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Patexia Research
Issue Date Sep 24, 2020
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Patent Application - METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY STOPPING AN ENGINE > Claims

  • 1. An engine operating method, comprising: adjusting an automatic engine stopping engine temperature threshold as a function of an amount of soot stored in a particulate filter via a controller; andautomatically stopping an engine responsive to an engine temperature being greater than or equal to the automatic engine stopping engine temperature threshold.
    • 2. The method of claim 1, further comprising operating the engine at a temperature above the automatic engine stopping engine temperature threshold.
    • 3. The method of claim 1, where adjusting the automatic engine stopping engine temperature threshold includes decreasing the automatic engine stopping engine temperature threshold as the amount of soot stored in the particulate filter increases.
    • 4. The method of claim 1, where adjusting the automatic engine stopping engine temperature threshold includes increasing the automatic engine stopping engine temperature threshold as the amount of soot stored in the particulate filter decreases.
    • 5. The method of claim 1, where the engine is a spark ignition engine and where the particulate filter is in an exhaust system of the engine.
    • 6. The method of claim 1, where automatically stopping the engine includes ceasing fuel flow to the engine.
    • 7. The method of claim 1, further comprising estimating the amount of soot stored in the particulate filter via a pressure drop across the particulate filter.
  • 8-14. (canceled)
  • 15. A system, comprising: a spark ignition engine;a particulate filter in an exhaust system of the spark ignition engine; anda controller including executable instructions stored in non-transitory memory to adjust a temperature threshold at which the spark ignition engine automatically stops according to an amount of soot stored in the particulate filter, and instructions to automatically stop the spark ignition engine.
    • 16. The system of claim 15, where the instructions to automatically stop the spark ignition engine include instructions to automatically stop the spark ignition engine when a temperature of the spark ignition engine exceeds the temperature threshold at which the spark ignition engine automatically stops.
    • 17. The system of claim 15, further comprising additional instructions to prevent automatic engine stopping when a temperature of the spark ignition engine is less than the temperature threshold at which the spark ignition engine automatically stops.
    • 18. The system of claim 15, further comprising additional instructions to automatically start the spark ignition engine.
    • 19. The system of claim 15, where adjusting the temperature threshold includes increasing the temperature threshold as the amount of soot stored in the particulate filter decreases.
    • 20. The system of claim 15, where adjusting the temperature threshold includes decreasing the temperature threshold as the amount of soot stored in the particulate filter increases.
  • 21. A method, comprising: flowing exhaust from a spark ignition engine through a particulate filter;estimating an efficiency of the particulate filter;adjusting an automatic engine stop temperature threshold based on the efficiency of the particulate filter; andresponsive to one or more engine stop conditions being met, automatically stopping the spark ignition engine,wherein the one or more engine stop conditions comprise a temperature of the spark ignition engine being greater than or equal to the automatic engine stop temperature threshold.
    • 22. The method of claim 21, wherein the one or more engine stop conditions further comprise a driver demand torque being less than a torque threshold and/or a state of charge of a battery coupled to the spark ignition engine being greater than a threshold state of charge.
    • 23. The method of claim 21, further comprising, responsive to one or more engine restart conditions being met, automatically restarting the spark ignition engine following automatically stopping the spark ignition engine.
      • 24. The method of claim 23, wherein the one or more engine restart conditions comprise a driver demand torque being greater than a torque threshold and/or a state of charge of a battery coupled to the spark ignition engine being less than a threshold state of charge.
    • 25. The method of claim 21, further comprising, responsive to each of the efficiency of the particulate filter being less than a threshold efficiency and the temperature of the spark ignition engine being less than the automatic engine stop temperature threshold, injecting fuel to the spark ignition engine via port fuel injectors, andpreventing direct fuel injectors from injecting fuel to the spark ignition engine.
    • 26. The method of claim 21, wherein adjusting the automatic engine stop temperature threshold comprises increasing the automatic engine stop temperature threshold as the efficiency of the particulate filter increases.
    • 27. The method of claim 21, wherein adjusting the automatic engine stop temperature threshold comprises decreasing the automatic engine stop temperature threshold as the efficiency of the particulate filter decreases.
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