# Piston

Piston mechanism of reciprocating combustion engine

**Libraries:**

Simscape /
Driveline /
Engines & Motors

## Description

The Piston block represents the piston mechanism of a reciprocating combustion engine. The Piston block accounts for the instantaneous torque transmitted to the engine crankshaft, which enables you to simulate vibrations in the drivetrain due to piston revolution. To model a multi-piston engine, use the Piston Engine block.

Port **B** represents the translating piston and port
**F** represents the rotating crankshaft. The piston force follows
from the cylinder pressure and cross-sectional area. The block obtains the combustion
pressure from a lookup table parameterized in terms of the crank angle and, optionally,
the crank angular velocity and engine throttle level.

The crank torque follows from the piston force and crank angle, the crank and connecting rod lengths. In terms of these inputs, the ratio of the piston force and crank torque is

$$\frac{{T}_{\text{F}}}{{F}_{\text{B}}}=-\text{c}\left(sin(\theta )+\frac{sin(2\theta )}{2\sqrt{{\left(\frac{\text{r}}{\text{c}}\right)}^{2}-{\mathrm{sin}}^{2}(\theta )}}\right),$$

where:

*F*is the instantaneous piston force associated with the base port._{B}*T*is the instantaneous crank torque associated with the follower port._{F}*c*is the crank length.*θ*is the instantaneous crank angle.*r*is the connecting rod length.

**Piston Dimensions**

Port **T** lets you specify the engine throttle level as a fraction between
0 and 1. This fraction corresponds to the percentage of full power generated. The block
uses the data at point **T** whenever the pressure lookup table in the
block property inspector is parameterized only in terms of the crank angle.

## Ports

### Input

**T** — Normalized engine throttle level, unitless

physical signal

Physical signal input port that specifies engine throttle setting.

### Output

**FC** — Fuel consumption, kg/s

physical signal

Physical signal output port that returns the fuel consumption rate.

#### Dependencies

To enable this port, set **Fuel consumption
model** to one of the following.

`Constant per revolution`

`Fuel consumption by speed and torque`

`Brake specific fuel consumption by speed and torque`

`Brake specific fuel consumption by speed and brake mean effective pressure`

### Conserving

**B** — Base port associated with piston force

mechanical translational

Translational mechanical conserving port that connects to the engine block.

**F** — Follower port associated with crank torque

mechanical rotational

Rotational mechanical conserving port that connects to the engine crankshaft.

## Parameters

### Main

**Cylinder bore** — Inside diameter of piston cylinder wall

`.10`

`m`

(default) | positive scalar

Inside diameter of the piston cylinder wall. The Piston block uses this measurement to compute the torque table. You must specify a value greater than zero.

**Piston stroke** — Length of translational piston travel

`.06`

`m`

(default) | positive scalar

Distance from the fully retracted position to the fully extended position of the piston. The Piston block uses this measurement to convert pressure on the piston into torque values. You must specify a value greater than zero.

**Piston rod length** — Length of piston-to-crankshaft connecting rod

`.1`

`m`

(default) | positive scalar

Distance from the center of the piston pin hole to the center of the crankshaft hole in the piston rod. The block uses this measurement to convert pressure on the piston into torque. You must specify a value greater than zero.

**Number of strokes per cycle** — Number of piston strokes to complete one combustion cycle

`4`

(default) | positive even scalar

Number of piston phases required to intake, compress, combust, and exhaust the combustion gases. Typically, engines are two-stroke or four-stroke. You must use a multiple of two.

**Pressure parameterization** — Method used to determine pressure applied to piston

`By crank angle`

(default) | `By crank angle and throttle`

| ```
By crank angle, throttle, and crank
velocity
```

Parameter group that you want the block to use to parameterize the pressure data.

**Crank angle vector** — Different piston crank angles

```
[-360, -90, -30, 10, 30, 90, 160,
360]
```

`deg`

(default) | vector

Angle of the piston crank starting at or above the minimum angle and ending at or below the maximum angle. You can calculate the minimum or maximum angle by multiplying the number of strokes by -90 degrees or 90 degrees, respectively. You must specify at least two values.

Each element in **Crank angle vector** corresponds to
an element in **Pressure vector (gauge)** or the
*M*-row of **Pressure matrix
(gauge)** or each **Pressure 3D matrix
(gauge)** matrix.

**Throttle vector** — Different throttle positions

`[0, .3, .8, 1]`

(default) | vector

Different throttle positions that correspond to the pressures in the **Pressure
matrix (gauge)** or **Pressure 3D matrix
(gauge)** parameters. The throttle position must remain in
the range [0,1] with 0 representing no throttle and 1 representing full
throttle.

Each element in **Throttle vector** corresponds to
the *N*-column of **Pressure matrix
(gauge)** or each **Pressure 3D matrix
(gauge)** matrix.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Pressure
parameterization** to ```
By crank angle and
throttle
```

or ```
By crank angle, throttle,
and crank velocity
```

.

**Crank velocity vector** — Different angular velocities

`[0, 1000, 6000]`

`rpm`

(default) | vector

Different crank velocities that correspond to pressures in
**Pressure 3D matrix (gauge)**.

Each element in **Crank velocity vector** corresponds
to one of the *O*-matrices of **Pressure 3D
matrix (gauge)**.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Pressure
parameterization** to ```
By crank angle,
throttle, and crank velocity
```

.

