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A Novel Method for Idle-Stop-Start Control of Micro Hybrid Construction Equipment—Part B: A Real-Time Comparative Study

Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
JCB, Rocester, Straffordshire ST14 5JP, UK
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Energies 2017, 10(9), 1250;
Received: 29 July 2017 / Revised: 16 August 2017 / Accepted: 18 August 2017 / Published: 23 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Management Control)
Micro hybrid propulsion (MHP) technologies have emerged as promising solutions for minimisation of fuel consumption and pollutant emissions of off-highway construction machines (OHCMs). Their performance and economic feasibility strongly depend on the way they utilize the idle-stop-start control (ISSC) concept. The ISSC design process and performance evaluation are particularly challenging due to the peculiar structures and dynamics of OHCMs compared to other vehicles and, therefore, require significant development time and efforts. This paper is the second of a two-part study focusing on prediction-based idle-start-stop control (PISSC) for micro hybrid OHCMs. In part A, the powertrain model and the procedure to design the PISSC system have been presented. The PISSC-based engine control performance has been investigated through numerical simulations with the designed model. In this Part B, a hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test platform is established in HIL Control Laboratory for the rapid validation of the proposed technique in terms of the fuel/pollutant emission saving in real-time. First, the powertrain architecture and PISSC algorithm presented in Part A are briefly reviewed. Second, the process to build the HIL test platform is clearly stated. Third, experiments and analysis are carried out for a number of comparative studies to validate the superiority and practical applicability of the PISSC approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: construction machine; hybridization; idle-stop-start; hardware-in-the-loop; real-time construction machine; hybridization; idle-stop-start; hardware-in-the-loop; real-time
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Dinh, T.Q.; Marco, J.; Niu, H.; Greenwood, D.; Harper, L.; Corrochano, D. A Novel Method for Idle-Stop-Start Control of Micro Hybrid Construction Equipment—Part B: A Real-Time Comparative Study. Energies 2017, 10, 1250.

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