Date of Award

9-2011

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Committee Chair

Darris L. White, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Tony Hagar, Ph.D.

Second Committee Member

Marc D. Compere, Ph.D.

Abstract

The automotive industry is continuously developing, and with it hybrid vehicle technology is a growing field of interest. The design of the electric vehicle is a pressing matter and grows in complexity with new powertrain components such as power inverters and transmission systems that use electric motors. As a control system develops, the architecture always comes back to systems engineering documentation to find safety protocols, solutions to problems through fault testing, and validating and verifying the control architecture throughout the whole process. Testing and evaluation plans are required more than ever and are constantly being updated and implemented in today's automotive production standards. The paper discusses the development and implementation of the control system through the use of systems engineering of a hybrid vehicle as part of a competition called EcoCar: The NeXt Challenge.

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