**Pressure vector (gauge)** — Crank angle parameterized pressures

`[0, 3, 20, 50, 20, 10, 8, 0]`

`bar`

(default) | vector

Vector of pressure values that correspond to different crank angle positions.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Pressure
parameterization** to ```
By crank
angle
```

.

**Pressure matrix (gauge)** — Crank angle and throttle parametrized pressures

*M*-by-*N*
matrix (default) | matrix

Matrix of pressure values that correspond to different crank angle and throttle
combinations. The default value is ```
[0, 0, 0, 0; 0, .9, 2.4, 3;
0, 6, 16, 20; 0, 15, 40, 50; 0, 6, 16, 20; 0, 3, 8, 10; 0, 2.4, 6.4,
8; 0, 0, 0, 0]
```

`bar`

.

The elements of **Crank angle vector** correspond to
the *M*-rows in **Pressure matrix
(gauge)**. The elements of **Throttle
vector** correspond to the *N*-columns in
**Pressure matrix (gauge)**.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Pressure
parameterization** to ```
By crank angle and
throttle
```

.

**Pressure 3D matrix (gauge)** — Crank angle, throttle, and crank velocity parameterized pressures

*M*-by-*N*-by-*O*
matrix (default) | 3-D matrix

Concatenated matrix of pressure values that correspond to the various crank angle,
throttle, and crank velocity combinations. The default value is
```
cat(3, [0, 0, 0, 0; 0, .9, 2.4, 3; 0, 6, 16, 20; 0, 15, 40,
50; 0, 6, 16, 20; 0, 3, 8, 10; 0, 2.4, 6.4, 8; 0, 0, 0, 0], [0, 0,
0, 0; 0, .9, 2.4, 3; 0, 6, 16, 20; 0, 15, 40, 50; 0, 6, 16, 20; 0,
3, 8, 10; 0, 2.4, 6.4, 8; 0, 0, 0, 0], [0, 0, 0, 0; 0, .9, 2.4, 3;
0, 6, 16, 20; 0, 15, 40, 50; 0, 6, 16, 20; 0, 3, 8, 10; 0, 2.4, 6.4,
8; 0, 0, 0, 0])
```

`bar`

.

The elements of **Crank angle vector** correspond to the
*M*-rows. The elements of **Throttle
vector** correspond to the *N*-columns.
The elements of **Crank velocity vector** correspond to
the matrices you concatenate along dimension
*O*.

By default, *M* = 8, *N* =
4, and *O* = 3.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Pressure
parameterization** to ```
By crank angle,
throttle, and crank velocity
```

.

**Bearing viscous friction coefficient** — Tendency of the main and rod bearings to dissipate power

`.001`

`N*m/(rad/s)`

(default) | positive scalar

Aggregate viscous friction coefficient of the main and rod bearings. The block uses this parameter to compute the viscous power losses between the base and follower shafts.

**Offset angle** — Angular deviation between middle of engine cycle and top dead center

`0`

`deg`

(default) | scalar

Point in the engine cycle when the piston reaches top dead center. The
engine cycle spans in angle from -*S**180 to +*S**180 degrees, where *S* is the value of
the **Number of strokes per cycle** parameter.

**Initial crank angle** — Crank angle at simulation start

`90`

`deg`

(default) | scalar

Crank angle at time zero relative to a top dead center position.

### Fuel Consumption

**Fuel consumption model** — Parameterization of fuel consumption

`No fuel consumption`

(default) | `Constant per revolution`

| `Fuel consumption by speed and torque`

| ```
Brake specific fuel consumption by speed and
torque
```

| ```
Brake specific fuel consumption by speed and brake mean
effective pressure
```

Model for calculating fuel consumption. Model parameterizations are compatible with standard industrial data.

Selecting any option other than ```
No fuel
consumption
```

enables the **FC** port
and related parameters. When you set **Fuel consumption
model** to `No fuel consumption`

,
the block does not calculate fuel consumption. Selecting this option
increases simulation speed.

**Fuel consumption per revolution** — Fuel consumed during a single crank revolution

`25`

`mg/rev`

(default) | scalar

Volume of fuel consumed in one crankshaft revolution.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Fuel consumption
model** to ```
Constant per
revolution
```

.

