In this paper we present a theoretical strategy for diesel engine control. More precisely, we propose a new approach to control the speed of the engine using the fuel rate as the control law and we show how this approach can be used to control the opacity. We first establish a mathematical model that describes the behavior of the engine. Afterward, we propose a new nonlinear method to design a controller for a class of nonlinear systems. The proposed method, based on Lyapunov theory, is used to design a smooth feedback law that renders the closed-loop system asymptotically stable around a desired engine speed value. Finally, simulation results are proposed to highlight the performances of the closed-loop system.

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