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High-Fidelity Modeling of a Power-Split Plug-In Hybrid Electric Powertrain for Control Performance Evaluation

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Amir Taghavipour, Ramin Masoudi, Nasser L. Azad, John McPhee

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Paper No. DETC2013-13489, pp. V001T01A008; 9 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 15th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 10th International Conference on Design Education; 7th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Portland, Oregon, USA, August 4–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5584-3
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) development seems to be essential for a sustainable transportation system along with electric vehicles. An appropriate power management strategy for a PHEV determines how to blend the engine and the battery power in such a way that leads to significant fuel economy improvement and environmental footprint reduction. To evaluate and validate the controls design, software and hardware-in-the-loop (SIL/HIL) simulations are useful approaches, especially at the early stages of controls design. To conduct SIL/HIL tests, an accurate and relatively fast mathematical model of the real powertrain is required which solely contains the essential dynamics of the plant. In this paper, a physics-based model of a power-split plug-in powertrain is developed and implemented using MapleSim software. This model contains a chemistry-based lithium-ion battery pack, which can distinguish it from other models used in the literature, since the performance of a PHEV greatly depends on its battery. The symbolic computation power of MapleSim makes the model very suitable for real-time SIL/HIL tests.

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