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IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology

IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology

Hybrid & Electric Transportation

ME 50105 / 3 Cr.

This course will cover fundamentals of hybrid electric and battery electric transportation systems with particular emphasis on automotive vehicles. It will cover basic powertrain configurations of Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), and Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). The principal element of these powertrain will be discussed: Battery, Electric Motor, Engine, Transmission. This course will cover fundamental design concepts for HEV / PHEV and BEV powertrain. Efficient methods of component sizing via appropriate modeling and analysis methodologies will also be introduced. A basic introduction to power electronic components and microprocessor based controllers for these powertrains will also be given. An indepth coverage will be given on the energy and power management of HEV / PHEV and BEV powertrain once the design is complete. Introduction of various concepts and terminologies, the state of the art development, energy conversion and storage options, modeling, analysis, system integration and basic principles of vehicle controls will be covered as well. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to follow the literature on these subjects and perform modeling, design, analysis and development work in this field. A field demonstration of a PHEV will be used to further enhance the learning experience in this course.

Textbooks

Mehrdad Ehsani, Ali Emadi, Yimin Gao, and Sebastien E. Gay, Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric, and Fuel Cell Vehicles: Fundamentals Theory and Design, CRC Press, November, 2004.

Software
  1. MATLAB / SIMULINK will be used for modeling and simulation of hybrid electric powertrain. In addition, PSAT (Powertrain System Analysis Toolkit), a MATLAB based simulation software will also be used in this course.
  2. Data Acquisition Hardware/Software: dSPACE Autobox will be used for data acquisition from a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
Goals

Students will learn the fundamentals of electric and hybrid transportation systems. Simulation, analysis, and design of electric and hybrid powertrain systems will be introduced. It will cover basic powertrain configurations of Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), and Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). The principal element of these powertrain will be discussed: Battery, Electric Motor, Engine, Transmission. This course will cover fundamental design concepts for HEV / PHEV and BEV powertrain. Efficient methods of component sizing via appropriate modeling and analysis methodologies will also be introduced. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to follow the literature on these subjects and perform modeling, design, analysis and development work in this field.

Outcomes

After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Apply basic knowledge of electric and hybrid electric powertrain to estimate vehicle fuel economy and emissions [a]
  2. Apply basic concepts of vehicle performance requirements and fuel economy to optimally determine component sizing of electric and hybrid electric powertrain. [a]
  3. Apply mathematical methodologies to analyze vehicle data to evaluate vehicle performance.[a]
  4. Explain various architectures associated with hybrid electric vehicle design. [b, k]
  5. Analyze fundamental requirements for an electric propulsion system. [a]
  6. Apply basic concepts in hybrid electric energy management to design algorithms for regenerative braking. [a, e]
  7. Solve engineering problems presented in class textbook and homework; orally communicate some results in class discussions. [a, g]
  8. Explain various types of energy storage devices and their impact on electrified transportation.[a]

Note: The letters within the brackets indicate the general program outcomes of mechanical engineering. See: ME Program Outcomes.

Topics
  1. Brief history of electric and hybrid electric vehicles
  2. Environmental impact of electric and hybrid electric vehicles
  3. Design fundamentals of electric and hybrid electric vehicles
  4. Overview of internal combustion engines
  5. Electric propulsion system
  6. Component sizing of electric & hybrid electric vehicle powertrain
  7. Hybrid electric drive train – Mild, Series, Parallel
  8. Plug-in Hybrid Electric drive train
  9. Battery electric drive train
  10. Energy storage devices
  11. Regenerative braking and energy harvesting
  12. Electrified transportation system
  13. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle demonstration
Assignments, Exams, and Grading

Homework

Homework problems will be assigned approximately once every two weeks in order for students to understand course materials covered in the lectures. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Exams

One midterm and a final exam will be given. The final will be comprehensive with emphasis on the materials which are not covered in the midterms. No make-up exams are allowed. Any cheating in the exams will result in a grade of “F” automatically.

Class Exercise

Data acquisition using dSPACE hardware and software from a converted plug-in hybrid electric vehicle CAN (Controller Area Network) bus. The data will be used to estimate the fuel economy and emission levels from the vehicle.