Adaptive Traction, Torque, and Power Control Strategies for Extended-Range Electric Vehicles
Benoy, Brian Patrick
AdvisorMolen, G. Marshall
Modern hybrid electric and pure electric vehicles are highly dependent on control algorithms to provide seamless safe and reliable operation under any driving condition, regardless of driver behavior. Three unique and independently operating supervisory control algorithms are introduced to improve reliability and vehicle performance on a series-hybrid electric vehicle with an all-wheel drive all-electric drivetrain. All three algorithms dynamically control or limit the amount of torque that can be delivered to the wheels through an all-electric drivetrain, consisting of two independently controlled brushless-direct current (BLDC) electric machines. Each algorithm was developed and validated following a standard iterative engineering development process which places a heavy emphasis on modeling and simulation to validate the algorithms before they are tested on the physical system. A comparison of simulated and in-vehicle test results is presented, emphasizing the importance of modeling and simulation in the design process.