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Optimal control of wheel loader operation in the short loading cycle using two braking alternatives
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2013 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The optimal control of wheel loader operation is used in order to investigate the potentials for fuel cost and cycle time minimization during the short loading cycle. The wheel loader is modeled as a nonlinear system with three control inputs and four state variables where a diesel engine generates the power utilized for lifting and traction. The lifting system is modeled considering the limitations in the hydraulics and also the structural constraints. A torque converter is included in the driveline model which introduces nonlinearities into the system and operates in different modes affecting the fuel consumption. The gear shifts during the loading cycle impose a discrete variable into the system and this is taken care of by representing the loading cycle as a multi-phase optimal control problem with constant gearbox gear ratio in each phase. Minimum fuel and minimum time system transients are calculated and analyzed for two alternative cases one where the torque converter is used to stop the vehicle before reaching the reversing point and another where the service brakes are utilized. The optimal control problem is iteratively solved in order to obtain the trade-off between fuel consumption and cycle time for both braking alternatives. It is shown that although the engine operates at lower speeds when the torque converter is used for braking, the fuel consumption increases as higher torques are demanded from the engine during braking. The increase in fuel consumption is higher in faster cycle operations as the vehicle travels at higher speeds and larger torques are required to stop the vehicle. Wheel loader operators tend to use torque converter braking alternative as it is more convenient; however, it accompanies higher fuel consumption which highlights the importance of developing intelligent and easy to use braking systems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE , 2013. 1-6 p.
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-105772DOI: 10.1109/VPPC.2013.6671736ISI: 000332155200084ISBN: 978-147990720-5OAI: diva2:710090
9th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, IEEE VPPC 2013; Beijing; China
Available from: 2014-04-04 Created: 2014-04-04 Last updated: 2016-05-30
In thesis
1. Modeling and Optimal Control of Heavy-Duty Powertrains
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Modeling and Optimal Control of Heavy-Duty Powertrains
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Heavy duty powertrains are complex systems with components from various domains, different response times during transient operations and different efficient operating ranges. To ensure efficient transient operation of a powertrain, e.g. with low fuel consumption or short transient duration, it is important to come up with proper control strategies. In this dissertation, optimal control theory is used to calculate and analyze efficient heavy duty powertrain controls during transient operations in different applications. This is enabled by first developing control ready models, usable for multi-phase optimal control problem formulations, and then using numerical optimal control methods to calculate the optimal transients.

Optimal control analysis of a wheel loader operating in a repetitive loading cycle is the first studied application. Increasing fuel efficiency or reducing the operation time in such repetitive loading cycles sums up to large savings over longer periods of time. Load lifting and vehicle traction consume almost all of the power produced by a diesel engine during wheel loader operation. Physical models are developed for these subsystems where the dynamics are described by differential equations. The model parameters are tuned and fuel consumption estimation is validated against measured values from real wheel loader operation. The sensitivity of wheel loader trajectory with respect to constrains such as the angle at which the wheel loader reaches the unloading position is also analyzed. A time and fuel optimal trajectory map is calculated for various unloading positions. Moreover, the importance of simultaneous optimization of wheel loader trajectory and the component transients is shown via a side to side comparison between measured fuel consumption and trajectories versus optimal control results.

In another application, optimal control is used to calculate efficient gear shift controls for a heavy duty Automatic Transmission system. A modeling and optimal control framework is developed for a nine speed automatic transmission. Solving optimal control problems using the developed model, time and jerk efficient transient for simultaneous disengagement of off-going and engagement of in-coming shift actuators are obtained and the results are analyzed.

Optimal controls of a diesel-electric powertrain during a gear shift in an Automated Manual Transmission system are calculated and analyzed in another application of optimal control. The powertrain model is extended by including driveline backlash angle as an extra state in the system. This is enabled by implementation of smoothing techniques in order to describe backlash dynamics as a single continuous function during all gear shift phases.

Optimal controls are also calculated for a diesel-electric powertrain corresponding to a hybrid bus during a tip-in maneuver. It is shown that for optimal control analysis of complex powertrain systems, minimizing only one property such as time pushes the system transients into extreme operating conditions far from what is achievable in real applications. Multi-objective optimal control problem formulations are suggested in order to obtain a compromise between various objectives when analyzing such complex powertrain systems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. 27 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1771
Powertrain, transmission system, optimal control, modeling for control
National Category
Control Engineering
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128002 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-128002 (DOI)978-91-7685-748-9 (Print) (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-06-17, Visionen, Ingång 27, B huset, Campus Valla, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
Available from: 2016-05-30 Created: 2016-05-16 Last updated: 2016-05-31Bibliographically approved

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