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ATS is in the research and development phase of a revolutionary internal combustion engine. The HiPerTEC ( High Performance Toroidal Engine Concept) combines the thermal efficiency benefits of free-piston engines and the volumetric benefits of opposed piston engines in a way that can potentially redefine the standard for power density in internal combustion engines. Engine controls have always been a limitation for free piston engines, but an ECU built around Drivven hardware and software gives ATS the capability to test the HiPerTEC like free-piston engines never have been before. Combining various Drivven modules offers the flexibility needed to control this unique internal combustion engine.

Eric Shorey, Research Engineer, Applied Thermal Sciences, Inc.

Click here to view the ATS website and to download an ASME presentation on ATS' work on free piston engines

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Keisokugiken corporation (KGC) has utilized Driven engine control system products for advanced engine control and research in up to 10-cylinder gasoline engines successfully.
It is used for measuring sensor and control signals for a multi-purpose engine program. The same system is also used for multi-purpose engine combustion analysis with Drivven Combustion Analysis Toolkit (DCAT).

Hideo Watanabe, Vice president, Chief Engineer, Keisokugiken (KGC), Inc.

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At our laboratory for internal combustion engines we use the CompactRio Modules for controlling a 2-cylinder gasoline engine. Students of the master courses learn to program functions (e.g. low idle speed control, full load enrichment, lambda control) and to test it. For those who are familiar with LabVIEW programming the GUI is quite easy to use.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Schreiner, University of Applied Sciences, Konstanz (Germany)

 

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LiquidPiston, Inc. develops internal combustion engines based on an innovative thermodynamic cycle, resulting in substantial efficiency gains compared to the diesel cycle.

Steve Nabours, P.E., Chief Engineer, LiquidPiston, Inc.

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In this project closed-loop control strategies for a modern diesel engine are being investigated, focusing on the potential utility of torque and diesel ion sensing systems from ABB and Hoerbiger Control Systems, respectively, to obtain the required combustion information. For the experimental work on a 5 cylinder light duty diesel engine we use an open control platform based on hardware and software from National Instruments and Drivven. This control system is implemented in LabVIEW and uses a mix of a field programmable gate array (FPGA), a PowerPC processor, and a desktop computer to perform data acquisition and control tasks. The control platform will enable easy implementation and validation of developed control and sensing algorithms.

Tomas McKelvey, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)

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At TICERI, we are using an ECU rapid control prototype system based on Drivven cRIO Engine Modules. The system has been used to control 1-cylinder and 2-cylinder gasoline engines successfully.

Li Wei, Tianjin Internal Combustion Engine Research Institute, Tianjin University (China)

 

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UNSW researchers are using the Drivven's stand-alone system with an additional MPI module to investigate dual-fuelling diesel engines. Currently, the system is used to run MPI in the optical intake-manifold chamber. The solenoid-type and piezo-type commonrail diesel injectors will also be studied using the same system for the in-cylinder direct injections.

UNSW has benefited from Drivven’s service, particularly during the initial setup.  Drivven’s response is consistently quick and accurate.

Sanghoon (Shawn) Kook, Ph.D., Lecturer of School of Mechanical Engineering, Academic-in-Charge, Engine Research Laboratory, University of New South Wales (Australia)

 

Examination of the characteristics of stoichiometric diesel combustion is being performed by DERC (Diesel Engine Research Consortiu) PhD student Junghwan Kim (Project #1).

Michael J. Andrie, Project Manager, Engine Research Center

DTU uses the Drivven system in our research regarding the use of piezo injectors in small scale CI- or PCCI-engines.

Kim René Hansen, DTU Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)

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Signal.X has used Drivven Low-Side Driver modules in complex functional test systems for transmissions in a plant environment.  Using LabVIEW FPGA for the CompactRIO, Signal.X was able to develop custom current control algorithms and implement continuity and short circuit detection checks as part of a production test system that requires high uptime and reliability using the Drivven modules.

Robert Hoffman, Signal.X Technologies, LLC

 

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Research at Texas A&M's Advanced Engine Research Laboratory focuses on investigating in-cylinder combustion phenomenon of internal combustion engines. An example of such research is the development and understanding of low temperature combustion in a direct injected multi-cylinder medium duty diesel engine. This activity is accomplished with a Drivven engine controller to adjust various engine parameters to attain and sustain low temperature combustion with minimal emissions output. Additional work is underway to investigate the use of ignition delay, as well as heat release profiles to indicate the attainment of low temperature combustion.

Bryan M. Knight, Texas A&M University, M.S. Mechanical Engineering '10