Driveability evaluation for engine management calibration

Momberg, J. J. (2007-03)

Thesis (MScEng (Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering))--University of Stellenbosch, 2007.


Vehicles are expected to deliver adequate power for the engine size and vehicle class. They must also deliver good response to the driver’s desired action as well as deliver the lowest possible fuel consumption in all possible conditions and comply with emissions regulations. The combination of these factors is termed good driveability. Evaluating driveability is time and cost intensive and is most commonly evaluated from a subjective driver prospective. Advanced control systems allow for more accurate control of the vehicles response to the drivers demands. The objective of this document was to develop a quantitative driveability evaluation model for engine management calibration. The important aspects of engine management control for driveability, as well as how they are manipulated to deliver acceptable driveability were identified. Test procedures were developed to measure and quantify all these important factors. The test procedures can be evaluated for their different sections or for a complete driveability evaluation method. An optimised driveability evaluation method was developed to reduce the driveability evaluation time. Verification of the driveability evaluation model did provide different results for a different engine management calibration.

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