temperature of the engine is below a threshold value and fuel is actively being injected into the intake manifold, adjusting a cone angle of a fuel spray from the port fuel injector, via adjustment of the throttle and/or fuel delivery system, based on the position of the intake valve.01-05-2012
20120004828SPARK IGNITION TYPE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - The control system of an internal combustion engine of the present invention comprises an S/V ratio changing mechanism able to change an S/V ratio of a combustion chamber and a detection device having an output value changing in accordance with a hydrogen concentration in exhaust gas, which increases along with an increase in the S/V ratio, the internal combustion engine being controlled by the output value of the detection device. Further, the output value of the detection device or a parameter relating to operation of the internal combustion engine is corrected in accordance with the S/V ratio of the above S/V ratio changing mechanism. Due to this, even if the hydrogen concentration in the exhaust gas increases along with an increase in the S/V ratio, the internal combustion engine can be suitably controlled.01-05-2012
20120004823INDUCTION BACKFIRE COMPENSATION FOR MOTORCYCLES - A control system for an engine having at least one manifold, a throttle, and a crank wheel, includes a pressure sensor to measure a pressure in the at least one manifold, a throttle position sensor to measure a position of the throttle of the engine, a revolution sensor to measure a rate of rotation of the crank wheel of the engine, a processor in communication with each of the pressure sensor, the throttle position sensor, and the revolution sensor to receive an input signal, analyze the input signal based upon an instruction set, and generate a control signal in response to analysis of the input signal, wherein the input signal is representative of at least one of the pressure, the throttle position, and the rate of rotation, and an engine system in communication with the processor and responsive to the control signal to control a function thereof.01-05-2012
20120004822Method and Device For Controlling an Internal Combustion Engine - A method and a device for controlling an internal combustion engine are described. At least one injector meters a certain fuel quantity to the internal combustion engine at a certain point in time on the basis of a first signal and/or a second signal. At least the first and/or the second signal is/are corrected using a correction value. The correction value is adapted on the basis of at least one information value which is provided by at least one compensation procedure.01-05-2012
20100204905CONTROL UNIT OF DIESEL ENGINE - A diesel engine is provided with an exhaust fuel addition valve capable of adding fuel from an exhaust passage on an upstream side of an exhaust post-treatment device. An ECU, which is a control unit of the diesel engine, has a function to estimate biofuel concentration in the fuel and a function to obtain an exhaust temperature in the exhaust passage. The ECU sets a minimum operating exhaust temperature, which is a lower limit value of the exhaust temperature to permit operation of the exhaust fuel addition valve, according to the estimated biofuel concentration. The fuel added from the exhaust fuel addition valve is sufficiently vaporized in exhaust gas having temperature not lower than a minimum operation permission exhaust temperature set according to the biofuel concentration and is allowed to flow to the exhaust post-treatment device.08-12-2010
20100305832Engine Control Device - There is provided an engine control device which can accurately calculate a compensation coefficient used for transient compensation of an ignition timing without involving a complicated and large-scale calculation model in order to prevent a combustion deterioration and the like caused by a mechanical response delay and the like of the variable valve timing mechanism at a transition time such as an acceleration/deceleration time. The angular difference between each current real phase of the intake/exhaust valves 12-02-2010
20120116652METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE - A method is provided for operating a motor vehicle having an internal combustion engine (05-10-2012
20120116651INTER-CYLINDER AIR-FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE JUDGMENT DEVICE FOR MULTI-CYLINDER INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - When the intake air amount is smaller than the specific intake air amount, the unit air-fuel ratio change amount calculated during the engine operation is corrected such that the unit air-fuel ratio change amount increases in the condition that the base unit air-fuel ratio change amount is an upper limit and when the intake air amount is greater than the specific intake air amount, the unit air-fuel ratio change amount calculated during the engine operation is corrected such that the unit air-fuel ratio change amount decreases in the condition that the base unit air-fuel ratio change amount is a lower limit. When the corrected unit air-fuel ratio change amount is greater than the judgment value, it is judged that the inter-cylinder air-fuel ratio imbalance condition occurs.05-10-2012
20100191441METHOD OF FUEL CONVERSION FOR ENGINE - A method and an apparatus of fuel conversion for engine substantially provide a controller to receive either a signal for actuating the injection fuel nozzle to supply fuel or a signal of a central controller so as to actuate a high voltage generator. The high voltage generator generates a high voltage to boost a high power component of an energy converter. The high power component generates a high energy to ionize the passing fuel mixture into hydrogen and C1˜C4 hydrocarbon combustible gas mixture and feeds into engine chamber to achieve the effect of saving fuel by reducing fuel loss and enhancing engine power.07-29-2010
20110166770DIESEL ENGINE FUEL SOUNDNESS CONTROL SYSTEM AND DIESEL ENGINE FUEL SOUNDNESS EVALUATION METHOD - A diesel engine fuel soundness control system includes: a density measuring instrument 07-07-2011
20110166769Supplemental Vapor Fuel Injection System for Internal Combustion Engines - A supplemental vapor fuel injection system for internal combustion engines capable of utilizing numerous supplemental vapor type fuels such as propane, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquid natural gas (LNG), butane, ammonia, biogas, hydrogen, ammonia, and Hythane®. The system includes a vaporizer/pressure regulator that provides pressure regulated vapor fuel to two specially designed vapor fuel injectors and a controller unit capable of real-time control of the vapor fuel injectors. The injectors meter precise amounts of vapor fuel into a manifold that combines the vapor for delivery to a directional nozzle located in an airstream of the diesel engine.07-07-2011
20110166768Control Device for Engine - A control device for an engine, capable of accurately estimating the quantity of exhaust heat from the engine and performing engine control which improves the exhaust quality and fuel consumption of the engine in various operating conditions thereof, by using the accurate extimated value of the quantity of exhaust heat. A control device for an engine is provided with an exhaust flow rate sensor for directly sensing the flow rate of exhaust gas discharged from the engine, an exhaust temperature estimating device for sensing or estimating the temperature of the exhaust gas discharged from the engine, and an exhaust heat quantity estimating device for estimating, based on an output of the exhaust flow rate sensor and an output of the exhaust temperature estimating device, the quantity of heat of the exhaust gas discharged from the engine.07-07-2011
20110166767COMPENSATION FOR OXYGENATED FUELS IN A DIESEL ENGINE - A fuel compensation factor (FCF) is determined to account for the amount of oxygenated fuel blended in diesel fuel. In one embodiment, the FCF is based on an expected exhaust gas oxygen concentration compared to an actual exhaust gas oxygen concentration. The FCF is used to estimate an amount of oxygenated fuel in the blend. Such estimate can be used to adjust the exhaust temperature model, which is used at least in determining the temperature in aftertreatment devices, the fuel dilution model which affects oil change recommendations, and the diesel particulate filter loading model which affects regenerations. Biodiesels are more prone to waxing at lower temperatures. The estimated amount of biodiesel and the temperature in the injection system are used to prevent and/or delay starting when it is predicted that too much wax exists in the fuel system.07-07-2011
20120016568COMBUSTION STATE DETECTION SYSTEM AND COMBUSTION STATE DETECTION METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - Detecting a combustion state of an internal combustion engine includes calculating a one-step difference value and a two-step difference value of a physical quantity that correlates with torque generated by the internal combustion engine; detecting that a misfire has occurred, when the calculated one-step difference value is greater than a first determining value, and the calculated two-step difference value is greater than a second determining value; and determining the first determining value and the second determining value according to a required torque of the internal combustion engine, sensitivity of a change in the one-step difference value with respect to a change in the required torque, and sensitivity of a change in the two-step difference value with respect to a change in the required torque.01-19-2012
20120016566Method for Purging Fuel Vapors - A method for improving purging of fuel vapors from a boosted engine is presented. In one embodiment, the method increases the efficiency of a venturi that supplies vacuum to purge fuel vapors from a vapor storage canister.01-19-2012
20120016567METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE COMBUSTION PHASE OF A FUEL MIXTURE OF A SPARK-INGNITION SUPERCHARGED INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINE, NOTABLY OF GASOLINE TYPE - The present invention relates to a method of controlling the combustion phase of a fuel mixture of a spark-ignition supercharged internal-combustion engine comprising at least one cylinder (01-19-2012
20120022769CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine is provided, the control apparatus being capable of effectively suppressing the inflow of fresh air into a catalyst due to an operational delay of the valve stop mechanism when an execution request for fuel cut is issued. There is provided a valve stop mechanism capable of changing the operational states of intake valves and exhaust valves between a valve operating state and a valve closed/stopped state. The operational states of the intake and exhaust valves are changed into the valve closed/stopped state, if the engine rotational speed decreases to or below a predetermined rotational speed when the engine rotational speed is higher than the predetermined rotational speed in a case where an execution request for fuel cut is detected and the temperature of the catalyst is not lower than a predetermined temperature during operation of an internal combustion engine01-26-2012
20120022768FUEL RECOVERY - Fuel is recovered from a combustion engine without turning the combustion engine on. A controller initiates operation of a fuel pump of the combustion engine to cause the fuel pump to pump a predefined amount of fuel in the fuel line directly to a drain conduit.01-26-2012
20120022767ERROR DETECTOR FOR INJECTION CHARACTERISTIC DATA - An error detector includes an injector-memory provided to a fuel injector injecting a fuel into an internal combustion engine, and an ECU-memory provided to an ECU. The injector-memory stores a characteristic data indicative of injection characteristics of the fuel injector. The ECU-memory stores a characteristic data which is identical to the data stored in the injector-memory. The injector-memory further stores another characteristic data which is identical to the characteristic data stored in the injector-memory. The ECU compares three characteristic data stored in the injector-memory and the ECU-memory to determine whether three characteristic data are identical to each other, whereby an error is detected.01-26-2012
20120022766METHOD OF PROVIDING TRIM DATA FOR A FUEL INJECTION DEVICE - A method of providing electronic trim data for a fuel injection device to an engine system, the method comprising: reading an identifier associated with the fuel injection device; accessing a database containing trim data associated with the identifier; downloading the trim data for the fuel injection device; uploading the downloaded trim data to the engine system for use in controlling fuel injection device operation.01-26-2012
20120029790AIR-FUEL RATIO DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An air-fuel ratio diagnostic device for an internal combustion engine. The device includes an air-fuel ratio that detects oxygen concentration in the exhaust. A determination unit determines a variation in air-fuel ratio between engine cylinders based on a detection value of the air-fuel ratio sensor. A change amount in the detection value for a certain time when the detection value is changing from a lean side peak value toward a rich side peak value is defined as a rich change rate. A change amount in the detection for a certain time when the detection value is changing from a rich side peak value toward a lean side peak value is defined as a lean change rate. The determination unit determines a degree of variation between the cylinders based on the rich and lean change rates.02-02-2012
20080270005FUEL SUPPLY CONTROLLER FOR FLEX-FUEL - A fuel supply controller for a flex-fuel engine in which, when a significant change in output of an alcohol concentration sensor is acknowledged and air-fuel ratio feedback conditions are fulfilled, a remaining fuel supply determination section determines that remaining fuel has been supplied, provided that the significant change in output of the air-fuel ratio sensor has continued for a fourth threshold period. After the acknowledgement of the significant change till elapse of the fourth threshold period, basic supply quantity Tm is converted into converted supply quantity Tc based on an unupdated learning value; and after elapse of the fourth threshold period, the conversion is made based on an updated learning value, which is equivalent to the alcohol concentration after the significant change.10-30-2008
20110093184CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR AN ELECTROCHEMICAL GAS SENSOR AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING AN ELECTROCHEMICAL GAS SENSOR - An electrochemical gas sensor is provided for a motor vehicle. The gas sensor contains a digital controller and a detection circuit. The digital controller captures, by a feedback input, a value of the voltage applied to the inside of the gas sensor cell. The output of the digital controller provides a control value for the current flowing in the gas sensor cell. The detection circuit is used to detect the properties of the gas sensor cell and to adjust the dynamic control properties of the digital controller corresponding to the properties of the gas sensor cell.04-21-2011
20110093183Method for determining at least one rail pressure/closing current value pair for a pressure control valve of a common rail injection system - A method for determining at least one rail pressure/closing current value pair for a pressure control valve of a common rail injection system of an internal combustion engine includes the following steps: operating the common rail injection system in an MU control mode; reducing the control current for the pressure control valve; detecting the pressure curve over time in the common rail and determining the rail pressure; determining the closing current based on the detected pressure curve; and associating the determined rail pressure and the determined closing current with a rail pressure/closing current value pair.04-21-2011
20120209498AIR-FUEL-RATIO IMBALANCE DETERMINATION APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An inter-cylinder air-fuel-ratio imbalance determination apparatus includes an air-fuel-ratio sensor in an exhaust passage of an engine. The air-fuel-ratio sensor functions as a limiting-current-type wide range air-fuel-ratio sensor when a voltage is applied, and functions as a concentration-cell-type oxygen concentration sensor when no voltage is applied. The determination apparatus causes the air-fuel-ratio sensor to function as the limiting-current-type wide range air-fuel-ratio sensor, and executes air-fuel ratio feedback control on the basis of the output value of the air-fuel-ratio sensor. When an imbalance determination parameter is obtained, the determination apparatus causes the air-fuel-ratio sensor to function as the concentration-cell-type oxygen concentration sensor, and obtains, as the imbalance determination parameter, a value corresponding to the differentiated value of the output value of the air-fuel-ratio sensor. The determination apparatus determines an inter-cylinder air-fuel-ratio imbalance state, when the absolute value of the imbalance determination parameter is greater than an imbalance determination threshold value.08-16-2012
20120209497INTER-CYLINDER AIR-FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE ABNORMALITY DETERMINATION DEVICE - An inter-cylinder air-fuel ratio imbalance abnormality determination device includes a catalyst provided in an exhaust passage of a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine; a pre-catalyst sensor; a post-catalyst sensor; an air-fuel ratio control unit that performs main air-fuel ratio control based on an output of the pre-catalyst sensor and auxiliary air-fuel ratio control based on an output of the post-catalyst sensor; a control amount calculation unit that calculates a control amount in the auxiliary air-fuel ratio control based on the output of the post-catalyst sensor; a revolution speed variation detection unit that detects a revolution speed variation of the engine; an abnormality determination unit that performs imbalance abnormality determination for determining whether an inter-cylinder air-fuel ratio imbalance abnormality has occurred based on a detected value of the revolution speed variation; and a guard range reduction unit that reduces a guard range of the control amount during the imbalance abnormality determination.08-16-2012
20120065867METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPTIMIZING FUEL DELIVERY TO A FUEL INJECTED ENGINE OPERATING IN POWER MODE - A method and system are provided for optimizing fuel delivery to an internal combustion engine. The method and system have particular applicability to an engine having a base or OEM engine control unit (ECU) which outputs fuel injector control signals. In accordance with the method, when the engine is operating in one or more modes, such as a Power Mode, the amount of fuel delivered to the engine is modified, such as by changing the duration of the fuel injector control signals with a secondary ECU. The control signals are modified based on engine speed, and thus in direct relation to engine performance.03-15-2012
20120158268FUEL-INJECTION-CHARACTERISTICS LEARNING APPARATUS - A characteristics-detecting-portion analyzes a fuel injection condition based on a fuel pressure waveform which represents a variation in a detection value of the fuel pressure sensor and then detects the fuel-injection-characteristic value based on the analyzed fuel injection condition. The detected parameter is learned and stored in a memory in association with a fuel temperature detected by a fuel temperature sensor. A fuel-injection-rate model is established based on the learned detected parameters. A command-fuel-injection start time and a command-fuel-injection period are defined by use of the fuel-injection-rate model and the current fuel temperature.06-21-2012
