Drive Quality Improvement and Calibration of a Post-Transmission Parallel Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Reinsel, Samuel Joseph
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The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) of Virginia Tech is one of 16 university teams participating in EcoCAR 3, the latest competition in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC) organized by Argonne National Labs. EcoCAR 3 tasks teams with converting a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid electric vehicle with 5 main goals: reducing petroleum energy use and greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining safety, performance, and consumer acceptability. Over the last 4 years, HEVT has designed and built a plugin parallel hybrid electric vehicle with a unique powertrain architecture. This work deals with utilizing the unique powertrain layout of the HEVT Camaro to improve drive quality, a key component in consumer acceptability. Although there are many ways to approach drive quality, most aspects can be analyzed in the smoothness of the vehicle longitudinal acceleration response. This research is focused on improving the drive quality of the vehicle developed for EcoCAR 3. Multiple algorithms are developed to address specific aspects of drive quality that can only be done with the powertrain developed. This begins by researching the control strategies used in modern automatic transmissions, and moves into the modeling strategy used to begin algorithm development. Two main strategies are developed and calibrated in the vehicle. The first being a strategy for reducing jerk in pure electric mode by limiting motor torque response. The second strategy aims to improve transmission shift quality by using the electric motor to reduce torque fluctuations at the driveshaft. The energy consumption impact of both of these strategies is also analyzed to ensure that drive quality does not come at the large expense of energy consumption.
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