Freevalve: Control and Optimization of Fully Variable Valvetrain-Enabled Combustion Strategies for High Performance Engines

Abdu Elmagdoub, Chris Brace (Editor), Sam Akehurst (Editor), James Turner (Editor), Urban Carlson (Editor), Andreas Moller (Editor), Nic Zhang (Editor)

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With ever stricter legislative requirements for CO2 and other exhaust emissions, significant efforts by OEMs have launched a number of different technological strategies to meet these challenges such as Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). However, a multiple technology approach is needed to deliver a broad portfolio of products as battery costs and supply constraints are considerable concerns hindering mass uptake of BEVs. Therefore, further investment in Internal Combustion (IC) engine technologies to meet these targets are being considered, such as lean burn gasoline technologies alongside other high efficiency concepts such as dedicated hybrid engines. Hence, it becomes of sound reason to further embrace diversity and develop complementary technologies to assist in the transition to the next generation hybrid powertrain. One such approach is to provide increased valvetrain flexibility to afford new degrees of freedom in engine operating strategies. Freevalve is an electro-hydraulic-pneumatic valve actuation system enabling independent control of IC engine valves, conceptualized by Koenigsegg's Freevalve AB. Developed primarily in line with increasingly strict emissions legislations over the past two decades, the cam-less engine technology has demonstrated significant potential, offering 20% decreased fuel consumption and 60% less cold start emissions on an average drive cycle. Adopting a software-based, data-driven, statistical approach, this paper provides a review of the most recent valve operating strategies enabled by the Fully Variable Valvetrain (FVVT) engine technology. It provides a case study for peak performance using the "Ultra Boost for Economy"(Ultraboost) project's engine as a state-of-the-art advanced valvetrain control benchmark. The One-Dimensional physics-based models are created in GT-Suite to comparatively demonstrate potential benefits of Freevalve compared to industry-standard common camshaft technologies. In addition to mitigating arising environmental concerns, preliminary findings have demonstrated that new degrees-of-freedom enabled by the FVVT IC engine technology, Freevalve, present significant potential to improve the full load curve of performance-focused engines, particularly at the low-medium engine speed range.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSAE Technical Papers: SAE Powertrains, Fuels & Lubricants Conference & Exhibition
PublisherSAE International
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2022
EventSAE Powertrains, Fuels, and Lubricants Conference and Exhibition 2022 - ICE Krakow Marii Konopnickiej 17 30-302 Krakow, Poland, Krakow, Poland
Duration: 6 Sept 20228 Sept 2022

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NameSAE Technical Papers


ConferenceSAE Powertrains, Fuels, and Lubricants Conference and Exhibition 2022
Abbreviated titlePFL
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Funding Information:
The authors wish to thank the directors of Koenigsegg Automotive AB and Freevalve AB for permission to publish this paper. The modelling work undertaken was based upon a validated model originally developed under the “Ultra Boost for Economy” project funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board, now Innovate UK (IUK), grant number BN008E 2010-2013. The contribution of Lotus Engineering towards producing the first-generation GT-Power model used and updated throughout this paper for comparative reasons is also recognized. Additionally, the authors would like to acknowledge the contribution of MAHLE Powertrain towards the simulation of Freevalve’s mechanics, the results from which were extremely important in the computation of the consequential auxiliary loads. This work is supported by a scholarship from the UK’s EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS) at the University of Bath, under project code EP/S023364/1.

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