20120109500METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In a method for operating an internal combustion engine having an intake tract and one injection valve per cylinder, a lambda controller having an associated lambda sensor for correcting an air-fuel ratio in the combustion chamber, an engine operating temperature is detected and a air mass target value in the combustion chamber is determined as a function of an engine operating state. When the lambda controller is deactivated, a first adaptation value is determined as a function of the captured operating temperature, of the determined air mass target value, and a prescribed first weighting value. A second adaptation value is further determined as a function of the determined air mass target value and a prescribed second weighting value. The metering of the fuel mass and/or a model of the air mass fed into the combustion chamber is corrected as a function of the first and second adaptation value.05-03-2012
20120109498CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine includes a fuel injection portion that carries out fuel injection for the internal combustion engine, a recirculation portion that recirculates to an intake system evaporative gas of injected fuel that has been mixed with lubricating oil for the internal combustion engine, a parameter acquisition portion that acquires a fuel mixture parameter corresponding to an amount of fuel that has been mixed with the lubricating oil, an engine stop portion that performs engine stop control to temporarily stop the internal combustion engine when a predetermined stop condition is fulfilled, and a stop condition correction portion that corrects a stop condition of the engine stop control on the basis of at least the fuel mixture parameter.05-03-2012
20120109497ABNORMAL INTER-CYLINDER AIR-FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE DETECTION APPARATUS FOR MULTI-CYLINDER INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - The invention provides an abnormal inter-cylinder air-fuel ratio imbalance detection apparatus for a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine. The abnormal inter-cylinder air-fuel ratio imbalance detection apparatus is provided with: an air-fuel ratio sensor provided at an exhaust passage of the multi-cylinder internal combustion engine; an abnormal imbalance detection portion that detects an abnormal imbalance between air-fuel ratios corresponding to respective cylinders of the multi-cylinder internal combustion engine through a comparison between a value of a parameter correlative to a variation of an output of the air-fuel ratio sensor and a predetermined abnormality threshold; and a correction portion that corrects at least one of the value of the parameter and the abnormality threshold based on an atmospheric pressure.05-03-2012
20120072094METHOD FOR THE AUTOMATIC LAMBDA CONTROL OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for automatic lambda control of an internal combustion engine, in which, upon detection of a predetermined operating state of the internal combustion engine, a calibration factor (KAL) is determined and in which, during the operation of the internal combustion engine, a lambda measuring signal (iP) is corrected by the calibration factor (KAL) and is set as the actual lambda value (Lam(IST)) for the automatic lambda control of the internal combustion engine. The predetermined operating state is recognized when an engine coastdown is initiated.03-22-2012
20120072093Apparatus and Method for Controlling Fuel Injection of Internal Combustion Engine - The present invention relates to a fuel injection control apparatus for controlling fuel injection and a method therefor in an engine having first and second intake passages provided with first and second fuel injection valves, respectively. Fuel injection modes using the two injection valves include an alternative injection mode in which the first and second fuel injection valves are alternately operated every predetermined number of cycles and a combined injection mode in which both the first and second fuel injection valves are used for each cycle. Then, the combined injection mode is selected in a full load range. In a partial load range, the alternative injection mode is selected in a cold state and the combined injection mode is selected after warm-up. Accordingly, it is possible to reduce an equilibrium amount of adhering fuel to an inner wall of an intake passage.03-22-2012
20120072095MALFUNCTION DETECTING DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A malfunction detecting device for an internal combustion engine is mounted on a vehicle and includes an engine and a control unit. The engine is a multi-cylinder engine and is a bifuel-enabled engine which is capable of switching plural kinds of fuels including a gas fuel and which can use bifuel. The control unit detects, in case of detecting a malfunction with respect to an imbalance of an air fuel ratio among the cylinders at a time of an operation based on the gas fuel, the malfunction based on a rotational speed variation of the engine and/or a variation of pressure pulsations of the gas fuel due to a fuel injection.03-22-2012
20120158269VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS - A vehicle control apparatus (06-21-2012
20110066354METHOD FOR REGENERATING A DIESEL PARTICULATE FILTER - A method is provided for regenerating a diesel particulate filter within a diesel engine system that includes, but is not limited to at least a combustion chamber defined by a reciprocating piston inside a cylinder, at least an exhaust valve for cyclically open the combustion chamber towards an exhaust line, and the diesel particulate filter located in the exhaust line, wherein the method comprises injecting an amount of fuel into the combustion chamber by means of least two consecutive after-injection pulses (AIP03-17-2011
20110106409METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE PRESSURE WAVE COMPENSATION DURING CONSECUTIVE INJECTIONS IN AN INJECTION SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method and a device for controlling an injection system of an internal combustion engine are described, in which at least two consecutive partial injections are compensated for using pressure wave compensation, it is provided in particular that two test injections having a specified time interval to one another are triggered in a cylinder of the internal combustion engine, the total injection quantity of the at least two partial injections is ascertained, and a deviation between the ascertained total injection quantity and an expected total injection quantity is assumed as the error of the pressure wave compensation and a correction value for the pressure wave compensation is determined therefrom.05-05-2011
20110106406CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VARIABLE VALVE OPERATING MECHANISM - A control apparatus and a control method for a variable valve operating mechanism are employed for a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine including the variable valve operating mechanism and a valve stop mechanism. The variable valve operating mechanism includes a variable mechanism portion that changes a valve characteristic of an engine valve, and an actuator that drives the variable mechanism portion. The valve stop mechanism stops opening/closing of the engine valve in at least one cylinder. A controlled variable for the actuator is set so that an actual value of the valve characteristic matches a target value. A control characteristic value used to set the controlled variable, and used to make the actual value match the target value, is set such that when a reduced-cylinder operation is performed, the control characteristic value is different from the control characteristic value when an all-cylinder operation is performed.05-05-2011
20110106404METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AT LEAST ONE SOLENOID VALVE - Described is a method for controlling a magnet valve for controlling the injection of fuel into an internal combustion engine, which method permits precise fuel metering in the no-load running or in the lower partial load range without changes to the hardware of the fuel injection system being necessary.05-05-2011
20110106410CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE HAVING VARIABLE VALVE MECHANISM - In a control device for an internal combustion engine includes an intake valve, a variable valve mechanism capable of controlling a closing timing and an operating angle of the intake valve continuously and variably, a detection unit for detecting a possibility of pre-ignition, and a throttle for controlling an intake air amount such that when the possibility of pre-ignition is detected, the intake valve closing timing is retarded from bottom dead center by increasing the intake valve operating angle, the control device includes, an operating angle upper limit limiting value calculation unit that calculates an operating angle upper limit limiting value for limiting an upper limit value of the intake valve operating angle, and a throttle opening upper limit limiting value calculation unit that calculates a throttle opening upper limit limiting value for limiting an upper limit value of a throttle opening on the basis of the intake valve operating angle.05-05-2011
20110106408ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH ALGORITHM FOR ACTUATOR CONTROL - An engine control apparatus which may be employed in automotive vehicles. The engine control apparatus is equipped with a controlled variable arithmetic expression which defines correlations between a plurality of combustion parameters and a plurality of controlled variables of actuators for control of an operation of the engine to calculate a combination of command values to be outputted to the actuators for regulating the controlled variables needed to achieve target values of the combustion parameters. When one of the command values is produced outside an allowable operation range of a corresponding one of the actuators, the engine control apparatus corrects or limits the one of the command values to an upper or a lower limit of the allowable operation range, thereby ensuring the stability in bringing engine output characteristics close to desired values.05-05-2011
20110106407METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING FUEL PRESSURE - Methods, a fuel supply system, and a computer readable medium embodying a computer program product are provided for controlling rail pressure in a fuel supply system comprising a fuel pump, an injector and a rail connecting the injector to the pump. At least one of the methods includes, but is not limited to establishing a relationship between said rail pressure and a leak rate of the injector, estimating a fuel drain rate from said rail based on a fuel injection rate, the rail pressure and said rail pressure/leak rate relationship, estimating a desired intake flow rate of said pump based on said fuel drain rate, and controlling the pump to operate at said desired intake flow rate.05-05-2011
20090157279Fuel injection control device and method for continuously controlling fuel injection during engine operation based on throttle position - A fuel injection control device includes a basic-injection-use map for deriving a basic injection amount and an additional-injection-use map for deriving an additional injection amount, each corresponding to the throttle opening. During operation of the engine, in each engine cycle, a first calculation stage for calculating the basic injection amount, and a second calculation stage provided after the first calculation stage are set. A first injection amount and a second injection amount obtained by applying the throttle opening measured in the first calculation stage and the second calculation stage, respectively, are compared. When the second injection amount is greater than the first injection amount, an additional injection amount is calculated by subtracting the first injection amount from the second injection amount; and when the first injection amount is greater than the second injection amount, the basic injection amount calculated in the first calculation stage is corrected.06-18-2009
20100094527CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - The temperature at the tip of a fuel injection valve (04-15-2010
20100094526INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE SYSTEM, AND VEHICLE - On incompletion of port learning, an auto stop-permitting water temperature is set to a temperature which is higher than a temperature set on completion of the port learning and is higher than a port injection temperature as an upper limit temperature that enables an engine to be driven in a port injection drive mode. This arrangement increases the opportunity of continuing the operation of the engine with fuel injection from a port fuel injection valve without an auto stop, thus increasing the opportunity of the port learning.04-15-2010
20100094525VEHICLE SPEED DEPENDANT CALIBRATION TRIM OR USER-SELECTABLE CALBRATABLE TRIM FOR IMPROVED FUEL ECONOMY - A control system and method for improving vehicle fuel economy is provided. A base timing module generates a base timing signal. A trim module generates a timing trim signal based on a calibratable compensation factor. A vehicle speed trim module adjusts a calibration parameter (such as engine timing for example) based on the base timing signal and the timing trim signal. According to some implementations, the trim module includes a base trim module and a vehicle speed compensation module and a calibratable compensation factor module. The vehicle speed compensation module generates a vehicle speed compensation factor. The base trim module generates a base trim signal based on the vehicle speed compensation factor or the calibratable compensation factor. The base trim signal can be based on a speed of the engine. The base trim signal can further be based on a quantity of fuel delivered to the engine.04-15-2010
20090187328ENGINE VACUUM ENHANCEMENT IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control system for an engine includes a manifold absolute pressure (MAP) module that compares MAP of an engine to a predetermined MAP and an air/spark module that decreases flow of air and that advances ignition spark when the MAP module indicates that the MAP is greater than a predetermined MAP.07-23-2009
20090132149Ejector system for a vehicle and ejector system controller - A vehicle ejector system (05-21-2009
20090132150ENGINE STOP CONTROL DEVICE - An engine stop control device, which is capable of performing a stop operation of an engine without imparting an unpleasant sensation to the driver, is provided. An engine stop control device (05-21-2009
20100250094ENGINE THROTTLE CONTROL SYSTEM - An operation amount detecting unit 09-30-2010
20100250097FUEL INJECTION DETECTING DEVICE - An actual maximum fuel injection rate is computed based on a falling waveform and a rising waveform of the fuel pressure. The falling waveform represents the fuel pressure detected by a fuel sensor during a period in which the fuel pressure increases due to a fuel injection rate decrease. The rising waveform represents the fuel pressure detected by the fuel sensor during a period in which the fuel pressure decreases due to a fuel injection rate increase. The falling waveform and the rising waveform are modeled by modeling functions. A reference pressure is computed based on pressure during a specified time period before the falling waveform is generated. An intersection pressure is computed, at which the straight lines expressed by the modeling functions intersect to each other. The maximum fuel injection rate is computed based on a fuel pressure drop from the reference pressure to the intersection pressure.09-30-2010
20100250096FUEL INJECTION DETECTING DEVICE - A fuel injection detecting device computes an actual fuel-injection-start timing based on a falling waveform of the fuel pressure detected by a fuel sensor during a period in which the fuel pressure decreases due to a fuel injection rate increase. The falling waveform is modeled by a modeling formula. A reference pressure is substituted into the modeling formula, whereby a timing is obtained as the fuel-injection-start timing.09-30-2010
20100250095FUEL INJECTION DETECTING DEVICE - A fuel injection detecting device computes a maximum-fuel-injection-rate-reach timing and a fuel-injection-rate-decrease-start timing based on a falling waveform of the fuel pressure and a rising waveform of the fuel pressure. The falling waveform represents the fuel pressure detected by a fuel sensor during a period in which the fuel pressure increases due to a fuel injection rate decrease. The rising waveform represents the fuel pressure detected by the fuel sensor during a period in which the fuel pressure decreases due to a fuel injection rate increase. The rising waveform and the falling waveform are respectively modeled by modeling function. In a case of small fuel injection quantity, an intersection timing at which lines expressed by the modeling functions intersect with each other is defined as the maximum-fuel-injection-rate-reach timing and the fuel-injection-rate-decrease-start timing.09-30-2010
20100250093METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMBUSTION CHAMBER PRESSURE ESTIMATION - In order to compensate for pressure drop across a fuel injector, pressure in a combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine into which fuel is injected is estimated based on manifold pressure at a timing for intake valve closure and volumes of the combustion chamber at a timing for intake valve closure and at least one other timing.09-30-2010
20120083994CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A multicylinder engine is provided with a fuel injector for each cylinder. An ECU defines a fuel injection condition of the fuel injector based on an engine driving condition and executes a fuel injection control for each cylinder based on the defined fuel injection condition. The ECU computes an engine speed with respect to each cylinder. While the engine is running, the fuel injection condition is operated in an operation cylinder. A fuel property is determined based on the engine speed of the operation cylinder and an engine speed of a non-operation cylinder.04-05-2012
20120221226METHOD FOR THE OPEN-LOOP CONTROL AND CLOSED-LOOP CONTROL OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - The invention relates to a method for the open-loop control and the closed-loop control of an internal combustion engine (08-30-2012
20120130620METHOD FOR ESTIMATING AN INSTANTANEOUS PRESSURE VALUE IN A FUEL LINE OF A FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM - A method is provided for estimating an instantaneous pressure value P05-24-2012
20120166065EVENT BASED ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system for starting an engine is described. In one example, the engine is supplied two fuels via two injectors. The method may improve engine starting and reduce engine emissions.06-28-2012
20120166064INTAKE AIR FLOW RATE CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A required intake air flow rate is converted to a post-model required intake air flow rate (BMtsm) by a base-system normative model, and the inverse model of an intake system model is used to calculate a base-system required throttle opening degree (BTA) so as to achieve the post-model required intake air flow rate (BMtsm). On the other hand, the required in-take air flow rate (Mt) is converted to a post-model required intake air flow rate (HMtsm) by a high-response-system normative model, and the inverse model of the intake system model is used to calculate a high-response-system required throttle opening degree (HTA) so as to achieve the post-model required intake air flow rate (HMTsm). Then, a target throttle opening degree (TAt) is set so as to fall within the range from the base-system required throttle opening degree (BTA) to the high-response-system required throttle opening degree (HTA) and the reduce a variation amount.06-28-2012
20120316755CONTROL SYSTEM IMPLEMENTING POLARITY-SWITCHING WAVEFORMS - A control system is disclosed. The control system may have an armature, windings associated with the armature, and at least one power supply. The control system may also have a controller in communication with the windings and the at least one power supply. The controller may be configured to direct a first current waveform having a first polarity into the windings during a first period of time to move the armature in a desired manner, and to direct a second current waveform having a second polarity into the windings during a second period of time to move the armature in the desired manner.12-13-2012
