Motion Base Simulation of a Hybrid-Electric HMMWV for Fuel Economy Measurement 2008-01-0775
This paper describes a human-in-the-loop motion-based simulator which was built to perform controlled fuel economy measurements for both a conventional and hybrid electric HMMWV. The simulator was constructed with a driver's console, visualization system, and audio system all of which were mounted on the motion base simulator. These interface devices were then integrated with a real-time dynamics model of the HMMWV. The HMMWV dynamics model was built using the real-time vehicle modeling tool SimCreator®, which, in turn was integrated with two powertrain models implemented with Gamma Technologies GT-Drive product. These two powertrains consisted of a conventional configuration and a series hybrid-electric configuration. They were then run on four different standard Army fuel consumption courses to replicate tests which had previously been conducted at the proving ground. Experiments were performed for varying speeds with two experienced proving ground drivers. This paper describes the design and implementation of the simulation environment, the execution of the experiment and presents some experimental results.