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Analytic Modeling of Vehicle Fuel Consumption
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, Ariel University Center of Samaria, Ariel 40700, Israel
Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, Ariel University Center of Samaria, Ariel 40700, Israel
Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Ariel University Center of Samaria, Ariel 40700, Israel
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Received: 25 September 2012; in revised form: 19 December 2012 / Accepted: 24 December 2012 / Published: 4 January 2013
Abstract: An analytical method of evaluating vehicle fuel consumption under standard operating conditions is presented. In the proposed model, vehicle fuel consumption is separated into two different operating modes: cruising at constant speed and acceleration. In each of these modes fuel consumption is calculated based on the instantaneous engine efficiency, approximated using an analytical function rather than typically considered consumption map. The approximation is based on speed-power decoupling, employing two single dimension polynomials instead of a two-dimensional lookup table. The adequacy and accuracy of the model is verified using experimental calculations. Moreover, it is shown that the effect of various design parameters on vehicle fuel consumption can be studied utilizing the proposed model.
Keywords: road vehicle; driving cycle; fuel economy; modeling
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Ben-Chaim, M.; Shmerling, E.; Kuperman, A. Analytic Modeling of Vehicle Fuel Consumption. Energies 2013, 6, 117-127.
Ben-Chaim M, Shmerling E, Kuperman A. Analytic Modeling of Vehicle Fuel Consumption. Energies. 2013; 6(1):117-127.
Ben-Chaim, Michael; Shmerling, Efraim; Kuperman, Alon. 2013. "Analytic Modeling of Vehicle Fuel Consumption." Energies 6, no. 1: 117-127.