Optimal combustion control with application to engine design and development

Peter Fussey, David Limebeer

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The need to reduce development time whilst simultaneously improving engine performance has motivated this application of optimal control to product development processes for engines and powertrains. The optimisation of the fuel consumption is formulated as a constrained Optimal Control Problem (OCP) and solved using pseudospectral methods, giving the optimum heat release and injection profiles in the presence of cylinder pressure rate and cylinder pressure constraints. The technique is applied to an engine design problem and used to reduce fuel consumption by optimising compression ratio within a cylinder pressure limit, also providing new insights into the combustion processes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104154
JournalControl Engineering Practice
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • Combustion model
  • Fuel injection
  • Heat release
  • Optimal control
  • Optimisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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