Spark ignition engine mass air flow control for precise torque management

Grant A. Ingram, Matthew A. Franchek, Venkataramanan Balakrishnan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Scopus citations


Presented in this paper is a robust feedback controller design procedure to regulate the mass air flow (MAF) into a 4.6L V8 spark ignition engine. A system level model of engine throttle to engine mass air flow is experimentally determined. In addition, an H8 controller is designed to control engine mass air flow with zero steady state error while addressing the nonlinear throttle characteristics and pure delay. The controller design methodology applied to the mass air flow control problem is discussed and an interpretation of the controller presented. Finally, engine dynamometer data demonstrates that the H8 controller rejects noise and disturbances while meeting transient and steady state performance objectives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSAE Technical Papers
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Event2003 SAE World Congress - Detroit, MI, United States
Duration: Mar 3 2003Mar 6 2003


Other2003 SAE World Congress
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDetroit, MI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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