Authors: C.M. Harrington; J. Marco; N.D. Vaughan
Addresses: Department of Automotive Engineering, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL, UK ' Department of Automotive Engineering, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL, UK ' Department of Automotive Engineering, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL, UK
Abstract: One means of reducing the development cost of complex mechatronic systems, such as Hybrid Vehicle (HV) powertrains, is to develop a Reference Architecture (RA) that can act as a framework for the design of the vehicle control systems. This paper assesses the validity of an existing RA by testing its use on two different types of HV. It is shown that the RA can be deployed as a design template for a series HV, with extensions only being required to accommodate real-world design details. However, for a parallel HV, the paper demonstrates that a different design philosophy is required for the mechatronic control system. An alternative RA is presented to accommodate the control system requirements for this classification of vehicle.
Keywords: systems engineering; hybrid vehicles; powertrains; reference control architecture; energy management; motion control; series hybrid; parallel hybrid; vehicle design; mechatronic control; mechatronics; hybrid electric vehicles; HEVs.
International Journal of Vehicle Design, 2012 Vol.60 No.3/4, pp.206 - 224
Received: 01 Apr 2011
Accepted: 08 Aug 2011
Published online: 26 Oct 2012 *