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Creating an Initial VE Table for Tuning

This is a tool for establishing a baseline VE table for your tuning efforts with MegaSquirt® or MicroSquirt® controllers. It is designed to work in Internet Explorer 6.0, though it may work with other browsers.

The VE curve is assumed to follow the torque curve (which is not quite right, but close enough for a first approximation). This calculator is based on modeling your engine's wide-open-throttle VE with a quadratic equation of the form:

VE = A×rpm2 + B×rpm + C
A, B, & C are constants.
These constants are derived from the:

An assumption has been made about the VE required to produced 1 lb·ft/ci as well as 1 hp/ci. A further assumption has been made that compressor efficiency=60% for kPa > 100. Finally, a scaling factor has been used to adjust the WOT VE to lower kPa. The factor is derived from examples of working VE tables.

A limit of 5% per rpm bin drop in VE has been applied to prevent the extreme drop-offs that can occur at high rpm & kPa when VE is modeled in this way. As well, all VEs are restricted to be not less than 25% of the highest VE, to prevent unusable idle values.

1. Input:

Idle RPM: RPM 300 rpm minimum
RPM redline (maximum operating rpm): RPM 12000 rpm maximum
Peak flywheel horsepower: HP @ RPM
Peak torque: lb·ft @ RPM
Engine displacement: liters
Engine maximum boost level:
(0 for naturally aspirated,
max. boost (psi) for turbo/supercharged)
psi 21 psi maximum
VE table dimensions:
  • MS-I uses 8×8 tables;
  • MS-II, MicroSquirt, and the Sequencer user 12×12 tables.
Click the "Reset" button to return to default form values.

2. Generate the VE Table in .TABLE format:

3. Verify and Load to MegaSquirt:

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