International Journal of Vehicle Design (6 papers in press)
Hybrid power train efficiency improvement by using electromagnetically controlled double-clutch transmission
by Antoni Szumanowski, Yuhua Chang, Zhiyin Liu, Pawel Krawczyk
Abstract: This paper proposes a new type of hybrid powertrain with a specially designed double-clutch transmission. Compared with the existing hybrid powertrains, the proposed solution with double-clutch transmission, based on innovative double-clutch and mechanical gear sets, has the potential to achieve higher levels of performance efficiency at a lower production cost. The impact factors of system efficiency are analysed on a dynamic non-linear simulation model. The control strategies of powertrain and the double-clutch transmission gear ratios are studied by simulation results. Additionally, the double-clutch transmission can increase the efficiency of regenerative braking.
Keywords: hybrid power train; efficiency; double-clutch transmission; simulation.
On crashworthiness design of double conical structures under oblique load
by Yong Zhang, Jin Wang, Tengteng Chen, Minghao Lu, Feng Jiang
Abstract: A novel multi-cell tube with non-collinear outer and inner conical angles (MBCT) is proposed to enhance structural performance under different load conditions. The finite element models are developed and validated by experimental tests. The comparative analysis is carried out to investigate the crashworthiness of different conical structures among MBCT, multi-cell conical tube (MCT), multi-cell bi-tubular straight tube (MBST) and bi-tubular conical tube (BCT). The results indicate that MBCT has the most desirable load characteristics and highest energy absorption capacity, owing to its efficient cross-section design and conical configuration. Furthermore, parametric studies reveal that a large outer conical angle facilitates energy absorption and desirable load characteristics. Large wall thickness, on the other hand, has conflicting effects on crashworthiness since it increases peak crushing force but cannot improve special energy absorption. Crashworthiness assessment of a MBCT crush box in a full vehicle further indicates the merits of energy absorption of double conical structures under oblique load. The study offers insights on designing energy absorbers that are both weight efficient and reliable under uncertain load conditions.
Keywords: double conical structure; crashworthiness; oblique load; energy absorption.
Vehicle subsystems energy losses and model-based approach for fuel efficiency estimation towards an integrated optimisation
by Nikola Holjevac, Federico Cheli, Massimiliano Gobbi
Abstract: Improvement of the energy efficiency of passenger cars has nowadays become crucial for automotive companies: public awareness on environmental issues and sustainable development, stringent policies and regulations, conventional fuel future availability and competition in market share. Energy loss assessment requires experimental procedures; this process is time consuming and expensive, thus virtual methods have been increasingly employed during the design process. Model-based approaches have been widely used in the design of vehicle subsystems and components, however current methodologies focus on specific areas while only a few attempts to cover the entire vehicle system have been proposed. In this paper, energy losses of vehicle subsystems are analysed through a comprehensive literature review. Simple models are then presented to evaluate steady-state performances and efficiency of subsystems. The different modules are then coupled to simulate the entire vehicle behaviour while facing different driving scenarios and allowing to assess fuel economy and to evaluate the effect of design variations and new technologies.
Keywords: automotive; efficiency assessment; fuel economy; model-based approach; powertrain; vehicle architecture; optimisation.
Matching and optimising analysis of multi-axle steering vehicle steering system
by Yunchao Wang, Chengzhi Wang
Abstract: The analysis of the multi-axle steering link mechanism (MASLM) link forces provides the foundation for the mechanisms design. The matching level between the steering cylinder driving torque and the tyre pivot steering resistance torque can dramatically influence the link forces. In this study, the accuracy of the tyre resistance torque formula reached at 90.7%. A steady kinematic-mechanical coupling model of the MASLM was built modularly, and a method of calculating the link forces and steering hydraulic pressure is proposed. To verify the coupling models, an all-terrain QAY130 crane was chosen for simulation and testing. Two vehicle models were built by using the Adams and Matlab software, respectively. The discrepancies were less than 23.5% between the test values and the predicted values for the previous two models, but exhibited similar variation trends. The installation site and diameter parameters of the steering cylinders were optimised to minimise the link forces.
Keywords: multiple axle steering; steering link mechanisms; link forces; kinematic mechanical coupling models; pivot steering; tire resistance torque; matching level; matching design; optimal design.
Estimation of tyre forces using smart tyre sensors and artificial intelligence
by Jennifer Bastiaan
Abstract: In-tyre strain measurements from a smart tyre sensor system are analysed using two artificial neural network types, with the objective of estimating tyre forces. A tyre finite element model is used to calculate in-tyre strain (inputs) and tyre forces developed at the wheel centre (outputs) for use in the neural networks. Neural networks are trained on pure slip conditions and tested on combined slip conditions with the goal of accurately predicting tyre longitudinal and lateral forces and tyre aligning moment in combined slip events. The large mapping function is fitted using multilayer perceptron networks and radial basis function networks. Results from the radial basis function networks are excellent, with calculated tyre forces within 1% and tyre aligning moment within 14% for the best network design; training times are less than one minute and testing times are around 0.004 second. The conclusion is that radial basis function networks can be used effectively for real time analysis of strain sensor measurements in a smart tyre sensor system. Further studies using the radial basis function networks show that the system should have two in-tyre strain sensors located near one another at the outside sidewall, with one oriented longitudinally and the other oriented radially.
Keywords: smart tyres; strain measurement; vehicle dynamics; tyre dynamics; vehicle safety; intelligent vehicles; intelligent systems; artificial neural networks; multilayer perceptron networks; radial basis function networks; finite element analysis.
Estimation of road transport vehicle dynamic characteristics using random decrement analysis and on-the-road vibration data
by Daniel Ainalis, Vincent Rouillard, Michael Sek
Abstract: This paper presents the application of a recently developed and validated approach to accurately estimate the sprung mass mode dynamic characteristics of road transport vehicles using only on-the-road vertical vibration response data during constant speed operation. A description of the developed analytical approach using the random decrement technique and the Hilbert transform is included. Three experimental case studies are presented, each using a different road transport vehicle travelling at various nominally constant operating speeds over different roads to demonstrate the ability of the on-the-road approach to practically estimate the sprung mass modal properties, namely natural frequency and damping. The estimated dynamic characteristics were compared with different experimental procedures currently in use, including response-only (transient), and excitation-response methods. The new method provides a simpler, cost effective, and practical approach to obtain reliable and realistic estimates of the sprung mass mode natural frequency and damping ratio.
Keywords: road vehicle vibration; frequency response function; random decrement; vehicle dynamics; random vibration; ride comfort.