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Applied Engineering With Labview: Experiences From A Plug In Hybrid Project

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



Conference Session

Computer Applications in Energy Courses

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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13.211.1 - 13.211.9



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Vincent Winstead Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Dr. Vincent Winstead is an assistant professor in the electrical and computer engineering and technology department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Dr. Winstead completed his Ph.D. degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in control systems. He had worked as a systems engineer for the U.S. Air Force and as a powertrain control research engineer for Ford Motor Company. Dr. Winstead is a registered professional engineer and holds numerous patents in hybrid vehicle system optimization and camless valvetrain control.

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Applied Engineering with LabVIEW: Experiences From A Plug-In Hybrid Project


In this paper we discuss a primarily undergraduate project conducted during the 2006-2007 academic year with the goals of converting a stock Toyota Prius to a plug-in hybrid having enhanced electric only range capability. This project afforded the author with an opportunity to help with the utilization of National Instrument’s Laboratory Virtual Instrument Engineering Workbench (LabVIEW) and a National Instruments compact RIO (Reconfigurable Input/Output) embedded controller in an applied engineering design project. This is a relatively new embedded system controller which, through the use of LabVIEW software applications, can be used as a stand alone real-time controller. This paper provides a background of the project and the role of LabVIEW and the compact RIO device. It also provides a description of some experiences related to introducing this system to undergraduate students, and later graduate students, having little background in rapid prototyping, real-time controllers, and the HS-CAN (High Speed Controller Area Network) communication protocol and standard. This type of automotive conversion project provided an excellent venue for introducing the students to a systems oriented approach to engineering design, from sensor measurement and vehicle interfacing to electrical energy consumption and strategy implementation on some of the most advanced vehicle technology available today.

Introduction and Background

A unique and successful degree program at Minnesota State University, Mankato is the Automotive Engineering Technology (AET) undergraduate program. Unique in that it is one of the only, if not the only, ABET accredited program of its type in the United States with numerous graduates each year pursuing primarily automotive technology and engineering test and development careers in industry. As part of the program, undergraduates complete a two semester (one year) senior design project related to an automotive system development, student competition or other automotive related research effort. During the 2006-2007 academic year, a group of students chose a project to modify and enhance the capability of the Toyota Prius Hybrid vehicle. Specifically, their goals

Winstead, V. (2008, June), Applied Engineering With Labview: Experiences From A Plug In Hybrid Project Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--4403

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