**Speed vector** — Crankshaft angular velocity

```
[1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000,
6000]
```

`rpm`

(default) | vector

Vector of engine speeds used in lookup table parameterizations. The vector length must
match the **Torque vector**.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Fuel consumption
model** to one of these settings:

`Fuel consumption by speed and torque`

`Brake specific fuel consumption by speed and torque`

`Brake specific fuel consumption by speed and brake mean effective pressure`

**Torque vector** — Torque applied for given speed

```
[0, 80, 160, 200, 240, 320, 360,
400]
```

`N*m`

(default) | vector

Vector of engine torques used in the lookup table parameterizations. The vector length
must match the **Speed vector** parameter.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Fuel consumption
model** to ```
Fuel consumption by speed and
torque
```

or ```
Brake specific fuel
consumption by speed and torque
```

.

**Fuel consumption table** — Matrix of fuel consumption rates for given combinations of speed and torque

*P*-by-*Q*
matrix (default) | matrix

Matrix of fuel consumption rates corresponding to engine speed and torque vectors. The
number of rows, *P*, must equal the number of elements
in the **Speed vector** parameter. The number of
columns, *Q*, must equal the number of elements in the
**Torque vector** parameter. The default value is
```
[.5, .9, 1.4, 1.6, 1.9, 2.7, 3.4, 4.4; 1, 1.7, 2.7, 3.1,
3.6, 5, 6, 7.4; 1.4, 2.7, 4, 4.8, 5.6, 7.5, 8.5, 10.5; 2, 3.6, 5.8,
6.7, 8, 10.4, 11.7, 13.3; 2.5, 4.8, 7.9, 9.4, 10.8, 14, 16.2, 18.6;
3.1, 6, 10.3, 11.9, 13.8, 18.4, 22, 26.5]
```

`g/s`

.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Fuel consumption
model** to ```
Fuel consumption by speed and
torque
```

or ```
Brake specific fuel
consumption by speed and torque
```

.

**Brake mean effective pressure vector** — Average cylinder pressure required to produce a given torque

```
[0, 250, 500, 625, 750, 1000, 1150,
1250]
```

`kPa`

(default)

Vector of brake mean effective pressure (BMEP) values. The BMEP satisfies the expression:

$$BMEP=T\cdot \left(\frac{2\pi \cdot {n}_{c}}{{V}_{d}}\right),$$

where:

*T*is the output torque.*n*is the number of cycles per revolution._{c}*V*is the cylinder displaced volume._{d}

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Fuel consumption
model** to ```
Fuel consumption by speed and
torque
```

or ```
Brake specific fuel
consumption by speed and brake mean effective
pressure
```

.

**Brake specific fuel consumption table** — Fuel efficiency for brake specific fuel consumption rates

*P*-by-*Q*
matrix (default) | matrix

Matrix of brake specific fuel consumption (BSFC) rates. BSFC is the ratio of the fuel
consumption rate to the output power. The number of rows,
*P*, must equal the number of elements in the
**Speed vector** parameter. The number of columns,
*Q*, must equal the number of elements in the
**Torque vector** parameter. The default value is
```
[410, 380, 300, 280, 270, 290, 320, 380; 410, 370, 290,
270, 260, 270, 285, 320; 415, 380, 290, 275, 265, 270, 270, 300;
420, 390, 310, 290, 285, 280, 280, 285; 430, 410, 340, 320, 310,
300, 310, 320; 450, 430, 370, 340, 330, 330, 350, 380]
```

`g/hr/kW`

.

When you set **Fuel consumption model** to ```
Brake specific
fuel consumption by speed and torque
```

, enter a matrix
with BSFC rates corresponding to engine speed and torque vectors.

When you set **Fuel consumption model** to ```
Brake specific
fuel consumption by speed and brake mean effective
pressure
```

, enter a matrix with BSFC rates corresponding
to engine speed and brake mean effective pressure (BMEP) vectors.the
number of rows must equal the number of elements in the **Speed
vector** parameter. The number of columns must equal the
number of elements in the **Brake mean effective pressure
vector** parameter.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Fuel consumption
model** to ```
Brake specific fuel consumption
by speed and torque
```

or ```
Brake specific
fuel consumption by speed and brake mean effective
pressure
```

.

**Interpolation method** — Speed and torque behavior between data points

`Linear`

(default) | `Smooth`

Interpolation method to calculate fuel consumption at intermediate speed and torque values. Outside the data range, fuel consumption remains constant at the last value given in the lookup table for both methods.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Fuel consumption
model** to one of these settings:

`Fuel consumption by speed and torque`

`Brake specific fuel consumption by speed and torque`

`Brake specific fuel consumption by speed and brake mean effective pressure`

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## Version History

**Introduced in R2016a**

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