13 March 2010

Call for papers: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Vehicle Electrification: Control, Optimisation and Diagnostics

A special issue of International Journal of Vehicle Design

Electrification of vehicle systems has received increasing attention from governments, industry, and public around the world due to the growing concerns on global warming, fossil fuel shortage, as well as passenger vehicle safety. With much smaller carbon footprints and significantly improved fuel economy, electric vehicles (EV), hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and fuel cell vehicles (FCV) potentially define the landscape of future ground transportation systems.

Vehicle electrification demands a paradigm shift from conventional technologies predominantly focusing on internal combustion engine coupled with hydraulic speed shifting mechanisms. This revolutionary shift demands the development of advanced energy storage systems, electric motors, power electronics and associated control and diagnostic technologies. While vehicle electrification presents great opportunity, major technological and economic hurdles still need to be overcome in order to promote sustainable growth and market penetration of the electrified vehicles, in the areas of system integration and control, design optimisation, and mechanical and electrical system diagnostics and prognostics.

The primary objective of this special issue is to compile state-of-the-art research and development efforts on sustainable ground vehicle electrification technologies with low cost, high efficiency, low emission and satisfactory passenger safety. The main focuses will be on system design optimisation, system dynamics and control, diagnostics and prognostics.

The specific topics of interest within the scope of this special issue include but are not limited to the following:

  • Modeling, Analysis, Control and Optimisation of EV/HEV/PHEV/FCV
    • Energy and power management of EVs, HEVs, PHEVs and FCV
    • Multidisciplinary dynamic analysis and control of the electrified powertrain
    • Intelligent power management control with integration of telematic, intelligent transportation system and driver-aware technologies
    • Intelligent grid network monitoring and control for electric loads balancing of PHEVs and EVs
  • Energy Storage and Motor/Power Electronics Systems
    • Advanced battery management systems
    • Active cooling and thermal management systems
    • Control and diagnostics of motor and power electronics
    • Battery SOH monitoring and prognostics
    • Energy storage for mechanical/hydraulic hybrid systems
  • Electrified Propulsion and Advanced Vehicular Systems
    • On-board diagnostics, prognostic and fail-soft strategy and system design
    • Active safety technologies and navigation assist vehicle control
    • Failure mode analysis and fault management strategy of powertrain and vehicle systems
    • Control and integration of APU (Auxillary Power Unit) for Range-Extended Electric Vehicles

Important Dates
Manuscript Submission Deadline: 31 October, 2010
Reviewers' Reports and Decisions: 31 January, 2011
Revised Manuscript Submission: 15 March, 2011

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