20100332107ELECTRONIC DIESEL ENGINE CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC IDLE-DOWN - An electronic engine controller utilizes a controller network interface for direct communication between an electronic engine control unit associated with an engine and the controller to monitor and control the engine. The controller uses a microprocessor and custom programmable software to monitor and determine operational parameters as well as institute and send electronic commands to the electronic control unit in a pre-determined response operational framework. The controller monitors certain engine operational parameters when enabled. If the engine remains in an unloaded condition for an extended period of time, the controller automatically throttles the engine down to idle condition to save fuel. It does this by issuing commands to the electronic control unit which controls operational functions or parameters of the engine. The engine parameters and idle time are configurable, allowing the setup to be optimized for a particular method of operation, regardless of the specific application.12-30-2010
20100332106METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING LIQUID FUEL DELIVERY DURING TRANSITION BETWEEN MODES IN A MULTIMODE ENGINE - A method of transitioning between operating modes in a multimode engine including a diesel-only mode and a diesel pilot, gas mode includes first terminating or initiating the supply of a gaseous fuel, depending on whether the system is transitioning to or from the pilot mode, and thereafter decreasing or increasing the diesel fuel supply quantity. Liquid fuel supply quantity is preferably altered in steps rather than discretely in order to avoid exceeding the lean limit of gas lambda. The number of steps and the percentage decrease or increase in each step preferably varies based at least in part on prevailing speed and load conditions.12-30-2010
20100332105Distributed Engine Control System - A method and apparatus for distributing control of multiple engines amongst the engines in a power generation system that has a central controller, comprises the steps of: receiving aboard each engine from the central controller a control signal representative of a desired fuel flow; metering fuel at a fuel metering point aboard each engine; sensing at least one parameter aboard each engine proximate the fuel metering point that is representative of fuel flow; adjusting the fuel metering aboard each engine to cause the sensed parameter to correlate to the desired fuel flow; and transmitting a monitoring signal from each engine to the central controller that is representative of the adjusted fuel metering.12-30-2010
20120215420DIESEL FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH A DIESEL ENGINE - A diesel fuel injection system in a motor vehicle provided with a diesel engine has a common rail and a filter arranged along a duct which delivers diesel to the common rail and houses a heater; the heater is activated by electronic control units so as to heat the filter in response to a activation signal, which is generated by an event leading to the opening of a driver side door of the motor vehicle.08-23-2012
20120215419CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A controller for internal combustion engine has an intake cam for low-load operation and an intake cam for high-load operation. The controller switches the intake cam used to open/close an intake valve and changes the phase angle of each intake cam according to load on the internal combustion engine. The controller changes the phase angle at start of opening of intake valve by the intake cam for low-load operation in lag angle direction within a predetermined range as load on the internal combustion engine increases, and changes the phase angle at start of opening of intake valve by the intake cam for high-load operation in lead angle direction within the predetermined range as load on the internal combustion engine increases. Switching between the two intake cams is performed where the phase angles of the intake cams are controlled to predetermined phase angles on a lag angle side.08-23-2012
20100204903CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine (08-12-2010
20100204902STOP-START CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A stop-start control apparatus for a port injection engine (08-12-2010
20100204901FUEL INJECTOR HAVING ALGORITHM CONTROLLED LOOK-AHEAD TIMING FOR INJECTOR-IGNITION OPERATION - The present invention provides an injector-ignition fuel injection system for an internal combustion engine, comprising an ECU controlling a heated catalyzed fuel injector for heating and catalyzing a next fuel charge, wherein the ECU uses a one firing cycle look-ahead algorithm for controlling fuel injection. The ECU may further incorporate a look-up table, auto-tuning functions and heuristics to compensate for the rapid rotational de-acceleration that occurs near top dead center in lightweight small ultra-high compression engines as may be used with this invention. The ECU may further ramp heat input to the injector in response to engine acceleration requests and, under such circumstances, may extend its look-ahead for up to four firing cycles.08-12-2010
20100204900METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A VALVE WITH SEVERAL LIFT PHASES, AND METHOD FOR SUPPLYING A THERMAL ENGINE WITH OXIDANT - The invention relates to a method for controlling a valve (08-12-2010
20100204904AIR-FUEL RATIO CONTROL APPARATUS AND AIR-FUEL RATIO CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An amount of fuel injected into an internal combustion engine is controlled to adjust an air-fuel ratio. An air-fuel ratio sensor is disposed upstream of a three-way catalyst. An ammonia sensor is disposed downstream of the three-way catalyst. Main feedback control based on the air-fuel ratio sensor is performed such that the air-fuel ratio of exhaust gas becomes close to a target air-fuel ratio in the neighborhood of a stoichiometric air-fuel ratio. Sub-feedback control is performed on the basis of an output value of the ammonia sensor.08-12-2010
20100036584Return-flow electronic fuel pressure regulator - A return-flow electronic fuel pressure regulator for a fuel-injected engine fuel system is plumbed to the fuel rail and return line of the fuel system. The regulator includes a fill chamber connected to the fuel rail, a return chamber connected to the return line and a return reservoir disposed between the fill chamber and return chamber. Fuel flow from the fill chamber to the return reservoir is regulated via a diaphragm valve assembly. Fuel flow from the return reservoir to the return chamber is subject to restriction by an adjustable valve. Integral comparative pressure sensing means measures the fuel pressure drop between the return reservoir and return chamber. An electronic control module, preferably programmed to maintain a constant pressure drop between the return reservoir and return chamber, receives a signal from the pressure sensing means and outputs a power supply signal to the fuel pump to control pump speed.02-11-2010
20110184629FUEL-BASED INJECTION CONTROL - Systems and methods of operating an engine with a varying fuel composition. In one example, a split injection is performed during engine cranking with at least some fuel injected in the intake stroke and some fuel injected in the compression stroke. Further, a split ratio of the injection is adjusted based on the alcohol content of the injected fuel.07-28-2011
20090070005METHOD FOR MEASURING INITIAL HYDROCARBON CONCENTRATION IN CANISTER AND CONTROLLING FUEL INJECTION THEREBY, AND SYSTEM THEREOF - A method of measuring an initial hydrocarbon concentration in a canister includes opening a purge control valve thereby introducing hydrocarbons from the canister to a cylinder; calculating an amount of air introduced into the cylinder; and calculating the initial hydrocarbon concentration based on the amount of air. A method of controlling fuel injection includes measuring an initial hydrocarbon concentration in a canister by opening a purge control valve in a fuel cut-off mode; determining a driving state of a vehicle; calculating an air inflow to a cylinder according to the driving state of the vehicle; calculating a λ set-point according to the driving state of the vehicle; and calculating fuel injection amount based on the air inflow and the λ set-point. Also, a system for controlling fuel injection.03-12-2009
20100174470Fuel Management System for Very High Efficiency Flex Fuel Engines Powered by Methanol and Gasoline - Turbocharged or supercharged spark ignition engine. The engine includes a source of methanol for direct injection of methanol into the engine and for delivering a portion of the methanol to a reformer for generating a hydrogen-rich gas.07-08-2010
20100174469SYSTEM FOR RECALCULATING THE AIR/FUEL MIXTURE IN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE VEHICLES, AND AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - The present Invention is directed to an electronic system that allows for a lower consumption of fuel and emission of polluting gases that are generated after the air/fuel mixture is burned by the internal combustion engine.07-08-2010
20100174468METHOD FOR DETECTION OF EMISSIONS LEVELS DURING EXTENDED ENGINE SPEED CONTROLLED OPERATION - A method for detection of emissions levels during extended engine speed controlled operation is provided. The method includes monitoring mass airflow passing through the engine while operating the engine. The method further includes adjusting mass airflow responsive to engine speed to maintain a desired engine speed. The method further includes shutting down the engine when engine mass airflow becomes higher than a predetermined mass airflow threshold.07-08-2010
20100174467Intensifier quill for fuel injector and fuel system using same - An intensifier quill for a fuel injector fluidly connects a fuel injector to a common rail. The intensifier quill selectively supplies fuel to the fuel injector at either an intensified pressure or un-intensified common rail pressure. Fuel supplied by the quill at both the intensified and un-intensified pressure passes through a quill body, which includes an actuation chamber, a control chamber and a pressurization chamber. Energizing an actuator of the quill allows fuel from the control chamber to flow to drain, increasing pressure inside the pressurization chamber and the fuel injector to intensified pressure. Upon energizing the actuator of the fuel injector, fuel injector injects fuel at the intensified pressure. When the quill's actuator is de-energized and the fuel injector's actuator is energized, fuel injector injects fuel at the un-intensified pressure.07-08-2010
20120173124ENGINE CONTROL APPARATUS - An engine control apparatus in which a fuel injection apparatus injects a fuel to an engine; detecting means detects a drive state of the engine, and an ECU controls actuation of the fuel injection apparatus on the basis of a detection information of the detecting means and a specific output characteristic data of the engine, wherein compensating means for compensating the output characteristic data is provided, and the ECU is structured such as to compute a limit torque value on the basis of a result of compensation of the output characteristic data by the compensating means and the detection information of the detecting means, and actuate the fuel injection apparatus in correspondence to the limit torque value.07-05-2012
20120316753EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION (EGR) SYSTEM - Various systems and methods are described for an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system coupled to an engine in a vehicle. One example method comprises, controlling an amount of EGR according to a minimum of a first EGR amount corresponding to a temperature of a first location and a second EGR amount corresponding to a condensate formation of a second location.12-13-2012
20120316754METHOD FOR OPERATING A SPARK-IGNITION, DIRECT-INJECTION INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A spark-ignition, direct-injection internal combustion engine is coupled to an exhaust aftertreatment system including a three-way catalytic converter upstream of an NH3-SCR catalyst. A method for operating the engine includes operating the engine in a fuel cutoff mode and coincidentally executing a second fuel injection control scheme upon detecting an engine load that permits operation in the fuel cutoff mode.12-13-2012
20100049424FUEL INJECTION CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A fuel injection control apparatus for an internal combustion engine injects fuel from a fuel injection valve in each cylinder in a fuel injection mode in which an amount of fuel in the combustion chamber corresponds to a required value for starting the internal combustion engine when fuel in the combustion chamber is combusted in each cylinder after a crankshaft angle is determined through cranking for starting the internal combustion engine. When the fuel has a high alcohol concentration and is combusted after the determination of the crankshaft angle, the control apparatus sets the fuel injection mode for fuel with a high alcohol concentration as the fuel injection mode in which the amount of fuel in the combustion chamber corresponds to the required value for starting the internal combustion engine.02-25-2010
20100049421CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - A control device (engine control device 02-25-2010
20100049419Control Apparatus for Vehicle - A target throttle opening degree computing device of a control apparatus computes a target throttle opening degree of a throttle valve and includes a phase lead compensator. A filter filters the target throttle opening degree to provide an ultimate target throttle opening degree, which is used to drive a drive motor to adjust an opening degree of the throttle valve.02-25-2010
20100049420ACTIVE COMPRESSION RATIO MODULATION THROUGH INTAKE VALVE PHASING AND KNOCK SENSOR FEEDBACK - An internal combustion engine includes a piston reciprocable within a cylinder, a phase controllable valvetrain configured to alter the effective compression ratio of the engine, and a knock sensor. A method for controlling the engine includes controlling the valvetrain to a first effective compression ratio whereat knock is detectable by the knock sensor and thereafter controlling the valvetrain to reduce the effective compression ratio to a point whereat knock is no longer detectable.02-25-2010
20100049423Method of Controlling the Combustion of a Compression Ignition Engine Using Combustion Timing Control - Method A method of controlling the combustion of a compression ignition engine is disclosed having applications for diesel engine combustion control for CAI.02-25-2010
20100049422CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In an internal combustion engine control device having an air-fuel ratio control device that controls the fuel injection amount so that the air-fuel ratio of exhaust gas of an internal combustion engine approaches a target stoichiometric air-fuel ratio, the control device further includes a device that calculates the lower calorific value of fuel, and a device that sets the target stoichiometric air-fuel ratio from the calculated lower calorific value based on a known relationship between the lower calorific value and the stoichiometric air-fuel ratio. It becomes possible to perform the air-fuel ratio control according to the fuel property by utilizing the relationship between the calorific value and the stoichiometric air-fuel ratio.02-25-2010
20100299049CONTROL STRATEGY FOR OPERATING A HOMOGENEOUS-CHARGE COMPRESSION-IGNITION ENGINE SUBSEQUENT TO A FUEL CUTOFF EVENT - A multi-cylinder spark-ignition direct-injection internal combustion engine is re-fired subsequent to a fuel cutoff event wherein fuel to all cylinders is cutoff. Re-firing the engine includes selectively firing individual cylinders during re-firing engine cycles exclusively at a predetermined fixed fuel mass until all cylinders have been fired at least once, whereafter subsequent firing of individual cylinders is not limited to the predetermined fixed fuel mass.11-25-2010
20100299047METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A GAS INJECTION SYSTEM OF A GAS FUEL AND A LIQUID FUEL OPERATED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In a method for generating an internal combustion engine configured to run on both a gas fuel and a liquid fuel, the shutoff valve of the gas injection system is initially closed, the engine is then operated with the liquid fuel, and subsequently all gas injection valves of the gas injection system are opened in a predefined pattern while the shutoff valve is still closed.11-25-2010
20100280743INDIVIDUAL ACCUMULATOR, HIGH-PRESSURE COMPONENT, AND COMMON RAIL FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM, AS WELL AS AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT, AND METHOD FOR THE OPEN-LOOP AND/OR CLOSED-LOOP CONTROL OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An individual accumulator for a high-pressure component of a high-pressure fuel guide of a common rail fuel injection system. The individual accumulator is equipped with a pressure sensor, and the common rail fuel injection system is equipped with a source of high pressure and a fuel injector, which has a fluid connection with this source of high pressure via the high-pressure fuel guide, for injecting the fuel into a working chamber of an internal combustion engine. The pressure sensor is designed as a strain sensor.11-04-2010
20120179355DIAGNOSTIC METHOD AND DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM FOR MULTICYLINDER INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A diagnostic method for a multicylinder internal combustion engine is provided. The method comprises determining that malfunction pertaining to the air-fuel ratio has occurred when degree of the rotational fluctuation is equal to or more than a first determination value; determining that malfunction pertaining to the air-fuel ratio has not occurred when the degree of the rotational fluctuation is equal to or less than a second determination value that is smaller than the first determination value; and changing mode of engine control when the degree of the rotational fluctuation is smaller than the first determination value and greater than the second determination value. After the changing, the determining that malfunction pertaining to the air-fuel ratio has occurred is repeated.07-12-2012
20100274467FUEL-PRESSURE CONTROLLER FOR DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE - When a specified learning execute condition is established, the high-pressure pump is stopped so that the fuel pressure in the high pressure fuel passage is made equal to the fuel pressure in the low pressure fuel passage. A low pressure fuel control is executed to control a driving voltage of the low-pressure pump based on the operational characteristic of the low-pressure pump. A driving voltage of the low-pressure pump is gradually corrected so that the difference between the detected high fuel pressure and a target low fuel pressure becomes small. A driving voltage correcting amount is learned as the control error of the low pressure fuel control. The driving voltage correction amount is stored as the learning correction amount, and the driving voltage of the low-pressure pump is corrected by means of the learning correction amount.10-28-2010
20100274464CLOSED-LOOP ADAPTATION OF HOMOGENOUS CHARGE COMPRESSION IGNITION OPERATING ZONE BASED ON RINGING INDEX - An engine control system comprises a ringing index (RI) determination module, a fueling threshold determination module, and a combustion mode determination module. The ringing index (RI) determination module determines an RI value of a cylinder of an engine and compares the RI value and a predetermined RI threshold. The fueling threshold determination module determines a fueling threshold and adjusts the fueling threshold based on the comparison of the RI value and the RI threshold. The combustion mode determination module selects a combustion mode for the engine based on a comparison of a current fueling rate and the fueling threshold.10-28-2010
