As engine designers look for ways to improve efficiency and reduce emissions, piezoelectric actuated fuel injectors for common rail diesel engines have shown to have improved response characteristics over solenoid actuated injectors and may allow for enhanced control of combustion through multipulse, closely spaced injections or rate shaping. This paper outlines the development of an 11 state simulation model for a piezoelectric fuel injector and associated driver that can be used for injector design and control system verification. Nonmeasureable states of the model are plotted and analyzed, while measurable quantities including injection rate, piezo stack voltage, and piezo stack current are validated against experimental injector rig data for two different rail pressures.

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