Model Based Design of Robust Vehicle Power Networks 2008-01-0898
Electrical power requirements for vehicles continue to increase. Future vehicle applications require the development of reliable and robust power supply strategies that operate over various ambient temperatures and driving conditions. Insufficient charge balance is one of the major concerns for conventional lead-acid battery systems when operated with limited charging times during short journeys or extreme climate conditions. For vehicle power supply analysis, a detailed understanding of the operational characteristics of the major components and how they interact as a part of the electric power system, including environmental and road conditions, is essential if the analysis is to aid system optimization. This paper presents a model based technique that enhances the process of vehicle electrical power system design. Vehicle system optimization using virtual prototypes has become critically important as more electrical features are added to future vehicles. Real vehicle data has been used to validate the models performance against specific design acceptance criteria. The validation measurements have been performed for different battery and ambient temperature conditions in order to demonstrate the accurate prediction of the simulation and modeling approach.