Controllo e riduzione delle emissioni inquinanti di MCI

In past years, engine investigations were focused on different subjects, among which studies on combustion processes and fuel characterization, theoretical and experimental analysis of friction losses and engine mechanical efficiency, and, in particular, a wide research on automotive engine part-load operation, controlling load through different cylinder deactivation techniques.
More recently, the research activity has been addressed to the optimization of engine components and subsystems and of the relevant control strategies, to improve engine performance and reduce fuel consumption (and, consequently, CO2 emission) and exhaust emissions. Engine investigations have been focused on the development of theoretical simulation methodologies and optimization tools and on the characterization of different subsystems, especially for turbocharged Diesel engines. As regards these topics, studies were developed on turbocharging and exhaust gas recirculation systems, while in a second phase activities have been focused on the optimization of common rail fuel injection systems control. In particular, different multiple injection strategies were compared, taking into account timing and injected quantities for pilot and after injections aiming at fuel consumption and emissions reduction.
Present investigations are developed on an automotive turbocharged Diesel engine, focused on the development of a prototype low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system, whose on-engine application is matched to existing turbocharging and high pressure EGR systems, being the first fitted with a variable nozzle turbine. The integrated control strategies allows to reduce NOX emissions and fuel consumption, improving turbocharger compressor and turbine operating conditions, with a reasonable increment of soot emissions.


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