Patent Number: 6,253,598

Title: Method and system for predicting stabilized time duration of vapor leak detection pump strokes

Abstract: A system and method for indicating leakage from a contained volume for holding volatile liquid, such as from an evaporative emission space of an automotive vehicle fuel system. A reciprocating pump operates to build pressure in the space toward a nominal test pressure. As the pressure is building toward nominal test pressure, but before nominal test pressure is achieved, measurements of substantially the amount of time required for the pump to execute a defined downstroke are repeatedly taken. These measurements may be referred to as pulse durations, and they are processed by an algorithm to detect when the rate of change in pulse duration changes from positive to negative, thereby defining the inflection point of a logistic curve. Subsequent measurements are taken and processed to predict a value at which substantially the pulse duration will ultimately stabilize. The predicted value is processed to indicate any leakage.

Inventors: Weldon; Craig (Chatham, CA), Delaire; Gilles (Chatham, CA)

Assignee: Siemens Automotive Inc.

International Classification: F02M 25/08 (20060101); G01M 003/26 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018