20100010726CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - At least one of a petroleum fuel and an alcohol fuel stored in a fuel tank is supplied to an internal combustion engine. Specifically, the fuel in the fuel tank is supplied to an injector by a fuel pump module. The injector injects the fuel into an intake pipe. An ECU adjusts a fuel injection quantity according to an alcohol concentration of the fuel When the fuel-supply-pressure to the injector is less than or equal to a threshold pressure, the ECU determines the fuel pump module has a malfunction. Especially, the ECU varies the threshold pressure according to the alcohol concentration of the fuel.01-14-2010
20100010725MULTIFUEL INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND COMBUSTION CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - A multifuel internal combustion engine includes: fuel characteristics determining unit that determines ignitability and anti-knocking performance of the fuel introduced into the combustion chamber CC; combustion mode setting unit that sets a compression hypergolic diffusion combustion mode when ignitability of the fuel is excellent, sets a premixed spark-ignition flame propagation combustion mode when the ignitability of the fuel is poor and anti-knocking performance is excellent, and sets a spark assist compression hypergolic diffusion combustion mode when both the ignitability and anti-knocking performance of the fuel are poor; and combustion control execution unit that makes the engine to drive in a combustion mode which is set by the combustion mode setting unit.01-14-2010
20100010724INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CONTROL FOR IMPROVED FUEL EFFICIENCY - A variety of methods and arrangements for improving the fuel efficiency of internal combustion engines are described. Generally, selected combustion events are skipped during operation of the internal combustion engine so that other working cycles can operate at a better thermodynamic efficiency. In one aspect of the invention, an engine is controlled to operate in a variable displacement mode. In the variable displacement mode, fuel is not delivered to the working chambers (e.g. cylinders) during selected “skipped” working cycles. During active (“non-skipped”) working cycles, a maximum (e.g., unthrottled) amount of air and an optimized amount of fuel is delivered to the relevant working chambers so that the fired working chambers can operate at efficiencies closer to their optimal efficiency. A controller is used to dynamically determine the chamber firings required to provide the engine torque based on the engine's current operational state and conditions. The chamber firings may be sequenced in real time or in near real time in a manner that helps reduce undesirable vibrations of the engine.01-14-2010
20090070003DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE OPERATING STATE OF A CATALYTIC CONVERTER OF AN EXHAUST LINE PERTAINING TO AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, AND ENGINE COMPRISING ONE SUCH DEVICE - A device for controlling an operating state of a catalytic converter of an exhaust line pertaining to an internal combustion engine. The device determines the temperature upstream of the catalytic converter, adds fuel to the exhaust line of the engine at the moment at which the temperature of the exhaust gas upstream of the catalytic converter corresponds to the ignition temperature of a catalytic converter with a normal operation, and controls the quantity of heat emitted by the reaction generated in the catalytic converter as a result of the addition of fuel. The addition device includes a dedicated fuel supply system arranged in the exhaust line of the engine upstream of the catalytic converter to be controlled.03-12-2009
20120253638METHOD FOR ADAPTING A FUEL/AIR MIXTURE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for adapting a mixture for a pilot control process for setting a fuel/air mixture for operating an internal combustion engine. The method includes determining a current measuring point from an air and fuel quantity in which a predefined lambda is achieved, determining a current operating range in which the measuring point lies, determining a deviation of the measuring point from the operating point lying in the current operating range, determining a corrected operating point between the operating point and the measuring point, and determining corrected parameters of a parameterized relationship from the corrected operating point and the operating points and parameter values of the preceding adaptation step not lying in the current operating range, and permits adaptation of a mixture without separation of load/rotational speed ranges for adaptation of the offset and of the factor of the linear relationship of air quantity and fuel quantity.10-04-2012
20120226428METHOD FOR THE OPEN-LOOP CONTROL AND CLOSED-LOOP CONTROL OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - The invention relates to a method for the open-loop control and the closed-loop control of an internal combustion engine (09-06-2012
20120226427METHOD FOR DETERMINING A CONCENTRATION OF ALCOHOL IN A FUEL MIXTURE - A method for determining a concentration of alcohol in a fuel mixture, where a characteristic curve for a parameter describing the dynamics of an injector, by which the fuel mixture is injected in an internal combustion engine, is ascertained; and where the concentration of alcohol is determined in light of a course of the characteristic curve. The invention also relates to a method for operating an internal combustion engine and a system for determining a concentration of alcohol in a fuel mixture.09-06-2012
20120226426Apparatus and Method for Controlling a Multi-Fuel Engine - A dual-fuel engine has a primary fuel supply and a secondary fuel supply, the primary and secondary fuels being arranged in use to mix with each other and with air for combustion in one or more cylinders of the engine. The supply of both the primary and secondary fuels is arranged to be actively managed in accordance with a desired engine performance characteristic by an electronic controller. In one arrangement the supply of a primary fuel is arranged to be actively reduced when a secondary fuel is supplied to the engine.09-06-2012
20090024300Airflow estimation method and apparatus for internal combustion engine - A method of estimating an air charge in at least one combustion cylinder of an internal combustion engine includes calculating cylinder mass air flow based upon a modified volumetric efficiency parameter; and calculating the intake throttle mass air flow based upon a throttle air flow discharge parameter and a fuel enrichment factor. Three models including a mean-value cylinder flow model, a manifold dynamics model, and a throttle flow model are provided to estimate the air charge in the at least one combustion cylinder and to control delivery of fuel to the fuel delivery system.01-22-2009
20090018755CONTROLLER FOR DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE - When an engine is at starting or at cold state, a closing time of an exhaust valve is set before an intake top dead center to close the exhaust valve early. An exhaust residual gas is compressed by a cylinder to raise an inner cylinder temperature. A pre-fuel injection is performed from a time of closing the exhaust valve to a time of the intake top dead center in such a manner that the pre-injected fuel is combusted to raise the inner cylinder temperature. This increase in temperature expedites an atomization of fuel injected at a main fuel injection. A wet amount of fuel is reduced and HC emission is also reduced.01-15-2009
20090018754INTAKE AIR AMOUNT CONTROL APPARATUS FOR ENGINE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides an intake air amount control apparatus for an engine and a control method of an intake air amount of an engine, in which, when the atmospheric pressure exceeds a threshold value, a target lift amount of an intake valve is determined based on a target intake air amount and an electronically controlled throttle is controlled to generate a target boost pressure. On the other hand, when the atmospheric pressure does not exceed the threshold value because of a vehicle traveling at a high altitude, the target lift amount of the intake valve is fixed to a maximum lift amount and the opening angle of the electronically controlled throttle is determined in response to the target intake air amount. Consequently, an actual intake air amount is controlled to be brought to the target intake air amount thereby generating negative pressure necessary for exhaust gas recirculation.01-15-2009
20090018751CONTROLLING CYLINDER MIXTURE AND TURBOCHARGER OPERATION - A method for controlling differences in exhaust gas residual amount for a two cylinder bank engine having at least one turbocharger is presented. In one example, the description includes a method for adjusting valve timing to reduce cylinder exhaust gas residual variation.01-15-2009
20090018750FUEL INJECTION FOR SMALL ENGINES - The present invention is a fuel injection system for small engines in which the fuel injection system takes the place of traditional carburetors and provides the engine with air, fuel and spark control. The fuel injection system is comprised of an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled with a throttle body, which has an integrated fuel injector. The ECU controls the amount of air that enters a cylinder by controlling the throttle plate, and the ECU controls the amount of fuel entering the air flow by controlling the injector. This fuel injection system offers to smaller engines the many advantages of fuel injected engines over carbureted engines such as increased fuel economy, better cold starting capabilities, lower outputs of harmful emissions and lower engine operating temperatures.01-15-2009
20120232771CONTROLLING FUEL INJECTION BASED ON FUEL VOLATILITY - A system according to the principles of the present disclosure includes a fuel volatility module, a temperature generation module, and a fuel control module. The fuel volatility module estimates a volatility of fuel provided to an engine based on an engine torque and an engine speed. The temperature generation module generates a temperature of an intake valve of the engine. The fuel control module selectively increases an amount of fuel provided to the engine based on the temperature of the intake valve, the engine torque, and the fuel volatility.09-13-2012
20120232773INTER-CYLINDER AIR-FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE DETERMINATION APPARATUS FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An inter-cylinder air-fuel ratio imbalance determination apparatus (determination apparatus) according to the present invention obtains, based on the output value of the air-fuel ratio sensor 09-13-2012
20080300771IRREGULAR DETECTION DEVICE AND FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM USING THE SAME - In a fuel injection system, an ECU judges occurrence of cylinder misfire based on a variation of the number of rotation speed of a diesel engine when an ignition judgment condition is satisfied after the diesel engine starts. If there is a non-ignition cylinder, the increased number of rotation speed of the diesel engine becomes in general smaller than a predetermined value. The ECU gets a common rail pressure corresponding to the non-ignition cylinder, and then judges whether or not a correct pressure variation occurs. The ECU then judges the occurrence of malfunction of the fuel injection valve when the decreased value of the corresponding common rail pressure is out of a normal range, The ECU judges the condition of each cylinder based on the judgment result regarding whether or not the fuel injection valve correctly injects the fuel into the corresponding cylinder.12-04-2008
20080300770CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - During lean combustion, an ECU as a control device for a diesel engine calculates a ratio between a target A/F value and a detected A/F value detected by a A/F sensor, wherein the target A/F value is a ratio between a target air volume and a target injection amount in order to obtain a request torque. The ECU calculates the air volume after compensation during rich combustion by multiplying the target air volume with the compensation gain value. The ECU instructs an air intake throttle valve and an EGR valve to regulate those opening degrees according to the calculation result in order to decrease a torque difference between the lean combustion and the rich combustion.12-04-2008
20110130943FUEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT ENGINES - A fuel management system includes a pedal resistance determination module and a pedal resistance adjustment module. The pedal resistance determination module determines a desired accelerator pedal resistance based on at least one of engine and transmission operating conditions. The pedal resistance adjustment module adjusts a pedal resistance device based on the desired accelerator pedal resistance.06-02-2011
20120265422Method for Controlling an Engine - A method for reducing a temperature of an engine component is disclosed. In one example, an air-fuel ratio provided to an engine is adjusted to reduce a temperature of an engine component. The approach may be useful for controlling temperature and emissions from a turbocharged engine.10-18-2012
20120330532Method Of Adjusting A Fuel Composition Estimate - A method is provided for adjusting a fuel composition estimate. The method generally uses a non-fuel related property to determine fuel composition. In some cases the method can be used after refueling and when the engine is operating without the benefit of oxygen sensor data, which can include evaluating data not based on characteristics of the fuel or exhaust from its combustion, such as engine torque variations while using the fuel. The method can include monitoring estimated engine torque to determine whether first variations in engine torque exceed a threshold, and, if so, modifying the previous estimate of fuel composition prior to the refueling event by a pre-determined amount.12-27-2012
20110046865Motorized Vehicles Spark Timing Control for Use with Biofuel Gasoline Mixture - The present invention provides apparatus for varying an engine's combustion spark timing for use of hybrid fuels, such as bio-fuel and gasoline. An operator selectable switch enables or disables an on-board computer selecting between gasoline and bio-fuel mixtures as the on-board fuel so that engine mounted sensors provide data used to determine optimum fuel-ignition spark discharge values from a computerized table.02-24-2011
20120323464MULTIPLE MODE THROTTLE CONTROL - A multiple mode throttle control having a plurality of different modes to command the speed of a utility vehicle engine. The modes include a normal mode in which an electronic engine control unit commands engine speed to vary based on the position of the throttle pedal; a stationary mode in which the electronic engine control unit commands the engine to run at a fixed speed while the utility vehicle remains stationary based on a setting of an operator control connected to the electronic control unit; and a mobile mode in which the electronic engine control unit commands engine speed to vary while the utility vehicle is moving based on the position of the throttle pedal but not to exceed a maximum engine speed based on the setting of the operator control.12-20-2012
20110224888METHOD TO DIAGNOSE A FAULT IN A FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method is provided to diagnose a fault in a fuel injection system of an internal combustion engine. The method includes, but is not limited to commanding an injection pulse for injecting a test quantity of fuel into an engine cylinder, determining the torque released to an engine crankshaft due to the injection pulse, calculating the difference between this released torque and an expected value for the torque, and of detecting a fault in the fuel injection system if the difference exceeds a threshold.09-15-2011
20110238282FUEL SUPPLY CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND FUEL SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The present invention relates to a fuel supply control apparatus and a fuel supply control method for controlling an electric fuel pump, in an internal combustion engine provided with the electric fuel pump for pumping fuel to a fuel injection valve and a pressure regulator for regulating fuel pressure at set pressure. When a learning condition of a drive voltage for the electric fuel pump is established, the drive voltage is temporarily reduced and a change amount ΔAF of an air-fuel ratio at the time is detected. Then, if the change amount ΔAF is within a first threshold ΔAF09-29-2011
20120277976CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT FOR VEHICLE ECU - A circuit arrangement includes a vehicle ECU, a plurality of first sensors electrically connected with the ECU in a daisy-chain arrangement, and a plurality of second sensors electrically connected with the ECU in a daisy-chain arrangement. The ECU is configured to control a fuel injection system of a vehicle engine. Each of the plurality of first sensors is configured to operate at a first voltage and to sense a respective vehicle engine condition. Each of the plurality of second sensors is configured to operate at a second voltage, which is different than the first voltage, and to sense a respective vehicle engine condition.11-01-2012
20120277978ENGINE WORKING MACHINE - An engine working machine that has an electronically controlled fuel injection system and a fuel tank disposed in an upper portion. The capacity of the fuel tank is effectively used and a complex structure is prevented while reducing the length of the fuel piping. An engine is disposed in a lower portion, and a fuel tank is disposed above the engine. A fuel pump is mounted on a bottom outside surface of the fuel tank, and disposed projecting on a side portion of the crankcase. An extended box is provided on a bottom surface of the fuel tank, and the fuel pump is mounted with a filter and a fuel intake port located inside the extended box. The fuel pump is housed in a pump case that is fixed to a bottom surface of the extended box.11-01-2012
20120089318Method for controlling the air supply in a cylinder of a four-stroke internal combustion engine with controlled ignition - A method for controlling air supply in a cylinder of a four-stroke internal-combustion engine with controlled ignition includes steps of: determining, in a phase prior to a suction phase, an estimate of mass of desired air to be sucked into the cylinder during the suction phase; determining, in a phase prior to the suction phase, a forecast of suction pressure during the suction phase; determining, in a phase prior to the suction phase, programming of suction of air as a function of the estimate of the mass of the desired air to be sucked into the cylinder during the suction phase and of the forecast of the suction pressure during the suction phase; and controlling, until an end of an exhaust phase, the suction of air into the cylinder by piloting a control device for implementation of an intake valve according to the programming of the suction of air.04-12-2012
20110276254ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE ESTIMATING APPARATUS - An atmospheric pressure estimating apparatus which estimates an atmospheric pressure applied to a calculation of control parameters of an internal combustion engine, is provided. An estimated intake air control valve passing air flow rate is calculated based on the estimated atmospheric pressure, the detected intake pressure, and the detected intake air control valve opening. The estimated atmospheric pressure is updated so that the estimated intake air control valve passing air flow rate coincides with the detected intake air control valve passing air flow rate. The estimated intake air control valve passing air flow rate is calculated using the updated estimated atmospheric pressure. The update of the estimated atmospheric pressure and the calculation of the estimated control valve passing air flow rate are sequentially performed. Consequently, the estimated control valve passing air flow rate follows the intake air flow rate, and the estimated atmospheric pressure follows the atmospheric pressure.11-10-2011
