Model-Based Design helps engineers meet the demand for green vehicles by facilitating the move from concept car to production-ready, fuel-efficient vehicle. Engineers quickly build conceptual system models, make design tradeoffs, and verify algorithms before prototype components or vehicles are available.
Engineering teams use Simulink® to create executable specifications for green vehicle powertrains. No longer powered by just a gasoline or diesel engine and a transmission, hybrid powertrains are complex multidomain systems that combine these traditional components with regenerative brakes, batteries, electric motors, fuel cells, or hydrogen-based engines to create, store, and deliver power to the wheels.
Using MathWorks tools for Model-Based Design, engineers capture electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic components as well as control systems in a single environment.
To develop battery controllers for next-generation alternative fuel vehicles, engineers need dynamic models of the batteries. Capturing battery dynamics based on first-principle chemical models is difficult due to the complexity of the chemistry. With MathWorks products, engineers create battery models using statistical, data-driven modeling techniques. These models enable them to design controllers before prototype hardware is available.
For hybrid vehicle engineers who have no prior model year components to use as prototypes, Simulink provides the environment in which they can perform what-if scenarios and design tradeoff studies. These activities help them understand how components and subsystems work together in the hydraulic, electronic, and mechanical domains before building prototypes and generating production code.