An Investigation of Engine Start-Stop NVH in A Power Split Powertrain Hybrid Electric Vehicle 2006-01-1500
The auto industry is responding to the environmental and energy conservation concerns by gradually producing mass-production of hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) as well as conducting development of fuel cell vehicles. One of many challenges of putting a customer-satisfactory HEV on the road is to develop “imperceptible” engine start-stops. This paper presents an investigation of engine start-stop NVH in a power split powertrain HEV. This investigation includes analyzing the root cause of engine start-stop NVH issues, developing the methodology and metric to gauge NVH improvement, and developing measures to resolve the NVH issues. The effectiveness of some proposed counter measures are presented and discussed through vehicle testing results. Finally, the overall NVH improvement of engine start-stop with implementation of practical counter measures is also presented.