20110276253BI-FUEL CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLES AND RELATED METHODS - A bi-fuel control system can include an electronic control module and a control unit that are in communication with each other. The system can include a first set of fuel injectors that are configured to deliver a primary fuel to an engine and can include a second set of fuel injectors that are configured to deliver a secondary fuel to the engine. The bi-fuel control system can operate in either a primary operational state in which the first set of injectors is used or a secondary operational state in which the second set of injectors is used. In either operational state, the electronic control module can control the respective set of injectors independently from the control unit.11-10-2011
20110276252Heated Fuel Injector System - A heated fuel injector system and controller that includes a temperature sensing means to provide closed-loop control of a heating element heating fuel dispensed by a heated fuel injector. Closed-loop control provides more accurate temperature control of the heating element so that fuel heating is provided as quickly as possible while also protecting the fuel from being boiled and protecting the heated fuel injector from being damaged by excessive temperature. By monitoring how the signal from the temperature sensing means varies over time, fault conditions such as a lack of fuel flow, and fuel ethanol percentage may be detected.11-10-2011
20110276251TRANSIENT COMBUSTION NOISE CONTROL IN A HYBRID POWERTRAIN INCLUDING AN HCCI ENGINE - A method for controlling a direct injection internal combustion engine and a torque machine configured to transfer torque to a driveline responsive to an operator torque request includes operating the direct injection internal combustion engine to transfer torque to the driveline, monitoring the operator torque request, determining a time constant associated with the operator torque request, detecting a fast transient condition associated with the operator torque request, providing a restricted engine torque command as a function of the operator torque request and the time constant, and during fast transient conditions controlling engine operation to achieve the restricted engine torque command, and operating the torque machine responsive to a motor torque command, the motor torque command corresponding to a difference between the operator torque request and the restricted engine torque command.11-10-2011
20110276250CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE INCLUDING VARIABLE VALVE OPERATING MECHANISM - The present invention has its object to provide a control apparatus for an internal combustion engine including a variable valve operating mechanism which is capable of accurately and effectively identifying an abnormality-occurring cylinder during operation while preventing the deterioration of a catalyst. A fuel injection valve which is capable of injecting fuel for each cylinder is provided. Variable valve operating mechanisms which are capable of halting the operation of the intake and exhaust valves in the closed state for each cylinder are provided. An abnormality evaluation index value is acquired during the operation of the internal combustion engine and, based on the abnormality evaluation index value, an abnormality which has occurred in at least one cylinder in the internal combustion engine is detected. When the abnormality is detected, a cylinder halting to perform the halting of fuel supply and the halting of the valve operation in the closed state is executed with a first partial cylinder made up of at least two cylinders as the target. After the cylinder halting, with the cylinder to be halted being changed, a cylinder halting is executed with a second partial cylinder made up of at least one cylinder as the target. Based on the change in the abnormality evaluation index value associated with the changing of the cylinder to be halted, the abnormality-occurring cylinder is identified.11-10-2011
20110307161METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM - A method is described for operating a fuel injection system, in particular of an internal combustion engine, in which fuel under pressure is made available in a pressure reservoir and a fuel pressure prevailing in the pressure reservoir is ascertainable with the aid of a pressure sensor. Fuel is removed from the pressure reservoir over a predefinable pressure reduction time period, measured pressure values are ascertained (determined) with the aid of the pressure sensor at least two different points in time during the pressure reduction period, and an actual fuel pressure at the beginning of the pressure reduction period is inferred from the measured pressure values ascertained (determined) during the pressure reduction period.12-15-2011
20110320105Electronically Controlled Diesel Engine - An object is to provide an electronically controlled diesel engine capable of inhibiting the drastic increase of the fuel injection quantity from the fuel injection quantity before acceleration without the measurement of the relation between the number of revolutions of an engine, boost pressure, and the upper smoke limit of the fuel injection quantity. An electronically controlled diesel engine includes an judge part of an acceleration (12-29-2011
20120101708START-UP CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An object is to provide a technology that enables starting of fuel injection under a condition that allows injected fuel to ignite and burn at the time of start-up of an internal combustion engine. To achieve the object, a start-up control system for an internal combustion engine according to the invention estimates, at the time of start-up of the internal combustion engine, the amount of rotation of a crankshaft in a period since the start of cranking until a crank position sensor outputs an effective pulse signal and determines, based on the stopping position of the crankshaft specified by the value thus estimated, whether or not fuel is to be injected at the first fuel injection time.04-26-2012
20120101707METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INJECTOR - A method for operating an injector, in particular of an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle, in which a component of the injector, in particular a valve needle, is driven with the aid of an electromagnetic actuator. According to the present invention, a variable which characterizes the acceleration of a movable component of the electromagnetic actuator, in particular of an armature of the electromagnetic actuator, is formed as a function of at least one electrical operating variable of the electromagnetic actuator, and an operating state of the injector is deduced as a function of the variable which characterizes the acceleration.04-26-2012
20100222987METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THE TEMPERATURE OF A GAS PRESSURE SENSOR ATTACHED TO A WALL OF A DIESEL ENGINE AND USE OF ONE SUCH METHOD - The invention relates to a method for estimating the temperature of a gas pressure sensor attached to a wall of a turbocharged motor vehicle diesel engine, said sensor being positioned upstream of the turbine of the turbocharger. According to the invention, the temperature of the gas pressure sensor is estimated at least by measuring the temperature of the external air and the temperature of the wall to which the sensor is attached.09-02-2010
20100204906Vehicle Control System - A method is provided for controlling an engine via an outlet control device of an intake manifold, such as via variable valve lift operation. The engine may further include an inlet control device, such as an electronic throttle, as well as coordination between the inlet and outlet control devices for controlling airflow in the engine.08-12-2010
20100198485CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine that accurately incorporates demands related to various capabilities of the internal combustion engine. A demand output unit outputs various capability demands of the internal combustion engine, expressed in terms of either torque, efficiency, or an air-fuel ratio data. A torque mediation unit collects only the demand values expressed in terms of torque, and mediates the torque demand values into one. An efficiency mediation unit collects the demand values expressed in terms of efficiency and mediates the efficiency demand values into one. An air-fuel ratio mediation unit collects the demand values expressed in terms of the air-fuel ratio and mediates the air-fuel ratio demand values into one. A control variable computing unit computes control variables of actuators, based upon the torque demand value, efficiency demand value, and air-fuel ratio demand value output from the mediation units.08-05-2010
20100198484Engine - The purpose of the present invention is to provide an engine having a revision means which regulates rotation speed of each of cylinders while reflecting specific unevenness of rotation of each of the cylinders. With regard to an engine 08-05-2010
20100198483Engine - In an engine which may show a behavior where an engine speed is not always minimized after compression top dead center of a cylinder in which poor fuel injection occurred, the cylinder in which poor fuel injection occurred is detected. A common rail diesel engine (08-05-2010
20100198482Method and device for operating an internal combustion engine having cylinder shutdown - A method and a device for operating internal combustion engine, in particular in an unfired state, are described, which make possible a largely jerk-free switchover between two operating states of internal combustion engine, having different numbers of cylinders that are activated regarding the charge cycle. Air is supplied to the internal combustion engine via an actuator in an air supply, and the quantity of air supplied to the internal combustion engine is influenced by the position of the actuator. A charge cycle state of at least one cylinder of the internal combustion engine is changed. The position of the actuator in the air supply is changed with the change of the charge cycle state of the at least one cylinder.08-05-2010
20100168984METHOD OF ADJUSTING INJECTION, COMBUSTION AND/OR POST-TREATMENT PARAMETERS OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH AUTO-IGNITION - The present invention relates to a method for adjusting injection, combustion and/or post-treatment parameters of an internal combustion engine with auto-ignition, characterized in that it comprises a step of determining the content and the type of biofuel present in the fuel feeding the injection system.07-01-2010
20100168986APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING ABNORMAL AIR-FUEL RATIO VARIATION AMONG CYLINDERS OF MULTI-CYLINDER INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An apparatus for detecting abnormal air-fuel ratio variation among cylinders of a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine includes: a catalyst element that oxidizes hydrogen contained in exhaust gas to remove the hydrogen; a first air-fuel ratio sensor that detects an air-fuel ratio of exhaust gas that has not passed through the catalyst element; a second air-fuel ratio sensor that detects an air-fuel ratio of exhaust gas that has passed through the catalyst element; and a unit that determines whether abnormal air-fuel ratio variation among the cylinders has occurred based on an amount by which a value detected by the second air-fuel ratio sensor is leaner than a value detected by the first air-fuel ratio sensor07-01-2010
20100168985STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE - A snowmobile includes an engine, an engine power controller, an operation portion, an operation input detector, an operation amount detector, and a control portion. The control portion does not control the engine power controller based on an amount detected by the operation amount detector in a preliminary zone in which the operation amount detected by the operation amount detector is not more than a first operation amount. The control portion controls the engine power controller based on an operation amount detected by the operation amount detector if the operation amount is greater than the first operation amount. A second operation amount smaller than the first operation amount is set in the preliminary zone and the control portion determines whether operation of the operation portion is carried out based on whether operation corresponding to the second operation amount is detected by the operation input detector.07-01-2010
20130013170Method And Control Unit For Operating A Valve - A method for operating a valve, in particular a fuel injector of an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle, in which an auxiliary variable is obtained as a function of at least one electrical operating variable of an electromagnetic actuator driving a component of the valve, in particular a valve needle, and in which the auxiliary variable is checked for the presence of a predefinable characteristic. A reference variable is ascertained as a function of the auxiliary variable, the auxiliary variable is modified as a function of the reference variable to obtain a modified auxiliary variable, and the modified auxiliary variable is checked for the presence of the predefinable characteristic.01-10-2013
20100131176CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control system for an internal combustion engine having a valve operating characteristic varying mechanism for continuously changing a lift amount of at least one intake valve of the engine. The valve operating characteristic varying mechanism includes a control shaft for changing the lift amount, a motor for rotating the control shaft, and a transmission mechanism provided between an output shaft of the motor and the control shaft for transmitting an actuating force of the motor to the control shaft. A first rotational angle sensor detects a rotational angle of the output shaft of the motor, and a second rotational angle sensor detects a rotational angle of the control shaft. A control of the lift amount of the at least one intake valve is performed according to the rotational angle detected by the first rotational angle sensor or the second rotational angle sensor. A failure diagnosis of the first rotational angle sensor, the second rotational angle sensor, and the transmission mechanism is performed based on the rotational angles detected by the first and second rotational angle sensors.05-27-2010
20100131178METHOD OF OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method relates to operating an internal combustion engine in the form of an Otto engine, especially of a motor vehicle. Otto engine fuel (i.e., carburetor fuel, spark ignition engine fuel), such as gasoline or ethanol (E85), are directly injected into at least one combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine with at least one fuel injector. Optionally, instead of injecting ignition spark engine fuel or in addition, the internal combustion engine is operated with gas, especially CNG (compressed natural gas) or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas). During operation of the internal combustion engine with gas only, the engine is automatically switched to the operation with spark ignition engine fuel for a predetermined period, or the engine is switched to the operation with spark ignition engine fuel in addition to the operation with gas, in such a manner that a predetermined quantity of the carburetor fuel flows through the at least one fuel injector. The engine is then automatically switched back to the operation with gas only.05-27-2010
20100131174TORQUE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH SCAVENGING - An engine control system includes a scavenging module that generates a scavenging signal when both a driver torque request is greater than a predetermined torque threshold and a rotational speed of an engine crankshaft is less than a predetermined speed threshold. A cam phaser control module controls intake and exhaust cam phasers based on the scavenging signal such that opening times of intake and exhaust valves of a respective cylinder overlap.05-27-2010
20100131172Engine control system having fuel-based timing - A control system for an engine having a cylinder is disclosed having an engine valve movable to regulate a fluid flow of the cylinder and an actuator associated with the engine valve. The control system also has a sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of an amount of an air/fuel mixture remaining within the cylinder after completion of a first combustion event and a controller in communication with the actuator and the sensor. The controller may be configured to compare the amount with a desired amount, and to selectively regulate the actuator to adjust a timing of the engine valve associated with a subsequent combustion event based on the comparison.05-27-2010
20130018568CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINEAANM Takada; NorifumiAACI Susono-shiAACO JPAAGP Takada; Norifumi Susono-shi JPAANM Honda; TomoakiAACI Gotenba-shiAACO JPAAGP Honda; Tomoaki Gotenba-shi JP - A control apparatus for an internal combustion engine includes: a first detector that detects air/fuel ratio in an exhaust passageway on an upstream of an exhaust gas-controlling catalyst in multi-cylinder internal combustion engine; a second detector that detects the air/fuel ratio in the exhaust passageway on a downstream of the catalyst; a feedback controller that executes a feedback control so that a first detected value based on the first detector output follows to be equal as a first predetermined target value and so that a second detected value based on the second detector output follows to be equal as a second predetermined target value that corresponds to the first predetermined target value during an initial state; an abnormality detection device configured to detect a variation abnormality in the air/fuel ratio among the cylinders; and a change device that changes the second predetermined target value when the variation abnormality is detected.01-17-2013
20110160982ENGINE CONTROL TECHNIQUES TO ACCOUNT FOR FUEL EFFECTS - A technique for engine control to account for fuel effects including providing an internal combustion engine and a controller to regulate operation thereof, the engine being operable to combust a fuel to produce an exhaust gas; establishing a plurality of fuel property inputs; establishing a plurality of engine performance inputs; generating engine control information as a function of the fuel property inputs and the engine performance inputs; and accessing the engine control information with the controller to regulate at least one engine operating parameter.06-30-2011
20130024092DEVICE FOR PREVENTING THE ENGINE FROM STALLING IN A VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH A DIESEL INJECTION SYSTEM - A device is provided for preventing the engine from stalling in a vehicle equipped with a diesel injection system, particularly a common-rail injection system. The device comprises a volume flow control valve, a high-pressure fuel pump, a pressure control valve, one or more injectors and a control unit. The control unit carries out a pressure control by controlling the volume pressure control valve in the idle state of the engine in a first operating mode, monitors whether a working point is present at which a release of air from the fuel is carried out and, in the event such a working point is detected, initiates a second operating mode in which a pressure control is carried out by controlling the pressure control valve.01-24-2013
