FEV talks technology at SAE World Congress

  • 12-Apr-2011 07:17 EDT

At the SAE 2011 World Congress, FEV is exhibiting a parallel hybrid powertrain concept featuring an FEV-developed electrically controlled automatic transmission with seven gears and hydraulic actuation.

A perennial sponsor of the FEV Powertrain Innovation Forum on the Cobo Center show floor, FEV is a major financial supporter of the annual SAE World Congress in Detroit. But its involvement and support of this year's event goes much deeper—as it does every year.

FEV will have a strong voice in the technical conversation going on among the thousands of engineers flooding Cobo today through Thursday, with major contributions in terms of technical papers, panel participation, session organization, and exhibition (booth 431).

Kiran Govindswamy, Chief Engineer, NVH, CAE & Driveline Systems, will be first up for FEV as a panelist on Tuesday's "New Transmission Technologies That Could Change the Face of Powertrain Performance." The session begins at 10 a.m. and will be held in, naturally, the FEV Powertrain Innovation Forum.

"Engine technology development runs parallel with new transmission concepts, with these future technologies forcing change on transmission trends, control and calibration strategies," he told AEI in anticipation of the SAE Congress. "In this session, we will discuss torsional NVH and launch performance challenges, what the landscape looks like, and the potential of NVH countermeasures in the market."

Among the technologies to be demonstrated in the FEV exhibit booth will be the EDE/Hybrid/PGS transmission, an extreme downsized parallel hybrid powertrain featuring a 20 kW/140 N·m electric motor and a 74 kW/130 N·m DI gasoline engine, coupled with a newly developed planetary gearset automatic transmission. The seven-speed, compact, electrically assisted, hybrid automatic transmission has been designed for transverse (FWD) applications. This concept can deliver pure electric driving as well as boost and regeneration modes.

Gary W. Rogers, President & CEO of FEV, Inc., will serve as moderator for Tuesday's "Charging Forward Toward 2017: The Powertrains That Will Get Us There" panel. "We will be cohesively explaining the challenges in achieving the new CAFE standards as we move from 2012 to 2016," he told AEI. "This forum is an ideal one in which to discuss how the changes in the CAFE law will influence which technologies the OEs will be pursuing across all market segments to meet these challenges."

A display item related to Rogers presentation will be FEV's high Efficiency Combustion System (HECS) engine. It incorporates unique and traditional technologies to achieve low CO2 emissions and a17% reduction in fuel consumption while also meeting Euro 6 emissions standards. The second-generation HECS has been adapted to a downsized 1.6-L four-cylinder diesel engine and is designed specifically for a high specific power output (over 100 kW/L). To achieve this, FEV engineers designed a 200-bar peak pressure cylinder head with variable valve lift realized via a unique roller finger follower that is adjustable for two different lifts. Also incorporated is a unique seat-swirl chamfer.

Another significant FEV figure to volunteering time and energy to the SAE Congress is Dean Tomazic, Vice President of the Engine Performance & Emissions Division at FEV Inc. In addition to moderating the "It's Homegrown, It's Green and It's Available Right Now: Has CNG's Time Finally Come?" panel at 1 p.m. Wednesday, he has co-authored three technical papers.

Previewing his panel participation, Tomazic told AEI that, yes, CNG's time has come. "However, as an industry and supplier base, we must determine what the current market situation and future outlook is in order for U.S. consumers to adopt such a technology. This includes identifying the requirements, incentives, and costs to rebuild the infrastructure to deliver CNG. Although a daunting task, we must also identify which type of vehicles are best suited for this market: light or medium-duty, or passenger vehicles.

"If gasoline climbs to $5 a gallon, we need to identify alternative fuel sources that will reduce our reliance on foreign oil. We have those resources in natural gas available—but at what break-even point? Those questions and more will be addressed during the session."

FEV will display a Volkswagen 2-L TDI engine modified to run on CNG.

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