An algorithm for determining the four tuning parameters in a double-Wiebe description of the combustion process in spark-assisted compression ignition engines is presented where the novelty is that the tuning problem is posed as a weighted linear least-squares problem. The approach is applied and shown to describe well an extensive data set from a light-duty gasoline engine for various engine speeds and loads. Correlations are suggested for the four parameters based on the results, which illustrates how the double-Wiebe approach can also be utilized in predictive simulation. The effectiveness of the methodology is quantified by the accuracy for describing and predicting the heat release rate as well as predicting the cylinder pressure. The root-mean square errors between the measured and predicted cylinder pressures are 1 bar or less, which corresponds to 2% or less of the peak cylinder pressure.

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