20130024091METHODOLOGY TO COMPENSATE THE EFFECT OF HUMIDITY AND ALTITUDE ON HCCI COMBUSTION - A method for controlling combustion in a spark-ignition direct-injection internal combustion engine includes monitoring an engine operating mode and an ambient parameter, determining a deviation of the ambient parameter relative to a nominal ambient parameter, determining a nominal desired engine operation parameter based on engine speed and load, determining and adjusted desired engine operation parameter based on the nominal desired engine operation parameter and said deviation of the ambient parameter, and controlling the engine based on the engine operating mode and one of the nominal desired engine operation parameter and adjusted desired engine operation parameter.01-24-2013
20130173139CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A control device for an internal combustion engine includes a unit for performing precorrection of an intake air quantity immediately after engine startup on the basis of a change value in the intake air quantity immediately after the beginning of cranking, and a correction method switching unit for subsequently switching to precorrection of the intake air quantity corresponding to an accelerator pedal stroke on the basis of the intake air quantity.07-04-2013
20080255749INTAKE AIR LEAK DETERMINATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - An intake manifold air leak determination system and method for an internal combustion engine including an intake manifold fluidly connected to a plurality of cylinders of the engine and a plurality of fuel injection valves for injecting fuel for the cylinders. Each of the plurality of fuel injection valves corresponds to a respective one of the plurality of cylinders. A fuel cutoff indicating module determines that fuel has been cut from one or more of said plurality of cylinders due to certain operating conditions of the internal combustion engine. An air leak detection module determines whether a significant air leak is occurring at the intake manifold. An air leak fuel cutoff module cuts off fuel supply to the fuel injection valves when the air leak detection module determines that a significant air leak is occurring at the intake manifold. An air leak detection prohibiting module prohibits detection of an air leak at the intake manifold when the fuel cutoff indicating module indicates that fuel has been cut from one or more of the plurality of cylinders.10-16-2008
20090287394IDLING ROTATION SPEED CONTROL APPARATUS - There is provided an idling rotation speed control apparatus that can reduce the development man-hours and the cost and that enables operation during a trolling cruise to be readily performed. The idling rotation speed control apparatus includes an engine rotation speed detection means, an engine temperature detection means, an engine idling driving state detection means, an engine load detection means, an intake air amount adjusting means for adjusting an amount of intake air during an idling state, and an ECU for controlling the intake air amount adjusting means during idling driving. The ECU includes a basic torque ratio calculation function for calculating a ratio of torque to be generated, to engine maximal torque, that is necessary for making the engine steadily operate at a target rotation speed during idling driving; a target torque ratio calculation function for correcting the basic torque ratio, in accordance with a difference between a target rotation speed and an engine rotation speed, and calculating a target torque ratio; a target air amount calculation function for calculating an air amount necessary for generating the target torque ratio; and an intake air amount adjusting function for controlling the intake air amount adjusting means, based on the calculated air amount.11-19-2009
20080234917CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND ENGINE CONTROL UNIT - A control system for an internal combustion engine, which is capable of properly setting fuel injection timing according to the actual degree of delay of the amount of fresh air to be supplied to cylinders of the engine, thereby making it possible to positively suppress torque variation, when the control system has switched an air-fuel ratio mode between a lean mode and a rich mode. The control system controls the air-fuel ratio of a mixture by switching the air-fuel ratio mode. In the lean mode, the control system sets a target fresh air amount for the lean mode, and in the rich mode, it sets a target fresh air amount for the rich mode. Upon switching the air-fuel ratio mode, the control system corrects the fuel injection timing according to the difference between the target fresh air amount for the lean mode or the rich mode and the detected fresh air amount.09-25-2008
20080234916Two-Point Control of a High-Pressure Pump for Direct-Injecting Gasoline Engines - In a method for operating an internal combustion engine (09-25-2008
20080228374FUEL INJECTION DEVICE AND ADJUSTMENT METHOD THEREOF - A fuel injection device (fuel supply system) of a common rail type fuel injection system for an engine includes a pressure sensor disposed in a fuel inlet of an injector for measuring a fuel pressure at a position where the sensor is disposed and an ECU for sensing various kinds of pressure fluctuations associated with the injection including a pressure leak due to an injection operation of the injector and waving characteristics due to actual injection thereof based on sensor outputs from the pressure sensor. The ECU serially obtains the sensor outputs from the pressure sensor at intervals of 20 μsec.09-18-2008
20130184970ENGINE REMOTE START CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM - A method is provided and may include monitoring operation of an engine of a vehicle, determining if the engine is started, and determining if the engine was started via an ignition or via a remote signal. The method may further include controlling operation of the engine at a first temperature if the engine was started via the ignition and controlling operation of the engine at a second temperature—different than the first temperature—if the engine was started via the remote signal. The second temperature may be higher than the first temperature to increase a temperature of coolant circulating within the engine.07-18-2013
20110264355CONTROL SYSTEM OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An internal combustion engine can use ammonia and a non-ammonia fuel which is easier to burn than ammonia as fuel. The non-ammonia fuel is directly injected into a combustion chamber by a non-ammonia fuel injector, and the injected non-ammonia fuel is ignited, whereby combustion of the air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber is commenced. In the control system of the internal combustion engine, the injection timing of the non-ammonia fuel is advanced at a time when a ratio of ammonia in all fuel fed to the internal combustion engine is high in comparison with the time when the ratio is low. Therefore, a control system of an internal combustion engine capable of using ammonia and a non-ammonia fuel (gasoline, light oil, hydrogen, etc.) which is easier to burn than ammonia, which suitably feeds fuel and controls combustion in order to suitably burn an air-fuel mixture in a combustion chamber is provided.10-27-2011
20080221779Controller for Operating at Least One Fuel Injector of an Internal Combustion Engine - To simplify reliable detection of operating faults in a control unit for operating an electrical component (for example, a fuel injector), an end stage is provided on the output side and is provided with a first line section and a second line section for supplying current in a synchronized manner to an electrical consumer which can be connected to the two line sections via an external line pair. A detection coil configuration is provided for detecting operating faults on the basis of an evaluation of a current that is induced at the detection coil configuration. The detection coil configuration is flowed through by a magnetic flux that is composed of magnetic flow components which are caused by the current flows in the two line sections, and wherein mutual compensation of the magnetic flow components is provided in a normal mode.09-11-2008
20080221778CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An internal combustion engine system, including a primary fuel tank that stores a fuel, a fuel reformer that reforms the fuel from the primary fuel tank, a secondary fuel tank that stores the fuel reformed by the fuel reformer, a fuel injection device that injects the fuel that is selectably supplied from either the primary fuel tank or secondary fuel tank into a combustion chamber, a sensor that detects the quantity of fuel remaining in the secondary fuel tank, and a control device that sets and outputs a load and revolution speed of the engine. The control device is configured to set the engine load and engine revolution speed according to a request output determined based upon an operation performed by an operator. The engine load and engine revolution speed when the quantity of fuel remaining in the secondary fuel tank is more than a predetermined value, are set different than when the quantity of fuel remaining in the secondary fuel tank is less than the predetermined value.09-11-2008
20080221777MODEL SIMPLIFICATION METHOD FOR MODEL-BASED DEVELOPMENT - The invention provides a model simplification method for model-based development for installing a simplified model of a predetermined system of a vehicle in a vehicle ECU so as to control an engine. The simplified model is different from a detailed model used for designing the predetermined system. The method includes (1) performing an inverse calculation to determine a conformance value for making the simplified model conform to an actual engine, using the simplified model; and calculating a value required for performing the inverse calculation to determine the conformance value, using the detailed model.09-11-2008
20080221776System and Method for Reconfiguring an Electronic Control Unit of a Motor Vehicle to Optimize Fuel Economy - System and method for modifying the operation of an engine comprising an engine control unit coupled to the engine, a command module coupled to the engine control unit, wherein the command module is operable to modify operating characteristics of the engine by reconfiguring the function of the engine control unit. The engine control unit further comprises software and/or firmware, and the command module reconfigures the function of the engine control unit by altering the software and/or firmware. The command module may modify the engine operation, for example, based upon environmental conditions, topographic conditions, and/or traffic conditions.09-11-2008
20080221775MULTI-CYLINDER ENGINE - The present invention concerns a multi-cylinder engine comprising a throttle body (09-11-2008
20120253640FUEL INJECTION CONTROL APPARATUS OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An auxiliary injection is carried out at an in-cylinder temperature at which a premixed combustion by the auxiliary injection is separatable into a low-temperature oxidation reaction and a high-temperature oxidation reaction, in a compression self-igniting internal combustion engine in which fuel injected into a cylinder from a fuel injection valve combusts in the cylinder, and that is configured to carry out an operation of fuel injection from the fuel injection valve. The operation of fuel injection includes at least a main injection and the auxiliary injection. The main injection causes a combustion mainly including a diffusion combustion in the cylinder. The auxiliary injection is carried out prior to the main injection and causes a combustion mainly including the premixed combustion in the cylinder. Specifically, an in-cylinder gas temperature (750K) is used as a reference, and the auxiliary injection is carried out before the in-cylinder gas temperature reaches 750K, so as to separate the low-temperature oxidation reaction and the high-temperature oxidation reaction from one another. This control makes the premixed combustion slow before a compression top dead center is reached, and ensures control of the premixed combustion in a temperature controlled manner in accordance with the transition of the in-cylinder gas temperature. This ensures unambiguous determination of the injection time of the auxiliary injection based on the in-cylinder temperature, and facilitates the attempt to simplify the fuel injection control.10-04-2012
20120253639APPARATUS OF ESTIMATING FUEL STATE - An apparatus extracts a main waveform component and a branch waveform component from a pressure waveform detected by a fuel pressure sensor. The main waveform component is caused by pressure change traveling in a main passage. The branch waveform component is caused by pressure change traveling in a branch passage. The apparatus calculates traveling speeds based on the components. Then, the apparatus estimates a main passage temperature based on a detected value of the fuel temperature sensor, the traveling speeds, the fuel pressure waveform and an average pressure.10-04-2012
20080215229Method and system for estimating an air-intake amount of an internal combustion engine, and internal combustion engine - A method of estimating an air-intake amount of an internal combustion engine is provided. The method may comprise detecting a fluid energy amount in an interior of an air-intake passage at first and second points in time while an intake valve is closed from a compression stroke to an exhaust stroke, and calculating a predicted air-intake amount using the values of the fluid energy amounts at the first and second points with reference to an air-intake amount calculation map showing a correlation between the values of the fluid energy amounts at the first and second points and the predicted air-intake amount in the intake stroke, the air-intake amount calculation map being pre-created by finding the values of the fluid energy amounts in the air-intake passage at the first and second points and the air-intake amount, for plural running states of the internal combustion engine.09-04-2008
20080215228Variable Valve Drive For a Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine - The task of the present invention is to improve a variable valve operating mechanism in order to support different operating ranges of a motor vehicle through optimized operation of the reciprocating internal combustion engine. This task is achieved with a reciprocating internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle with the features of Claim 09-04-2008
20110270510CONTROLLING CYLINDER MIXTURE AND TURBOCHARGER OPERATION - A method for controlling differences in exhaust gas residual amount for a two cylinder bank engine having at least one turbocharger is presented. In one example, the description includes a method for adjusting valve timing to reduce cylinder exhaust gas residual variation.11-03-2011
20130090835CONSTRUCTION MACHINE - A construction machine storing a first torque diagram representing a region of a torque and a speed of the engine being able to be driven in a maximum torque region with respect to the engine speed and a second torque diagram in the first torque diagram, and controlling to change the engine speed on the second torque diagram by shifting from the first torque diagram to the second torque diagram based on an operation amount of an operation lever and/or a load applied and decrease the engine speed based on a decrease in load on the second torque diagram, the construction machine comprising: a controller stopping the engine control when a specific mode is selected and controlling so that the engine speed becomes a value in accordance with a setting amount of a fuel adjusting unit regardless of a change in the lever operation amount and/or the load applied.04-11-2013
20130090834AIR-FUEL RATIO CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AIR-FUEL RATIO - An air-fuel ratio control apparatus includes an air-fuel ratio detector, an oscillation signal generator, an air-fuel ratio oscillation device, a sum/difference frequency component intensity calculator, a decision parameter calculator, and an imbalance failure determination device. The sum/difference frequency component intensity calculator is configured to calculate, while the air-fuel ratio oscillation device is in operation, at least one of a component intensity of a difference frequency and a component intensity of a sum frequency. The decision parameter calculator is configured to calculate, according to at least one of the component intensity of the difference frequency and the component intensity of the sum frequency, a decision parameter to determine a degree of imbalance of an air-fuel ratio. The imbalance failure determination device is configured to determine an imbalance failure in which the degree of imbalance of the air-fuel ratio exceeds an allowable limit using the decision parameter.04-11-2013
20130096803CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - To provide a control device for an internal combustion engine that can optimally control a plasma ignition operation independent of fuel type. In a control device 04-18-2013
20130103286SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SUPPLYING FUEL TO AN ENGINE VIA MULTIPLE FUEL PATHS - A system and method for supplying fuel to an engine is disclosed. In one example, a first controller supplies injector commands to a second controller via an asynchronous serial communication bus. The system may reduce the complexity of supplying two or more fuels to an engine.04-25-2013
20130124067METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ENGINE STARTING - Methods and systems are provided for controlling a vehicle system including an engine that is selectively deactivated during engine idle-stop conditions and selectively reactivated during engine restart conditions. One example method comprises, during an engine restart from an idle stop, performing a first combustion event in a cylinder with a piston at an engine crankshaft position that is after a crankshaft position at which said cylinder's exhaust valve opens, and before a crankshaft position at which the cylinder's intake valve closes, during a cycle of said cylinder. In this way, inaccuracies in cylinder aircharge estimation may be reduced, thereby also reducing air-fuel ratio errors and improving the quality and repeatability of engine restarts.05-16-2013
20130131961CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - The present invention provides a control device applied to an internal combustion engine having a supercharger and a control value. The supercharger contains an opening-area control member that changes an amount of energy of the exhaust gas entered into the supercharger by controlling an opening-area of an approach zone. The control valve changes an amount of energy of the exhaust gas entered into the supercharger by controlling a valve-opening degree. The control device has a control means that gives an instruction to the opening-area control member so as to change the opening-area of the approach zone based on a target difference in the valve-opening degree and a parameter relating to a response-time length, when an instruction is given to the control valve at an predetermined instruction time point so as to change the valve-opening degree by the target difference.05-23-2013
20130131960METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMPENSATING ENGINE THERMAL CONDITIONS - A method for compensating for thermal transient conditions of an engine that can cause valve growth or contraction is disclosed. In one example, the method provides cylinder air amount compensation during non-blow-through and blow-through conditions. The approach may improve cylinder air amount estimates, thereby improving engine emissions.05-23-2013
20130131959STARTING CONTROL DEVICE AND STARTING CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - When a fuel oil leakage from an injector during a stop of an engine is large and a fuel oil leakage determination condition is satisfied, an intake air flow rate is increased and then the engine is started. Through such control, while the engine is cranked at the time of a start, it is possible to early scavenge an air-fuel mixture having a high concentration of HC, and it is possible to optimize an air-fuel ratio (set an air-fuel ratio to an appropriate value within a combustible range) at the time of a start of the engine. As a result, a combustion state gets better, torque at the time of a start of the engine increases, and the startability of the engine improves.05-23-2013
