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Title: Kinetic energy recovery and power management for hybrid electric vehicles
Author: Suntharalingam, P.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2729 9591
Awarding Body: Cranfield University
Current Institution: Cranfield University
Date of Award: 2011
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The major contribution of the work presented in this thesis is a thorough investigation of the constraints on regenerative braking and kinetic energy recovery enhancement for electric/hybrid electric vehicles during braking. Regenerative braking systems provide an opportunity to recycle the braking energy, which is otherwise dissipated as heat in the brake pads. However, braking energy harnessing is a relatively new concept in the automotive sector which still requires further research and development. Due to the operating constraints of the drivetrain architecture and the varying nature of the braking conditions, it is unlikely that all the stored kinetic energy of the vehicle can be recovered during braking.The research work in this thesis addresses the effect of braking conditions on kinetic energy recovery enhancement of the vehicle. The challenge in kinetic energy recovery enhancement lies in braking conditions, power/torque handling ability of the electric propulsion system, managing the dual braking systems, employed energy conversion techniques, and energy storage capacity. In this work a novel braking strategy is introduced to increase the involvement of the regenerative braking system, so as to increase the kinetic energy recovery while achieving the braking performance requirements. Initially mathematical modelling and simulation based analysis are presented to demonstrate the effects of braking power variation with respect to braking requirements. A novel braking strategy is proposed to increase the kinetic energy recovery during heavy braking events. The effectiveness of this braking strategy is analyzed using a simulation model developed in matlab- simulink environment. Anexperimental rig is developed to test various braking scenarios and their effects on kinetic energy recovery. A variety of braking scenarios are tested and results are presented with the analysis. At the end, suggestions are made to further continue this research in the future.
Supervisor: Economou, J. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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