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Optimal lifting and path profiles for a wheel loader considering engine and turbo limitations
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
2014 (English)In: Optimization and optimal control in automotive systems / [ed] Harald Waschl, Ilya Kolmanovsky, Maarten Steinbuch and Luigi del Re, Cham: Springer, 2014, 301-324 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)Text
Abstract [en]

Time and fuel optimal control of an articulated wheel loader is studied during the lift and transport sections of the short loading cycle. A wheel loader model is developed including engine (with turbo dynamics), torque converter, transmission and vehicle kinematics, lifting hydraulics and articulated steering. The modeling is performed with the aim to use the models for formulating and solving optimal control problems. The considered problem is the lift and transport section of the wheel loader that operates in the short loading cycle, with several different load receiver positions, while the considered criteria are minimum time and minimum fuel. The problem is separated into four phases to avoid solving a mixed integer problem imposed by the gearshifting discontinuities. Furthermore, two different load lifting patterns are studied one with the lifting free and one with the lifting performed only in the last 30 % of the transport. The results show that the optimal paths to the load receiver are identical for both minimum time and minimum fuel cycles and do not change when the loading lifting pattern is altered. A power break-down during the wheel loader operation is presented for the selected cycles of normal and delayed lifting where it is shown that the cycle time remains almost unchanged when lifting is delayed while the fuel consumption slightly decreases in minimum time transients.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer, 2014. 301-324 p.
Series
, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, ISSN 0170-8643 ; 455
Keyword [en]
Control, Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Optimization, Automotive Engineering
National Category
Vehicle Engineering Other Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128707DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-05371-4_18ISBN: 9783319053707 (Print)ISBN: 9783319053714 (online)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-128707DiVA: diva2:931726
Available from: 2016-05-30 Created: 2016-05-30 Last updated: 2016-08-17Bibliographically approved
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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.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1771
Keyword
Powertrain, transmission system, optimal control, modeling for control
National Category
Control Engineering
Identifiers
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)
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Available from: 2016-05-30 Created: 2016-05-16 Last updated: 2016-05-31Bibliographically approved

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