20080201063COMBUSTION CONTROL METHOD FOR A DIRECT-INJECTION CONTROLLED AUTO-IGNITION COMBUSTION ENGINE - A powertrain and a control method therefore are provided wherein ignition of a combustible charge in a combustion chamber of a controlled auto-ignition internal combustion engine equipped with in-cylinder fuel-injection and a spark ignition device is controlled. A spark-discharge plasma channel is generated between the electrodes of the spark ignition device, and the combustible charge is ignited. The spark-discharge plasma channel is moved toward and entrained by the combustible charge, effective to advance phasing of controlled auto-ignition combustion.08-21-2008
20080201062Method and device for diagnosing a crankcase ventilation of an internal combustion engine - A method and device for diagnosing a crankcase ventilation of an internal combustion engine, which enable a diagnosis of a malfunction of an actuator of the crankcase ventilation. The internal combustion engine has at least two cylinder banks to which the crankcase ventilation is supplied, and an actuator is provided via whose position the distribution of the crankcase ventilation to the at least two cylinder banks is influenced. In a first position of the actuator, a different distribution of the crankcase ventilation to the at least two cylinder banks comes about than in a second position of the actuator that differs therefrom. Given simultaneously activated operation of the at least two cylinder banks, the actuator is switched over at least one between the two different positions. For at least one of the at least two cylinder banks, a characteristic variable of the internal combustion engine influenced by the crankcase ventilation is determined prior to and following the switchover operation. A minimum value for a change in the characteristic variable of at least one of the at least two cylinder banks and/or the ratio of the characteristic variable between the at least two cylinder banks is specified for the switchover-related change in the distribution of the crankcase ventilation to the at least two cylinder banks. A malfunction of the actuator is detected if at least one change derived from the ascertained values for the characteristic variable undershoots its assigned expected minimum value in quantitative terms.08-21-2008
20080201061Method and Device for Operating an Internal Combustion Engine - An injection valve of an internal combustion engine is actuated at least once by at least one specified control value of an actuating variable for metering at least one specified minimum quantity corrected by a correction value. The correction value for the control value is adjusted according to a deviation of an expected response value of an actuating variable from an actual response value of the response variable, as a result of the actuation of the respective injection valve, that is to say by way of a reduction of the deviation between the expected response value of the response variable and the actual response value of the response variable. If the correction value undershoots a specified negative correction threshold value and overshoots a specified positive correction threshold value, a fault is detected in a component which is affecting the exhaust gas in the cylinder assigned to the respective injection valve.08-21-2008
20080201060Fuel injection controller and fuel injection control system - A fuel injection controller (engine control ECU) controls a fuel injection mode of an engine having cylinder pressure sensors in all of four cylinders for measuring pressures in the cylinders. The controller measures a pressure (cylinder pressure) in the cylinder as an object cylinder (each of the four cylinders) based on an output of the corresponding cylinder pressure sensor when the fuel combustion is in progress in the object cylinder and the fuel to be used in the combustion is additionally injected and supplied to the same cylinder (e.g., when an after-injection is performed). The controller variably controls a command signal (i.e., pulse width) sent to the injector in relation to the target injection (the after-injection) on the basis of the measured cylinder pressure.08-21-2008
20080201059INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND WORKING CYCLE - The invention is concerned with a method of deriving mechanical work from a combustion gas in internal combustion engines and reciprocating internal combustion engines for carrying out the method. The invention includes methods and apparatuses for managing combustion charge densities, temperatures, pressures and turbulence in order to produce a true mastery within the power cylinder in order to increase fuel economy, power, and torque while minimizing. polluting emissions. In its preferred embodiments, the method includes the steps of (i) producing an air charge, (ii) controlling the temperature, density and pressure of the air charge, (iii) transferring the air charge to a power cylinder of the engine such that an air charge having a weight and density selected from a range of weight and density levels ranging from below atmospheric weight and density to heavier-than-atmospheric weight and density is introduced into the power cylinder, and (iv) then compressing the air charge at a lower-than-normal compression ratio, (v) causing a pre-determined quantity of charge-air and fuel to produce a combustible mixture, (vi) causing the mixture to be ignited within the power cylinder and (vii) allowing the combustion gas to expand against a piston operable in the power cylinders with the expansion ratio of the power cylinders being substantially greater than the compression ratio of the power cylinders of the engine. In addition to other advantages, the invented method is capable of producing mean effective cylinder pressures ranging from lower-than-normal to higher-than-normal. In the preferred embodiments, the mean effective cylinder pressure is selectively variable (and selectively varied) throughout the mentioned range during the operation of the engine. In an alternate embodiment related to constant speed-constant load operation, the mean effective cylinder pressure is selected from the range and the engine is configured, in accordance with the present invention, such that the mean effective cylinder pressure range is limited, being varied only in the amount required for producing the power, torque and speed of the duty cycle for which the engine is designed.08-21-2008
20080201058INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND WORKING CYCLE - The invention is concerned with a method of deriving mechanical work from a combustion gas in internal combustion engines and reciprocating internal combustion engines for carrying out the method. The invention includes methods and apparatuses for managing combustion charge densities, temperatures, pressures and turbulence in order to produce a true mastery within the power cylinder in order to increase fuel economy, power, and torque while minimizing. polluting emissions. In its preferred embodiments, the method includes the steps of (i) producing an air charge, (ii) controlling the temperature, density and pressure of the air charge, (iii) transferring the air charge to a power cylinder of the engine such that an air charge having a weight and density selected from a range of weight and density levels ranging from below atmospheric weight and density to heavier-than-atmospheric weight and density is introduced into the power cylinder, and (iv) then compressing the air charge at a lower-than-normal compression ratio, (v) causing a pre-determined quantity of charge-air and fuel to produce a combustible mixture, (vi) causing the mixture to be ignited within the power cylinder and (vii) allowing the combustion gas to expand against a piston operable in the power cylinders with the expansion ratio of the power cylinders being substantially greater than the compression ratio of the power cylinders of the engine. In addition to other advantages, the invented method is capable of producing mean effective cylinder pressures ranging from lower-than-normal to higher-than-normal. In the preferred embodiments, the mean effective cylinder pressure is selectively variable (and selectively varied) throughout the mentioned range during the operation of the engine. In an alternate embodiment related to constant speed-constant load operation, the mean effective cylinder pressure is selected from the range and the engine is configured, in accordance with the present invention, such that the mean effective cylinder pressure range is limited, being varied only in the amount required for producing the power, torque and speed of the duty cycle for which the engine is designed.08-21-2008
20080201056Internal Combustion Engine Control Device and Method - An ECU of an internal combustion engine estimates an anticipated air amount in response to a demand for the internal combustion engine and causes an injector to inject an initial amount of fuel determined in accordance with the anticipated air amount so that an air-fuel ratio of a mixture in a combustion chamber is lower than a target value, and thereafter, calculates an amount of intake air aspired into the combustion chamber based on an in-cylinder pressure in the combustion chamber at a given timing during a compression stroke and before ignition, and causes the injector to inject a correction amount of fuel determined based on the calculated amount of the intake air and the initial amount of the fuel so that the air-fuel ratio of the mixture in the combustion chamber corresponds to the target value.08-21-2008
20130096802METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ADAPTING ADAPTATION VALUES FOR THE CONTROL OF INJECTORS IN AN ENGINE SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE INJECTION TYPES - A method for adapting the adaptation values for the adaptation of fuel injection quantities of an internal combustion engine, to which fuel is supplyable via a mixed operation of two injection types, a first adaptation value for adapting a first injection quantity specification according to which the internal combustion engine is operated by a first injection type, and a second adaptation value for adapting a second injection quantity specification according to which the internal combustion engine is operated by a second injection type, the adaptation values being each adapted in defined, not overlapping adaptation ranges as a function of the operating state, at least one of the adaptation ranges including operating states in which fuel is supplied to the internal combustion engine via both injection types.04-18-2013
20110213544FUEL INJECTION CONTROLLER FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - When an engine is driven in a high engine-load condition, a split fuel injection is performed in which a required fuel injection quantity is injected by multiple fuel injections. While the split fuel injection is performed, an actual air-fuel ratio of each cylinder is individually computed based on the output of the air-fuel ratio sensor. Based on the actual air-fuel ratio and a reference air-fuel ratio, an injection-quantity variation of each cylinder is computed. A correction value is computed and learned in order to correct the injection-quantity variation of each cylinder.09-01-2011
20090024303METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE COMPOSITION OF A FUEL MIXTURE - The invention concerns a method for determining the composition of a fuel mixture from a first and at least a second fuel for operating a combustion engine, whereby the fuel mixtures of different compositions require various air/fuel ratios to achieve a stoichiometric combustion. Thereby it is provided that the air volume that has been delivered to the combustion engine, the fuel quantity that has been delivered and the oxygen content in the exhaust gas of the combustion engine are determined during one or several stationary operating phases of the combustion engine during one or several measuring phases, and in that the composition of the fuel mixture is determined from these values. The procedure allows an accurate and reliable determination of the composition of a fuel mixture for combustion engines that are operated in flex-fuel-mode.01-22-2009
20080300769Method For Estimating an Engine Exhaust Temperature and Method For Diagnosing a Cylinder Pressure Sensor Using an Exhaust Temperature Estimate - A method for estimating exhaust temperature on an output of an internal combustion engine cylinder, the cylinder including a crankshaft transforming into a rotation a translational movement of a piston mounted sliding in the cylinder, the piston closing a combustion chamber of the cylinder. The exhaust temperature is estimated based on the temperature inside the cylinder at a time of opening of the valve, the temperature inside the cylinder being itself estimated from an angle of rotation of the crankshaft, cylinder pressure, volume of air injected into the cylinder, and flow rate of recycled gases. A method diagnoses a cylinder pressure sensor based on an estimate of the exhaust temperature.12-04-2008
20100286893Method And Apparatus For Determining A Normal Combustion Characteristic For An Internal Combustion Engine From An Accelerometer Signal - The method comprises operating a calibration engine, and collecting combustion characteristic data and reference accelerometer signals, which are correlated with each other and stored in a calibration table. The calibration table can be used by an engine to determine a real-time normal combustion characteristic when the engine is operating by collecting a real-time accelerometer sensor signal and cross correlating with the correlated data stored in the calibration table. Accordingly, the apparatus comprises a calibration engine comprising a calibration sensor, a reference accelerometer sensor and a data storage device for storing the collected calibration data that is correlated with the collected reference accelerometer signals, and an engine equipped with an accelerometer sensor, a calibration table and an electronic engine controller programmed to receive real-time accelerometer signals and cross correlate them with reference accelerometer signals to determine a real-time normal combustion characteristic.11-11-2010
20100286892METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OF THE CYLINDER-SELECTIVE UNEVEN DISTRIBUTION OF A FUEL-AIR MIXTURE FED TO THE CYLINDERS OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - With an internal combustion engine (11-11-2010
20110251777System and Method for Controlling an Injection Time of a Fuel Injector Based on Closing Electrical Decay - A system and method for controlling an injection time of a fuel injector. The system includes a drive circuit configured to output a drive signal having a pulse width, wherein the injection time is influenced by the pulse width and a closing electrical decay of the fuel injector. A controller is configured to determine the closing electrical decay of the fuel injector and adapt the pulse width based on the closing electrical decay to control the injection time. The closing electrical decay includes a closing response. The controller determines the closing response based on an injector signal, such as a coil voltage of the fuel injector. By determining the closing response, the pulse width can be adjusted to compensate for fuel injector part-to-part variability, fuel injector wear, variations in fuel pressure received by the fuel injector, dirt in the fuel injector, and the like.10-13-2011
20120277977METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, CONTROL UNIT, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND SIGNAL SEQUENCE - A method is provided for operating an internal combustion engine that includes, but is not limited to ascertaining a possible instant of a stoppage of the internal combustion engine and injecting fuel to fill a cylinder of the internal combustion engine. The injection performed shortly before the instant of the stoppage of the internal combustion engine.11-01-2012
20130151117METHOD OF DETERMINING WATER CONTENT OF ETHANOL FOR FFV AND CORRECTING FUEL QUANTITY BASED ON WATER CONTENT - A method of determining the water content of ethanol for an FFV and correcting fuel quantity based on the water content, which verifies whether an oxygen sensor is normal or abnormal, and it is determined whether ethanol learning conditions have been satisfied. It is determined whether learned concentration of ethanol is 100%. If the oxygen sensor is normal, the ethanol learning conditions are satisfied, and the ethanol concentration is 100%, it is determined that water is contained in the ethanol if a quantity of fuel learned by the oxygen sensor is greater than a predetermined reference value. If it is determined that water is contained in the ethanol, water content corresponding to the learned quantity of fuel is calculated from a map of water contents correlated with learned fuel quantities.06-13-2013
20130151118AIR-FUEL RATIO CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD, OF HYBRID POWER UNIT - The invention relates to an air-fuel ratio control apparatus of a hybrid power unit that selectively executes a first mode in which a ratio of a period during which an internal combustion engine is operated is relatively small, and a second mode in which the ratio of the period during which the internal combustion engine is operated is relatively large. This air-fuel ratio control apparatus executes a target air-fuel ratio correction when a difference among air-fuel ratios in a plurality of combustion chambers exists or is greater than a predetermined difference. An air-fuel ratio correction amount that is a correction amount for the target air-fuel ratio by the target air-fuel ratio correction is set according to whether operational control of the internal combustion engine according to the first mode is being executed or whether operational control of the internal combustion engine according to the second mode is being executed.06-13-2013
20100299046Method for Controlling the Air System In an Internal Combustion Engine - In a method for closed loop controlling the air system in an internal combustion engine, in particular a diesel internal combustion engine with a first actuating element for recirculated exhaust gas in the exhaust gas recirculation tract and a second actuating element for air in the inlet tract, the two actuating elements being adjusted as a function of each other. In order to increase the quality of closed loop control, provision is made for each actuating element to be controlled separately by its own respective controller, each controller being optimally configured for the respective controlled system, and a target value being provided for each controller.11-25-2010
20100318280CONTROL DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - In this apparatus, maintaining control (time t12-16-2010
20100318278ENGINE VALVE LIFT CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCED FUEL CONSUMPTION - A fuel control system of an engine includes a fuel economy module. The fuel economy module determines a first valve lift state and a second valve lift state of a valve of the engine. The fuel economy module generates a first fuel consumption signal based on the first valve lift state and an engine torque request signal, and generates a second fuel consumption signal based on the second valve lift state and the engine torque request signal. The fuel control system also includes a valve lift state module. The valve lift state module selects one of the first valve lift state and the second valve lift state based the first fuel consumption signal and the second fuel consumption signal. The valve lift state module generates a valve lift select signal. The valve lift select signal indicates the selected one of the first valve lift state and the second valve lift state.12-16-2010
