The annual Society of Automotive Engineers International Congress and Exposition is March 1-4, 1999. The SAE says this year's edition of the show will be even larger and better-attended than ever before.

That means making one's way around the flashy show floor and through the maze of technical sessions and paper presentations will be as complicated as ever. For that reason, WEVTU has highlighted a variety of drivetrain and technology related technical paper presentations that may be of interest to its readers.

The following technical paper selections have been selected largely to indicate the diversity of technical discussion at SAE and to provide WEVTU readers with possibilities for thought-provoking indicators of technical trends. But the selections have been made entirely objectively — and of course space does not permit anything but a partial listing of subject matter.

SI Engines

  • Ion Current Sensing for Spark Ignition Engines. By Jurgen Forster, Achim Gunther, Markus Ketterer and Klaus-Jurgen Wald, Robert Bosch GmbH (Mon. 10:00 am)

  • Design of SI Engines in Regard to Volume Production Beyond Year 2000. By Ralf Marquard and Frank Beste, AVL List GmbH (Mon. 2:00)

  • New Cycles for Automotive Engines. By Michael M. Schechter. (Tues. 9:30 am)

  • Research on Fuel Spray and Air Flow Fields for Spark-Ignited Direct Injection Engine Using Laser Image Technology. By Kyu-hoon Choi, Jong-Ho Park, Nae-Hyun Lee, Chul-ho Yu and Seok-hu Noh, Kia Motors Corp. (Tues. 2:30 pm)

  • Development of New Iridium Alloy for Spark Plug Electrodes. By Hironori Osamura and Nobuo Abe, DENSO Corp. (Wed. 11:00 am)

  • Experimental and Numerical Approach to Injection and Ignition Optimization of Lean GDI-Combustion Behavior. By M. Pontoppidan, G. Gaviani, G. Bella and V. Rocco, Magneti Marelli (Mon. 10:30)

  • Optimization of the Electronic Throttle Control Actuator for Direct Injection Engines. By Takehiko Kowatari, Toshihumi Usui and Shigeru Tokumoto, Hitachi Ltd.

Diesel Engines

  • Turbulent Self-Ignition and Combustion Modeling in Diesel Engines. By Antonio Cruz and Thierry A. Baritaud, Institut Francais du Petrole; Thiery Pionsot; CRCT (Thurs. 9:30 am)

  • Trial of New-Concept Diesel Combustion System: Premixed Compression-Ignited Combustion. By Yoshinori Iwabuchi, Kenji Kawai, Takeshi Shoji and Yoshinaka Takeda, Mitsbubishi Motors Corp. (Mon. 11:00 am)

  • Use of Ozone-Enriched Air for Diesel Particulate Trap Regeneration. By Yiannis A. Levendis, Northeastern Univ.; Christopher A. Larsen (Mon. 2:00 pm)

  • Barometric Pressure Estimator for Production Engine Control and Diagnostics. By Peter M. Olin and Peter J. Maloney, Delphi Automotive Systems (Mon. 11:00 am)

  • Experimental Investigations of a Novel Modular Pulse Converter Turbocharging System for Vehicle Engines. By Zhang Yong and Li Bing, Huazhong Univ. of Sci. & Tech. and Zhang You, Jiao Tong Univ. (Thurs. 11:30 am)

  • Diesel Exhaust Treatment — New Approaches to Ultra Low Emission Diesel Vehicles. By H. Leuders, P. Stommel, FEV Motorentechnik GmbH & Co. KG (Mon. 9:30 am)

  • A Theoretical Model for the Correlation of Smoke Number to Dry Particulate Concentration in Diesel Exhaust. By George G. Muntean, Cummins Engine Co. Inc. (Tues. 3:30 pm)

Vehicle Dynamics

  • Ultralight Steel Auto Suspension — A Progress Report. By Nick Sampson, Lotus Engineering and Peter Rawlinson, British Steel (Mon. 12:40 pm)

  • Windshield Washer Spray Performance at High Vehicle Speeds. By Surya Raghu, Fred Heil and Aland Santa-marina, Bowles Fluidics Corp. (Wed. 9:30 am)

  • Driver Crash Avoidance Behavior in Light Vehicles Equipped with ABS. By Elizabeth Mazzae, Frank S. Barickman and Garrick J. Forkenbrock, NHTSA/VRTC/U.S. DOT (Thurs. 2:00 pm)

Alternative Propulsion

  • Electromechanical Powerplants for EV and HEV Applications: Challenges and New Opportunities. By G.A. Narzi, General Motors Corp. (Mon. 2:30 pm)

  • Design and Analysis of Starter-Alternator Installation in a Hybrid Electric Vehicle. By Michael B. Levin, Jeffrey E. Chottiner and Arun K. Jaura, Ford Motor Co.; Zane J. Ullman, Luk Inc.; Jeffrey J. Votteler, Adapco Ltd. (Wed. 2:00 pm)

Emissions Control

  • Global Trends in Diesel Particulate Control — A 1999 Update. By Michael P. Walsh (Mon. (9:00 am)

  • Electrochemical Reactor for Exhaust Gas Purification. By Henrik Christensen, Jorgen Dinesen, Henriette Engell and Kent Hansen, Dinex A/S (Tues. 3:30 pm)

  • NOx Emissions from Direct Injection Diesel Engines with Water/Steam Dilution. By A.M. Mellor and J.P. Mello, Vanderbilt Univ. (Wed. 9:30 am)

  • Improving Flow Efficiency of a Catalytic Converter Using the Concept of Radially Variable Cell Density. By Jeong Kim and Seha Son, Ford Motor Co.


  • High-Efficiency Compact Fixed Constant Velocity Universal Joint. By Akira Wakita and Keisuke Sone, NTN Corp. (Wed. 11:30 am)

  • An Overview of Current Automatic, Manual and Continuously Variable Transmission Efficiencies and Their Projected Future Improvements. By Michael A. Kluger, Southwest Research Institute (Thurs. 1:30 pm)

  • Modified Flexible Graphite — An Improved Gasket Material. By Robert A. Mercuri, Michael Warddrip, Brian S. Fedor and Jeff J. Gough, UCAR Carbon Co. (Tues. 9:00 am).