A model-based control scheme is designed to regulate the cylinder air charge of a camless multicylinder engine for unthrottled operation. The controller consists of a feedforward and an adaptive feedback scheme based on a control-oriented model of the breathing process of an engine equipped with electro-hydraulic springless valvetrain. The nonlinear control scheme is designed to achieve cylinder-to-cylinder balancing, fast cycle-to-cycle response, and minimization of pumping losses. The algorithm uses conventional sensor measurements of intake manifold pressure and mass air flow to the intake manifold, and intake valve duration measurement. Closed-loop simulation results are shown for a four-cylinder engine. [S0022-0434(00)03001-X]
Issue Section:Technical Papers
Keywords:internal combustion engines, robust control, control systems, controllers, valves, adaptive control, fuel optimal control, feedback, feedforward, actuators
Topics:Control equipment, Cylinders, Engines, Feedforward control, Algorithms, Valves
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