20120283932TWO-STROKE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH VARIABLE COMPRESSION RATIO AND AN EXHAUST PORT SHUTTER AND A METHOD OF OPERATING SUCH AN ENGINE - A two-stroke internal combustion engine for varying the compression ratio and the area of an exhaust port of a cylinder includes at least one piston reciprocable within a cylinder, an exhaust port opened and closed by the piston during the reciprocal motion thereof, moveable shutter means for varying the effective area of the exhaust port, a compression ratio variation mechanism for varying a compression ratio of the cylinder, sensor means for measuring one or more operating characteristics of the engine and for generating signals corresponding thereto, and a control unit which processes the signals generated by the sensor means and controls the motion of the shutter means accordingly and controls the compression ratio variation mechanism to vary the compression ratio of the cylinder; wherein the engine can operate with a compression ratio in the range 30:1 to 50:1.11-08-2012
20120283931APPARATUS FOR DETECTING IMBALANCE ABNORMALITY IN AIR-FUEL RATIO BETWEEN CYLINDERS - An apparatus for detecting imbalance abnormality in an air-fuel ratio between cylinders in a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine comprises a turbocharger, a bypass passage, a waist gate valve, an air-fuel ratio sensor, and a stepless transmission. The imbalance abnormality is detected based upon a variation degree in output of the air-fuel ratio sensor. The internal combustion engine and the stepless transmission are controlled in such a manner that an actual operating point of the internal combustion engine moves on a predetermined operating line in a coordinate system defined by an engine rotational speed and engine torque. The operating line is changed in such a manner that, when the actual operating point is outside of a waist gate valve opening region at the time of detecting the imbalance abnormality, the actual operating point moves into the waist gate valve opening region.11-08-2012
20130158836MACHINE THROTTLE SYSTEM - A machine throttle system according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a power system configured to operate at different speeds. The power system is coupled to a first throttle device and a second throttle device. A control module is communicatively coupled to the power system, the first throttle device, and the second throttle device. The control module is configured to cause the power system to operate at a first speed in response to the first throttle device being set to a level. The control module is also configured to cause the power system to increase in speed in response to the second throttle device when the first throttle device level is set below a predetermined value. The control module is further configured to cause the power system to decrease in speed in response to the second throttle device when the first throttle device level is set at or above the predetermined value.06-20-2013
20130158838Device to Increase Fuel Economy - This invention provides a device for increasing fuel economy which allows manual or automatic shut off of an automobile engine under a first set of circumstances and restarting the engine under a second set of circumstances as well as control of the gear ratio selected by an automatic transmission and the rate of fuel delivery to the engine.06-20-2013
20130158839METHOD FOR OPERATING A MULTI-FUEL INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE BY MEANS OF TWO CONTROL UNITS, AND MULTI-FUEL INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WHICH OPERATES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE METHOD ACCORDING TO THE INVENTION - A method for operating a multi-fuel internal combustion engine in which a plurality of control units are used. The system is easily scalable and adaptable to internal combustion engines with different numbers of cylinders, wherein the number of cylinders is not limited by the control unit structure.06-20-2013
20130184969AIR/FUEL IMBALANCE MONITOR - Systems and methods for monitoring cylinder air/fuel imbalances are provided. In one example approach, a method comprises, identifying a cylinder with a potential air/fuel imbalance based on crankshaft accelerations generated by a series of rich, lean, and stoichiometric conditions in the cylinder while keeping the engine at stoichiometry.07-18-2013
20110295487SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED TRANSITIONS BETWEEN ENGINE COMBUSTION MODES - A control system for a homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) engine includes a timing adjustment module and a combustion control module. The timing adjustment module, per combustion event, advances timings of N fuel injections and retards timings of M fuel injections and spark during a transition from HCCI combustion to mixed-mode combustion. The combustion control module subsequently retards the timings of the N fuel injections and advances the timings of the M fuel injections and the spark to desired timings, respectively, wherein the N fuel injections and the M fuel injections occur sequentially during each combustion event of the HCCI engine, and wherein N and M are integers greater than or equal to zero.12-01-2011
20110313639SERVICE BAY HIGH PRESSURE COMMON RAIL INJECTOR PERFORMANCE TEST - A method for testing a fuel injector including providing an engine with a common rail fuel injection system having one or more fuel injectors; operating the engine at a selected set of operating conditions; conducting a motoring event; allowing a first settling duration; measuring a first rail pressure; operating a first selected injector including operating the first selected injector singly in response to a selected fuel quantity, a selected number of combustion cycles, and a selected number of injections per combustion cycle; allowing a second settling duration; measuring a second rail pressure; calculating a pressure difference value in response to the first rail pressure and the second rail pressure; inferring an amount of fuel delivered by the first selected injector in response to the pressure difference value; and evaluating a first performance factor of the first selected injector in response to the amount of fuel delivered.12-22-2011
20110313638METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DELIVERING ENRICHMENT TO AN ENGINE - The present invention includes an automobile including an enrichment delivery system. The enrichment delivery system includes an engine, a catalytic converter, multiple sensors, a memory, and a control unit. The engine includes an enrichment delivery unit, which delivers base fuel and enrichment to the engine. The engine generates an output which can be received by the catalytic converter. Reactions occur within the catalytic converter, and are outputted by the catalytic converter. The sensors detect an air-fuel ratio from the output of the engine, and the output of a catalytic converter. The sensors detect temperature data for the catalytic converter. The memory stores an enrichment curve indicating that an amount of enrichment supplied to the engine should be gradually increased based on the enrichment curve until a target enrichment amount is reached, or a predetermined target enrichment time is reached.12-22-2011
20110313637COMBUSTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COMBUSTION CONTROL - A combustion apparatus (water heater) includes a combustion means (burner) combusting fuel, at least two flame detecting means (flame rods) detecting whether there is a flame or not in the combustion means, a determination unit (control device) determining whether or not to be a misfire based on detected results of the flame detecting means, and a control unit (control device) stopping supply of the fuel to the combustion means in response to a determined result of the determination unit.12-22-2011
20110320104ENGINE COMBUSTION CONTROL USING IGNITION DWELL - An engine control system, a controller for the engine control system, and a method of controlling a combustion process in an internal combustion engine operating at an engine operating condition. The engine control is based on closed-loop control of ignition dwell. Ignition dwell is defined as time or crank angle difference between an end of fuel injection (EOI), or some other aspect of an injection control signal, and a start of combustion (SOC), or some other aspect of an internal combustion event. One or more engine control devices, such as a fuel injector or an exhaust gas recirculation valve may be varied to control ignition dwell. By providing such a closed-loop engine control based on ignition dwell, the air/fuel charge mixture, and/or stratification present in the combustion chamber at the moment combustion starts may be controlled. Advanced combustion systems utilizing premixed compression ignition (PCI) offer the benefit of low temperature combustion for simultaneous low NOx and particulate emissions with high fuel economy. Combustion control based on ignition dwell can be used to optimize engine emissions and fuel consumption for PCI over the operating range.12-29-2011
20120290193Internal Combustion Engine Control Device - An internal combustion engine control device is provided which can accurately estimate intake pipe temperature behavior during transient time even in an internal combustion engine embedded with a variable valve or a turbocharger. The internal combustion engine control device estimates transient behavior of the intake pipe temperature, on the basis of a flow rate (dGafs/dt) of gas flowing into the intake pipe, a flow rate (dGcyl/dt) of gas flowing from the intake pipe, an intake pipe pressure Pin, and a temporal changing rate (dPin/dt) of the intake pipe pressure. The device performs knocking control during transient time, on the basis of the estimated transient behavior of the intake pipe temperature.11-15-2012
20120290192INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE SYSTEM CONTROLLER - Provided is an internal combustion engine system controller, including a sub-feedback learning section, a state determining section, and a learning update-speed setting section. The state determining section determines, to which of at least three states including: (a) a stable state in which a fluctuating state of a sub-feedback learning value is stable; (b) an unstable state in which the fluctuating state greatly fluctuates; and (c) an intermediate state between the stable state and the instable state (may be referred to as sub-stable state), the fluctuating state corresponds. The learning update-speed setting section sets an update speed of the sub-feedback learning value in accordance with the result of determination by the state determining section. Further, the learning update-speed setting section suppresses the occurrence of hunting of the sub-feedback learning value.11-15-2012
20120029791PRE-DELIVERY STRATEGY FOR DIESEL- ENGINE VEHICLES - A method to supply fuel to an engine of a vehicle is provided. The method includes adjusting a direct injection of fuel into a cylinder of the engine based on whether the vehicle is in a pre-delivery state. In one example, the method includes reducing an amount of fuel in a post injection to reduce cylinder bore wetting effects and lubricant dilution during the engine cold start. After pre-delivery, a normal post injection schedule may be used to reduce emissions.02-02-2012
20120029789Methods of detecting pre-ignition and preventing it from causing knock in direct injection spark ignition engines - A method of preventing a pre-ignition event within a cylinder (02-02-2012
20130197781METHOD TO COMPLETE A LEARNING CYCLE OF A RECURSIVE LEAST SQUARES APPROXIMATION - A method to control a non-linear system includes operating a learning cycle to approximate characteristics of the system and, once the learning cycle is complete, operating the system based upon the characteristics. The learning cycle includes monitoring operation of the system, approximating the characteristics of the system with a recursive least squares approximation based upon the monitored operation, comparing variance of the operation to a threshold variance, and completing the learning cycle based upon the variance exceeding the threshold variance.08-01-2013
20130197783AIR-FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE DETECTING DEVICE AND AIR-FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE DETECTING METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An air-fuel ratio imbalance detecting device for an internal combustion engine, which detects a rich imbalance in air-fuel ratio among a plurality of cylinders on the basis of a variation per unit time in air-fuel ratio that is detected by an air-fuel ratio sensor provided in an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine, includes an electronic control unit that normalizes the variation per unit time in air-fuel ratio with a constant associated with a rotation speed and load factor of the internal combustion engine and that, when the normalized value is smaller than a predetermined threshold, determines that a rich imbalance in air-fuel ratio has been detected among the cylinders.08-01-2013
20130197782AIR-FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND AIR-FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE DETERMINATION METHOD - An air-fuel ratio imbalance determination apparatus for a multi-cylinder internal combustion engine includes an air-fuel ratio sensor with a catalyst layer disposed in an exhaust passage of the multi-cylinder internal combustion engine; and a control unit configured: to perform determination regarding an air-fuel ratio imbalance state among cylinders of the multi-cylinder internal combustion engine based on an amount of change per unit time in an air-fuel ratio detected by the air-fuel ratio sensor; to execute an air-fuel ratio enrichment control using an air-fuel ratio enrichment amount; and to correct a learned imbalance value when the air-fuel ratio enrichment amount is smaller than a predetermined determination threshold value in a case where an engine operation state is in an imbalance learning range during execution of the air-fuel ratio enrichment control.08-01-2013
20120046852Closed Loop Control of Fuel Viscosity in Multi-Fuel Engine - A system and method for controlling the viscosity of liquid fuel delivered from a fuel tank to the fuel injectors of an internal combustion engine. A viscosity sensor is placed in the fuel line, or in a bypass fuel line, in close proximity downstream the fuel injectors. A heat exchanger is placed on the fuel line downstream the sensor. The sensor is a rotating cylinder having a nominal rotation velocity, and is configured to rotate such that the nominal rotation velocity increases or decreases in response to fuel viscosity. The sensor delivers a measurement signal to a control unit, which performs a closed loop algorithm to adjust the heat provided by the heat exchanger until the measured rotation matches a target rotation.02-23-2012
20130204510METHOD FOR INFLUENCING THE THERMAL BALANCE OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for reducing the thermal load of an internal combustion engine without substantially reducing its power output is described. The method includes adjusting an engine air-fuel ratio responsive to one or more of a charge air over-temperature, a coolant over-temperature and an engine efficiency parameter.08-08-2013
20130204511AIR-FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE DETECTING DEVICE AND AIR-FUEL RATIO IMBALANCE DETECTING METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF VEHICLE - When a detected value for detecting a rich imbalance in air-fuel ratio among cylinders in a state where an intake air amount of an engine falls within a low amount region is lower than a first threshold corresponding to the intake air amount and is higher than or equal to a second threshold corresponding to the intake air amount, an HV-ECU controls the engine such that the intake air amount falls within a high amount region, and controls a motor generator such that an electric power corresponding to a power increase amount is consumed. When the intake air amount falls within the high amount region, the HV-ECU detects a rich imbalance in air-fuel ratio among the cylinders by comparing the detected value with a third threshold corresponding to the intake air amount.08-08-2013
20120303244ADAPTATION CONTROL OF LEAN NOX TRAP REGENERATION WITH BIODIESEL DURING ENGINE TRANSIENT OPERATION - An engine is fueled with a fuel blend of diesel and bidiesel fuel. A feed forward fuel control term is provided corresponding to a 100 percent diesel fuel blend and a feedback fuel control term corrects for lambda deviations resulting in a final fuel control term. During regeneration of a lean Nox trap, the feed forward fuel control term is adapted with a factor as a function of the feed forward fuel control term and the final fuel control term.11-29-2012
20120083993ENGINE CONTROLLING APPARATUS - An engine controlling apparatus includes a setting unit that sets a demand torque to an engine, a detection unit that detects a fluctuation of an external load, and a correction unit that corrects the demand torque. The apparatus includes a target torque calculation unit that calculates a target torque based on the demand torque, a control unit that controls an amount of air to be introduced into the engine so that an output torque may come close to the target torque, and an ignition timing detection unit that detects an ignition timing of the engine.04-05-2012
20120095668METHOD FOR FEED-FORWARD CONTROLLING FUEL INJECTION INTO A CYLINDER OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method is provided for feed-forward controlling fuel injection into a cylinder of an internal combustion engine that includes, but is not limited to setting a desired value of a combustion parameter indicative of a fuel combustion within the cylinder, determining a value of one or more engine operating parameters, using the desired value of the combustion parameter and the determined values of the engine operating parameters for determining a value of a parameter of a fuel injection into the cylinder, and commanding a fuel injector associated to the cylinder to perform a fuel injection having the determined value of the fuel injection parameter.04-19-2012
20120095667FUEL PUMP CONTROL DEVICE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - An engine fuel pump control apparatus is provided. The engine fuel pump control apparatus is connected to an engine and a transmission. A fuel pump is interposed in a fuel conduit between a fuel tank and the engine and the fuel pump has a selectively variable fuel delivery rate. A fuel pump controller is configured to adjust a fuel delivery rate from the fuel pump to the engine in which the fuel pump controller is configured to increase the fuel delivery rate as a rotational speed of the engine increases. The fuel pump controller is further configured to adjust the fuel delivery rate as a detected vehicle speed characteristic varies.04-19-2012
20130211692AIR-FUEL RATIO CONTROL APPARATUS AND AIR-FUEL RATIO CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE MOUNTED ON HYBRID VEHICLE - A hybrid vehicle executes intermittent operation for stopping an operation of an internal combustion engine and thereafter resuming the operation in response to an operating state. An air-fuel ratio control apparatus executes air-fuel ratio feedback control for bringing an air-fuel ratio of air-fuel mixture supplied to the engine on the basis of an output of an upstream air-fuel ratio sensor and an output of a downstream air-fuel ratio sensor into coincidence with a target air-fuel ratio. The air-fuel ratio control apparatus acquires a catalyst parameter that indicates a state of the catalyst at a start of the engine through intermittent operation. The air-fuel ratio control apparatus substantially corrects the target air-fuel ratio in response to the acquired catalyst parameter in a predetermined period after a start of the engine through intermittent operation, and learns a sub-feedback amount that is calculated using the output of the downstream air-fuel ratio sensor.08-15-2013