Engine Control Using Cylinder Pressure: Past, Present, and Future

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J. David Powell

Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 115(2B), 343-350 (Jun 01, 1993) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2899074 History: Received January 09, 1993; Online March 17, 2008


Research into the use of cylinder pressure measurements from reciprocating internal combustion engines for real time automotive engine control has been investigated for the last 20 years. The measurement has been investigated for spark timing, fuel-air ratio control, charge temperature measurements, and misfire detection. The cost of the sensors has inhibited widespread use in production vehicles; however, it was introduced in domestic Japanese production for spark control five years ago. Its use for misfire detection is also being actively considered.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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