Manage and Optimize Power System to Maximize Steering Assist and Stop-Start Availability 2017-01-1176
Auto stop-start (Engine stop-start, ESS) has become a widely used feature to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions particularly in congested cities. Typically, vehicles equipped with such systems include two DC power sources that are coupled in parallel: a primary and a secondary power source. The primary power source supplies energy to the starter to crank the engine, while the secondary power source supplies energy to the rest of the vehicle electric loads. During an auto-stop event, a controllable switch decouples the two power sources. Moreover, operating current, voltage and the State of Charge (SOC) are monitored to ensure enough energy for the next auto-start event. When any of these operating parameters are below the threshold values, the controllable switch opens to isolate the two batteries and then the engine is automatically started.
This paper introduces a strategy to control the power usage of the Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) system for enhanced stop-start availability, optimal steering/EPAS assist, maximum fuel economy savings and minimum CO2 emissions. The algorithm predicts the energy demand by the customer and determines the next engine state based on the above mentioned criteria. The power system architecture uses a Lead Acid battery (Lead Acid, AGM and/or Enhanced) in parallel to a Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. Such architecture combines the advantages of the two technologies and supplies the required vehicle power over a wider operating range of ambient conditions. Moreover, the Li-Ion has voltage characteristics that are similar to the lead acid battery, and hence there is no need for any adjustments between the two power supplies. Measured data and results assure the ability of the introduced strategy to optimize between engine auto-stop/start and the EPAS assist.