Diesel engine pollutant prediction and remote vehicle monitoring Part I: The prediction of diesel engine smoke emission using neural networks

Edward Berry, Peter Kukla, Fengshou Gu, Andrew D. Ball

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Accurate measurement of diesel engine exhaust smoke emission is a primary phase in meeting the everstricter European Union regulations on emission levels and a fundamental step towards the improvement of many factors including fuel economy, atmospheric pollution levels and more importantly, human health, with the additional aim of automatic engine managemeht systems and condition-based maintenance. However, it is difficult to measure continuously smoke levels directly and in real-time on a vehicle in transit due to the size and cost of the necessary equipment, therefore this paper (Part I) documents a study into the feasibility of diesel engine exhaust smoke prediction based upon a variety of engine operating parameters recorded from three different engines using neural network (NN) models. In this paper two types of NN have been investigated and optimised to develop a prediction. The results show that smoke levels can be predicted by means of indirect measurements with good accuracy. Part II of this paper describes how the NN model is used with real-time data collected remotely from a vehicle on the road to predict smoke emission levels and introduces a method of mapping these smoke levels on a city map at street level via the Internet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-30
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of COMADEM
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes


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