Development of a performance evaluation tool for hybrid vehicles system design

Kary Thanapalan, Jonathan Williams

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This paper discusses a simulation and modelling tool developed at the University of South Wales (USW). This tool has been developed within the MATLAB/SimulinkTM platform for flexibility and functionality. It is able to deal with any dynamic behaviour and the various elements of a Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) as well as the dynamics in terms of fuel usage of the vehicle. The simulation tool comprises a set of component models, which may be re-parameterized to represent different systems assembled in simulink for a particular vehicle configuration. This paper also discusses the methodology for vehicle drive train design, energy management strategies, performance analysis and controller design using the simulation tool. It can be used for control analysis, configuration setup and analysis for better energy management strategies. Design of three USW-HEVs (University of South Wales-Hybrid Electric Vehicle) is discussed to illustrate the capabilities of the simulation tool. The results shows that the simulation tool can accurately represent the dynamic behaviours of several variations of alternative car concepts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-13
Journali-manager’s Journal on Instrumentation and Control Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


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