Water Injection System Application in a Mild Hybrid Powertrain
Journal article, 2020
Engine downsizing and forced induction trend is popular in the hybrid system architecture. However, the engine efficiency is limited by combustion knocking at higher loads thus ignition retard is used to avoid knocking and fuel enrichment becomes must to operate the engine at MBT (Maximum Brake Torque) timing; in turn neutralizing the benefits of fuel savings by electrification. Water injection suppresses engine knocking and enables operating at stoichiometric air-fuel ratio. In addition to that, the injection of water reduces flame temperature, giving room to ignition advance towards MBT timing. Ignition timing close to MBT results in higher thermal efficiency.
Operating a downsized engine installed with water injection in a hybrid powertrain architecture can be beneficial in exploiting both technologies and cumulatively a high efficiency powertrain can be produced. A 48V compact passenger car simulation model, developed in GT-suite, was used to simulate the fuel efficiency using experimental results. A 1.5 L, downsized-turbocharged SI-engine was operated with and without water addition during the experiments. Fuel consumption benefits of approximately 0.5 to 1% were observed in stationary to aggressive drive cycles.
Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Combustion and Propulsion Systems, Engines and Propulsion Systems
Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Combustion and Propulsion Systems
SAE Technical Papers
0148-7191 (ISSN)Vol. 2020 April 2020-01-0798
High efficient hybrid powertrain
Swedish Energy Agency, 2016-12-01 -- 2019-12-31.
Areas of Advance