Optimization of Hybrid Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) for Different Racing Circuits 2008-01-2956
This paper examines the factors which influence hybrid performance, and enable optimization of hybrid vehicles for different racing circuits. Mechanical flywheel based storage systems are evaluated.
The process of evaluation looks through … Vehicle traction curve generation, influence of drivers style, traction limits, engine power limits, and differences between acceleration and braking traction. Vehicle kinetic energy, aero and rolling resistance losses, number of driven wheels, amount of energy able to be stored, rate of energy storage, storage and discharge efficiency are all considered.
Finally, the factors influencing system architecture are laid out, providing examples of optimized system hardware, at a variety of racing circuits.