Explaining the meaning of digital twin based spark ignition technology

Key points

    Improving spark ignition systems via digital twin

    Spark ignition system monitoring

    Resolving critical vehicle system errors

By Carlos Miskinis
Digital twin research expert
Feb 2019

Digitally improved spark ignition and fuel injection systems will bring tremendous benefit to virtually all fuel-based vehicles out there, however, before getting into how the digital twin technology will impact these fuel combustion systems and how they will be improved, we must clarify the meaning and the concept of a spark-based fuel ignition system. The definition of this concept simply illustrates how most gasoline-powered vehicles combust fuel in order to power their engines. In order for you to visualize the process better, we can illustrate the overall spark ignition process simply as a process which involves a mixture of air and fuel that is stored in the vehicle’s combustion chamber to be ignited by a spark that is generated via a surge of electricity that travels in a wire – once the surge of electricity tries to jump the gap at the very end of the spark plug, the air compressed fuel gets ignited and the generated energy then forces the engine to turn on. This combustion process can be seen in almost every single gasoline-powered automobile out there, however, how can a fuel-based spark ignition system be improved by using simulation technology? Continue reading below to find out!




Improving spark ignition and fuel injection systems using digital twin simulations


The total amount of fuel that needs to be dedicated in order to create momentum for engine ignition is difficult to estimate. Due to this issue, a generous amount of gasoline needs to be shot into the system in order to retain the optimal end-user experience. Minimizing the total amount of fuel needed for ignition has been difficult for car manufacturers to do from the very beginning and even if the perfect amount of fuel was determined, the amount would change every single time the vehicle user decides to shut the engine system down.


By correctly replicating the spark ignition and fuel injection systems, the digital twin of these processes could be used to monitor the ignition speed down to milliseconds every single time the vehicle needs to be started. This will open up the opportunity for developers to create a filtering system that would dedicate the optimal amount of gasoline into the system so that the engine could start without any problems every single time.



Part 2

Eliminating failure conditions from the fuel injection process

Monitoring vehicle performance in real-time with supreme accuracy and fixing errors during travel time

Real-time spark fuel injection monitoring using digital twin


One of the most common issues that trouble gasoline-based transportation vehicles is directly related to the process of spark fuel ignition-based systems, because in order to make the engine successfully “turn” and begin working, the contact and timing of the fuel that is compressed with air and the traveling surge of electricity must be perfect or else the process will not be able to generate enough energy to make the engine work. This is why most fuel-based transport vehicles do not successfully turn on and start functioning when there’s an issue with the spark ignition process. However, there are a few leading industry giants who are taking a serious initiative and Challenge Advisory is creating a virtual twin spark ignition summit to find potential solutions to this problem.


A prime example of an industry leader who is dedicating the focus on developing digital twin based autonomous vehicles that solve this problem is 





Digital Twin based spark fuel ignition systems will not experience issues related to gasoline injection in the future – at least that is safe to say. How come? Well, by having the ability to constantly monitor the current state of the ignition process in a vehicle, users an developers will be able to quickly react to any incoming system errors or issues in real-time. This will have a huge positive impact on the majority of automobile manufacturers as they will be able to guarantee a smoother driving experience for the end-user.


If you would like to find out more about the capabilities of virtual twin and what it has to offer in terms of ignition systems, click the link above to join our private conference about this topic.

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