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EXV to Optimize PHEV/BEV automotive air conditioning system performance and simulation methodology

Due to increasing standards in fuel consumption, battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEV), are becoming more commonplace in the automotive industry. Batteries used in such applications require methods of thermal management to promote longer life, higher efficiency and performance. A common method of keeping the battery cool, in high heat conditions, is to use a water to refrigerant chiller. The already existing automotive air conditioning system is leveraged to enable the use of such a chiller. The added thermal transient load of the battery adds complexity to the refrigeration system. Balancing the thermal comfort of the occupants with temperature requirements of battery drives challenges to the overall system capacity. The sudden change in battery cooling loads can noticeably degrade the evaporator heat rejection. In extreme cases the battery cooling load can cause complete loss of refrigerant flow to the evaporator.
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Total Thermal Management of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)

The key hurdles to achieving wide consumer acceptance of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are weather-dependent drive range, higher cost, and limited battery life. These translate into a strong need to reduce a significant energy drain and resulting drive range loss due to auxiliary electrical loads the predominant of which is the cabin thermal management load. Studies have shown that thermal sub-system loads can reduce the drive range by as much as 45% under ambient temperatures below −10 °C. Often, cabin heating relies purely on positive temperature coefficient (PTC) resistive heating, contributing to a significant range loss. Reducing this range loss may improve consumer acceptance of BEVs. The authors present a unified thermal management system (UTEMPRA) that satisfies diverse thermal and design needs of the auxiliary loads in BEVs.