The hydraulic free-piston engine at the University of Minnesota offers a solution to improve the hydraulic efficiency and reduce emission output of off-road vehicles. We developed a MATLAB Simulink model to track the pressure, temperature, and mass profile of the fuel within the cylinder during operation. By varying different initial conditions of our model, we found that a higher intake manifold pressure and larger bottom dead center location results in higher scavenging efficiency. These results can be used to improve the controller of this engine and better maintain stable operation.
"Modeling Scavenging for a Hydraulic Free-Piston Engine,"
Macalester Journal of Physics and Astronomy: Vol. 8
, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/mjpa/vol8/iss1/6