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Energies 2015, 8(2), 921-938; doi:10.3390/en8020921

Educational Project for the Teaching of Control of Electric Traction Drives

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Electrical Engineering Department, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28006 Madrid, Spain
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Electrical Engineering Department, Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), 28037 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editor: K. T. Chau
Received: 3 November 2014 / Accepted: 13 January 2015 / Published: 28 January 2015
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Abstract

Electric vehicles constitute a multidisciplinary subject that involves disciplines such as automotive, mechanical, electrical and control engineering. Due to this multidisciplinary technical nature, practical teaching methodologies are of special relevance. Paradoxically, in the past, the training of engineers specializing in this area has lacked the practical component represented by field tests, due to the difficulty of accessing real systems. This paper presents an educational project specifically designed for the teaching and training of engineering students with different backgrounds and experience. The teaching methodology focuses on the topology of electric traction drives and their control. It includes two stages, a simulation computer model and a scaled laboratory workbench that comprises a traction electrical drive coupled to a vehicle emulator. With this equipment, the effectiveness of different traction control strategies can be analyzed from the point of view of energy efficiency, robustness, easiness of implementation and acoustic noise. View Full-Text
Keywords: battery electric vehicle; electric traction drive; electric powertrain control; electrical engineering education battery electric vehicle; electric traction drive; electric powertrain control; electrical engineering education
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Moreno-Torres, P.; Blanco, M.; Lafoz, M.; Arribas, J.R. Educational Project for the Teaching of Control of Electric Traction Drives. Energies 2015, 8, 921-938.

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