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Design And Implementation Of Virtual Hybrid Electric Vehicle Simulator For Educational Purpose

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Mechanical Engineering Poster Session

Tagged Division

Mechanical Engineering

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

13.361.1 - 13.361.10

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https://peer.asee.org/4494

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Gene Liao Wayne State University

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Dr. Liao received the BSME in 1981 from National Central University, Taiwan; MSME in 1984 from the University of Texas; Mechanical Engineer in 1996 from Columbia University; and the Doctor of Engineering in 1999 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently an associate professor at the Wayne State University. He has over 15 years of industrial practices in the automotive sector prior to becoming a faculty member.

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Chih-Ping Yeh Wayne State University

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James Sawyer Macomb Community College

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Design and Implementation of Virtual Hybrid Electric Vehicle Simulator for Educational Purpose

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to describe the development of an educational purpose computer- based simulator for Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) technology. The tremendous capital investment, tedious and time-consuming tasks required to establish a full function of HEV laboratory are convincing evidence that the HEV curriculum is in need of a low-cost, computer- based virtual HEV simulator. An interactive, LabVIEW-based simulation software was developed for different configurations of hybrid powertrains under several driving conditions. The developed software is capable of simulating, illustrating and displaying (on the PC-based screen) the multiple energy flows in the HEV based on its configuration and driving conditions. The software integrated with actuator assembles the simulator which serves as a hands-on experience unit for multidiscipline students enrolled in the HEV technology courses. The virtual HEV simulator not only enhances the HEV training and education, but also increases students’ interest in the green movement of transportation.

1. Introduction

World competition and stringent United States fuel economy goals and emission regulations for the 21st Century vehicle have pressured the automotive industry to design and evaluate advanced automobiles at an accelerated rate. The industry consensus is that the hybrid electric vehicle is the currently available technology for increasing propulsion system efficiency and decreasing pollutant emissions [1-2]. However, HEVs operate much differently than conventional vehicles. Therefore, existing design and maintenance techniques and guidelines developed for conventional powertrains do not apply well to hybrid vehicles. There is a need for training automotive technicians and engineers as well as educating students in this new and emergent technology of HEV.

Recently, the Department of Engineering Technology in one university has received a National Science Foundation grant, joint with one community college, to develop courses and degree programs for training community college instructors and automotive technicians in HEV technology. The university developed a set of courses for community college instructors and automotive engineers, and the community college is the first community college in the state – and one of the only in the nation – to train automotive technician students on servicing HEVs [3]. However, no integrated HEV laboratory has yet been established for educational purposes. The tremendous capital investment, tedious and time-consuming tasks required to establish a fully function of HEV laboratory are convincing evidence that the community colleges and secondary schools are in need of a low-cost, computer-based virtual HEV simulator.

The motivation of this project is to develop an interactive, LabVIEW-based [4] simulation software for different configurations of hybrid powertrains under several driving conditions. The

Liao, G., & Yeh, C., & Sawyer, J. (2008, June), Design And Implementation Of Virtual Hybrid Electric Vehicle Simulator For Educational Purpose Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/4494

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